If you're burning to write a romance novel, some place to begin: Romantic Book Lovers Conference-Thursday-Saturday, Roosevelt Hotel, New York City. Workshops for readers, beginning and advanced writers. Keynoter Barbara Cartland to appear in a rose-decorated specially designed ball gown "because I felt it inappropriate to appear in a day dress for a romantic event." Fee $235. For reservations: RWS and Associates, 212-339-5644. Romantic Writers of America Conference-June 16-19, Mayflower Hotel. Seminars, panel discussions and speeches by top writers and editors. Keynote speaker: Belva Plain, author of Evergreen. $195 for members, $240 for nonmembers. Write: Pat Hudgins, executive secretary, RWA, 5206 Capitol FM1960W, Houston 77069. (713) 440-6885. Washington Romance Writers-Monthly critiquing sessions, newsletter and market information. Membership,: $20 a year, Claire Harrison, 652-5644. Writer's Center-Worshops on writing critiques, plot, characters and style, 4800 Sangamore Rd., Bethesda. Begin week of June 20. Members, $78; nonmembers, $83. For more information: 229-0930. Background reading: guidance from France Perine, romantic book expert, Walden Books, Montgomerty Mall, 469-8810. YOU Can Write a Romance! And Get It Published! by Yvonne MacManus (Pocket Books, $2.95).

Boy Meets Girl, weekly newsletter of market information. 90-day sampler, $20; annual rate, $125. SASE for sample and subscription form. Vivien Lee Jennings, editor, Rainy Day Books, 2812 W. 53rd St., Fairway, Kans. 66205.