RIRW exists to promote excellence in women’s and popular fiction, to help writers become published and build careers in their writing field, and to provide continuing support for writers within the women’s and popular fiction publishing industry. Formed in 1983 as a Romance Writers of America chapter, we disaffiliated in 1988. We are an independent, nonprofit organization in Rhode Island.

We welcome everyone, without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, religion, cultural identity, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, physical appearance, or any other identity distinction. Furthermore, we recognize that because racism, homophobia, and other forms of bias are systemic in our national culture, people from marginalized communities continue to be denied advancement in our industry. RIRW strives to address this by raising awareness within our membership and increasing our efforts to attract members from a variety of backgrounds to enrich our community of writers.

If you are serious about writing popular fiction, we invite you to join us!

We meet from September to June on the first Saturday of the month (except for February, when we hold our annual retreat). Because of holidays and/or other conflicts, the date or venue may change. We will announce changes here on our home page. We do hybrid meetings most months (in-person part at the Exeter, RI library, ZOOM for the online part).

Gather at noon, 12:30 PM Meeting starts

1:30 p.m. Workshop/Speaker

Check us out on our public Facebook page (click here!)

We welcome Visitors.¬†For workshop sessions, visitors should sign up and pay via THIS LINK. [If you later join during our Sept-June season, you’ll get a credit for the fee you paid as a visitor.]

Sept 7, 2024 – TBA:

[Members do “Spark” sessions in the summer]

gather to chat at noon; Meeting starts at 12:30, with workshops starting at 1:30

RIRW meetings start at 12:30, with workshops starting after that (c. 1:30).

September 7 (Labor Day 2 Sept.)

October 5 (Note: Columbus day is Oct. 14th)

November 2

December 14 (ARIA Expo is Dec 7)

January 4 

Jan. 31 -1 February 1(Retreat, no meeting)

March 1

April 5 (Easter 20 April)

May 3

June 7