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.

Latest News

GRW will be at the AJC Decatur Book Festival!

New this year! GRW is a part-sponsor of the all-new Romance Track at the respected AJC Decatur Book Festival! For the first time ever, the festival has reserved a seven-session series on romance topics, all held on the festival mainstages. Our own Jennifer McQuiston and Nicki Salcedo are participating on track panels and GRW members will be moderating several others.

Plus, GRW is hosting our own panel series at the Romance Pavilion on Ponce (booths 413-416)! The schedule is below, or you can visit https://www.decaturbookfestival.com/2014/activities/romance-pavilion.php to see both the pavilion and track schedules.

Between panels, festival-goers will have an opportunity to mingle with GRW members, find out what our organization is all about, and discover new authors they might just love. For GRW, it’s a great opportunity to connect with new readers and potential members — as well as to demonstrate to the Atlanta writing community that GRW is a serious, professional organization dedicated to supporting and developing writers while touching and entertaining readers.

Please come by on Saturday or Sunday to show your support and help us spread the word that we love ALL books — but especially romance 🙂

We still need volunteers! Sign up here http://www.volunteerspot.com/login/entry/4761293380112 to be part of this exciting event!



10:00 – 10:45 a.m. Tackling Sensitive Topics in Fiction

Marilyn Baron, Melissa Klein, Linda Joyce, Kennedy Ryan


11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Small Towns and Furry Sidekicks

Diane Kelly, Larissa Reinhart, Sally Kilpatrick, Tina Whittle


12:30 – 1:15 p.m. Smart Women Read Romance

Maggie Worth, Sally Kirkpatrick, Jennifer McQuiston


1:45 – 2:30 p.m. #WeReadDiverseBooks; African-American Popular Fiction

Alicia McCalla, Seressia Glass, Piper Huguley, Vanessa Riley, Lauren Kelly


3:00 – 3:45 p.m. Blurred Lines: Historical Fiction and Romance

Jennifer McQuiston, Cathy Maxwell, Lynn Cullen, Ann Hite


4:15 – 5:00 p.m. Athletes and Alpha Men

Rachel Gibson, Tracy Solheim


5:30 – 6:15 p.m. Book Club Meet and Greet

Readers and authors mingle



12:00 – 12:45 p.m. Young Adult Fiction: Why YA Matters

Gillian Summers, Maureen Hardegree, Jana Oliver


1:15 – 2:00 p.m. He Said/She Said

Charles Martin, Tracy Solheim


2:30 – 3:15 p.m. 50 Shades of Sex

Terry Poca, Maggie Worth, Nicki Salcedo


3:45 – 4:30 p.m. It’s Not Just Peachtree Street: Writing Around Atlanta

Romily Bernard, Jana Oliver, Nicki Salcedo


5:00 – 5:45 p.m. Book Club Meet and Greet

Readers and authors mingle

August 16 – Mary Kay Andrews

Photo by Bill Miles
Photo by Bill Miles

Mary Kay Andrews is the author of the New York Times bestselling The Fixer UpperSavannah Breeze and Blue Christmas, as well as Deep Dish,Hissy FitLittle Bitty Lies and Savannah Blues.

She also wrote ten critically acclaimed mysteries, including the Callahan Garrity mystery series, under her real name, Kathy Hogan Trocheck. Her mysteries have been nominated for the Edgar, Anthony, Agatha and Macavity Awards.

A native of St. Petersburg, Florida (and a diplomate of the Maas Bros. Department Store School of Charm), Trocheck earned a B.A. in journalism from the University of Georgia in 1976 (Go Dawgs!). She started her professional journalism career in Savannah, Georgia, where she covered the real-life murder trials which were the basis of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. She left journalism after a ten-year stint as a reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

She is a frequent lecturer and writing teacher at workshops including Emory University, The University of Georgia’s Harriette Austin Writer’s Workshop, the Tennessee Mountain Writer’s Workshop, and the Antioch Writer’s Workshop.

As a lifelong “junker” the author claims to know the location of every promising thrift store, flea market and junkpile in the southeastern United States, plus many parts of Ohio.

Married to her high school sweetheart, she is the mother of two grown children and a proud grandmother. After a brief hiatus in Raleigh, NC, she and her husband moved back to their old neighborhood in Atlanta, where they live in a restored 1926 Craftsman bungalow. She divides her time between Atlanta and her restored beach cottage on Tybee Island, GA.

Meeting location:

Hilton Atlanta Northeast
5993 Peachtree Industrial Blvd,
Norcross, GA 30092

Regular Meeting Schedule:

9:00-9:30 Breakfast and Networking
9:30-10:00 Quickie Seminar
10:00-11:00 Featured Speaker
11:00-12:00 Book signing/Business Meeting