Valley Forge Romance Writers’ members remain committed to providing support for Romance writers regardless of race, color, religion or creed, gender or gender expression, age, disability, or sexual orientation.
We find it deeply troubling that Romance Writers of America’s leaders have mishandled issues coming before the Ethics Committee, sided with a complainant-publisher over a member, and have, as a result, lost a majority of the Board of Directors and President to resignations.
The lack of transparency and incredibly slow response from RWA’s national leaders and staff – both publicly and in their role of supporting the chapter leadership – is appalling and ultimately destructive to the trust members and chapter leaders require to keep things running “on the ground.”
VFRW will be watching closely as the independent audit is performed. We hope the recommendations from the recently hired law firm align with what our chapter members expect from an organization who has repeatedly affirmed their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
VFRW will not affiliate ourselves with anyone – be it an organization, speaker, or member – who says one thing and does another.
We look for transparency, fairness, and support in our parent organization. If that cannot be achieved, VFRW will explore the alternatives available to us.