About Desert Rose

Romance Writers of America® (RWA) was founded in 1982 as a means for promoting fellowship and professional assistance among writers of romance fiction. Desert Rose RWA, a chapter of Romance Writers of America®, is a national, non-profit genre writers’ association designed to advance the professional interests of career-focused romance writers through networking and advocacy.

Desert Rose RWA is more than 120 members strong. Both our published and unpublished members regularly place and win in national contests offered by RWA. Desert Rose RWA authors are published by:


Amulet Books/AbramsAvalon BooksAvon
Bantam DellBarbourBerkley
Berkley/JoveBookstrand-SirenBooks We Love Ltd.
Breathless PressCarina PressChangeling Press
DAW BooksDecadent PublishingDell
Desert Breeze PublishingDorchesterEllora’s Cave
Eternal PressFive Star/Gale/CengageGenesis Press
Hard Shell Word FactoryHarlequinHarlequin American Romance
Harlequin BlazeHarlequin HistoricalsHarlequin Love Inspired
Harlequin Love Inspired SuspenseHarlequin SuperromanceHarperCollins Publishing
KensingtonKensington BravaKnox Robinson Publishing
Melange BooksMills & BoonMIRA
Musa PublishingNALNight Shade Books
Pocket BooksRavenous RomanceSamhain Publishing
Signet EclipseSilhouette Special EditionSourcebooks
St. Martin’s PressThe Wild Rose PressTholden Press
Tor BooksWalnut Springs PressZebra Books

The Many Benefits of Joining our Organization:

Monthly Meetings

Besides the opportunity of meeting other writers, each meeting features a mini-program on a craft topic and a main program. Our speakers include nationally recognized authors like Linda Lael Miller, Eileen Dryer, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Bobbi Smith and Robin Lee Hatcher (to name a few) as well as industry professionals including police officers, FBI agents, trauma nurses, publishers, editors, tax consultants and many more.

Mentor Program

For a nominal fee, our mentor program matches unpublished members with a published author in the same genre who will critique a synopsis of three chapters, of a work in progress – real feedback that is invaluable!

Workshops and Retreats

Periodically, Desert Rose offers either all-day workshops or weekend writers’ retreats. Speakers have included Suzanne Brockmann, Debra Dixon, Carly Phillips and Vicky Lewis Thompson.

Giving Back

As a non-profit organization, Desert Rose donates to the Maricopa Literacy Foundation.

Other benefits

  1. Conference and contest discounts
  2. A full support group of professionals with the same goals as yourself
  3. Opportunities to hear agents' and editors' viewpoints and advice at our monthly meetings
  4. Contest notifications throughout the U.S.
  5. A craft loop where members answer craft questions from other members
  6. Professional support through book signings
  7. Booths at fairs, and
  8. Special engagements through book stores to promote your new books

Special Events


Desert Rose is involved in many special events in the community that benefit our published as well as our unpublished writers. Our chapter or its members participate in the Arizona Bookfest, Glendale's Chocolate Affaire, books signings and other events throughout the Valley.