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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 Our mission is to educate, support, and mentor published and unpublished members in the profession of romance writing.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 Vice President of Membership at vp-membership@rosecityromancewriters.com.

MEETING LOCATION: PCC – Sylvania ST101

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Next Meeting

May 10, 2014

Linda Needham

Anatomy of an Emotionally Escalating Romance

One of the first rules we learn as romance writers is that the Emotional Conflict between the hero and heroine must not only be compelling enough to carry the relationship through the story, but that the Emotional Conflict must also escalate exponentially. Whaaaaa? Tough stuff, because if your reader fails to comprehend how the hero & heroine feel about the dangers that threaten the romance, the high-risk decisions they are forced to make, or the personal consequences of their individual actions, then your story will fail to incite the emotion necessary to sell your next book (which is the point, right?)

In this hands-on workshop you’ll learn how to enrich your external plot with a powerfully escalating emotional journey guaranteed to provoke your readers with angst, arouse them with meaning and make them first-in-line readers for your next book and every book that follows.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER

Linda Needham – USA Today bestselling author of ten historical romances — launched her writing career in early grade school, the moment she realized she could use her crayons to create her own stories. After joining RWA and Portland’s Cascade Chapter in 1988, finaling in the Golden Heart in 1989, winning for Long Historical in 1995 and selling to Avon Books that same year, Linda considers herself a poster-girl for RWA. She currently writes full time from her home in the hills north of Hillsboro, OR, where she also writes plays and musicals, gardens, tap dances, spoils her two grandkids, takes extended research treks with her husband and blazes trails through their 5-acre woodland with their Portuguese Water Dog.