Welcome to Heart of Carolina Romance Writers

We are a chapter of the Romance Writers of America and our membership is drawn from all over North Carolina. We offer a wide 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 the month in or near Raleigh, N.C. We invite you to join us!

All meetings from 1 to 3 p.m. at Glen Eden Pilot Park, 1500 Glen Eden Dr., unless other noted. Lunch at Carolina Café at Cameron Village at 11:30 a.m. prior to each meeting and coffee and discussion following the meeting also at Carolina Café.

Our Next Meeting is September 10, 2016. 

“My Top Ten Rules for Writing Romance” presented by Katharine Ashe 

Write from the heart. Write for the market. Write strong heroines. Write girl-next-door heroines. Write heroines who love alpha heroes. Write alpha heroes. Write kinder, gentler alpha heroes. Write alpha heroes with noble titles. Write alpha heroes with motorcycles. Write alpha heroes with adorable daughters and traumatic emotional scars. Write what sells. Write every day. Write with other writers. Write on Scrivener. Write in silence. Write in pink magic marker. Write inside a nail-studded barrel. Write until lots of other people want to read your damn book too…

These days, writers can find such an abundance of advice on how to become a published author with a loyal readership that it’s hard to know which advice to follow and which to toss. After more than a decade publishing romance, through ups and downs, triumphs and frustrations, and professional and personal challenges, Katharine now adheres to one uncompromising rule for success: writer, know thyself—then act on that knowledge. To help her achieve that every day, she keeps a list of her Top Ten Rules for Writing Romance pinned to the wall in front of her, including her own practical writing laws (which she refuses to break no matter what), advice to herself on sales and marketing, and reminders about why she wanted to be a romance author in the first place. In this interactive workshop she’ll share her list and help you create a list that is true to your writer self.

Katharine Ashe is the award-winning and USA Today bestselling author of historical romances that reviewers call “intensely lush” and “sensationally intelligent,” including her acclaimed Devil’s Duke Series, as well as My Lady, My Lord and How to Marry a Highlander, finalists for the RITA® Award of the Romance Writers of America. Her books are recommended by Publishers Weekly,Woman’s World Magazine, Booklist, Library Journal, USA Today, Kirkus Reviews, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and many others, and translated into languages across the world.

We will meet for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Carolina Cafe at Cameron Village. After the meeting, feel free to head back to Carolina Cafe for coffee.

Remember that prospective members can join us for two meetings free of charge before joining.  We look forward to meeting you soon! 

Upcoming Online Workshops for September

Sept. 1-30: The Use of Advanced Punctuation in Popular Fiction, with Sarah Winn


Course Information

All writers of popular fiction use periods, commas, question and quotation marks, but what about apostrophes, colons, semicolons, dashes, ellipses, exclamation points, hyphens, and parentheses? This course will present a survey on the use of these marks in ten novels by popular, 21st century novelists in a variety of genres. A discussion on the use of italics and fonts will also be included. This class will be presented in two lectures per week over a one-month period.

Instructor Information

Sarah Winn is the author of fourteen romance novels, mostly of the historical variety. She is a longtime member of the Heart of Carolina Romance Writers, was once editor of the chapter newsletter, and has written articles and taught online workshops about the art of writing.

September 19-30: Down ‘N’ Dirty Plotting, with Quillia Rain



Whether a pantser or a plotter, there’s nothing worse than the dreaded sagging middle. Or the less-than-hooky beginning. Not to mention the anti-climactic climax. Down ‘N’ Dirty Plotting helps pinpoint the trouble spots in a manuscript and allow an author to focus on the development of the story, character motivation, character/story/series arc, and identify where the opportunities are to add a little twist or put the pressure on a character.

By blending the Six Stage Plot Structure (Michael Hague) with Evan Marshal’s Marshal Plan for Novelists, Down ‘N’ Dirty Plotting creates a visual tool writers of any level can use to help figure out sticking points and those areas that may be sagging just a bit. Using a unique “plug-n-chug” cheatsheet to get a writer from brainstorming to rough draft. (Spreadsheet is in Excel format and can be used on Windows based or Mac computers with Microsoft Excel installed.)

This is an interactive workshop that requires audience participation.


Born in California but raised in Las Vegas, Qwillia Rain embraced fully the independent spirit of the West she grew up in, even if she currently resides in North Carolina–after brief sojourns to Alaska and Montana.
Over the years she’s worked at a diverse mix of jobs including: casino change person, bill collector, book and video store clerk, and computer teacher to Kindergarten through 8th graders. Throughout it all, writing has always been part of her life.

In 2007, her first book (recently revised and self-published) Santa’s Elf, was published, opening a whole new world where she can play with her characters and get paid for it. Her curiosity and tendency to ask “What if” is sure to keep her occupied with ideas while she keeps her wanderlust at bay. Her books can be found on-line at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, All Romance eBooks, or through her publisher, Loose Id, LLC (www.loose-id.com)

 See Our Full Workshop Schedule Here