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 Our mission is to educate, support, and mentor published and unpublished members in the profession of romance writing.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 email@example.com.
MEETING LOCATION: PCC – Sylvania Campus
(See meeting information below for room number)
Saturday, April 9th, 2016
9am. Social hour in the TCB lobby, Board meeting in TCB 218
10am. General meeting begins in TCB 218
11am. Writing is an Analytical Sport with Lynda Aicher and Jenna Bayley-Burke
Writing is a pure and creative endeavor. Writers are inspired by their muse to express their deepest emotions in the form of a story—or so we’re led to believe. And then reality hits, and our romantic notions are slapped with the cold, hard truth: Writing is an analytical sport.
The only truly creative part of writing is the initial idea, that spark you need to start a fire. But it’s not the spark that burns hot, it’s the fuel. We’ll show how each step in the process is bettered by the analytical process to make your story stronger and more marketable.
So pull up your pants, tighten your plots, and come along on this trip from idea to publication. Whether you’re a plotter, a panster, or some hybrid of both, we’ll show you the steps and techniques we’ve used to take an idea through plotting, pacing, editing and publishing.
Lynda Aicher is an award winning multi-published author who loves to write emotionally charged romances. Her novels have appeared on Amazon’s top 100, Barnes & Noble top 10, and have been featured in USA Today and RT Book Reviews magazine. Her books have finaled in the Romance Writers of America’s RITA contest and won the BDSM Writer’s Con Golden Flogger Award. Prior to becoming an author, she spent years traveling weekly as a consultant implementing computer software into global companies until she opted to end her nomadic lifestyle to raise her children. Now, her imagination is the only limitation on where she can go, and her writing lets her escape from the daily duties of being a mom, wife, chauffeur, scheduler, cook, teacher, cleaner, and mediator. You can find her online at: http://lyndaaicher.com
Jenna Bayley-Burke is known for her fun, sexy romance novels, baking banana bread and over-volunteering. She thinks she has the best jobs in the world―mother, wife and author. When she’s not lost in her latest story, she can be found pursuing whatever hobby her characters are enamored with―photography, Zumba, shoes, gardening, crafts and cooking up a storm. For more on Jenna check out her website: http://jennabayleyburke.com.