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. (Because of holidays and/or other conflicts, the date or venue may change. We will announce changes here.) We’ve been meeting via ZOOM, but plan hybrid meetings (ZOOM/in-person) starting in Jan. 2023 (Jan. & March at the Exeter, RI Library). We’ll post updates as soon as we know.

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.

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

Next Meeting: December 10, 2022

12:30 (via ZOOM)

Roundtable Discussion

Join your fellow writers for a fun discussion of challenges and issues we all face! Come prepared to brainstorm issues and come up with potential solutions.

RIRW meetings start at 12:30, with workshops starting after that (c. 1:30). Non-members who want to check us out, just email via https://www.rirw.org/officers/ and we’ll send you a link.

Upcoming Meetings:

10 December (ARIA Expo Dec. 3)

7 January 2023

3-5 February 2023 (Retreat)

4 March 2023

1 April 2023

6 May 2023

3 June 2023