Welcome to Heart of Carolina Romance Writers

We are a Raleigh, North Carolina-based chapter of the Romance Writers of America and our membership is drawn from all over North Carolina. We offer a variety of exciting programs, an active and accomplished membership, and an opportunity to meet and mingle with a really fun group of writers. We meet the second Saturday of each month in or near Raleigh, N.C. We invite you to join us!

*NOTE: Our regular meeting place is ECPI University, 4101 Doie Cope Road, Raleigh, NC. The pre-meeting lunch is at the Golden Corral, 6129 Glenwood Ave in Raleigh from 11:30 to 12:30 and the post-meeting coffee is at the Panera at 6129 Glenwood Ave and right next door to the Golden Corral.

For HCRW members only:  Your hooky first page may win a cash prize. Watch for announcements of our randomly-scheduled Off the Wall First Page Contests!

Our next event is our October 7, 2017 All-Day Workshop with Virginia Kantra.


                                   Award-winning Author Virginia Kantra 

9:30 a.m.:  Registration opens (limited seating…register on-line early!)

10 a.m. to Noon:  Deep Point of View

Deep point of view (POV) is the quickest, cheapest tool in the writer’s toolbox for shoe-horning your reader into your character’s skin. It is driven by your characters’ experience and emotions. This workshop explains how close third person POV combines the advantages of first person POV with the versatility and wider camera lens of third person POV. Elements to consider in writing deep POV include the character’s gender, education level, environment, age, career, and needs and conflicts. Using first and final drafts from Virginia Kantra’s own work and examples from bestselling and RITA-nominated books, this workshop will explore when and why deep POV is effective and discuss how to write it in description, narrative, and dialogue/subtext. Special attention will be paid to formatting; techniques for switching POV within a scene; and to writing in male POV, including “Virginia’s Guide to Guy-Speak.”

Noon to 1:30 p.m.:  Lunch Break (List of locations available at registration desk) 

1:30 to 3:30:  Body Language

Body language, nonverbal cues to feelings and intentions, is key to communication–and to romance. In this two-hour class, Virginia explores the elements of body language from facial expressions and gestures to touch and the use of space. Learn how to bring your characters and scenes to life by focusing on four functions of body language in fiction: revealing character, improving pacing, enriching subtext, and developing the romance.

Raffle baskets containing books and other goodies will also be available.

The workshop will be held at ECPI University, 4101 Doie Cope Road, Raleigh, NC 27606 

Registration is $25 for Heart of Carolina members/Carolina Romance Writers.

All others $35. LIMITED SEATING! Registration includes morning coffee or tea.

Non RWA-members: go to our website calendar at www.heartofcarolina.org or go to https://www.rwa.org/e/in/eid=703  Click “Register for This Event.” Fill in name and email, click on “Oct Live Workshop non-members” option, then click “OK” to go to the next step.

HCRW and CRW members must log into RWA first. Click “Register Using Your Member Account.”



 See Our Full Online Workshop Schedule Here