First Coast Romance Writers, an affiliate of Romance Writers of America®, is an organization for both published and unpublished writers, as well as any individuals involved in the writing/publishing industry.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excellence in romantic fiction through monthly meetings and workshops in a comfortable forum where published and unpublished writers share knowledge about the constantly evolving publishing industry.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


It’s that time of year again! We hope that all of our FCRW members will consider renewing their membership. We’ve got a great chapter and need all of you to continue making it even better.

Click this link to renew.

FCRW membership costs $30.00 per year from June 1st to May 31st. New members who join after December 31st pay $15 for January 1st to May 31st.


July 9

Workshop 1: Writing the Realistic Fight Scene – Paul Carter
Paul will go over hand-to-hand fighting, firearms (both as an aggressor and defender) and various forms of martial arts and using swords. He’ll cover internal thoughts and emotions – what you’d be thinking and what you’d feel.

Workshop 2: Improving Your Fight Scene – Paul Carter
Did you write a fight scene but you’re not sure how realistic it is? Paul will go over your choreography to make it better.

datauri-filePaul W. Carter is current a School Resource Officer for Duval County Schools.  He’s a retired Sergeant from Fernandina Beach Police Department and was involved in all aspects of training with particular attention to Defensive Tactics.  He is a state certified instructor.
His martial arts experience started in 1982 and includes Japanese Karate and Aikido, Shaolin Kempo Karate, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Combat Submission Wrestling, Muay Thai kickboxing, Silat, Filipino Martial Arts and Jun Fan Gung Fu. He holds a 7th degree black sarong in Filipino Martia Arts, 7th degree black sash in Jun Fan Gung Fu, and is a 5th level instructor in Majapahit Martial Arts (silat).
Paul holds classes at Anytime Fitness in Folkston GA and teaches private lessons to numerous students throughout the Jacksonville Fl. area.
For more info, see our WORKSHOPS page, or email programs@firstcoastromancewriters.com