Past Meeting Presentations – 2015


Past Meeting Presentations – 2015

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

These are some of the wonderful speakers who visited RCRW in 2015. Please check our main Meetings page for forthcoming presentations.

August 8, 2015

Series Thinking in the Hybrid World

Presented by ML Buchmann

(Room TCB 218)

(Three hour workshop with 1/2 hour brown-bag lunch)

Do you write in series? Do you wish you wrote in series? Do you wish you didn’t write in series? Come hear M.L. Buchman talk about all of the mistakes you can make and how he unraveled at least a few of them. His (yep, M.L. is a him) series include: The Night Stalkers, Firehawks, Angelo’s Hearth, Deities Anonymous, Dead Chef, Delta Force (premiering this Christmas), and…oy vey!

Craft: book arc, series arc, distinct characters, keeping it fresh
Mechanics: series bibles and other things we wish we actually did
Business: writing order vs. publication order, marketing, and (gasp!) contracts
This is a double-sized helping of workshop (approx. 3 hours) and will start right after the usual business meeting (10:30ish). About an hour in, we’ll take a 30-minute lunch break. So bring a bag lunch and bring your questions and challenges–this is intended to be as much a discussion as a lecture. During lunch, if you dare, you can lay out your own present series challenges for the group and we’ll see what we can do to solve some of them.

M.L. Buchman has over 35 novels and an ever-expanding flock of short stories in print. His military romantic suspense books have been named Barnes & Noble and NPR “Top 5 of the year,” Booklist “Top 10 of the Year,” and RT “Top 10 Romantic Suspense of the Year.” In addition to romantic suspense, he also writes contemporaries, thrillers, and fantasy and science fiction.

In among his career as a corporate project manager he has: rebuilt and single-handed a fifty-foot sailboat, both flown and jumped out of airplanes, designed and built two houses, and bicycled solo around the world.

He is now a full-time writer, living on the Oregon Coast with his beloved wife. He is constantly amazed at what you can do with a degree in Geophysics. You may keep up with his writing at

July 11, 2015

The Clowning Linguist: How to Write Humor

Presented by Sarina Dorie

(Back to Room TCB 218)

Learn how to identify and break down humor. We will practice juxtaposing words to create funny lists, use the element of surprise to tickle a reader’s sense of humor, and create puns and play with words by using techniques that stand-up comedians use. Exercise your wit with new skills, make others laugh and be entertained. Sarina Dorie has won the Allasso humor award and sold over 60 stories including: Putting the Romance Back into Necromancy, Debbie Does Delta Draconis III, Lady Chatterley’s Computer, and Five Tips for Outsmarting Satan–and Your Students.

BIO: Sarina Dorie

Sarina Dorie is the author of award-winning, YA paranormal romance novel, Silent Moon. Her Puritan and alien love story, Dawn of the Morning Star, is due to come this year with Wolfsinger Publications. She has sold over sixty short stories to markets like Daily Science Fiction, Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Orson Scott Card’s IGMS, Cosmos, and Sword and Laser.

By day, Sarina is a public school art teacher, artist, belly dance performer and instructor, copy editor, fashion designer, event organizer and probably a few other things. By night, she writes. As you might imagine, this leaves little time for sleep.

You can find info about her short stories and novels on her website:


January 10, 2015


After our regular meeting on the 10th, we’ll welcome Theodore Ahre, CPA, who’ll be presenting on taxes for authors. Here’s a link to a little bit of information about his firm,

We’re all looking forward to learning from him!



February 14, 2015

Nuts and Bolts: Writing Today’s Romance Heroes from the Inside Out

Steamy to cozy. Macho to charmer. Straight to gay. Cowboy, soldier, chef, billionaire…romance heroes are a squirrely lot. Come hear four authors debate about everything that’s wrong with men and why that makes them such good fodder for the romance hero.

Or is it everything that’s right with romance heroes that we wish were real men? Come ready to listen, question, and laugh as a panel of Roses tackle the topic.


  • ML Buchman
  • Jenna Bayley-Burke
  • Jessa Slade
  • E. J. Russell


March 14, 2015

Making Your Cover Design Work Harder for You

Want to know what makes a cover great? Have a book cover but you’re not sure what it can do for you? Want some tips on using your cover across your marketing efforts?

Christy Carlyle will share insight on creating covers that capture a reader’s eye and make your book stand out from the rest. You’ll also get tips on making your book cover work harder for you as a marketing tool, including ways to leverage your cover design on social media.


Christy Caughie writes historical romance as Christy Carlyle and contemporary romance as Krista Knightley. A former teacher of English and history, she’s taught writing and grammar to college students, high schoolers, and, yes, even survived teaching middle school. Now she devotes her days to the publishing industry in one form or another—as a book cover designer, freelance editor, independently published author, and design coordinator for a publishing house—and she wouldn’t have it any other way. A lifelong student of writing craft and self-professed computer geek, Christy loves wading into the world of social media, trying out various plotting methods, and translating her knowledge of design into effective marketing tools for books.

May 9, 2015

(Room ST 100 May 9th only)

Erotic Romance

*** Adult content warning ***

Tiffany Reisz is the author of the highly acclaimed series The Original Sinners. Her first novel, The Siren, won the RT Book Reviews Editor’s Choice Award for Best Erotic Romance of 2012. Slightly shameless, Tiffany dropped out of a conservative Southern seminary in order to pursue a career as a writer. This move, while possibly putting her eternal salvation in peril, has worked out better than she anticipated. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, author Andrew Shaffer.

Find her on Twitter @tiffanyreisz

Ms. Reisz will have books for sale and be available to sign them.
Bonus: Lynda Aicher, our very own Rita nominee in Erotic Romance, will also be signing books after the presentation.


June 13, 2015

Research Resources at the Multnomah Library

(Room change –  TCB 212 June 13, only)

~10:00  General meeting (adjourns by 11:00)

~12:00  Meet us at Multnomah County’s Central Library for a tour of Research Resources

Research is a necessary evil—or joy—for every writer at some point. In the digital age, the most popular place to begin is the internet, while one of the more traditional investigative methods often gets left out: going to the library. Yet the modern library has tons of options to offer a researcher, even online.

This workshop will showcase the resources—both modern and traditional—the library has to offer us now. We’ll join a research librarian for a “tour” of the tools available, many of which can be found at every library in the area. If time allows, the librarian will assist with specific requests as well, so bring your questions.

Getting to the library from PCC Sylvania’s Campus:

By bus: The 44 to Portland City Center and St Johns leaves PCC Sylvania’s main bus stop (4431) at 11:12 am, and reaches SW 6th and Salmon at 11:34. From 6th and Salmon, walk west to 10th Ave, then turn right. The Central library will be on the left side of the street one block down.

Carpool: If you can offer someone a ride with you, please contact Anne Tenino. Details on available rides forthcoming.