As a longtime blogger, it's my very great pleasure to welcome you all to our brand new blog, Romance Writers of Atlantic Canada.
We're an established chapter of our parent organization, Romance Writers of America, based in Houston, Texas. RWA is a professional trade association for romance writers, both published and unpublished, and each local chapter provides a place for romance writers to meet for industry-based workshops, networking and general camaraderie for creative professionals whose paths are solitary.
Our chapter represents romance writers from the four Atlantic Canadian provinces: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador.
Our meetings take place once a month in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with some members travelling in from the other provinces in order to join up for lunch and take part in the workshops. We also have several long-distance members, and have recently been Skyping them in to the meetings.
Our long-distance members have discovered that being included in our online email loops, as well as being present on our social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, have made direct impacts upon their writing careers.
We have a history of showing the kind of support to one another that includes Nova Scotia members driving to New Brunswick to attend a book launch, and well-attended welcome dinners for a Newfoundland member flying into Halifax for an all-day workshop.
Our members include USA Today best-selling authors, Booksellers Best award winners, Golden Heart nominees and winners, and Rita nominees.
As the unofficial 'official' photographer of our chapter, I'll let these pictures do the rest of the talking.
Welcome to Romance Writers of Atlantic Canada -- we'll be posting on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays with the odd Tuesday or Thursday thrown in when something exciting crops up. Hope to see you then!
RWAC members attend the RWA National Conference in New York City, 2011
RWAC members attend a charity breakfast date with a cover model at the Romantic Times Booklovers Convention in Kansas City, Missouri, 2013 -- photo by Tara MacDonald
RWAC published authors introduce themselves at an event at Argyle Fine Art in Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2011
RWAC group book signing at Chapters in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, 2011
RWAC hosted Harlequin senior editor Birgit Davis-Todd for an all-day workshop that included Ms. Davis-Todd accepting story pitches by appointment, 2011
Brainstorming session at the RWAC fall retreat, 2012
Laughs aplenty at the RWAC Christmas potluck, 2010