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. Visitors may attend up to two meetings before they need to join. [Non-members who want to check us out, just email BY NOON (EDT) day before the meeting (Friday) via our Contact form https://www.rirw.org/officers/ and we’ll send you a link.]

June 1, 2024: Gail Eastwood:

“Great Expectations”

The start of your story has to hook the reader’s interest right away. But that’s not all! Strong first chapters have to establish at least eight other story basics. Learn what those are, discuss comparative starting points and types of openings, and more. Bring some favorite first lines (those of a favorite author or your own) and let’s discuss the expectations these lines create.

About Gail: A native New Englander, Gail Eastwood spent almost twenty years writing as a journalist, theatre critic and PR consultant, among other jobs, before she finally sat down to write and sell her first novel, achieving her childhood dream. That first book was recognized with several honors including The Golden Leaf Award for Best Regency, 1994. Since then her books have been nominated for numerous awards, and for two years in a row Gail was one of Romantic Times Magazine’s nominees for Career Achievement in the Regency category.

Hailed by reviewers as brilliantly versatile and a master at painting pictures of Regency life, Gail was enjoying a growing reputation as a writer who pushed her genre to new levels with the emotional depth and original plots in her books. Family health issues took her out of the field for ten years, but now she’s back! She taught Writing the Romance for Brown University, and continues teaching writing and doing editorial coaching. She holds a B.A. in Comparative Literature and Sociology from Case Western Reserve University in Ohio.

Gail lives in Rhode Island with her actor/attorney husband, two sons, and the family cat. She loves writing and researching, but stubbornly refuses to give up her interests in theatre, dance, costuming, the medieval period, and of course, the beach, even though she now has no time!

Come join your fellow writers in person at the Exeter Library [Exeter Public Library: 773 Ten Rod Road Rt, 102, Exeter, RI 02822] and on ZOOM for a free-ranging discussion!

gather to chat at noon; Meeting starts at 12:30

RIRW meetings start at 12:30, with workshops starting after that (c. 1:30). Again, non-members who want to check us out, just email BY NOON (EDT) day before the meeting (Friday) via our Contact form https://www.rirw.org/officers/ and we’ll send you a link.

Upcoming Meetings (before the summer break):

June 1 Gail Eastwood: Great Expectations

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