Virginia Romance Writers (VRW), chapter #19 of Romance Writers of America®. We are an organization for both published and unpublished writers. Our membership includes writers of all levels, from unpublished writers working on their first manuscripts to award-winning, bestselling published authors. Through our monthly meetings, our chapter is dedicated to promoting excellence in romantic fiction. We offer innovative programs and workshops we share knowledge about the constantly evolving publishing world. VRW strives to help writers grow their careers through workshops and networking opportunities.

We strive to reach as many Virginia romantic fictions writers as possibly by rotating our meeting venues each month. Check our workshops page for the list of upcoming speakers and locations. We welcome you to our growing membership of Virginia Romance Writers.



May 14th

Mindy Klasky & Kathleen Connor

Glen Allen Library

10501 Staples Mill Road

Glen Allen, VA 23060-3242

Set-up/Coffee Time: 10:00am

Meeting starts: 10:30am

AM Session: Mindy KlaskyNuts and Bolts: Organizational Tools for WritersMindy Klasky Formal Headshot

The publishing world (traditional, self-publishing, and hybrid) is more complicated than ever. In addition to writing their books, authors are responsible for planning their careers, managing their time, and promoting their work. USA Today bestselling author Mindy Klasky will share her organizational tips and tricks gleaned from more than 20 years of publishing experience.  In this class, you’ll learn how to write a strategic plan, implement a tactical plan for writing and publishing multiple novels in a year, manage your time effectively, and track metadata for all your works.

USA Today bestselling author Mindy Klasky learned to read when her parents shoved a book in her hands and told her she could travel anywhere through stories. As a writer, Mindy has traveled through various genres, including hot contemporary romance. In her spare time, Mindy knits, quilts, and tries to tame her to-be-read shelf.

PM Session: Kathleen Connor—Canine Search and Rescue: It’s Not Just Following Kathleen ConnorYour Dog Around the Woods

Being a search and rescue dog handler is not just following your dog around in the woods! It is an amalgamation of so many different skills. Map and compass (it does no good to find your subject if you can’t tell the extraction team where you are, and GPS’s have been known to die out), search strategy, patient care, canine care, wood’s sense and a good deal of understanding what the heck your dog is trying to tell you. Then you need to be able to mesh with the local LE who has no idea whether or not to believe in you and your dog’s skills.

Kathleen’s Bio: Search and rescue invaded her life about 20 years ago. It has been an obsession ever since then. Her first search dog, Ben, was a stray off the streets of Harrisonburg, Virginia. He wasn’t the greatest search dog, but he was kind and patient. He allowed me to learn what she needed to know so her second dog could be the best. He did make one find during his career, a suicide victim on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Kathleen’s second dog, Finn, has taken her places and involved her in so many interesting cases and missions. They went to New Orleans after Katrina and they were even tapped to go to the Amazon jungle to look for victims of a plane crash.

Currently, she is working to get her fourth cadaver dog certified and she has started her third area live find dog (the canine will be great, if she doesn’t kill herself in her enthusiasm!)

Kathleen is a traveling veterinarian in the Shenandoah Valley which allows her the time to work as a volunteer SAR Dog handler.

And on top of this, she is in the middle of writing my first book, which of course is about a search and rescue dog handler! It’s a paranormal because the dog can’t die.


Fool For Love Contest


Finalists will be announced mid-May 2016
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  1. Download and complete the electronic entry form and email it with your manuscript to foolforlovecontest@gmail.com.

  2. Pay for your entry https://www.rwa.org/p/pr/vi/prodid=918

  3. After confirmation of entry form, payment, and entry have been received the contest coordinators will send a confirmation email.

  • $30 VRW members
  • $35 non-member
  • $5 maximum discount for entrants who serve as first round judges


HOLT Medallion Contest

HOLT Medallion Awards

Finalists will be announced May 2016.