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About Us

Welcome to Romance Writers of New Zealand, an organisation dedicated to providing professional support to romance writers at all levels.

Whether you write for fun, are working towards publication or just want to socialise with other like-minded writers, Romance Writers of New Zealand has something to offer you. We regularly hold regional meetings, offer online and offline support and resources, provide online workshops with leading writing experts, run competitions and hold an annual conference, providing an intense learning and networking experience.

We are a non-profit organisation founded in September 1990 by Jean Drew and ten other enthusiastic writers in Auckland, New Zealand, to provide support and professional development to Romance writers. Since then Romance Writers of New Zealand (RWNZ) has flourished and has now grown to around 300 members from throughout New Zealand, Australia, USA, UK and South Africa.

Whether a member’s ambition is to become an internationally published author or purely to obtain the satisfaction of having written a good story, RWNZ offers a positive and supportive community that shares a love of Romance fiction.

We strive to share and broaden our collective knowledge of excellence so members can become the best writers they can be and create the best crafted books they can write. We do this through regular regional meetings, online loops and pages; an annual conference that offers craft development and networking opportunities with agents and editors; and competitions. To read the full range of member benefits, click here.

RWNZ has a range of members from internationally published, best-selling authors, aspiring writers through to those purely writing for their own pleasure. Our membership contains like-minded women and men of all ages who provide encouragement and knowledge from their own writing journeys. New members are always welcome!

Membership enquiries to  our membership secretary:

rwnz.membership @ gmail.com

Mission Statement

Romance Writers of New Zealand Inc. is dedicated to promoting excellence in romance writing and the romance genre, helping writers become published and establish careers by providing networking, support, information and resources.

RWNZ Officers 2015-2016

PresidentBernadette Douberwnzpresident @ gmail.com
Vice PresidentCarole Brungar rwnzvicepresident1 @ gmail.com
SecretarySamantha Charltonrwnzsecretary @ gmail.com
Membership SecretarySharyn Barrattrwnz.membership @ gmail.com
TreasurerRitu Pandeyrwnztreasurer @ gmail.com
Publicity OfficerKristina O'Gradykristina.ogrady @ yahoo.com

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RWNZ Committee Members 2015-2016

2016 Conference ConvenorBernadette Doube rwnzpresident @ gmail.com
Contest CoordinatorJudy Knightonjude @ judeknightauthor.com
Contest Manager Great BeginningsAnna Hudsonannahudsonnz @ live.com
Contest Manager Pacific HeartsLaVerne Clarkclarksnelson @ clear.net.nz
Contest Manager Chapter Short StoryLaVerne Clarkclarksnelson @ clear.net.nz
Contest Manager The Koru AwardAnna Kleinanna @ eleventhhourproductions.co.nz
Heart2Heart EditorSapi Healdsapiheald @ xtra.co.nz
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