Romance Writers of America: The Voice of Romance Writers

Romance Writers of America® (RWA) is a nonprofit trade association whose mission is to advance the professional and common business interests of career-focused romance writers through networking and advocacy and by increasing public awareness of the romance genre. RWA works to support the efforts of its members to earn a living, to make a full-time career out of writing romance—or a part-time one that generously supplements their main income.

RWA is:

  • a non-profit association of 9,000+ members based in Houston, Texas
  • dedicated to advancing the interests of career-focused romance writers
  • home to more than 100 local, international, and online chapters
  • host of an annual meeting with more than 2,100 attendees
RWA's internal core values:
  • RWA belongs to its members.
  • RWA fosters an environment of creative and professional growth.
  • RWA thrives through the free exchange of ideas, knowledge, and diverse career experiences.

Members include:

  • published and unpublished romance fiction writers
  • writers interested in learning about a career in romance fiction writing
  • publishing industry professionals
  • librarians and booksellers who support the romance genre
What RWA stands for:
  • Romance writers have the right to reasonable remuneration and preservation of authorial and intellectual property rights.
  • Literacy is individually and culturally vital.
  • Storytelling is fundamental to human experience: romance fiction explores issues of universal and eternal human interest.
  • United, romance writers are a powerful community. 

If you are interested in becoming a part of this diverse and growing community, visit the Become a Member section for more information.