Welcome

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 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.

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

Writing Retreat — “Experiencing Difference as Writers” with Heidi Johnson — will be Feb. 5-6, 2021 via ZOOM. For details or to sign up, click on the Writing Retreat tab above.

Next Meeting (on ZOOM): Jan. 9th

Bonnie Phelps: “Amazon Advertising — Not as Scary as it Sounds”

Have you ever wanted to set up an Amazon Advertising campaign for your book but the thought of slogging your way through the set-up process scared you silly? Help is on the way. This presentation uses screen shots, examples, and step-by-step instructions to guide you through each of this advertising option.

The step-by-step instructions will be available for download for you to use as a handy reference tool. There will be plenty of time for questions.

This workshop will tell you:

• What you need to get started

• How to create your keyword list

• How to set up both keyword and category campaigns

• How to manage your campaign after you’ve pushed the ‘publish’ button

Bonnie used her writing skills throughout her 20-year professional life as a fundraising and communication executive for several nonprofits. She enjoyed the chance to tell and share the story of worthy organizations. In the late 1980s, Bonnie authored a syndicated column in several California newspapers in which she shared the experiences and misadventures of life as a wife and mother. The jury is out on whether or not her children always appreciated her candor. Because Bonnie has romance in her soul, she also worked as a Wedding Planner for several years. Absolutely loved it!! She published her first contemporary romance novel in 2014. Bonnie craves anything sweet, revels in any chance to travel, and is addicted to tracing her family’s roots. A native Californian, the author lives in Northern California with her husband

Upcoming Meetings:

9 January 

5-6 February (Retreat, no meeting)

6 March

10 April (Easter 4 April)

1 May 

5 June