Los Angeles Romance Authors

Promoting Excellence in Romantic Fiction

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Welcome Romance Writers!


We look forward to meeting you!

LARA RWA meetings are held via Zoom until we are cleared by the State of California for group gatherings. All info here.

Visitors and Guests: your first meeting is free!

LARA Mission Statement

The purpose of LARA is to promote excellence in romantic fiction, to help our writers enhance their knowledge and establish career goals, and to provide continuing support and encouragement for our members through all levels of their careers.

Upcoming Meetings

March 17, 2024

Pre-Meeting: LARA Board Meeting
Speaker: Laurie Schnebly
Topic: From Revision Hell To Editing Heaven

Description TBD

Learn more about Laurie here: https://booklaurie.com/



April 14, 2024

Pre-Meeting: TBD

Speaker: TBD

Topic: TBD



May 19, 2024

Pre-Meeting: TBD

Speaker: TBD

Topic: TBD

 Description coming soon!

Find out more about Ara on his website: https://t.co/OAXeMt8p3G


June 23, 2024

Pre-Meeting: TBD

Speaker: TBD

Topic: TBD



July 21, 2024

Pre-Meeting: TBD

Speaker: Eden Bradley, New York Times & USA Today Best Selling Author

Topic: Imposter Syndrome

Find out more about Eden: https://edenbradley.com/


August 18, 2024

Pre-Meeting: TBD

Speaker: TBD

Topic: TBD



September 15, 2024 -- Mini-Con

Pre-Meeting: TBD


          • Rebecca Forster (In-Person; Topic TBD)
          • Alexis Roark (In-Person; Topic TBD)
          • MORE speaker announcements coming soon!

Location: Virtual & Santa Clarita



October 20, 2024

Pre-Meeting: TBD

Speaker: TBD

Topic: Power and the Feminine Perspective

Description coming soon! For now: Workshop will draw on The Virgin’s Promise structure and my new book, The Bridge, that provides a framework for crossing the distance between masculine and feminine ways of seeing the world.  

Learn more about Kim here: https://www.storyarchetypes.com/



November 17, 2024

Pre-Meeting: TBD

Topic: Partnering with a Local Booksore

More information (including the location) coming soon!


December 15, 2024

Pre-Meeting: TBD

Topic: Debut Author Panel & End of Year Party

More information (including the location) coming soon!


January 21, 2024

Pre-Meeting: Meet & Greet, Board Meeting

Speaker: Sheila Redling and Tobi Doyle

Topic: Character-Driven Revisions

Join Sheila Redling and Tobi Doyle as we discuss how your characters’ emotional wounds drive your plot, hook your readers, and make your book a page-turner. Fix that saggy middle! They’ll help you create characters that stick with your reader! An overview of the whole story is addressed as well as scene-by-scene revisions.

What Attendees Will Learn: Using the character’s emotional wounds to revise your manuscript and focus on how the very real emotional connection between reader and character is created.

February 18, 2024

Pre-Meeting:  LARA Board Meeting

Speaker: Jessica Lepe, Meet Cute Creative

Topic: Mastering Your Author Website: the 10 Essentials Every Author Website Needs

Your author website is your #1 marketing tool. If social media were to disappear overnight, would you still be able to reach your readers-and more importantly, future readers? If you don’t have a well-designed and effective author website, you are neglecting one of the easiest and most impactful selling tools.

In this workshop, we will explore the best options for hosting and designing your website before shifting into the critical things every author website needs. We will then look at some authors who are doing it right with their websites, exploring how their website reflects their brand and helps sell their books for them.

This is the perfect session for new authors looking to set up their brand online and more seasoned authors needing a refresher on all the tools and resources out there. All participants will leave with a handout summarizing the session, along with a list of free resources to explore.

 Website: https://meetcutecreative.com/