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:~: Wednesday, June 21, 2006 :~:

RWA Chapters

Hi gals,

I'm considering starting up an RWA chapter in my area. I'm in California on the Central Coast about smack in the middle of Los Angeles and San Francisco. The closest RWA chapter north is 1.5 hrs drive one way. The closest RWA chapter south is 3-4hrs drive one way (depending on traffic).

I have a million things already on my plate, and I think I'm insane for thinking about doing this, but another part of me really wants that connection to others who write in this genre. I have a critique group I attend locally twice a month with a group of very helpful women, but sometimes I really want that feedback from other romance writers.

So, I've already filled out my request and sent it to RWA about two months ago. They have some strange rule that you can't form a chapter until you've been an RWA member for a year, so in June I passed that year and they should soon send me info on the RWA members in my area according to zip codes I've sent them already.

I'd really appreciate any input you girls can offer in this area--on RWA chapters or any other writing groups you may frequent. I have some ideas for meetings and guest speakers, etc., but not a lot.

So what groups do you all out there belong to? When/how often/how long do you meet? What do you discuss? What do you love about your group, about your meetings? What do you hate or find tedious? If you could change your group, what would you change?

Any and all suggestions/advice are welcome.


Blogger Paty Jager said...

I'm the president of the MidWillamette Valley chapter. I drive 2.5-3 hours one way depending on weather to the monthly meetings. I've thought about starting an RWA chapter in Central Oregon, but I don't want to do the work. Maybe in a few years when I get tired of driving over the mountain, but until then I applaud you and your vigorous endeavor!

We have meetings once a month in a meeting room at a library. We have approximnately 40 members. Either chapter members or members from the Portland Chapter are our speakers. We give them 45 minutes to speak then have our general meeting. We are currently holding one workshop a year. This year our speaker is Susan Wiggs.

Not sure what else you want to know. ??

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