Fiction Fest and local RWA


Last weekend, I drove from Boston to Connecticut to meet writers and agents and readers at Fiction Fest, the annual conference of Connecticut’s RWA (Romance Writers of America) chapter. I set up my camera in the courtyard of the conference hotel, and I had a great time talking with dozens of people. Here are excerpts from my conversations with: Jamie Schmidt, Gail Chianese, Marian Lanouette, April Grey, Louise Fury, Susan Hanniford Crowley, and Gerri Brousseau.

Most local chapters of RWA hold monthly member meetings, where they host discussions and workshops about the craft and the business of writing and publishing. Members get the chance to connect, face-to-face, with others who understand what it’s like to write late at night and hold down a day job. They also share strategies with one another for navigating the publishing business.

The keynote speaker at Fiction Fest this year was Sherry Thomas (who’s already been featured here at

If you’re a member of a national organization, are you a member of your local chapter? Have local chapters made a difference in your life? Comment below the jump!

Download a transcript.

Laurie Kahn is the executive producer of the Popular Romance Project.

If you enjoyed this post, you can find more information at the Romance Writers of America website, the Connecticut RWA website, and the websites of Gerri Brousseau, Gail Chianese, Susan Hanniford Crowley, Louise Fury, April Grey, Marian Lanouette, and Sherry Thomas.

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