Georgia Romance Writers, a chapter of ROMANCE WRITERS OF AMERICA®, is made up of approximately 200 serious, professional writers, nearly one-third of whom are multi-published in book length fiction.
A non-profit organization, we are dedicated to bringing quality women’s fiction to the market. Our mission is to promote high quality romance writing; to disseminate information regarding all aspects of the romance genre; and to give support and encouragement to members.
GRW was founded in 1982, held its first regional conference the same year, and has grown steadily ever since. But the heart and soul of GRW are its members who reach out to every writer who is dedicated to his or her craft.
This is the professional textbook description of GRW, but those who know it best will tell you that GRW is a “happening place” where the diligent succeed and that success is revered and celebrated by all.
We are friends and we care.
Come join us and share in that joy.
Becoming a writer after a midlife reassessment at forty, Atlanta native Haywood Smith published six critically acclaimed historical romance novels about “strong women, hunky men, great love scenes between husband and wife, and accurate history” set in England and Scotland. Her historicals received numerous national awards and nominations, including a Best First Book Rita nomination from Romance Writers of America, a prestigious Maggie Award, and a Romantic Times Lifetime Achievement Award.
After a difficult divorce, Haywood switched to writing funny, uplifting women’s fiction about serious issues with “women who’ve lived long enough to learn a thing or two.”
“But I have a strong following among younger women,” Haywood says, “because I write about how we women can help each other, instead of tearing each other down.”
Her best-selling women’s fiction titles include QUEEN BEE OF MIMOSA BRANCH, THE RED HAT CLUB, THE RED HAT CLUB RIDES AGAIN and WEDDING BELLES, LADIES OF THE LAKE, WAKING UP IN DIXIE, WIFE-IN-LAW, OUT OF WARRANTY, QUEEN BEE GOES HOME AGAIN, and QUEEN BEE GOES HOME AGAIN. She also published a fun handbook titled THE 12 SACRED TRADITIONS OF MAGNIFICENT MOTHERS-IN-LAW and contributed to an anthology of true stories in ATLANTA’S REAL WOMEN.
Haywood is currently revising and re-releasing her historical novels in e-format for young adult and general readership, and working on two nonfiction books.
Members and guests must be 18 years or older to attend.
Meeting cost: $15 (cash or check) at the door
9:00-10:00 Breakfast and Networking
10:00-11:00 Featured Speaker
11:00-12:00 Book signing/Business Meeting
Signing: Haywood Smith
Atlanta Marriott Northwest at Galleria
200 Interstate N Pkwy SE
Atlanta, GA 30339