First Coast Romance Writers, an affiliate of Romance Writers of America®, is an organization for both published and unpublished writers, as well as any individuals involved in the writing/publishing industry. The membership includes writers of all levels, from those working on their first manuscripts to award-winning authors. The chapter is dedicated to promoting excellence in romantic fiction through monthly meetings and workshops in a comfortable forum where published and unpublished writers share knowledge about the constantly evolving publishing industry. FCRW strives to help writers become published and establish careers with innovative programs, networking opportunities and pertinent information on effective marketing techniques for members’ novels.

Congratulations to the 
National Excellence in Romance Fiction Awards


Contemporary Romance
Home Free by Claire McEwen
Editor: Karen Reid
Agent: Jill Marsal

Paranormal, Fantasy or SciFi Romance
The Beacon by Cara Crescent
Editor: Theodora Bryant

Historical/Regency Romance
Susana and the Scot by Sabrina York
Editor: Monique Patterson
Agent: Nicole Resciniti

Romantic Suspense
Primal Instinct by Tara Wyatt
Editor: Alex Logan

Inspirational Romance
Castles in the Clouds by Myra Johnson
Editor: Ericka McIntyre
Agent: Natasha Kern

Best First Book
1462 South Broadway by KC Decker

It’s membership renewal time! Members, we hope you’ll consider renewing your FCRW membership for the June/2017 through May/2018 time period. To renew, or for anyone wanting to join for the first time, please click this link.

FCRW membership costs $30.00 per year from June 1st to May 31st.

If you choose to pay by check, please notify the Membership Chair that you are sending in a payment through the mail. Mail payment to:

Attention: Membership Chair
P.O. Box 6544
Jacksonville, FL 32236


August 12, 2017

Brenda Jackson: AND THE BEAT GOES ON… 

“My Madaris Family and Friends Series is up to 20 books, the Westmoreland Series has 32 books, and my Steele Family Series has 12. My newest series – the Grangers – is up to 7 novels. During this workshop I will discuss my various series, provide information as to what have made them popular as well as successful; and what’s the key in keeping readers interested and coming back for more. Tips on how to keep the series alive and thriving, how to keep track of those important details and how to make your series become a reader favorite.”

Brenda Jackson is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance novels. She was born in Jacksonville, Florida and married her high school sweetheart, Gerald. They have two sons, Gerald Jr. and Brandon. She has published more than 100 novels and novellas and has over 10 million books in print. Her professional writing career began in 1994 when she signed on with Kensington Arabesque. Her first book, Tonight and Forever, became a huge success, introducing the Madaris Family. Since then she has introduced the Bennetts, the Westmorelands, the Montgomerys, the Masters, the Savoys, the Steeles and the Grangers, just to name a few. A listing of her books can be found on her website, along with a listing of how her books connect in the various family saga series.

She has written for the following publishers: St. Martins Press, BET, Kensington, NAL, Harlequin/Silhouette and Harlequin Kimani Romance and currently writes exclusively for Harlequin.

For more info, see our WORKSHOPS page, or email programs@firstcoastromancewriters.com