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] 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

11-12:30(ish): Workshop/presentation

Virtual Programming


February 11, 2023 Programming Announcement

Title: World Building by Evoking the Senses

Speaker: Cat Rambo

Length: 1 hour

About the workshop:

Learn how to use the senses to make your world come alive for a reader. A mix of lecture, discussion, and in-class writing will let come back away with tools and tricks for creating evocative, immersive worlds.

Bio: Cat Rambo’s 250+ fiction publications include stories in Asimov’s, Clarkesworld Magazine, and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. In 2020 they won the Nebula Award for fantasy novelette Carpe Glitter. They are a former two-term President of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). Their most recent works are space opera You Sexy Thing (Tor Macmillan), as well as anthology, The Reinvented Heart (Arc Manor), co-edited with Jennifer Brozek.

March 11, 2023 Programming Announcement

Title: Keys to a Great First Chapter

Speaker: Julie Cameron with Landon Literary

Length: 1 hour

About the workshop:

Whether you are planning to traditionally publish or self-publish, this workshop will examine the importance of a first chapter in grabbing (and keeping) the attention of your audience. We will walk through what to do, and what not to do, when writing your first chapter or prologue.

Bio: Julie Cameron is an accomplished, dynamic, and energetic author of award-winning work with diverse experience in content editing, consulting, writing, blogging, screenwriting, and self-publishing. Through her company, Landon Literary, she has established herself as a successful mentor and coach with a proven track record of working with both published and non-published authors. https://landonliterary.com/

April 8, 2023 Programming Announcement

Title: The Business of Ads & How it Affects your Business

Speaker: Michael Beverly of Adverly

Length: 1 hour

About the workshop:

When Amazon began monetizing their product pages and search results with PPC ads, it changed the nascent indie book business and created new challenges for authors. This presentation will be a discussion about how to plan (or alter) your book business to best navigate the expensive landscape of Amazon Advertising.

Bio: Michael Beverly moved to Mexico in 2017 to work on his dream to become a full-time career indie novelist and through a series of events ended up co-founding an Amazon ad’s management business for indies. He’s written ten novels and a few novellas, a handful of them as a ghostwriter. He loves to discuss everything and anything book or story related. He lives with his girlfriend and a bunch of pets in Guadalajara (the best city in the world).

May 13, 2023 Programming Announcement

Title: From 0 to 1,000+ mailing list subscribers

Speaker: Evan Gow of StoryOrigin

Length: 1 hour

About the workshop:

In this presentation, you will learn how to build your mailing list, write a welcome sequence, arrange cross-promotions, and vet potential reviewers.

Bio: Evan Gow is the indie developer of StoryOrigin, a marketing tool and community of authors that work together to find reviewers, build mailing lists, increase sales, and stay on top of deadlines.

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

Bio:

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

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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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