about morwa


MORWA represents approximately 60 established and aspiring authors in the St. Louis and Metro-East regions, encompassing all genres of romantic fiction.  

Our goals are to foster professionalism in the romantic fiction field and to support our members in their writing careers. We meet monthly to provide a wide array of seminars by established authors, others in the publishing industry, and experts from the St. Louis community. Members are also encouraged to join our critique group, an invaluable tool for honing the craft and encouraging each other. MORWA publishes a monthly newsletter for our members.

MORWA is committed to being an inclusive, welcoming organization for all, no matter a person's race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, disability or politics. Annual dues are $25 per year.


morwa membership benefits

monthly meetings

Meetings provides networking opportunities for our members to discuss current publishing trends, learn writing craft, and more.

During COVID, we are meeting virtually via Zoom.  We look forward to resuming in-person meetings when conditions allow.

critique group

CORE, our members'-only critique group, meets monthly separately from our monthly meeting.   Assigned readers bring excerpts from their work in progress and receive feedback from participants.  See our calendar for CORE dates and locations.

email group

All chapter members are on a private e-mail group for personal and chapter announcements, questions, and between-meeting discussions.

special events

MORWA periodically holds longer and all-day workshops featuring industry professionals, which we open to the public.

gateway to the best contest

Gateway to the Best is our annual romantic fiction writing contest for unpublished and self-published authors and is open to the public.  Each category has three finalists whose entries are judged by industry professionals, including editors and agents.


Our newsletter, Rumpled Sheets, is sent out monthly to keep you informed of chapter events, reviews of members' latest releases, and other items of interest.

morwa meeting information

MORWA meets most months throughout the year.   Our day usually begins with our chapter business meeting at 10:00 a.m. followed by a program beginning around 11:00 a.m.  All times are subject to change however, so check the Calendar page for the current month's schedule.

 Guests (non-chapter members) are welcome to attend our monthly meetings, but there is a guest fee of $5 per meeting.  

seeking interesting speakers!

MORWA is always looking for presenters who have something to say about writing craft, the publishing industry, researching novels, or about anything we can use in a book! If you are interested in presenting at a MORWA meeting, contact us so we can discuss having  you visit!

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RWA® Membership

You must be a member of the national organization of Romance Writers of America® (RWA) to become a member of MORWA.  

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