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

December 10, 2022 Programming Announcement

Title: Members Only Holiday Party

Stay Tuned: Stay tuned for details. Virtual Party or In Person Party?

Photo by Sabina Sturzu on Unsplash

January 14, 2023 Programming Announcement

Title: Query Letters

Speaker: Ann Leslie Tuttle, agent

Length: 1 hour

About the workshop:

The presentation will focus on what makes a compelling query letter and what are some of the common mistakes that writers can make.  The presenter will also elaborate on some reasons why a query may result in a pass from an agent—even when the project seemed like a perfect fit—and Ann Leslie Tuttle will briefly elaborate on what happens if an agent does request your project.

At the end of the presentation, Ann Leslie Tuttle will allow up to 3 writers to pitch to her. She cannot stay past 12 noon, so that means each pitch needs to be 5 minutes each.

Bio: Ann Leslie Tuttle is an agent at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret and has spent over 25 years in the book publishing industry.  Prior to joining the agency, she worked at Harlequin Books (part of HarperCollins) for twenty years and acquired and edited a variety of titles in the romance and women’s fiction genres.  Ann Leslie is looking for romances, especially historical romance and romantic comedy; historical fiction; women’s fiction with a focus on relationships within a family or among female friends; MG and YA nonfiction and fiction, including YA rom coms, and, in general, stories which often focuses on popular science and hidden figures; and narrative nonfiction.  She is especially drawn to stories that show empowered women and have a positive and uplifting message for readers and welcomes submissions from writers at all stages of their career. Some of her current romance authors include Elizabeth Everett, Lauren Kung Jessen, Nancy Robards Thompson and Tara Taylor Quinn.

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

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. She is a flexible and adaptable mentor and coach with a proven track record of working individually with both published and non-published authors.

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.

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

In Person Schedule (not currently active)

RCRW meets the second Saturday of each month. In the event of inclement weather, we will notify you below if the meeting has been canceled.

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.

9:30-10 am: Social time in the lobby of the TCB building

10-11(ish): Chapter business meeting

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

We try to have a (no host) lunch reservation at a nearby restaurant after the meetings for anyone who would like to join. It’s a great opportunity to socialize with fellow writers.

Location

Meetings are held at the Portland Community College Sylvania campus in room 212 of the TCB building. A map of PCC’s campus is here.

Directions

From I-5 South, take Capitol Hwy exit (295). Follow Capitol Hwy uphill through five lights (it will become SW 49th). Main campus entrance is on the right.

From I-5 North, take Haines St. exit (293). Turn right at the end of the ramp onto Haines St. Turn left at the four-way stop. Back entrance to the campus is a quarter of a mile up, just past a curve. Tri-Met bus lines #5 and #78 serve the campus. No parking fee is charged for Saturday parking.