Our Mission Statement
The purpose of LARA is to promote excellence in romance fiction, to help writers exchange their knowledge and establish career goals, and to provide continuing support and encouragement for our members through all levels of their careers.
LARA maintains and enhances a culture which fosters:
- An informed, involved membership
- A professional image of romance authors
- A positive image of romance genres
- A positive working relationship with our members
LARA strives to educate and inform its members through the following activities and resources:
- Monthly meetings offering information on the business of writing
- The award-winning LARA Confidential Newsletter
- Workshops and/or Writer’s Retreats
- Online Member Directory by Genre
- Volunteer opportunities
- Mentor Program
- Sharing New Release information
- LARA is the first chapter to have a SPA Liaison in RWA (i.e., a Self-Published Author Liaison). The SPA Liaison is the go-to person for Self Published Authors in the chapter and they can help you with your self-publishing needs, whether that be to self-publish your first book or self-publish your back list.
- An Online SPA Forum: LARA is building a SPA Forum for the chapter members where Self Published Authors in the chapter can get resources on self publishing and ask other self published authors questions about everything from Marketing to Formatting and even on Freelance Editors and Cover Artists.
- We’re particularly proud of our Conference Library which contains recordings of all annual RWA national conferences from 2003-2008.
- LARAalert: LARA requires that all members join the LARAalert group to receive important alerts. Members are automatically enrolled upon joining LARA.
- LARAlink: Members are also encouraged to join the LARA online chat loop called LARAlink. Once you’re added, please post an introductory message so we can get to know you.
- LARA-SPEWcrew: Members can also participate in the Writing Challenge (also known as the SPEW Crew). Spew stands for “Stop Procrastinating, Everybody Write.” This group is most active during the week following the monthly meeting.
- There are also Yahoo! loops for PRO Members and PAN Members. (PRO and PAN are official titles within RWA which require certain qualifications to join.)
- Want to get to know us better? Visit the archives of our award-winning Newsletter to see what we’ve been up to.
- We also have general resources containing a wealth of information.
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