Meetings are held at the Berkeley Adult School –  1701 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, 94702


The school is located between Francisco and Virginia. There is plenty of parking – enter of off Curtis Street (runs parallel to San Pablo Ave.). We are in the multi use room at the back of the parking lot.

December 9, 2017 – Members Only Holiday Party

We’re almost at our limit for the party, but there are a couple spaces left – please email Therese in Membership to register for the last spots or to be added to the wait list:

Please put “Holiday Party” in your subject line. You will receive an email reply letting you know if you’ve been registered or if you’re on the waiting list. Thanks!

Socializing: 9:30 am
Program: 10:30 am
Lunch: 12:00 pm

No charge. Limited to 50 attendees. Sign up early to claim your spot. If for some reason you cannot attend, please let Membership know as soon as possible so someone from the waiting list can be invited. Email:

November 11, 2017
Catherine Coulter

Clean Writing Workshop

Learn how to “strip search” a love scene, learn the truth about adjectives, adverbs and exclamation points, learn the correct use of euphemisms (example: what does “her gorgeous orbs” really mean?), and lots more. Come laugh and learn. 


Catherine Coulter is the author of 80 novels, including 75 New York Times bestsellers, occasionally, after exhaustive prayers, hitting #1. She earned her reputation writing historical romances to pass the time while aboard the ark. She added suspense thrillers to her repertoire – with great success. The Cove, the first book in her bestselling “FBI Suspense Thriller Series” spent nine weeks on the New York Times list and has to date sold well over 3 million copies.

December 9, 2017
Annual Holiday Party – Members Only


January 13, 2018
Shelley Adina

Plotting and Planning a Series


Shelley Adina is the author of 24 novels published by Harlequin, Warner, and Hachette, and a dozen more published by Moonshell Books, Inc., her own independent press. She writes steampunk, contemporary romance, and young adult fiction, and as Adina Senft, writes women’s fiction set among the Amish and other plain communities. She holds an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in Pennsylvania, where she teaches as adjunct faculty. She won the Romance Writers of America RITA Award® for Best Inspirational Novel in 2005, was a finalist in 2006, and in 2009 was a Christy Award finalist. 

When she’s not writing, Shelley is usually quilting, sewing historical costumes, or hanging out in the garden with her flock of rescued chickens.


Future meetings

February 2018: Bestselling author Allison Brennan will discuss writing strong women 

March 2018: Breakout indie success L.J. Shen talks about building a readership in today’s publishing landscape

April 2018: Sue Brown-Moore, romance blogger at, discusses what bloggers do and how you can work with them 

May 2018: Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency give her perspective on the current publishing landscape and take pitches.

June 2018: Bestselling paranormal romance author Christine Feehan will discuss career and craft.

July 2018: No local meeting – RWA Nationals in Denver

August 2018: TBA

September 2018: TBA

October 2018: Author and writing teacher David Corbett will lead a craft workshop using ideas from his book, The Art of Character.

November 2018: Marie Force will hold a special three-hour session on the business of writing, marketing and publicity, and a Q&A session.