RIRW promotes excellence in women’s and popular fiction. We strive to help writers become published and establish writing careers and we provide continuing support for writers within the publishing industry.

We meet from September to June on the first Saturday of the month in the Hayden Center at the Cumberland Public Library in Cumberland, Rhode Island. (Because of holidays and/or activities at the library, the date or venue may change. We will announce changes here.)

12:30 p.m. General Meeting

1:30 p.m. Workshop/Speaker

We welcome Visitors. (We would appreciate a $2.00 donation at the door.) Visitors may attend up to two meetings before they need to join.

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To find out about the Jan. 31-Feb.2, 2020 RIRW RETREAT, click here or on the Writing Retreat tab above.

Next MEETING: Nov. 2nd Marianne Rice: It Takes a Village (Creating an Full Cast of Characters, key for a series)

Most have heard the saying, It takes a village. This is true in real life and also in the books we love to read. While many writers spend countless hours (days, weeks!) developing their main characters, often times the side characters get overlooked. How the hero, heroine, and even the antagonist interacts with others, be it friend, family, or foe, reveals a lot about the character. A large and diverse cast of characters can make for an exciting, layered, satisfying story. In this workshop, we’ll discuss tips and strategies for creating a well-balanced ensemble cast which will not only develop your H/H, but can also help lay out the framework for a series.

Speaker: Marianne Rice

Marianne Rice writes contemporary romantic fiction set in small New England towns. She loves high heels, reading romance, scarfing down dark chocolate, gulping wine, and Chris Hemsworth. Oh, and her husband and three children. You can follow her all over social media, and keep up to tabs with her latest releases on her website: www.mariannerice.com

Upcoming Meetings:

  • 2 November
  • 14 December (ARIA Expo 7 Dec)
  • 4 January 
  • 31 Jan.-2 February (Retreat, no meeting)
  • 7 March
  • 4 April (Easter 12 April)
  • 2 May 
  • 6 June