Writing can be a solitary business–just you, a blank page, and the characters in your head clamoring (or not) to get out. We’ve talked before on the blog how important community is in the stories we write and it’s equally important for us as writers. Whether it is a group of critique partners you brainstorm with; friends you do writing sprints with; or more formal organizations that provide conferences, support, and mentoring, a strong writing community can make writing both more connected and more productive.
Many of us were members of Romance Writers of America back when we first started this blog and enjoyed meeting up in person and learning new things at their annual conferences. After RWA’s crash-and-burn a few years back, that community fell apart. Some folks stayed with the organization–helping build it back better–but others took a step back and looked for other supportive communities.
Since that time, RWA has undergone quite a transformation–new board members, new strategy, new programs, a new award–and they are continuing their work supporting authors.
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.
While the traditional RWA annual conference may be gone, this year they are hosting an in-person Summer Retreat with workshops, networking time, and quiet spaces for writing.
Join your fellow romance writers at the Gaylord Opryland Resort, July 14-17, 2021, for a few days of recharging and refilling your creative well at the RWA Summer Retreat
I’m not quite ready to jump on a plane and fly to Tennessee for a retreat, but I’m definitely looking for ways to rebuild my own writing community. The pandemic has made that challenging, but now that we are all getting out and about more, there may be more options to choose from.
So, what does your writing community look like?
Are there any groups/organizations that you belong to that you would recommend or sites/blogs that you have found particularly helpful?
Please share your thoughts in the comments.