About CNYRW

CNYRW is an active affiliate of Romance Writers of America, a national organization of approximately 8,000 members with chapters throughout the USA and Canada. We meet once a month at the Liverpool Public Library in Liverpool, NY to exchange thoughts and ideas on the state of the industry, share in critiquing sessions, and attend our monthly writing workshops. Founded in 1988, our group includes members from all over Central New York—Syracuse, Oswego, Canandaigua, Gloversville, Plymouth—and anywhere in between.

CNYRW members share a closeness that comes of being kindred spirits. Each of us has spent his or her time struggling through the solitary process of creation, submission, hope, and rejection. We thrill with each other's successes, cry with each other's disappointments, bolster each other's confidence, and cheer each other on. We invite you to explore our website, and see what our chapter has to offer. Feel free to send us an E-mail or a letter if you have any questions at all. We hope to meet you soon.


What CNYRW Can Do For You

CNYRW connects you with your readers. Romance lovers can find out what you write, what awards you have won, and when you are releasing your next book. CNYRW will help you spread the word about your books, cheer you on with each success, and help you continue to publish your work. We can provide valuable contacts within the industry to help further your career.

We can help you on the road to publication with informational meetings, special events, and a supportive community of fellow authors. Visit our About Us and Special Events pages to learn about upcoming events, and our Links page for informative resources!

Sound good? Click here to join or renew your existing membership!


Meeting Schedule

January 7, 2017 - CNYRW Members Roundtable - 2017 Goals/Help My Manuscript!

February 4, 2017 - Tracy Blair & Kristine Kipers - Wattpad & WriteOn

March 11, 2017 - Regina Drumm - Crafting Your Novel: Developing Your Scenes (Sargent Room in AM, Carman Room in PM)

April 1, 2017 - Amy Gamet - Self-Publishing

May 13, 2017 - Linda Bleser - Snowflake Plotting. No matter where you stand on the plotting scale - minimalist, mid-stream, or maximum velocity - the Snowflake Method of Plotting will help you ignite your creativity and move your story forward in a few simple steps that even pantsers will enjoy.

June 10, 2017 - Virginia Kantra - Deep POV and Body Language. See our Special Events page for more information!

September 9, 2017 - Georgia Beers - Working From Home
**PLEASE NOTE VENUE: **Presented at the Barnes Hiscock Mansion.** Click here for directions!

October 14, 2017 - Maggie Shayne - 3-Act Plotting with Abbott and Costello (and Frankenstein and Dracula and the Wolfman)

November 4, 2017 - MJ Compton and Review Group - Organic, Organized, Oh My God

December 2, 2017 - Rose Ceremony and Holiday Party

January 6, 2018 - Speaker and Topic TBA


Meeting Itinerary

  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM: Lunch Break
  • 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM: Board Meeting (members only)
  • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM: Business Meeting (members only)
  • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM: Program
  • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM: Writers' Social

Amber Schalk Volunteer of the Year Award

Amber Schalk

This annual award is given in memory of Amber Schalk, a longtime CNYRW member who contributed much to our chapter. Congratulations to the following CNYRW members who were honored for service to our chapter!

  • 2016: Sabrina Sweet
  • 2015: Kris Fletcher
  • 2014: Tracy Blair
  • 2013: Jo Crosier
  • 2012: Chris Wenger
  • 2011: Nona Raines
  • 2010: Nicki Greenwood
  • 2009: Molly Herwood
  • 2008: Gayle Callen
  • 2007: Barbie Jo Bogart and Kari Lee Townsend
  • 2006: Bill Blodgett, Janine Giordano, Andrea Kaczor
  • 2005: Susan St. Thomas
  • 2004: Midge Johnson and Gayle Callen
  • 2003: Carol Lombardo
  • 2002: Molly Herwood and Kris Fletcher
  • 2001: Nancy Lewandrowski and C.J. Barry
  • 2000: Jane O'Connor, Kathy Grimes, and Theresa Kovian
  • 1999: Cara Summers
  • 1998: Ginny Aubertine and Patty Gannon
  • 1997: Jenna Mindel
  • 1996: Maggie Shayne, Chris Wenger, and Gayle Callen

In Memoriam ....

CNYRW 20th Anniversary with founder Jane O'Connor
From left: Past Presidents Susan St. Thomas, Maggie Shayne, Jane O'Connor, Gayle Callen, Molly Herwood

Our chapter members mourn the loss of our founder and dear friend, Jane O'Connor. The members of our chapter owe a debt of gratitude to Jane for establishing what has become a corner stone in our writing careers, the Central New York Romance Writers, Romance Writers of America Chapter #94. Today we have 55 members throughout central NY, published in multiple genres, with authors hitting the NY Times and USA Today bestseller lists.

Back in 1988, local romance writers didn't have a way to meet each other. Jane founded our chapter and put ads in the Pennysaver, drawing an ever-growing group of authors. Members gathered once a month at the downtown Library at first, and now the Liverpool Public Library. She helped organize our first small conference, bringing in published authors to teach and inspire us. She edited our first newsletter. Jane's success in building CNYRW has led to success and inspiration for our writers. She will be missed. ~ June 2012