There is an board meeting at 9:00 am.
October 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
Draft Chapter Business Meeting Agenda
- Board Reports
- Diversity Segment
- Shared Knowledge
Oct Programming Announcement
Title: The Art of Fiction Haiku
Speaker: Amy Lane
Length: 1 hour (11am to 12pm)
Description: Category romance is a precise art. With such a small word count, writing the perfect category romance is a little like writing a haiku. But how do you write a book in seventeen syllables? How can you cram compelling conflict, satisfying character development, and toe-curling romantic tension into less than sixty thousand words? In Crafting Category Romance, two-time RITA™-nominated author of nearly one hundred books Amy Lane describes the rules of engagement, traps to watch out for, and how to leverage common tropes to create conflict, craft a character, develop a plot, and leave readers with a happy ever after that’s different every time—all in a tidy package. With practical exercises in plot, conflict, and character development, Crafting Category Romance will teach you how to use the rigid rules and expectations of the genre to your advantage and win a loyal readership following for life.
Bio: Amy Lane has two kids who are mostly grown, two kids who aren’t, two cats, and two Chi-who-whats at large. She lives in a crumbling crapmansion with most of the children and a bemused spouse. She also has too damned much yarn, a penchant for action adventure movies, and a need to know that somewhere in all the pain is a story of Wuv, Twu Wuv, which she continues to believe in to this day! She writes fantasy, urban fantasy, and gay romance–and if you accidentally make eye contact, she’ll bore you to tears with why those three genres go together. She’ll also tell you that sacrifices, large and small, are worth the urge to write.
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 WriterUniv.com. “People ask how I find time to do all that,” Laurie says, “and I tell them it’s easy. I never clean my house!”
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]