President elect

November 13, 2006 | Karin's Blog | 25 comments

Yup, I threw my name in the hat to run for prez for the San Francisco RWA chapter. It’s now official. I can’t wait! I have a great board. Those ladies are way smarter than me, and I’ll get all of the credit for their brain cells on high alert. How cool is that? Win win in my book. Seriously. We have a great chapter that needs a shot of adrenaline. I’m hoping our PAN, PRO and brand new members can collectively achieve that. We have seen interest wane over the years. I know we all get busy. Hell, I have 4 books and one novella to write in the next 12 months. But for a chapter to make a difference, to mean something, we all must act as one. So, we will be looking for dynamic speakers who will appeal to published, unpublished , thinking about being published, and I just like to hang around with cool writers, members.

How many of you belong to an RWA chapter? And tell, me what draws you to the meetings? If you don’t belong to an RWA chapter how about any writer’s group? And I pose the same question. What draws you? What would you like to see? Workshops, speeches, interactive presentations? Panels? What kind of panels? Big name authors? Celebrities? Or do you want craft? I would love to hear any and all suggestions.

All suggestions are welcome!!!

and while you’re pondering, write on!



  1. Cheryel Hutton

    I’m a member of Smoky Mt. Romance Writers (Knoxville, TN), and I drive or carpool 100 miles each way to attend meetings. I need the information and support of the other members. I come to get information, be inspired, and to find the courage to face another month of hard work and rejection.

    Personally, I think that as important as information is, that thing about being with other writers is more important. We can get info from the Net, books, magazines, etc. What we get from each other is energy and support. That’s what keeps us writing.

  2. Cheryel Hutton

    By the way, congrats on your election!

  3. Jen Apodaca

    Congratulations Karin! I believe in stepping up to the plate, even when we are busy. I did it for two years, and still pitch in here and there. I had a fantastic board too, and I got to share the job with a co-president.

    You’ll do great Karin! Your chapter is lucky to have you!

  4. Karin

    Thanks for the congrats, Cheryel. and I am totally with you about trading energy with like minded people. I wish more people thought like us!

    Jen, thanks. I’m very excited. I asked my agent today if she’d like to come out next year as our guest. She said, “Yes!”

  5. Lee

    Congrats Karin I know how busy you are, and this is something that will be so good for that chapter. As you know I belong to a smaller group, and it has been a been a great support during good times and bad. Its really pushed me to write, and showed me I can do it. If there is any question about the need for a group, I’d say it is wonderfully supportive and get you back into the writer seat with a great deal of enthusiam. Good luck with the SF Chapter I know they need you, and you’ll really make them shine along with your great board.

  6. Kristi

    Congrats Madame President! 🙂

    I’m a member of my “local” chapter – it’s an online chapter and even though we only meet face to face at RWA national convention, the energy, encouragement and information shared on our loops is irreplaceable. I was elected Treasurer last year (and I’m in for a second term this year) and I love being able to give back. Workshops and panels are my biggest draw – authors, agents, editors you name it…and they can talk about the gamut – craft, writing/researching techniques, the business side, contract issues…you name it, I’m a sponge. 🙂

    I’d actually like to find a local/land chapter to belong to for the reasons the other ladies mentioned…where we are in Ohio there aren’t any close chapters, so I’ll be biting the gas bullet before too long.

  7. Kristi

    here’s post #3 for me…don’t know why that first one is there…sorry, Karin. 🙁

  8. Karin

    🙂 I fixed it Kristi.
    Thanks, Lee, the Black Diamond chapter rocks! I love the energy of that small but mighty group.

    Kristi, online groups are great. Yannoooo, the Black Diamond chapter started two years ago with just 5 members. Have you considered starting one?
    Contact national for a roster of members in your area, and start contacting them.

  9. Edie Ramer

    Congrats again, Karin! I belong to a smaller local group, but we have terrific meetings. Our last one was great. One of the members has a black belt. Using her 6 foot husband as the villain, she (5’3″) showed us self-defense moves that will get us out of sticky situations–and will also break the attacker’s knee caps, smash his testicles, and slam his face into concrete. We all loved it and wished it could have been longer.

  10. Karin

    ‘and will also break the attacker’s knee caps, smash his testicles, and slam his face into concrete.’

    You say that will quite a bit of relish, Edie!

  11. Elisabeth

    Congrats, Karin! You’ll make a great president. You have that energy and love of writing that inspires people.

    I’m the secretary for my local RWA group. I think we’re the only chapter between Portland and San Francisco. We have a lot of members from N. California/S. Oregon who participate in our online loop because there’s no local chapter for them. It’s sad, really. I feel bad for anyone who doesn’t have a local chapter close enough to travel to. I love my chapter. I go for the energy Cheryel wrote about. There’s something about physially being in the presence of other writers you just can’t get in an online group. Some of my closest friends today are women I met in my local chapter.

  12. J. Carson Black

    Ow, Edie! You RWA gals play rough!

    Congrats, Karin. I hope you insist they play “Hail to the Chief” whenever you walk into a room. Any room.

    I can already see Officer Friendly wearing dark glasses, a suit, a thin tie, and an ear thingie. And he’s talking into his lapel.

  13. Amanda

    You will make a great President, o fearless leader. You will have that chapter whipped into shape in no time. Plus you will have a great board to back you up. Good luck!

  14. Karin

    Elisabeth, I hear you on feeling bad for those who don’t have a physical chapter to go to. I just love being around like minded people!

    Jake, I laughed out loud when I read your comment. One of my board members is already calling me Castro. Too funny about Officer Friendly. He already does that at my signings. Can you say, ‘overprotective?’

    Thnx, Amanda, who I think is also running for chapter prez???

  15. Hubby

    Jake, why should things be any different outside of the home?

  16. Poppy

    As VP do I get a tiara? Hmmm. Maybe I should have budgeted for that as Treasurer. 🙂

  17. Karin

    I have a spare.

  18. Karin

    Thanks, Raine. Are you an RWA member?

  19. raine

    Phffft, I am SO late with this…

    Ok, I don’t belong to a bloody thing, so no suggestions, lol.

  20. Karin

    Hey, there are lot’s of non joiners who find a comfy corner in RWA, Raine. If you write romance there is a plethora of knowledge to be tapped.
    That said, RWA is far from perfect, but I found the pros far outweigh the cons.
    There are also lots of online chapters for those who are either uncomfortable to go in person or what is usually the case, for those who have no chapter near enough. If you are so inclined check out the site.

  21. J. Carson Black

    Okay, now I’m picturing you two going from the kitchen to the TV Room.

    Officer Friendly puts out an arm to bar Karin’s progress, goes in ahead of her, his gun making a sweeping motion as he scans the room.

    “TV room clear!” he shouts. “Go-go-go-go-go!”

  22. Hubby

    Speaking into the cuff of his black suit jacket, “Thunder is in the sky. I repeat, Thunder is in the sky.” The perimeter units, two daughters and two sons, sighed in relief. The Chapter President had been safely delivered to the TV room without incident.

  23. raine

    Afraid not.
    Never been much of a ‘joiner’. 🙁

  24. raine

    Karin, an online deal might be interesting. I’ll check ’em out.
    (and LMAO at the tv room!) 🙂

  25. Karin

    very funny Jake and Hubby.

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