“Romance Writers of America® (RWA) is a nonprofit trade association whose mission is to advance the professional and common business interests of career-focused romance writers through networking and advocacy and by increasing public awareness of the romance genre. RWA works to support the efforts of its members to earn a living, to make a full-time career out of writing romance—or a part-time one that generously supplements their main income.” – www.rwa.org
RWA regularly hosts a writers conference while also issuing several literary awards throughout the year. Two of their most prominent writing contest are the RITA awards and the Golden Heart Award.
As described by RWA themselves, their annual conference is where career-focused romance writers can anticipate:
- education and information
- networking with fellow writers
- interaction with editors, agents, publishers, vendors, retailers, and other romance publishing industry professionals.
*Be sure to check conference websites for any updates due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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