WisRWA Calendar

Nov 01
WisRWA 2017-2018 Renewals
Renewals for the upcoming year begin November 1, 2017. Any renewal that is received after January 15, 2018 will be incur a $5.00 late fee. Click the Join tab to renew your membership. Please direct any questions to WisRWA Secretary, Stefanie Dowell.
Feb 12
Stop Dissing Romance! Panel at Boswell Book Company
Join WisRWA at Boswell Book Company on February 12 at 7 PM for a presentation on the romance genre and its role in the publishing industry by a panel of Publishing Professionals. Bobbi Dumas, a freelance writer, book reviewer, romance advocate, and founder of Read a Romance Month will moderate. More information to follow.
Oct 06
WisRWA 2018 Fall Workshop
Mark your calendars for the 2018 Fall Workshop on October 5-6, 2018 at the Grand Lodge Waterpark Resort, Rothschild, WI. For more information, click the Workshop tab.
Apr 05
WisRWA 2019 Write Touch Conference
Mark your calendars for the 2019 Write Touch Conference April 5-7, 2019 at the Milwaukee Hyatt in beautiful downtown Milwaukee. More details to follow!

Meeting Times

Dec 13
Green Bay

Green Bay Area Holiday Party

Bring a dish to pass and a gift worth no more than $15 if you wish to participate in the exchange. Please contact Mary Grace Murphy, Green Bay Area Contact, for details
Dec 16
12:00-3:00 pm

Milwaukee Area Holiday Party

Bring a dish to pass and a gift worth no more than $15 for the gift exchange. Please contact Jennifer Rupp, Milwaukee Area Contact, for details.
Jan 03
Green Bay
11:30-2:00; 1951 West, 1951 Bond Street, Green Bay

Understanding Writing Contests

Green Bay Area Member, Nancy Sweetland will take us through the process of preparing for a writing contest. She will also share information about RWA's RITA award and Golden Heart contests as well as WisRWA's own Fabulous Five Contest and Write Touch Readers Award.
Jan 13
Chippewa Falls
10-12:30; Deb’s Café, 1120 122nd Street, Chippewa Falls

Transitions: Scenes, Characters, Time

Winter is here! A cold wind is blowing, snow is falling, and ice makes walking out your own front door hazardous. There’s no better time to hunker down where it’s warm and WRITE, WRITE, WRITE! Bring examples, both good and bad, from what you’re reading and be prepared to discuss why it does or does not work.
Jan 20
11:00-2:30; Mayfair Mall (Garden Suites Community Room, Lower Level)

Up Close and Personal: Achieving Intimacy through Voice and Deep POV with Heather Luby

Point of view isn’t just an element of storytelling—it is the foundation of any captivating story. Diving into a Deep POV and utilizing the tools of narrative voice is how we thrust our readers into the minds of our characters and push them into the fictional dream. In this fast paced, hands-on workshop, you will learn the key elements necessary to write immersive, voice driven prose. Come prepared to learn how character, dialogue, and voice work in tandem with Deep POV to leave your reader emotionally spellbound. It is recommended you bring 1-2 sample chapters of your own work for hands-on learning.
Feb 07
Green Bay
11:30-2:00; 1951 West, 1951 Bond Street, Green Bay

Ins and Outs of Novellas

Green Bay Area member, Kayla Bain-Vrba will share her process on how to write a novella.
Feb 10
Chippewa Falls
10-12; Volume One, 205 N Dewey St, Eau Claire

Social Media for Writers

Karissa Zastrow will speak on “Social Media for Writers”. Her presentation will focus on tips and tricks to help you use the most popular social media platforms to promote your writing without burning hours of your precious writing time. Check our event on the Wisconsin Romance Writers of America Facebook page and let us know if you are attending!
Feb 17
9-11:30 AM; Mayfair Mall (Garden Suites Community Room, Lower Level)

WisRWA Milwaukee Writing Circle Hosted by Milwaukee Area member, Tricia Quinnes

Get ready to write! We'll have a write-in day with sprints and brainstorming help as needed.
Mar 07
Green Bay
11:30-2:00; 1951 West, 1951 Bond Street, Green Bay

How to Write a Series

Green Bay Area member, Lily Silver will share her process on how to write a successful series.
Mar 10
Chippewa Falls
10-12:30; Deb’s Café, 1120 122nd Street, Chippewa Falls

Fear of Writing and Publishing: Success and/or Failure

Is fear holding you back from realizing your dream? Are you afraid of the writing/publishing process, afraid of failing after all your best efforts, or, yes, even afraid of actually succeeding? Then this discussion is for you.

WisRWA Newsletter

Write Touch Readers’ Award Contest

Write Touch Readers Award Contest Logo

Wisconsin Romance Writers of America (WisRWA) announces the 2018 Write Touch Readers Award contest for published authors.

Here are the rules for 2018:

  • Book must have an original publication date of 2017.
  • This contest is open to published RWA members (WisRWA members receive 1 free entry then $25.00 per additional entry) and non-RWA authors ($30.00 per entry).
  • Submit either one electronic file (pdf only) OR three copies of manuscript in bound print form. Authors of print entries will be notified where to mail books.
  • Each submission will be judged by three readers.
  • Judges are readers of the romance genre not associated with the publishing industry or with RWA.
  • Ten categories will be offered.
  • Three finalists per category will be determined by the highest combined score.
  • Winner will be determined by the highest score for the category.
  • Final score of entry will be returned to author at end of contest.



  • Contemporary – Long: Novels that are set from 1950 to present, 80,000 words or more.
  • Contemporary – Midlength: Novels that are set from 1950 to present, 56,000 to 80,000 words.
  • Contemporary – Short: Novels that are set from 1950 to present, 40,000 to 56,000 words.
  • Erotic Romance: Novels with inherent sexual interactions between characters.
  • Historical Romance: Novels set prior to 1950.
  • Inspirational Romance: Spiritual elements are a major portion of the story.
  • Mainstream Fiction with a Central Romance: A happy-ever-after ending is not required, although a satisfying resolution to the romance occurs.
  • Paranormal/Time Travel/Fantasy: “Other world” elements are an integral part of the story.
  • Romantic Suspense: Mystery or thriller tone drives the story.
  • Young Adult Romance: Navigating young adult experiences drives the story.



  • Contest opens December 1, 2017.
  • Deadline for submission material is 11:59 CST, February 15, 2018. Print books must be received by deadline to be included in the contest.
  • The top three finalists in each category will be notified by email.
  • Finalists will be notified by May 15, 2018.
  • Winners will be notified by May 31, 2018 and will receive a plaque for their accomplishment.

Further information can be obtained by contacting Gini Athey at writetouch @ wisrwa.org.



Past Winners of the Write Touch Award

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