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.

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.


Charter Oak mourns the passing of long-time member Eleanor Sullo, who passed away on February 6. Ellie was the author of ten novels and a valued mentor and friend to many Charter Oak members over the years. She will be missed and her contributors to our chapter will not be forgotten.

Our next monthly meeting is April 4th at Welles Turner Library in Glastonbury. Speaker: Denise Smoker, aka author Regina Kyle, a member of CT RWA who will be speaking to us about how to throw a virtual book party on Facebook.

Thank you to CORW Vice-President Deborah Ann Davis for her wonderful presentation on the Audacity of Publishing.

Our monthly meeting on May 2 will again be at the Welles Turner Library in Glastonbury and will feature mystery author Judith Ivie.

Photographs from our all-day workshop featuring a master class on dialogue by New York Times bestseller Kristan Higgins can be found on our workshop page.

CORW meets on the first Saturday of every month except July and August. First-time visitors are welcome at the meetings free of charge.

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