Membership FAQ

What is Romance Writers of America®?

Romance Writers of America® is a national non-profit genre writers’ association — the largest of its kind in the world. RWA advances the professional interests of career-focused romance writers through networking and advocacy. For more information, refer to the ‘About Us’ section of the RWA National Web site at

Can I be a member of my local chapter without being a national member?

No. You cannot be a member of an affiliated RWA local chapter without being a member in good standing with National RWA.

How much does it cost to join the Austin chapter?

Annual dues are $40 per calendar year when paid November through April. Members who join after May 1 pay only $20 for the remainder of the calendar year. [Click here to download a Membership Application.]

Can I attend a meeting without joining?

Yes! You can attend three meetings as a visitor. After that time you will be asked to become a member.

Is there a fee to attend the monthly meetings?

No. Monthly meetings are free as a benefit of the annual membership dues.

I have other questions – who can I talk to?

Our membership coordinator can answer your questions and can be reached via email: