Founded in 1982, Washington Romance Writers (WRW), has become one of the leading women’s fiction organizations, as well as one of the most prolific groups of romance writers, in the United States. It is also one of the largest and most active affiliates of Romance Writers of America, a national non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting excellence in romantic fiction.
With current membership at over 240, WRW includes writers at all stages of development, from beginners to best-selling authors who, individually, have published over one hundred novels. WRW’s published authors comprise approximately one third of the membership and have a collective bibliography of over 1,000 titles in book-length, hard and soft cover fiction.
“WRW helps guide aspiring authors through every stage of the writing process, from outline to draft to publication. Once published, the author receives another range of services suited to her needs and designed to help promote the sales of her books. But for all members, the single most important thing the group provides is support. The value of having a local network of professional colleagues can’t be measured.”
—Michelle Monkou-Samuels, author of Making Promises, BET, October 2004
Topics covered at WRW’s regular monthly meetings range from writing a dynamite first chapter to handling rejection letters, and from historical accuracy in costumes to forensic investigation of a murder scene. In addition, WRW hosts at least one or two thematic workshops a year, as well as an annual weekend retreat. For this renowned event, leading authors, editors, and agents are invited to join members for a relaxed weekend filled with workshops, panels, and discussion groups.