The Romance Writers of America/New York City, Inc. was founded in 1985. We are proud to be celebrating our 30th anniversary.
The New York City chapter was the brainchild of Nora Siri Bock, who gathered her author friends together: Regency author Theresa Grazia, glitz author Sarah Gallick, and children's author Kathryn Hayes -- and with the advice and financial support of the Hudson Valley chapter, formed a chapter.
In the beginning, the chapter met at the NBC building in the Upper West Side in the cafeteria. As the chapter membership grew, the meeting location changed several times to meet chapter needs. Today, RWA/NYC meets at TRS on 40 Exchange Place, in the heart of the Stock Exchange district.
Being in the heart of the Romance industry, RWA/NYC has been fortunate enough to get front-line editors, publishers, agents and industry professionals to come speak at chapter meetings, a tradition begun by our founding mothers.
RWA/NYC is also proud to host the annual Kathryn Hayes "We Need a Hero" contest and the Golden Apple Awards. For a few years, the chapter even had its own "From Dream to Reality" conference and we experimented with one-day writing workshops and Published Author Networking Dinners.
In the past 20 years, chapter members have been Golden Heart finalists and winners, RITA finalists and winners, National Regional Service winners, Regional Directors (Maria Ferrer and Dee Davis) and our own Shirley Hailstock was even RWA National President. Today, RWA/NYC has almost 100 members who are published, pre-published and aspiring authors.
We invite you to join us at a monthly meeting, as we gear up for our next decade.