Past Meeting Presentations – 2012


Past Meeting Presentations – 2012

RCRW meetings include presentations on craft, the publishing industry and the writing life.

These are some of the wonderful speakers who visited RCRW in 2012. Please check our main Meetings page for forthcoming presentations.

November 10, 2012

Leanna Renee Hieber

Direct Your Book! Theatre Techniques to a Blockbuster Novel

Crack open a new way to think about your fiction by using techniques inherent to actors, directors and other theatre professionals. Troubleshoot your way towards an engaging, character-rich, one-of-a-kind hit novel. Utilizing basic theatrical as well as avant-garde theatre viewpoints, Leanna will break down the basic roles of Cinematographer, Director and Actor and ask authors to take critical looks at their manuscripts from each perspective, asking the necessary questions to get effective results in setting, structure, world-building and character. These theatrical vantage points are refreshing for those armed only with writing vocabulary and craft as the principles are easily adapted and co-opted for a novelist’s use. In the end, every artistic medium is after the same goal: solid, blockbuster storytelling.


Leanna Renee Hieber received a BFA in theatre and a focus in the Victorian Era. She has adapted works of 19th Century literature for the stage and her one-act plays have been produced around the country. Her debut novel, The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker, first in her Strangely Beautiful series, hit Barnes & Noble’s Bestseller lists, won numerous RWA chapter awards, is set for a re-release summer 2012, and is currently being adapted into a musical theatre production. A three time Prism Award winner for excellence in Futuristic, Fantasy and Paranormal Romance, she has been nominated for a 2012 Prism Award for her latest Strangely Beautiful novel (Fantasy category). Her debut Young Adult saga set in 1880 New York City begins with DARKER STILL: A Novel of Magic Most Foul, named an Indie Next List recommended title by the American Booksellers Association, a Scholastic Book Club “Highly Recommended” title and is a finalist in the 2012 Daphne Du Maurier awards for excellence in Mystery and Romantic Suspense (Historical category). Her books have been translated into several languages including Polish, Turkish, Thai, and Complex Chinese. A member of RWA, Science Fiction / Fantasy Writers of America and International Thriller Writers, she’s a proud co-founder of the original Lady Jane’s Salon Reading Series in New York.A member of performers unions AEA and SAG-AFTRA, Leanna works often in film and television and will be seen playing the role of Deputy Kellion in the web-series AUROR’S TALE. When not writing or on set, she loves a good Goth club and adventuring in New York City, where she resides with her real-life hero and their beloved rescued lab rabbit., @LeannaRenee ,

A child of two college professors and an ardent supporter of inter-disciplinary education, teaching from all sides of her theatre, playwright and fiction background is in her blood. She has taught fiction workshops for over 12 different RWA chapters, spoken and presented in schools around the country, written articles for the RWA NYC Keynotes newsletter and Dramatics magazine, as well as teaching theatre and adaptation workshops for the Guthrie Theatre and the International Thespian Festival.

October 13, 2012

M.L. Buchman

Managing a Book. Managing a Career.

Project Management is the fine art of getting something done. It is a skill, a mindset, a set of tools, and much more. M.L. Buchman has been a project manager for 30 years and a dozen books. He’ll discuss realistic project plans, setting a reasonable scope of work, how to analyze a risk before you take it, how to manage time (even perform a cost/benefit analysis on what you do with your time). Every path is different, pantser vs. planner, artist vs. technician, romance vs. hard-core sci-fi, but the macro-level tools are much the same. Come prepared to learn about not what to write, or how to write, but rather how to get it written. Does it sound dry? It isn’t. It’s a much needed tool in a writer’s toolkit. Manage your book. Manage your career.


M.L. “Matt” Buchman came late to writing fiction. Never having dreamed of writing, he wrote his first novel in 1993 while riding a bicycle around the world during his mid-life crisis on wheels. The manuscript was terrible. His friends’ kindest advice? “Perhaps you should take a class.” He did. He redrafted the book completely, a couple of times, and it became his first professional sale in 1997. Fifteen years and a dozen books later, his critically acclaimed Night Stalkers series is half complete with much more to come. You can visit Matt’s website at

 September 8th, 2012

Lucy Monroe

The Pluses and Pitfalls of Writing for More Than One Publisher

In the current industry climes, writing for more than one publisher is more relevant than ever. It could eve be argued that for many, it’s even necessary. However, the juggling act required for maintaining what can become entirely separate careers comes with its own set of challenges. It’s not all stress though…there are plenty of benefits to writing for multiple publishers as well. Lucy will candidly discuss this and more from the perspective of an author who has published more than 50 books for four different publishers.


With more than 6 million copies of her books in print, USA Today bestseller Lucy Monroe has published more than 50 books and had her stories translated for sale in dozens of countries. While she writes several subgenres of romance (paranormal, historical, single title and short contemporary) for multiple publishers, all of her books are sexy, emotional and show that love will conquer all. She’s a passionate devotee of romance and shares her love for the genre with her readers through her books and a policy of open communication. You can find Lucy on Facebook (,
her blog ( and her official website

August 11th, 2012

Cassiel Knight

Next Stop – Your Publishing Journey

Navigating the world of publishing can be a frustrating trip fraught with potholes and barriers. This workshop will provide an overview of things newer writers and authors need to know to safely and sanely travel within the publishing world. The presenter will give attendees tips and tricks as well as some inside information to help authors at the early stages of their careers better prepare themselves for a career in publishing.


Crazy-passionate about the writing industry, Cassiel Knight has published a paranormal romance with Samhain Publishing with a second coming out in August 2012. She has a post-apocalypse novella that just released from Lyrical Press. Her fourth book, the start of a series featuring the children of Egyptian gods is an October 2012 release from Champagne Book Group. She writes paranormal romances with kick-assitude that blend archeology and mythology – just a few of her favorite things.

She can be found online at and (blog detailing the journey to publishing which she shares with two others).

July 14th, 2012

Tawna Fenske

*Twitter 101*

Twitter for Dummies

Confused about Twitter? Do your eyes glaze at the thought of hashtags, retweets, and lists? Relax. Everyone starts out as a Twitter moron. This presentation will take you through the very basics of Twitter for authors, starting from the point of “uh, what?” to “I’m totally rockin’ this.” There will be plenty of opportunity for Q&A, and there’s no such thing as a stupid question.


A romantic comedy author with a three-book contract with Sourcebooks, Tawna Fenske owes a debt of gratitude to Twitter, building a fan-base and ample buzz long before her debut novel hit shelves last August. Though it was her agent who bullied her into joining Twitter in February 2010, Tawna has since become a Twitter fanatic who uses the platform both in her author life and in her day job as the Marketing & Public Relations Manager for Bend’s tourism bureau. A third-generation Oregonian who can peel and eat a banana with her toes, Tawna Fenske has traveled a winding career path from journalist to English teacher in Venezuela to marketing geek. She’s the author of the popular daily blog “Don’t Pet Me, I’m Writing.” Her debut novel, MAKING WAVES, received starred reviews from Library Journal and RT Book Reviews, and The Chicago Tribune noted, “Fenske’s wildly inventive plot and wonderfully quirky characters provide the perfect literary antidote to any romance reader’s summer reading doldrums.” Tawna lives in Bend with a menagerie of ill-behaved pets.

June 9th, 2012

Laurel Newberry, Sarah McDermed

Navigating Your Way Through myRWA

Navigating Your Way Through MyRWA, is a hands-on MyRWA training session. We will use the college’s wireless system to access the Internet. We have a special, one-day group password to use for this.

*BRING YOUR RWA LOGIN NAME (EMAIL ADDRESS) AND PASSWORD. You will need to log in to participate.

*IF YOU HAVE A LAPTOP, NOTEBOOK COMPUTER, IPAD, OR KINDLE FIRE, BRING IT! (If you have an extra you’re willing to loan, please bring that as well.)

If not, there will be some extras to loan out- first come, first served.  (Smart Phones may be too slow to work in MyRWA for our purposes, plus MyRWA Mobile presents a different user interface. If you go this route, you’re on your own!)

We will project an instructor’s PC screen to an overhead display.


Adult Education Instructor Laurel Newberry and Romancing the Genres Group Blog Queen Sarah McDermed will walk participants through steps to:

  • Create a simple Profile, including a photo of you and a Bio
  • Upload book covers to your profile
  • Privacy settings
  • Add content to your personal MyPage, including book covers.
  • Find people you know in MyRWA and Follow or Connect with them if you wish.
  • Access RWA’s info on MyRWA (Governance, Board Meeting info, Publications, the 2012 Conference Page, etc.)
  • Access RWA University online classes and informational files, as well as Career Information
  • Access RCRW’s Chapter Page, forums, and File Library
  • More!

**HOMEWORK – an Online Scavenger Hunt / Skill Demo with PRIZES (to be awarded at July meeting.)**

MAY 12th, 2012

Ann Charles & Jacquie Rogers

Growing Your Audience: For Published, Unpublished & Under-published Authors

The publishing industry is morphing every day, and the internet brings a new dimension to the concept of audience. The shotgun approach worked for decades, but this technique becomes more expensive and less viable every month. Today’s bad news: no one will find your readers for you. Today’s good news: you have more options than ever in history to build your own fan base. Finding those readers lets you tailor your marketing and promotion without wasting time and money.

Topics we’ll discuss in this workshop:

* What you can do to open new doors to a larger reading audience

* Reasons and benefits for targeting an audience

* Innovative audience-building techniques used by online marketers

* Specific niches to find your potential readers

* The “Six Thinking Hats” for exploring uncharted possibilities

* How to approach and build rapport with your audience

* Making your website “What’s In It For Me”-friendly

The instructors are award-winning co-authors of “Growing Your Audience: Workbook for Published, Unpublished, and Under-published Writers,” and “Nail It!: The Secret to Building an Effective Fiction Platform, Level 1: Laying the Foundation” (the first of five books). Ann Charles is the author of the Deadwood Mystery series. Jacquie Rogers is author of the Much Ado series.

Ann Charles:

Jacquie Rogers:


Ann Charles is an award-winning author who writes romantic mysteries that are splashed with humor. Her first book, Nearly Departed in Deadwood, won the 2010 National Daphne du Maurier for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense award AND the 2011 National Romance Writers of America Golden Heart award. A member of Sisters in Crime, the Guppies, and Romance Writers of America for many moons, she has a B.A. in English with an emphasis on creative writing from the University of Washington. When she is not dabbling in fiction, arm-wrestling with her children, attempting to seduce her husband, or arguing with her sassy cat, she is standing on her workshop soapbox, blabbing about what she has learned over the years. Visit her at or www.anncharles. com/deadwood. You can also find her hanging out on Facebook (on her Author Page or Personal Page) or Twitter (as Deadwood Violet or AnnWCharles).


Jacquie Rogers is a former software designer, campaign manager, deli clerk, cow milker, but always a bookworm. She writes western historical romance and fantasy romance, always with a touch of humor. Her current releases are Much Ado About Marshals (first book in the Much Ado series) and Faery Merry Christmas. Previously released and still available are Faery Special Romances, Down Home Ever Lovin’ Mule Blues. Her stories have won the P.E.A.R.L. Award for Best Short Story, and the NOR Award for Best Print Sci-Fi/Fantasy Romance novel. She’s a former Golden Heart finalist, co-creator of 1st Turning Point with Ann Charles, and a frequent speaker and workshop instructor, both in person and online. Visit her website at

APR 14th, 2012

Tanith Dean

Judge a Book by It’s Cover

A proper book cover is as important as your genre. If people can’t identify who you are and what your book is about within a matter of seconds, then you lose the opportunity of a quick sell. In this workshop, learn tips and tricks to help you create a spectacular front cover, and enough knowledge to make you dangerous when working with your agent. You hold the power to start your Brand now, whether you’re a beginning writer or a professional. Your choices in using color, images and text can say a lot about you and how the audience will remember you.


Tanith Dean (writing as Remy Stone) has been a graphic designer for over fifteen years with her niche in branding start-ups. Currently she’s a marketing and design specialist at the corporate offices of Prudential Northwest Properties, a technology firm BrokerTec and Transitional Youth, a non-profit organization to assist homeless youth. Besides her 9-5 daily grind, her freelance clients, and partnering with Sprout Marketing Group, she likes to write dark, gritty, sexy romantic suspense novels in the wee hours of the night.

MAR 10th, 2012

April Eberhardt

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The cost for this fantastic event is $5.00 for members and non-members. Please bring cash or a check made out to Rose City Romance Writers to the meeting.


***3 hours with a lunch break***

Power is shifting rapidly from traditional publishers to authors, creating a myriad of choices –self-publishing, e-publishing, POD, along with continuing to try for a conventional book deal via an agent or on your own. What’s an author to do? Join industry expert and strategist April Eberhardt, a staunch author advocate and “literary change agent,” who will outline the range of choices available to you, along with the pros and cons of each. Don’t miss the five “must-dos” for authors, regardless of which route(s) you decide to pursue.


April Eberhardt joined the literary world after 25 years as a corporate strategist and management consultant. April founded her own agency in order to assist and advise authors as they navigate the increasingly complex world of publishing. As readers and publishers choose among the many ways literature is being delivered in the new millennium, authors need a literary agent who understands both the traditional and electronic marketplaces, along with the evolving role of self-publishing, done right. April holds an MBA from Boston University in Marketing and Finance, a BA from Hamilton (Kirkland) College in Anthropology and French, and a CPLF degree from the University of Paris. She divides her time between San Francisco, New York and Paris.

Tentative Schedule:
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. – RCRW – Chapter Business/General Meeting
11:00 a.m. to 11:10 a.m. – Break
11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. – April Eberhardt – Part 1
12:45 to 1:15 p.m. – Lunch (on site)
1:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. – April Eberhardt – Part 2

JAN 14th, 2012

Judith Ashley

Simple Ways to Identify and Increase Character Conflict

This workshop will be 1.5 hours


Do you feel overwhelmed with character interviews; the idea of writing ten – twenty page biographies about each of your main characters?

Does your mind balk and your fingers freeze on the keyboard at the idea of writing a thirty page outline on the main turning points and main conflict(s) in your story?

Do you struggle to find ways to increase realistic internal and external conflict in your characters?

In this workshop, we will discuss the concept of ‘conflict’, learn five basic universal needs; develop ‘needs profiles’ for your main characters; and use these profiles to increase character conflict.


Judith Ashley, a pre-published author, is on the senior teaching faculty for The William Glasser Institute. She presents workshops on Dr. Glasser’s concepts in the United States and Internationally. She uses her thirty-plus years of experience using Dr. Glasser Five Basic Needs to support her writing life, develop her characters’ personalities, as well as create conflicts between them. Judith has three completed manuscripts and is actively seeking publication. Visit Judith at