Joining ARWA

Registration for the 2015-2016 ARWA Membership is currently open. New members are accepted from June 1st until October 31st each program year. The program year begins in September. However, limited membership is available on a one time basis for those who miss this membership window. Please contact ARWA for details regarding limited membership. If you are a previous member or a published author you may join at any time.

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ARWA meets on the fourth Thursday of each month, except for July, August and December. Through ARWA, members have access to the Connections newsletter, an on-line support group, critique opportunities, meetings, workshops, discounts on conferences/seminars that are open to the public and social events to support published and unpublished writers. All Associate and Full Members automatically receive the Connections newsletter digitally via email.

Main Types of Membership

Associate Membership – Dues: $70.00/year

Regular membership. No submission of your writing is required. An Associate Member may enjoy the benefits of belonging to ARWA but will not have voting privileges or be able to serve as an Elected Officer. See below for more registration details.

Full membership – Dues: $60.00/year

Full membership requirements for unpublished authors are: submission of 30 manuscript pages and a 15 page synopsis or 45 pages of manuscript pages. These submissions must be certified by the membership chair. After submitting your membership registration, you must submit your work to our Membership Director. Published authors in romance or mainstream fiction do not need to submit manuscript pages. See below for more registration details.

Membership Application

Register now for your 2015-2016 ARWA Membership. Registration is open from now to October 31st, 2015.

There are 2 ways to register:

1. PayPal

By clicking below, you agree: as a member of the Alberta Romance Writers’ Association, to give the ARWA board permission for ARWA to e-mail me with items and information pertinent to me as a writer and ARWA member, including but not limited to ARWA newsletter, ARWA loop, ARWA updates, announcements of ARWA author releases and ARWA programme reminders.

2. Mail in your registration (Click on the following link for the form:  MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION FORM

Other Information:

If you miss the membership registration period:

  • Returning Members: You may join at any time throughout the year. Please contact us to find out about on-line/mail-in registration options.
  • New Members: If you miss the membership deadline, please contact us for details on associate membership and pro-rated fees.

Some of the information required on the application includes:

  • Your name
  • Your mailing address
  • Your membership fee
  • Your phone number
  • Your email address

Note: If you are joining as a full member for the first time, you will be contacted with information on how to submit the manuscript requirement for certification.

There are two other types of membership available:

Extraordinary Membership

Extraordinary membership status will be dealt with on an individual basis by the Board of Directors as specific situations arise: Eg: Temporary membership for members of other writing organizations who are in Calgary for limited periods of time. Please contact the Membership Chair for information on extraordinary membership opportunities.

Limited Membership

Limited membership will be allowed for those who wish to join at times other than the membership window and will be a one time only option. Limited membership will expire at the next membership intake. Limited membership privileges will include attendance at regular meetings and workshops, receipt of the newsletter and temporary access to the membership area of the website, but will not include special events or special programmes. At the discretion of the Board, limited members may be entitled to a pro-rated fee for special events. Please contact the Membership Chair for information on limited membership opportunities.

If you would like additional information, let us know!

Our membership chair can be reached at: