About Us

Charter Oak Romance Writers, Inc. [CORW] is Chapter #194 of the Romance Writers of America®, a non-profit, national organization of thousands of 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, all-day workshops, writers retreats, and professional presentations. Some of our members also write mysteries, non-fiction, and children’s books. Each one of us is somewhere on the Publishing Journey… that at times unclear, uncertain path which all of us must walk to attain both greater understanding and a few companions who will offer support in order to persevere…and we are dedicated to not only pursuing a professional writing career, but to learning how to become better writers and marketers or our work.

We serve members living in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, and beyond. 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 either CORW, P. O. Box 964, Simsbury, CT 06070 or paypal can be accepted at EDakotaBlack@gmail.com.


Feb 6: Brian Jud on Non-traditional venues for selling books. Meeting will be held at the South Windsor Public Library (1550 Sullivan Avenue, South Windsor, 06074). Business meeting begins at 10 a.m., Speaker begins at 11 a.m. with an open-to-all lunch to follow.

March 5 (Location TBA)
Best-selling author Dee Davis on Plotting and Pacing

April 2 (Location TBA) Jamie K. Schmidt joins us again, with another workshop & follow up for those from January.

May 7 (Location TBA) 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.