A Tribute to Jane O'Connor


Jane O'Connor

From left: Past Presidents Susan St. Thomas, Maggie Shayne, Jane O'Connor, Gayle Callen, and Molly Herwood

Our chapter honors the memory of our founder and dear friend, Jane O'Connor. We owe Jane a dept of gratitude for establishing our local chapter of RWA - a group that has been the corner stone of many of our members' writing careers for over 30 years!

Back in 1988, local romance writers did not have a way to meet each other. Jane founded this chapter, put ads in the the local Pennysaver newspaper, and began gathering an ever-growing group of authors to meet once a month at the local library.


Jane helped organize CNYRW's first writing conference with published authors as guest speakers, and edited the first newsletter. In doing so, she set the foundation for a successful and inspiring writing group that endures today. 


Jane was a wonderful friend and mentor. We treasure our memories with her.