First Coast Romance Writers, an affiliate of Romance Writers of America®, is an organization for both published and unpublished writers, as well as any individuals involved in the writing/publishing industry.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excellence in romantic fiction through monthly meetings and workshops in a comfortable forum where published and unpublished writers share knowledge about the constantly evolving publishing industry.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.





Before the RWA national conference in NYC, FCRW asked two members to journal highlights of their conference so they can be prepared to share the information with our chapter when they return. New York Times Best Selling author, Alyssa Day, will give her perspective as a published author and a national board member. Beth Irwin will give her view of the conference from the perspective of a PRO. This will be an interactive session and all members are encouraged to participate and share anything they learned at nationals, especially regarding market trends and what types of sub-genres and stories agents and editors are acquiring.

Mini-Workshops – Maria Connor, Priscilla Kissinger

A little over mid-way through the year seems like a great time for some mini-refreshers. Our second workshop slot of the day will consist of 2 mini-workshops.

Setting up your Newsletter/Mailing List – Maria Connor

Goal, Motivation and conflict – Priscilla Kissinger

(No fees or registration required for this meeting.)

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

 Congratulations to the 2015 NERFA Winners!

Contemporary Series

Winner: A League of Her Own by Karen Rock

Finalists: Primal Instinct by Janie Crouch

Stalked by Beverly Long

Single Title

Winner: Just One Thing by Holly Jacobs

Finalists: Abstract Love by Samantha Christy

Unleashed by Rachel Lacey


Winner: The Gift by Margaret Mallory

Finalists: Night Angel by Lisa Kessler

A Pony for Christmas by Bev Petterson

Erotic Romance

Winner: Hers to Own by Anne Lange

Finalists: Tempting Meredith by Samantha Ann King

Cowboys Never Fold by Lexi Post

Romantic Suspense

Winner: Cold Pursuit by Toni Anderson

Finalists: A Cold Dark Place by Toni Anderson

Saving Sophie by Cate Beauman


Winner: What a Duke Dares by Anna Campbell

Finalists: The Unexpected Duchess by Valerie Bowman

Must Love Dukes by Elizabeth Michels

Romantic Elements

Winner: Fair Play by Deeanne Gist

Finalists: A Tide Too High by Carole Brungar

Amber Light by Virginia McCullough


Winner: Spark Rising by Kate Corcino

Finalists:  Wicked Flames by Sharon Kay

Overload Flux by Carol Van Natta

Young Adult

Winner: Innocent by Callie James

Finalists: This Is Your Afterlife by Vanessa Barneveld

Student Bodyguard for Hire by Callie James

Best First Book

Winner: Must Love Dukes by Elizabeth Michels

Finalists: A Tide Too High by Carole Brungar

Unleashed by Rachel Lacey

Please see the Contests tab for more details.



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