Outreach International Romance Writers is a “Special Interest” chapter of Romance Writers of America®. We provide support for those RWA® members who live too far away to attend the functions of a regular chapter. Outreach began as a committee of the RWA® National Board.
In 1995, because of its popularity and size, it was cut loose from the National Board and incorporated as a “Special Interest” chapter of RWA®.
Outreach has only one actual face-to-face meeting each year, at the RWA® National Conference. U.S. Mail, fax, telephone, or e-mail conducts all of our regular business because so many of our members and officers have small town, rural route or foreign addresses.
Outreach membership is open to any RWA® member in good standing, whether or not she/he is a member of other chapters. Dues are $15 for new members and $15 per year for renewals, payable in January. Membership renewal is required each January regardless of the month a member joins.
Nearly every state in the United States is represented in Outreach. Our members and officers live all across the nation. We also have members in Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, and various APO addresses. Outreach has one major goal: to provide support, fellowship, and news to our members. We supply this through the following programs and activities:
ONLINE CAMPUS – Classes offered now!
We offer online classes on the craft of writing by published authors and experts. Members receive a discounted rate. Joining is worth the price even if you’re only interested in taking the classes! Check out what we have to offer: Outreach Campus.
Critique Loop where members can post chapters, scenes, synopsis, query letters, or look for a critique partner.
Outreach has several Yahoo! Groups for our members. The Official OIRW link is an announce-only list on which items of importance are announced. The OutreachNews list is a more general chat list on which members share news and we hold occasional discussions on writing craft. Critique Loop for those who wish to critique online.
See the contacts page for a list of current board members and volunteers.