The Romantic Novelists’ Association has formed a new chapter for members who live with disability, chronic health conditions, mental health issues, and neurodiversity, either personally or as a carer.

The aims of the DISCO chapter are to provide a safe and inclusive space for RNA members with chronic health conditions; to offer support and friendship as well as a writing forum where members can share knowledge and ideas; and that members from groups that are currently under-represented in publishing feel welcome and included in the association. We also welcome members writing about characters with disabilities and chronic health conditions.

The chapter is being set up in response to requests from members and feeds into the RNA’s continuing work to increase diversity in romantic and relationship driven fiction.

One of the chapter founders, Jeanna Louise Skinner said, “As a romance novelist living with a disability and ADHD, and a member of the RNA through its Diamond Bursaries/New Writers Scheme, I feel very fortunate to be a part of an association which celebrates love in all its wonderful forms. I hope that the founding of the DISCO Chapter encourages authors who live with chronic health conditions and who write romantic fiction to join the association, as love stories are for everyone and EVERY BODY.”

Alongside Jeanna, the DISCO Chapter Admin Team are Linda Corbett, Katie Wells, Helen Barrell, Denise Sutherland and Claire Wade. We look forward to welcoming you!

For further details please contact rnadiscochapter@gmail.com

Facebook Group (RNA DISCO CHAPTER)

Twitter @rnadiscochapter

or visit www.romanticnovelistsassociation.org

 

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