There is an board meeting at 9:00 am.

December Meeting Announcement: Virtual ONLY

As things are rapidly changing, RCRW is adjusting to be able to keep our community connected while also doing what is best for our members. PCC has cancelled our room reservation. RCRW is still having our monthly meeting but as a VIRTUAL option only. I would like to thank RWA (and Leslie) for giving us a virtual platform for our meeting. The meeting link and phone number has been posted to the RCRW Forum for member access. Thank you, Jessie

Resource Links:  CDC | Oregon Health Authority | WA State Dept. of Health  

Draft Chapter Business Meeting Agenda

  • Board Reports
    • Programming
    • Membership
    • Communication
    • Treasurer
    • PRO
    • PAN
  • Diversity Segment
  • Kudos
  • Shared Knowledge

December Holiday Party

Join us for a jolly good time during our December chapter meeting. We’ll start the day off at 10 AM with our very 1stUgly Christmas sweater contest!!!! If it’s uglier than 2020, it’s sure to win! $20 Powell’s gift card to sweater voted most ugly.

Not in the mood for ugly sweaters? Totally fine because there will be prizes for our scavenger hunt. We’re going to post a list of a dozen items, give you 20 minutes to find them and the first four to complete the quest will win a $10 gift card to Barnes and Noble! Here’s a hint: If you have a romance novel with Fabio on the cover, make sure it’s close by! Participation encouraged, but not necessary-we’ll chat books while watching the fun.

And since RCRW is the chapter that loves you best and wants to support you in all things romance, we’ve saved some time to share our goals for 2021. Think of what you want to accomplish, at least in the first quarter, and share with the group. Writing down your goals and sharing with trusted friends is a great way to help hold yourself accountable to your dreams!

Then stay for our December programming to put joy back into your writing.

December Programming Announcement

Title: Block-Busting: Putting the Joy Back in Writing
Speaker: Laurie Schnebly Campbell
Length: 1 hour 

Description: At some point, almost all writers suffer from the inability to tell the story they want. Part of writer’s block is a lack of joy in the process. So counselor Laurie Schnebly Campbell looks at the causes — including exhaustion, boredom and fear of success — and the benefits of this block. Writers take home new awareness of what works for them, and renewed inspiration for returning to the craft they love.

Bio: Laurie loves giving workshops that draw on her background as a counseling therapist and a novelist who beat out Nora Roberts for “Best Special Edition of the Year.” She also enjoys writing copy for a Phoenix ad agency, playing with her new grandson, recording for the blind, vacationing in Sedona (the red-rock town named for her grandpa’s mom), and running “People ask how I find time to do all that,” Laurie says, “and I tell them it’s easy. I never clean my house!”




January 2021 Programming Announcement

Title: Identifying and Adapting Your Core Story
Speaker: Nicole Helm
Length: 1 hour 

In IDENTIFYING & ADAPTING YOUR CORE STORY, you will learn about what core story is, how to identify it in your own work, and then how to think about the creative side & business side of your brain to adapt your core story to the market. A workshop suitable for all career phases that will help you get started or refocus on why you started writing in the first place, and how to use that to move on to the next step of your career.

Nicole Helm is the national bestselling author of over 50 romance novels. She currently splits her time between writing fast-paced romantic suspense for Harlequin Intrigue and down-to-earth contemporary western romance. Her books are known for their emotional depth and complex, believable protagonists…and the occasional mischievous farm animal. She lives in Missouri with her husband and two sons.


Feb 2021 Programming Announcement

Title: Putting Tension in your Writing so your Reader Keeps Turning the Page
Speaker: Maisey Yates
Length: 1 hour

We all know that romance novels are going to end up happily. So what is it that keeps a reader turning pages even when they know the inevitable end? Tension is the thing. Tension is not fighting, or only about sex, tension should be the thread pulling readers through your books, keeping their emotions engaged. In this workshop Maisey will give examples of types of tension and explain how she uses it in her books, and how you can use it to create a more compelling read!

Bio: Maisey Yates is a New York Times bestselling author of over one hundred romance novels. Whether she’s writing strong, hard working cowboys, dissolute princes or multigenerational family stories, she loves getting lost in fictional worlds. An avid knitter with a dangerous yarn addiction and an aversion
to housework, Maisey lives with her husband and three kids in rural Oregon. Check out her
website, or find her on Facebook.

March 2021 Programming Announcement

Title: Layering Conflict for an Emotionally Compelling Story
Speaker: Lucy Monroe
Length: 1 hour

A retake on Lucy’s “Layering the Onion” workshop on conflict. Layering Conflict for an Emotionally Compelling story will cover the art of adding to/morphing both the internal and external conflict, with examples of what this means and how it leads to emotional depth and can help with hooks and sagging middles. She will discuss the difference between the external and internal conflict and how they can each raise the stakes for the other. If there is enough time, Lucy will lead a brainstorming session with volunteer participants about the conflict in their own current WIPs and how it might be layered for greater depth and pacing.

Bio: With more than 8 million copies of her books in print worldwide, award winning and USA Today bestseller Lucy Monroe has published over 70 books and had her stories translated for sale all over the world. While she writes multiple subgenres of romance, all of her books are sexy, deeply emotional and adhere to the concept that love will conquer all. Lucy has been giving workshops to local RWA Chapters, libraries and at National Conferences for two decades. She loves talking writing, but adheres to the motto that there is no one right way to write a good book. If you attend her workshop, you will always be encouraged to protect your own process because it is far too easy to lose the compass to our own creativity.

Rose City Romance Writers supports writers at all career stages

Our monthly meetings, in Portland, feature a different topic. We balance topics on the areas of craft and business. Writers new to romance, or writing in general, will learn a great deal. But we strive to make sure our programming supports midlist and advanced authors as well.[/vc_column_text]