About Us

Charter Oak Romance Writers, Inc. is Chapter #194 of the Romance Writers of America®, a non-profit, national organization of over 8,000 published and aspiring romance writers. Membership in CORW is open to writers who are at least 18 years of age.

CORW’s main focus is to provide information and networking to fellow romance writers through a variety of programs thought our members also write mysteries, non-fiction, and children’s books.

We serve members living in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts. All are welcome to attend their first two meetings free of charge. For those interested in joining the chapterthe $25 membership fee can be paid to Charter Oak RWA, P. O. Box 964, Simsbury, CT 06070 or paypal can be accepted at EDakotaBlack@gmail.com.


Check out photos from our summer picnic!

Our next meeting will be on October 3rd at the South Windsor Public Library in South Windsor. Our guest speaker will be Carol McManus, America’s LinkedIn Lady:

From her website:

“My passion today is to help business owners and operators flourish. As a Speaker, Radio Host, Executive Coach, and Business Consultant, I am able to bring years of experience to the table. I save my clients time and money but cutting to the chase of what they need to do to take their business to higher levels of performance and stronger bottom-line profit. Whether it’s social media, marketing, digital tools, or operations, I can help you.” –

Upcoming Meeting lineup and Speaker Lineup :

Nov 7 @ CORW member with Helene Radjeski-Edwards on Ebook Publishing

Bio: Helene is a “Jill of All Trades” from crossing guard to sales manager before graduating from the University of Hartford with a Master’s degree in Public Administration.

She writes poetry for herself and novels when she needs to tell a longer tale. Barbara is fascinated by the past so naturally turned to writing historical romance. The dark stories evolve from nightmares. The romance comes from her belief in people’s basic goodness and longing for love.

An avid Civil War re-enactor, Barbara travels the eastern states to participate in events. She loves visiting museums, galleries and battle sites, gathering information for her stories.

She taught Romance Writing at Manchester Community college for three years.

Dec 5 @TBA with Frances Brown on Audio Books and Marketing (Holiday Party)

Jan 16 or 23 All day workshop on writing novellas with USA Today Bestsellling author Jamie Schmidt at TBA

Jamie Kleinkauf-Schmidt has over thirty short stories published in small press and ezines. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the State University of New York at New Paltz in Secondary Education English, which is a fancy way of saying she went to college to teach high school English. When that didn’t pan out, she worked as a call center manager, a Tupperware consultant, a paralegal, and finally a technical writer for a major conglomerate company. She is an active member in the Romance Writers of America (RWA), serving as the PROliaison for her local chapter Connecticut Romance Writers of America (CTRWA).

Feb 6 @ TBA with Brian Juf on Non-traditional venues for selling books

March 5 @ TBA 

April 2 @  Best-selling author Dee Davis on Plotting and Pacing

May 7 @ Bestselling author and CORW member Sandra Marton on Marketing Strategies

June 4 Thiemba Fergueson/Nikki WWoolfolk on Revising and Editing Your Work

CORW meets on the first Saturday of every month except July and August, though our location can be either the South Windsor or the Welles Turner Public Library in Glastonbury. First-time visitors are welcome at the meetings free of charge.

For more news on members, check out our Facebook page.

Our History:
By Helene Radjeski-Edwards, Founder & Past President

This is a love story.

I’ve been a member of Romance Writers of America since 1989 and kept a local chapter membership when I moved to Florida. When I returned to Connecticut the drive to Connecticut Romance Writers was increased to an hour plus.

With experience as the chapter President in Florida I took the chance I could find enough interested writers to start a chapter closer to home. Faxon Libray in West Hartford allowed us to gather. At first, we were just a small group of four or five which included myself,  Iris Alderson,  and several others.

We had a lively debate about the chapter name since Connecticut was already in use. Charter Oak seemed to personify the area we were targeting. The newsletter became “The Oak Leaf”. And later the contest the Golden Acorn, which the chapter run until 2015.

Over the years, our speakers have included Deb Dixon of Goal, Motivation and Conflict fame, Mary Buckham, Laurie Schnebly Campbell, Charter Oak member Sandra Marton, and prominent local Connecticut authors Kristan Higgins and T.L. Costa.

Under the umbrella of RWA we’ve kept our focus on writing and supporting our fellow authors through sharing knowledge and experience and we’re proud to have maintained a small but thriving group.