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Last month, I blogged about how much fun I had at the Romance Writers of America National Conference. This month, I’m blogging about how great I think RWA is in general!

As most people who know me are aware, I’m a lawyer. Lately, I’ve had a part-time job at a law firm that’s a temp position–one that’s gone on for 2 years, as of today!

Recently, I learned that another attorney at my firm has an interest in writing fiction–not just legal fiction, like contracts, but real fiction. Soon as I heard that, I had to put my two cents’ worth in: no matter what stage she was in her writing, no matter whether she was interested in writing romance, she ought to come to an RWA meeting. Since she lives in southern Orange County, OCC seemed a good fit.

Why do I recommend RWA to everyone? Because it’s such a great organization! It provides information and support to anyone who wants to write, whether published or aspiring to publish, or even just interested in learning the craft and writing to please oneself. In RWA, and especially if one attends local meetings, a writer can learn about writing, publishing, staying published, what current trends in writing are… whatever.

Even more than that, the networking, sharing with others who are eager to share in return, can’t be beat!

I belong to other writing organizations, and I enjoy them. I’m glad I joined them, too, and get something important to my writing career from each of them. But for an all-around excellent experience for writers, I’ll continue to recommend RWA to everyone!

Linda O. Johnston

Linda O. Johnston is the author of 14 romance novels as well as the Kendra Ballantyne, Pet-Sitter mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime–and has 2 Silhouette Nocturnes and a Nocturne Bites upcoming!


  • Anonymous
    on September 7, 2008

    *sigh* I need to start reading this blog and other OC authors since I’m now subbing my stuff instead of sitting on my behind. LOL I’ll have to check out all the orgs too. Thanks for the info.

  • Anonymous
    on September 6, 2008

    I agree too, Linda. RWA does a wonderful job teaching both the craft of writing and the business as well. Any author can learn a lot by attending meetings.

  • Anonymous
    on September 6, 2008

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  • Anonymous
    on September 6, 2008

    Hi Linda, I agree, even if you’re not writing romance, you can learn a ton from RWA!

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