"Where love and legends come together"

A special interest chapter of Romance Writers of America


We offer workshops on a variety of Celtic topics, including historical research, Celtic languages, themed craft classes, and period-specific Celtic courses.

Workshops are $20 for non-members/$10 for members for our 4 week classes, $10 for non-members/$5 for members for our 2 week classes. Specialty classes will carry their own fees. If you would like to join us, you can sign up to be a Celtic Heart here: Join Us

PLEASE NOTE:  Workshop registration generally opens a week to ten days prior to the class starting however, we reserve the right to open registration at any time prior to the class start date. PLEASE do NOT contact the instructor as they do not set up the class other than to turn in their syllabus. If you have any questions regarding registration or any problems, please contact the Webmaster.

Please click the title of the class you’re interested in and fill in the form located below each description to sign up for a workshop.

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Please check out our upcoming classes below.


08/01/2014 - 08/31/2014
Celtic & Roman Britain AD 100 - 500

Instructor: Sharron Gunn w/a Sheila Currie

What was it like to be a citizen of the Roman Empire while living at the edge of the world? What was it like to be a Briton or Caledonian observing the Romans building roads and forts whose purpose was to conquer their island? You’ll learn something about the society and customs of both Romans and Celts before the Roman Conquest.

08/03/2014 - 08/30/2014
Creating Sticky Author Newsletters

Instructor:  R.L. Syme

Have author friends been telling you to start a newsletter? Well, you’ve come to the right place.

Newsletters have gotten a bad rap over the years for being worthless and spammy. And for good reason. You can’t just slap a book release in an email and call it a newsletter, any more than you should write ten pages of self-centered prose and send it to your entire address book. Neither of these are going to gain you life-long fans. By learning some simple strategies, it is possible to make your newsletter sticky, meaning that your fans will get invested in reading it, and it will lead them to being more connected to you and your brand.

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Who We Are

Welcome to the international special interest group of the Romance Writers of America dedicated to all things Celtic and romance. Our chapter has the distinction of being run completely online, which provides us the opportunity to cater to romance writers all over the world. We exist primarily to develop and support writers who have interest in Celtic topics, in every subgenre of romance that exists.
We provide a variety of services to our members, from critique groups to a supportive chat loop. We have invested PAN and PRO members within our groups, including multi-published, award-winning authors and brand new authors who haven’t even finished a manuscript yet; we run an active campus that focuses on Celtic research courses, where all classes are free to our members; we have two annual writing contests that focus on publishing both novel-length and novella-length fiction. Whatever your interest in writing, whether finding a supportive community or a place to develop your craft, this is the place.
Our chapter is a place to connect with other Celtophiles, but also a place to belong. While we offer many services, our top priority is the care and support of our members. We love to provide research resources or have discussions about the rooms in a medieval Scottish castle, but we also celebrate sales and lament bad reviews, share in the joy of new births (of novels, and of babies) and provide support during the difficult times of life. We look forward to having you join us, wherever you are in your writing journey.
Please join us today. Exercise your inner Celt and become one of our Clan. Celtic Hearts Romance Writers is where love and legends meet, and we look forward to meeting you.
Rebecca Lynn – President, Celtic Hearts Romance Writers

Celtic Hearts Blog

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Mon, Apr 08, 2013
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Mon, Apr 01, 2013
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Mon, Mar 11, 2013
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Mon, Feb 11, 2013
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Mon, Jan 14, 2013
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Mon, Dec 17, 2012
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Mon, Dec 03, 2012
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Thu, Nov 29, 2012
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Mon, Nov 19, 2012
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Tue, Nov 06, 2012