It’s Official—NECRWA Is Now New England Romance Writers!

We are thrilled to announce that, effective October 1, 2020, we have disaffiliated from Romance Writers of America (RWA) and are now operating as an independent tax-exempt romance writing organization under the name New England Romance Writers (NERW). NERW will continue to serve our members through education, networking, and advocacy, and will continue to educate the public about the breadth and diversity of the romance genre.

NERW’s disaffiliation from RWA is a major milestone for our organization, which had been an RWA chapter since 1987. We began discussing our future in January 2020, voted in March 2020 to disaffiliate from RWA by no later than September 30, 2020, and are now fully separated from RWA. This step represents many months of hard work and steadfast leadership by our present and former officers and directors.

NERW is proud that diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) is a cornerstone of our newly revised bylaws, mission, and values. But our journey isn’t over. Our leaders and members will be continuing our efforts to embed DEI within and throughout the organization.

We look forward to welcoming back former members and to meeting everyone newly joining us. If you write romance, you are invited to join NERW, regardless of your race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, body size, age, religion, ancestry, national or ethnic origin, immigration status, employment status, marital status, pregnancy status, ability or disability, genetic information, veteran status, socioeconomic status, and political affiliation. Give our friendly and knowledgeable community a try—dues for the remainder of 2020 are only $5. We hope to see you at one of our virtual meetings soon!

To learn more, visit our new website at https://www.nerw.org. You can receive important announcements by joining our interim email loop at https://groups.io/g/NERW-Interim, following us on Twitter at @NERomWriters, and liking our Facebook Page at @NERomWriters. Please reach out to NERW President Alexa Rowan with questions at president@nerw.org.

October 18, 2020 Meeting – Five SEO Wins for Authors with Sarah Cassell

Our October 18th monthly meeting will start with a workshop presented by digital marketer Sarah Cassell on Five SEO Wins for Authors, which will be followed by our monthly meeting.

Sarah Cassell headshotWorkshop Description: Search Engine Optimization. It’s an effective way to improve your web traffic. But when it comes down to it, where should we even start, what has the most impact and–how do you know if you’re even doing it right? In this workshop we’ll review five easy ways you can get more search traffic to your website, regardless of your web skill level.

This workshop is for you if you …

  • have a website or plan to launch a website soon
  • write, publish and manage your own website content (or plan to)
  • want to improve traffic on your site, or grow your readership online

Pre-workshop questions for consideration:

  • Who do you see as the audience of your website? (i.e. who do you want to visit your site?)
  • Why would this audience come to your site? What are you offering that is unique, special or of value to this audience?
  • What do you hope this audience learns on your website?
  • What action(s) do you hope this audience takes on your website?
  • If you were searching for a website like yours, what keywords or brief phrases might you enter into search?
  • Now, spend 5-10 minutes brainstorming. What additional keywords or phrases might someone use to find your content?
  • Go incognito on your browser and then Google those phrases and keywords. Does your site appear?
The workshop will start on Zoom at 1pm. The Zoom meeting info has also been posted in the NECRWA Facebook Group, the NECRWA chapter forum on RWA, and will be posted in the new NERW Facebook Group and NERW email forum after October 1st. Virtual doors will open at 12:45pm. Please reach out to Alexa Rowan at president@necrwa.org with any questions.

Bio: For more than a decade, Sarah Cassell has weathered the tides of digital marketing. In this fast-paced growing world of technology, Sarah is passionate about sharing what she’s learned with others to help them build authentic and meaningful relationships with their audiences. She is the Director of Digital Marketing at City Year, a national nonprofit, where she designs, builds and implements marketing and advertising strategies. She has experience managing social media for both large and small nonprofits and experience managing email and loves to scroll through Instagram every spare minute she has. She holds a Bachelor’s in Journalism from Ohio University and a Master’s in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Learn more about Sarah at sacassell.com.

September 20, 2020 Meeting – Top Ten Tips for Tightening Tension with Molly O’Keefe

Our September 20th monthly meeting will start with a workshop presented by Molly O’Keefe on Top Ten Tips for Tighter Tension, which will be followed by our monthly chapter business meeting.
Headshot of author Molly O'KeefeWorkshop description: Tension is what keeps pages turning and makes a book of any genre satisfying. The tighter the tension, the more rewarding the ending. Incorporating internal and external tension into your characters and plot at every stage of writing from brainstorming to editing will keep the pages turning and the books selling. In this highly interactive workshop we’ll discuss how to create characters that create tension, how to manage backstory and plot and what are the ten best ways to keep the tension as tight as possible in your manuscript.
The workshop will start on Zoom at 1pm. The Zoom meeting info has also been posted in the NECRWA Facebook Group and the NECRWA chapter forum on RWA. Virtual doors will open at 12:45pm. Please reach out to Alexa Rowan at president@necrwa.org with any questions.

BIO: Molly O’Keefe is the USA Today Bestselling author of over 50 romance novels. She’s won two RITA Awards and four RT Reviewers Choice Awards. She also writes USA Today Bestselling women’s fiction under the name Molly Fader. Her books have been selected book club picks by Women’s Day Magazine and the Brenda Novak book club. She lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband, two kids and the largest heap of dirty laundry in North America.

Learn more at Molly O’Keefe’s website.

Please note that NECRWA meetings are online.

August 16, 2020 Meeting – WriteFAST! with Siera London

Our August 16th monthly meeting will be in two parts.
Siera London headshotPart 1 will be a Workshop in a Box presented by Siera London on WriteFAST!
Workshop description: A straightforward method to transform your story idea into a first draft FAST!
The pre-recorded workshop will start promptly at 1pm and will be presented on Gotowebinar. Registration information has been posted in the NECRWA Facebook Group and the NECRWA chapter forum on RWA. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Please reach out to Alexa Rowan at president@necrwa.org with any questions.

BIO: Siera London is a bestselling author of contemporary romance and romantic suspense. She crafts stories of diverse characters navigating the challenges and triumphs to find lasting love. Intelligence, wit, emotion, drama, and sensual romance are between the covers of every Siera London novel. Siera lives in California with her husband, and a color patch tabby named Frie.

Learn more at Siera London’s official website.

Part 2 will be our monthly chapter business meeting, which will be held on Zoom. The Zoom meeting info has also been posted in the NECRWA Facebook Group and the NECRWA chapter forum on RWA. Again, please reach out to Alexa Rowan at president@necrwa.org with any questions.
Please note that NECRWA meetings are online.

Old Town Hall Bedford Massachusetts

January 19, 2020 Meeting – “Town Hall” on Recent Events and NECRWA’s Future – MEETING IS STILL ON

Old Town Hall Bedford MassachusettsNECRWA’s first meeting of 2020 will be a Town Hall style meeting focusing on recent events within RWA and NECRWA’s future. (No, it will not be summertime like in the lovely photo, alas.)

We will not be voting on taking any actions at this meeting. Rather, NECRWA’s leadership will explain the options available to the organization. We will then seek input from the membership on how to proceed and will answer your questions as best we can. Members, please feel free to send us questions in advance, whether or not you are planning to attend the meeting. The meeting will be accessible electronically to members who are unable to attend in person via a Facebook Live session through the chapter Facebook group. Electronic access will unfortunately not be available to guests. Guests are, however, welcome to attend in person (payment of a $5 guest fee is required).

We hope you will join us on January 19th.