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Pen to Paper: Guide to Writing Romance is an immersive seven-month romance writing program designed to ground you in writing romances so strongly that your inner critic will be forced into the back seat. Here are some program highlights:
Engage weekly in a five-person Partner Circle led by two published author Guides. This writing group will stick together throughout the program, creating that inner circle of allies and writing partners that could last long after the program ends.

Hear from experts in the romance universe via articles, audio recordings, live events, and exclusive videos developed for this program.

Receive and learn how to give the valuable critique that will lift your writing from average to excellent.

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We anticipate the 2022 Pen to Paper program opening in August/September. Please watch this space for updates.

Who Can Participate?

Pen to Paper is open to people who meet the following criteria:

  • Unpublished in novel/novella length fiction in a commercial market.
  • Not under contract or have an active pre-sale.
  • Prepared to meet the participation requirements, writing commitment, and assignment due dates for the program.
  • Agree to abide by the RWA Code of Ethics.

Can Non-members Participate?

Yes. Non-members can participate provided that they meet the criteria listed above.

How Are Participants Chosen?

Participants are chosen on a first-come, first-served basis, with the number of participants contingent on the number of Guides available.

A waitlist will be established in case of additional availability during the first two weeks of the program.

What’s Expected of the Participants?

Participants should be prepared to commit to the entire program.

Participants should be prepared to meet minimum attendance requirements and complete assignments as outlined in the syllabus in order to remain in the program.

Participants will be expected to commit to approximately 4 hours a week, including weekly Partner Circle meetings.

All participants are required to receive critiques on their manuscripts, and are required to critique the work of other participants.

At the end of each level, participants complete an evaluation, to provide immediate feedback that facilitates continuous improvement in the program.

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“I need a better grounding in my craft, so I can write faster and smarter from the first page to the last. Pen to Paper is perfect for me!”

- Susan Guest, unpublished romance author


“We set up Pen to Paper specifically for unpublished authors who aren’t sure their good idea will make a good book. You don’t even need a complete manuscript to participate. By the end, you’ll have a great first draft and be ready for programs like RAMP.”

- Erin Novotny, committee member