Friday, December 12, 2014

RNA Chapter: Border Reivers

Welcome to Caroline Roberts who has come along today to answer our questions about the Border Reivers chapter of the RNA.

Please tell us a little about your Chapter.
Our Northumberland Chapter, also known as the Border Reivers, was founded in 2000 and has grown steadily. We live in the north-east of England and cover a wide geographical area, even having one or two members further afield/abroad who keep in touch with us.

When do you meet?
Once a month, usually on Fridays.

Where do you meet?
At the home of one of the members, moving location to try and cover the area. We all bring something to contribute to lunch, which makes it a lovely social occasion with a chance to chat before a fairly informal meeting, where we discuss our writing, work-in-progress and any issues.

Is your chapter open to non-members of the RNA?
Yes, it’s open to full members, former members, NWS members and anyone interested in the RNA and writing romance-based fiction.

What do you have planned for the future?

We recently had a very successful day of workshops run by our own members at a retreat house in Northumberland, on the topics of self-publishing, e-books, synopses and using emotion. It was a great day, and the group would like to repeat this format again. We are also pro-active in promoting romance writing and the RNA in libraries and have taken part in regular 'Girls' Night In' events in libraries, where we have teamed up with beauticians, craft stalls and caterers to give a fun night for readers.

What would you say makes your chapter of the RNA so special? 
We are a very close and supportive group – more like a friendship group – but everyone is professional about their writing no matter what stage of their career they are at. And we have such a wide range of writing experience between us. We support each other through good times and bad – and celebrate first publications with champagne!

Who is the contact for new members?
This is Anna Scamans. Contact details: 

How many members attend your meetings?
It varies, but usually somewhere between six and twelve.

Tell us more about your latest get together:
The October meeting was at Prue Phillipson’s house in Hexham with 12 present, welcoming a new member, and congratulating her and another newly published member on their successes over a bottle of bubbly.
This photograph was taken at our Writing Retreat Day at Shepherd’s Dene this year.
Thank you for finding the time to speak to us, Caroline.

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