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November 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

Nov Programming Announcement

Title: Create Compelling, Complex Secondary Characters
Speaker: Reese Ryan
Length: 1 hour (11am to 12pm)

Description: None of us exists in a vacuum. Neither should our characters. Our friends, family, bosses, co-workers, and neighbors impact our lives in ways big and small. Our encounters with them often develop or reveal our true character. The same should be true of our secondary characters. Well-developed secondary characters—whether good, bad, or indifferent—shed light on our understanding of the primary characters in a more striking manner than narration alone.

In this interactive workshop, we’ll examine how to use secondary characters to reveal key aspects of primary characters and move the plot along. We’ll also discuss how to create a cast of characters that add to the story rather than distracts from it.

Reese Ryan writes sexy, emotional romance with captivating family drama, surprising secrets, and a posse of complex characters. Past president of the Heart of Carolina Romance Writers, a panelist at the 2017 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, and recipient of the 2018 Donna Hill Breakout Author Award, Reese is an advocate for the romance genre and diversity in fiction.

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.

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]