About Us

A Little About The Chapter

We’re the Birmingham (Alabama) chapter of the Romance Writers of America® and our chapter was established in December 1997.

Southern Magic promotes excellence in romantic fiction by providing educational opportunities to improve our members’ writing and marketing skills. We love to celebrate and encourage all writers within the romance publishing industry.

Why The Name Southern Magic?

We took it from the city where we hold our meetings.  Birmingham, Alabama is called the Magic City.  Between 1881 and 1920, Birmingham grew at such an astounding rate that it earned the nickname “The Magic City.”  Click here for more history.


  • Betty Bolte
  • Jo Chambliss
  • Louisa Cornell
  • Jennifer Dore
  • Larynn Ford
  • Julia Fortune
  • Susan Haynes
  • Aidee Ladnier
  • Deborah McDonald
  • Sherrilyn McQueen
  • Carla Swafford
  • Gayle Wilson

Board Members

  • President: Betty Bolte
  • Vice President (Programs): Susan Haynes
  • Treasurer: Carla Swafford
  • Secretary: Jennifer Dore


We meet the first Saturday of each month at 10:30 a.m.

Location: North Shelby County Library

5521 Cahaba Valley Rd

Birmingham, AL 35242

Everyone 18 years and older is welcome to visit two times before being required to join RWA and the Chapter.

You do not need to be published to attend or join.