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We are the Portland, Oregon chapter of Romance Writers of America. Our mission is to educate, support, and mentor published and unpublished members in the profession of romance writing. We welcome anyone who is pursuing their dream of writing romance. If you are new to the area or want to learn more about our chapter, feel free to come for a visit. Check out the membership information or send an email to our Secretary at secretary@rosecityromancewriters.com.


(See meeting information below for room number)

Portland Community College Map in PDF

 August 13th

9am Social hour in the TCB lobby

10am-10:30am. General meeting begins in TCB 218

10:30-12:00. Workshop (Room TCB 218)


During the general meeting:

If Mark Zuckerberg can get hacked, so can you…

Have you secured your smartphone? Your social media accounts? Your website? What’s phishing? Spoofing? Pretexting? We’ll spend some time talking about typical ways hackers might try to victimize you—and some basic safeguards to protect yourself against them.

Presented by E.J. Russell, RCRW’s resident geek. (Be kind…she’s an introvert.)

Featured Presentation:

Developing Plot and Character in Sex Scenes

Anne Tenino

How many times have you heard someone say, “Don’t write sex scenes that aren’t central to the plot,” only to later hear from an acquiring editor that you need to “add some sex scenes?” So whose advice do you listen to? Which should you believe?

The simple answer is: listen to yourself and believe in your characters. Like many elements in writing romance, the quantity of sex depends on the idiosyncracies of your characters, yet the story must meet the expectations of your audience. As the author, it’s your job to navigate the plot to meet both needs, regardless of whether you write “sweet” or very saucy stuff.

Fear not! (Well, not much.) While there are no hard and fast rules to advancing plot or developing characters through sex scenes, there are guidelines one can follow. This workshop will help you determine when, where and how to use physical relations in your story for impact, yet avoid going overboard

Anne Tenino is a multi-published author who applies her particular blend of romance, comedy, and gay protagonists to contemporary, scifi, and paranormal tales. Her New Adult debut, Frat Boy and Toppy, finaled in the NERFAs, and she’s been featured in RT Book Reviews. Born and raised in Oregon, Anne lives in Portland with her husband and two kids. She can usually be found at her computer, procrastinating.