Last Saturday, the 16th, I attended a meeting of the Missouri Romance Writers' Association (MoWRA). I was the guest of two friends, Dana and MaryAnn, who are both members.
A few weeks ago, I attended the Donald Maass Fire In Fiction Workshop sponsored by MoWRA and was highly impressed with their organization.
While at the workshop, several people invited me to attend a meeting and to check out their group.
This is an amazing group of serious writers. There are members at all levels of the writing game. Some have published more than 25 novels, others are still working on their first draft, and there are literally dozens whose accomplishments range somewhere in between.
I particularly enjoyed their "Grins and Groans" segment. This is where people are invited to share their successes and failures with the group at large. It was inspiring to hear their success stories and it was encouraging to hear of their near misses.
One writer, Lynn Cahoon, received special attention and a gift. Her first novel, The Bull Rider's Brother, was recently e-published by Crimson Romance. As recognition of her success, she was presented with a canvas cover of her book.
MoWRA really seems to value their members if Saturday's meeting was any indication.
Their speaker, Michelle Grajkowski of Three Seas Literary Agency, was informative, funny, and high energy. Exactly the kind of agent I'm looking for. She
could run circles around the competition!
I hope to attend another MoWRA meeting before making a decision to join. My only concern at this point has to do with my not writing romance. I feel like I could certainly learn from this group of professional, but wonder if I might not have a better fit with another group. Only time will tell.