1. RRCWLogoWelcome to the home of the Golden Rose

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 Our mission is to educate, support, and mentor published and unpublished members in the profession of romance writing.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.

Rose City Romance Writers is pleased to congratulate the
winners of the 2017 Golden Rose Contest


Portland Community College Map in PDF

9am Social hour in the TCB lobby

10am-10:30am. General meeting  –  TCB 218

10:30-12:00. Workshop  – TCB 218

October 14, 2017

Building and Using a Mailing List With Thousands of True Fans

By Maggie Lynch

Whether you are traditionally published or indie, building a good mailing list is the #1 predictor of sales success for authors. The hard part is getting thousands of true fans on your list—the types of readers who will consistently buy your next book, do reviews, tell all their friends about you, and clamor for your new releases. Maggie will share how she went from a list of 400 to 12,000 in six months.

This presentation will provide instructions for driving traffic to your mailing list and qualifying the signups as true fans. Maggie will share her drip campaign examples for you to steal and reuse as needed. She will also provide ideas on how to keep your readers engaged with subsequent mailings while you are writing the next book, how to get the most active fans to be part of your street team, and how to keep everyone engaged without becoming a sleazy salesperson. Options are presented both for authors who are just starting out with their first book and for those who already have multiple books available but want to grow their list faster.

Maggie Lynch is the author of 20+ published books, over 60 published short stories and numerous non-fiction articles.  Her fiction tells stories of men and women “making heroic choices one messy moment at a time” through romance, science fiction, fantasy, and suspense novels. Her current nonfiction books are focused on helping indie writers to become career authors with a financially sound business. In 2011,Maggie founded Windtree Press, an independent publishing cooperative, to provide a place for indie authors to gather, share resources and marketing, and continue to make a writing career by learning together and sharing knowledge as the publishing landscape changes. It has grown from 3 authors to 20 and currently has a catalog of over 200 titles. You can find Maggie online at her website, maggielynch.com, and her video training courses at AWWonthego.com.

October 1-30, 2017 (ONLINE & MEMBERS ONLY)

Monster Revision & Deep POV

with Suzanne Johnson * Susannah Sandlin

Pull out that WIP, ready-to-revise manuscript, or even a chapter from an already-published book, and get ready to dive into “Monster Revision,” an intensive revision system that’ll take you from Draft Zero to Done.

In this 30-day workshop, we’ll cover a one-week overview series of lessons, followed by three weeks of techniques that will leave you with a lot of tools in your revision toolbox. You’ll get individual feedback on your posted homework (yes, homework!).

We’ll be covering:
• Methodology and color-coding, and why deep POV is an important part of revision.
• The color wheel.
• Setting and description, including timeline, continuity, and backstory quicksand.
• Why telling is sometimes as important as showing.
• Dialogue as Action, and isolating character voice.
• Internal dialogue: pace, voice.
• Emotion: raw, ugly, visceral, internal.
• Talk to the dog.
• DIY Toolbox: manual and online.

About the Instructor:

Suzanne Johnson was happily ensconced in New Orleans as a university magazine editor when Hurricane Katrina sent her adopted hometown underwater. She took her Katrina experiences, added wizards and magic (and the sexy undead pirate Jean Lafitte), and began what has become the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series published by Tor Books. Writing under the name Susannah Sandlin, she also writes award-winning paranormal romance, including the popular Penton Legacy series for Montlake Romance, and romantic suspense and thrillers, including two series, The Collectors and Wilds of the Bayou, also for Montlake. Suzanne grew up in Alabama halfway between the Bear Bryant Museum and Elvis’s birthplace and lived in New Orleans for fifteen years, so she has a highly refined sense of the absurd and an ingrained love of college football and fried gator on a stick. She currently lives in Auburn, Alabama, where she is a full-time author and keeps her OCD sharp by doing copyediting for other authors.

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November 11, 2017

NaNoWriMo write-in

Bring your writing tools and motivation to the meeting. Come and log some words before and after our general meeting. We’ll have to room open at 9 a.m. Our meeting will start at its usual 10 a.m. time, then we’ll keep writing until we have to be out of the room (around 12:30 p.m.). We’ll have sprints and prizes.

December, 2017

Holiday Party

Time and location TBD