GDRW meets the third Tuesday of every month except December from 7:30 - 10:00 p.m. (unless otherwise notified) at the Royal Oak Senior Center located at 3500 Marais Road in Royal Oak, Michigan, 48073. Meetings are also available via Zoom for members. 

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.

2022 Dates:

For more information, click on the month.


January 18

Betina Krahn

Out to Sea Laptop

April 19

Belle Calhoune & Reese Ryan


July 19

Angelina Lopez 


October 18



February 15

Shirley Jump

New York Times & USA Bestselling Author

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May 17

Nancy Gideon


August 16

LGBTQ+ panel

Flying Books

November 15

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


March 15


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June 21

Nancy Yeaman

Brain Power Studios


September 20

Beverly Jenkins

USA Today Bestselling Author


December TBD

GRDW is on break for the holiday! We will meet for dinner, awards, prizes, and fun. Closed to guests.

January - Betina Krahn
July - Angelina Lopez

"Publishing Over the Long Haul"

"How to Create Alpha Heroines Readers Will Root For"

February - Shirley Jump
August - LGBTQ+ Panel

Shirley Jump

LGBTQ+ panel with Heather Novak, Celia Mulder, and Ava March

March - TBD
September - Beverly Jenkins


Beverly Jenkins

April - Belle Calhoune & Reese Ryan
October - TBD

Belle Calhoune & Reese Ryan - "Building Community in Diverse Small Town Romance"


May - Nancy Gideon
November - Critique Night

 "Produce Without Excuse"

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 GDRW members. Meeting is closed to guests.

June - Nancy Yeaman
December - Holiday Party

Brain Power Studios


"Development: From Book to Television Movie"

We have adapted over 20 books for the screen.  Let’s talk about how we choose a book, what’s involved in development, key broadcasters, and financing.  Bring your curiosity and ask lots of questions!

Members of GDRW 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 2022, receive prizes, and have fun! 


A Recap of 2021 Speakers

Jan - Jane Crouch - "Chronicles of a Series Launch"

Feb - Sweet Romance Panel 

Mar - Xio Axelrod - "Fast Drafting"

Apr - Priscilla Oliveras - "Dissecting the Romance Plot with "You've Got Mail."

May - Kathleen Sweeney - Bookbrush 

Jun - Isabella Drake - “Way to Conceptualize Your Story for Different Audiences”

Jul - Booksellers' Best Award ceremony

Aug - Veronica Park - Literary agent with Fuse Literary

Sept - Disaffiliation discussion

Oct - Anna J. Stewart - "Creating Realistic and Believable Motivation for all your Characters"

Dec - Holiday Party

How to Join...

Membership in GDRW is open to all persons seriously pursuing a writing career in the romance genre.  Click button to find out more.