All Monthly Meetings are Virtual until further notice.
Members can find the programming meeting links on the RCRW’s forum and on the private Facebook page.
Guests may attend two meetings to help make their decision to join. Some meetings are exclusive to RCRW members only, such as the December holiday workshop. Please contact [email protected]m at least 72 hours in advance for a link to access the remote meeting. We use the GoToMeeting software. Meetings are live and are not recorded.
Virtual Meeting Schedule
Rose City Romance Writers (RCRW) meets the second Saturday of each month.
Meeting are at no-cost for RCRW Members. People are welcome to attend our meetings, up to two times, before they are required to become RCRW chapter members.
10-11(ish): Chapter business meeting
June 10, 2023 Programming Announcement
Title: The Beginning and the End—How to Hook Readers and Create a Satisfying Arc
Speaker: Sarina Dorie
Length: 1 hour
About the workshop:
This is a hands-on workshop full of exercises to help us practice making engaging hooks—and more exercises to wrap up a story.
How do writers get started and make the beginning of a story interesting enough to keep their audience reading? Just importantly, how do writers wrap up a story in a way that feels satisfying? We will look at examples from books we love and figure out what those authors did right so we can do the same thing in our stories. Be prepared to do writing exercises and try new techniques for practicing a story arc
Sarina Dorie is a science fiction, fantasy, mystery, humor, horror, and romance author. She has sold over 200 short stories to markets like Analog, Daily Science Fiction, Fantasy Magazine, and F & SF. She has over eighty books up on Amazon, including her bestselling series, Womby’s School for Wayward Witches.
A few of her favorite things include: gluten-free brownies (not necessarily glutton-free), Star Trek, steampunk, fairies, Severus Snape, and Mr. Darcy.
You can find info about her short stories and novels on her website: www.sarinadorie.com
July 08, 2023 Programming Announcement
Title: Tech Tools for Authors
Speaker: E.J. Russell
About the workshop:
As a dyed-in-the-wool geek girl, E.J. Russell likes to keep all her writing tools at her electronic fingertips (which may be because her handwriting has become virtually illegible lately…). She’ll share her favorite digital goodies for a book’s lifecycle–everything from brainstorming a new story to tracking book sales. (She won’t judge you if you take notes on…shudder…actual paper.)
E.J. Russell (she/her), author of the award-winning Mythmatched paranormal romance series, writes LGBTQ+ romance and mystery in a rainbow of flavors. Count on high snark, low angst, and happy endings.
Reality? Eh, not so much.
She’s married to Curmudgeonly Husband, a man who cares even less about sports than she does. Luckily, C.H. also loves to cook, or all three of their children (Lovely Daughter and Darling Sons A and B) would have survived on nothing but Cheerios, beef jerky, and Satsuma mandarins (the extent of E.J.’s culinary skill set).
E.J. also writes traditional cozy mystery as Nelle Heran. She lives in rural Oregon, enjoys visits from her wonderful adult children, and indulges in good books, red wine, and the occasional hyperbole.
August 12, 2023 Programming Announcement
Title: A Short Guide to Research
Speaker: Delilah Marvelle
About the workshop:
Writing requires far more than great characters and a great story. It requires accurate research, organization and world-building skills that make it challenging but if done right, results in a masterpiece. Whether you write historicals, mysteries, contemporaries or any other genre that requires research, being able to wedge in the details of your research can be daunting and disastrously affect the pace of your story. This isn’t a workshop about how to write. This is a workshop on how to conquer the research demons while weaving it seamlessly into your book which will transport your readers to a place no one can visit without you.
Join Delilah Marvelle for a tell-all about everything it takes to world-build using the details of your research.
USA TODAY Bestselling Author Delilah Marvelle is the winner of the Reviewer’s Choice Award for Best Historical Romance of the Year and has had Booklist name her historical romance FOREVER AND A DAY one of the best romances of the past decade. When she isn’t writing, she’s digging through research books and archives of history having to do with fascinating details and facts about history that never made it into college textbooks.
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. The meeting link and phone number has been posted to the RCRW Forum for member access.
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