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Due to COVID-19, all meetings will take place via Zoom until further notice.

GDRWA meets the third Tuesday of every month except July and December from 7:30 - 10:00 p.m. (unless otherwise notified) at the Royal Oak Senior Center located on 3500 Marais Road in Royal Oak, Michigan, 48073.

We are dedicated to supporting the writing goals of all our members through networking, featured speakers covering topics on craft or business, critique sessions, and pitch practice. We work to provide a stimulating and productive environment for both the aspiring and the professional writer.

2021 Dates:

For more information, click on the month.


January 19

Janie Crouch

Out to Sea Laptop

April 20

Priscilla Oliveras


July 14 - 17

GDRWA is on break to attend RWA national conference held in Nashville, TN!


October 19



February 16

Sweet Romance Panel


May 18



August 17

Agent Veronica Park

Flying Books

November 16

Critique night! Bring 3 pages to be read aloud and critiqued by members of GDRWA. Closed to guests.

High Five without Hands

March 16

Xio Axelrod


June 15

Isabelle Drake


September 21




GRDWA is on break for the holiday! We will meet on-line for awards, prizes, and fun. Closed to guests.

January - Janie Crouch
July 14 - 17 RWA National Conference

“Chronicles of a Series Launch”

Join Romance Writers of America for RWA2021, in Nashville, TN! More information can be found at

February - Sweet Romance Panel
August - Agent Veronica Park

Kathy Wheeler (Indie), Parker Cole (Indie), Claire McEwen (Harlequin Heartwarming), Lee Tobin McClain (HQN) will join us for a discussion on sweet romance.

Veronica Park of Fuse Literary will be making a presentation and take pitches. (This meeting is closed to guests.)

March - Xio Axelrod
September - TBD

"Fast Drafting"


April - Priscilla Oliveras
October - TBD

“Dissecting the Romance Plot with ‘You’ve Got Mail.’”


May - TBD
November - Critique Night


Every year we dedicate one meeting to critique night. Please bring 3 printed pages of your current work-in-progress to be read aloud and critiqued by our GDRWA members.  (This meeting is closed to guests.)

June - Isabelle Drake
December - Holiday Party

“Way to Conceptualize Your Story for Different Audiences” (Logline, Premise, Dramatic Question, Back Cover Copy, Query) – A Hands-on Workshop

"Five Ways to Get NotiMembers of GDRWA are welcome to join us at a location to be announced on the second Tuesday of December at 6:30 p.m. to celebrate another year of our chapter, recognize the winner of our Joan Shapiro service award for 2020, receive prizes, and have fun!  (This meeting is closed to guests.)


A Recap of 2020 Speakers

Jan - C.K. Brooke

Feb - Sylvia Hubbard

Mar - Canceled

Apr - Tara Eldana

May - Lyssa Kay Adams

Jun - Radclyffe

Jul - National RWA Conference 

Aug - Jennifer Snow

Sep - Chip MacGregor - Agent

Oct - Jane Porter - Tule Publishing

Dec - Holiday Party

How to Join...

General membership in GDRWA is open to all persons seriously pursuing a writing career in the romance genre.  Associate membership is open to other related professionals, who are members in good standing of National RWA. Click here to find out more.

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