About Us

CORW SUMMER WRITING DASH!

This program is to encourage everyone to set individual writing goals for themselves as well as to compete against one another in a friendly manner, and most importantly, establish good writing habits. I recommend you focus on a single project for the duration, but it you want to switch between multiple projects/different writing activities, you are responsible for the weekly calculations in order to report in.

The basics:

  • The six week dash begins at 12:01 AM Sunday, July 10th and ends at 11:59 PM Saturday August 20th.
  • Report-ins on your progress are due to Tina each Saturday by 11:59 PM. They should be sent to Tina at tkane58@cox.net and NOT TO THE ENTIRE GROUP.
  • Before you begin, set your individual goal for the six weeks. This can be as simple as:
    • I will write every day and report my weekly page count at the end of each week
    • I will write a minimum of [X pages] every day and report my weekly page count at the end of each week
    • I will write a minimum of [XX pages] a week and report my weekly page count at the end of each week
    • I will write [XXX pages] for the duration of the dash, and report my weekly page count at the end of each week
    • Something of your own devising, providing you make a commitment to report in each week. Regardless of your individual goal, it is important to report in each week to keep yourself committed and engaged.
  • It is equally important that you not get discouraged if you don’t meet your weekly goal. Everyone has an off week once in a while. That doesn’t mean you have to give up. For all you know, your next week’s total can be double your expectations. The important thing is to keep writing.
  • In setting a goal, take a look at your calendar for the six-week dash and see what you have planned. Plan your goal around your other commitments, but make sure you make a commitment to write. You can do this by blocking out time on your calendar to write. Tell your friends and family about your commitment so they can respect your writing time—and encourage you along the way. Think about your current writing habits and try to take it up one notch! If you normally write 10 pages a week, set your goal at 12. If you write 10,000 words a week, try for 12,000.  If you don’t know, try to figure it out!

*Be sure to check out Allie Pleiter’s articles in the May and June’s editions of RWR on ‘The Chunky Method of Time Management’ for some great inspiration and instruction!!

 

REGULAR MEETINGS DURING THE YEAR:

CORW meets on the 1st Saturday of every month (except July and August) at various locations:

1. South Windsor Public Library
1550 Sullivan Avenue,
South Windsor, CT 06074
860 644-1541
Click here for a map and directions.

2.Welles-Turner Memorial Library
2407 Main Street,
Glastonbury, CT 06033

The business meeting begins at 10:00 a.m. The monthly program open to the general public starts at 11 a.m. In case of inclement weather, check the home page of this website for latest information.For those interested in joining the chapter: the $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

Upcoming Meeting lineup and Speaker Lineup :

July- no meeting

August 20, 2016 from 1pm-..?..: Member’s Picnic at Emily Black’s: 126 Great Pond Road, Simsbury, CT 06070. ALL MEMBERS WELCOME!!! Please email Emily at: EDakotaBlack@gmail.com with questions and your ‘pot luck’. This is a great time to sit in the shade and catch up with the others- non-alcoholic bevs served, but you are welcome to BYOB! Bring books & stuff for the ‘Free’ table(s)- a great opportunity to play ‘clean out’…also on the agenda: a sneak peek at the Artist/Retreat House we are currently renovating across the lawn, and Kathe Robin and her husband Max are expected to be here as well! Also: this picnic will include a Sept meeting of the attending board members in anticipation of our October 1, 2016 Workshop: The First Page. Look for details soon!

 

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.

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.