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.


Thanks to CORW member Elaine Violette for her terrific presentation on public speaking in June.

Our summer meeting will be a chapter picnic at CORW member’s Sandra Marton’s home on Saturday, August 15. To avoid other scheduling conflicts, our next regular meeting will be the first Saturday in October, at the South Windsor Library. Information to come on our speaker.

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.

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.” -

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.

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.