Central Pennsylvania Romance Writers

Welcome to CPRW!

Central Pennsylvania Romance Writers is dedicated to support, enthusiasm, a willingness to share experiences and information, and community. We invite you to attend a meeting to check us out. The energy and activity that define us isn’t easily detectable without seeing us in person.

We meet the first Saturday of every month (with a few rare exceptions), from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Joseph T. Simpson Public Library, 16 N. Walnut St., Mechanicsburg, PA 17055.

You may have seen news reports and social media discussions about issues pertaining to the Romance Writers of America, our parent organization. Here is our statement regarding the events that have transpired since the end of 2019:

Central Pennsylvania Romance Writers (CPRW) has been a chapter of Romance Writers of America (RWA) since 1992. We are proud of our commitment to welcome and support all writers of romantic fiction regardless of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, religion, or political affiliation. Our stories showcase the value and importance of love in all its forms and we believe every person should be able to see themselves in a story.

We are not, however, proud of our parent organization’s recent actions. In the wake of questionable decisions and follow-up announcements made by the RWA board, a multitude of accusations and revelations have called into question the organization’s integrity. Respect for romance fiction’s extremely significant role in the publishing industry has been stripped as a result of the ongoing firestorm, and we decry the actions that have caused this.

We respectfully request a full and transparent accounting of the RWA board and staff’s actions with regard to past ethics complaints, as well as an independent review of the policies and procedures for handling future ethics complaints. Regardless of how things proceed at the national level from this point, we in CPRW emphasize that our group is a safe, supportive place for all romance writers and that our doors are always open to all. We remain dedicated to ensuring that every member of our chapter feels the truth resonating at the core of our mission: you belong.

Signed, The 2019 and 2020 Boards of Directors of Central Pennsylvania Romance Writers

Natalie J. Damschroder, Dan Carney, Victoria Smith, Vicky Burkholder, Allison B. Hanson, Jennifer Bonds, Carrie Jacobs, Alyssa Black, Samantha Coons, Randi Anderson

We Are Here for You

The statement above isn’t lip service. Our core belief is that if you write romantic fiction, you belong with us. Though we only meet once a month, we offer several programs and features that keep us going through the month. Check out the topics for our upcoming meetings. And browse the rest of our main website while you’re there! You can attend two meetings before you have to decide whether or not to join us, so we hope you’ll decide to visit. If you’re ready to join now, though, you can click here.

And if you have any questions at all, please email us. We’re eager to meet you!

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