Past Meeting Presentations – 2016


Past Meeting Presentations – 2016

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

These are some of the wonderful speakers who visited RCRW in 2016. Please check our main Meetings page for forthcoming presentations.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

The Basics of Emergency Medical Scenes

Want the next emergency medical scene you write to be as accurate as possible? Then join us for a presentation by Robert Victorino, Chief of Emergency Medical Services for Skamania County. Chief Victorino will cover the basics, from terminology to medications paramedics can administer. He’ll also address the protocols observed in every EMS call, from dispatch to delivering a patient to the hospital. Most importantly for authors, the Chief will devote some time to explaining gunshot wounds, stabbings, head wounds and blunt force traumas.
Robert Victorino started in emergency medical services in 1999. He then worked in the emergency room and on the ambulance in Austin, Texas until moving to Portland in 2008. Currently Chief Victorino teaches the paramedic program at Portland Community College and serves as the Chief of Skamania County Emergency Medical Services in Stevenson, Washington.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Diversity Panel: Writing outside your identity

Increasing diversity by making all members feel welcome regardless of race, ethnicity or sexual orientation. is one of the current goals of Romance Writers of America. One way to reach out to the wider community is for authors to write about more diverse characters. While we tend to be enthusiastic about the idea, no one wants to offend anyone by getting it wrong. To help address the issue, Rose City Romance Writers’ October presentation will consist of a panel of author-members who are either part of a minority group or regularly write about diverse characters.

Join C. Morgan Kennedy, Chris Cox and Anne Tenino to learn basics of writing outside your identity. Gina Fluharty will address (and help define) “white privilege.” Q&A is highly encouraged, so bring all your questions and ideas, we’ll answer as best we can. And don’t be shy—pushing boundaries is an excellent way to keep your own writing fresh.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Developing Plot and Character in Sex Scenes by Anne Tenino

How many times have you heard someone say, “Don’t write sex scenes that aren’t central to the plot,” only to later hear from an acquiring editor that you need to “add some sex scenes?” So whose advice do you listen to? Which should you believe?

The simple answer is: listen to yourself and believe in your characters. Like many elements in writing romance, the quantity of sex depends on the idiosyncracies of your characters, yet the story must meet the expectations of your audience. As the author, it’s your job to navigate the plot to meet both needs, regardless of whether you write “sweet” or very saucy stuff.

Fear not! (Well, not much.) While there are no hard and fast rules to advancing plot or developing characters through sex scenes, there are guidelines one can follow. This workshop will help you determine when, where and how to use physical relations in your story for impact, yet avoid going overboard

Anne Tenino is a multi-published author who applies her particular blend of romance, comedy, and gay protagonists to contemporary, scifi, and paranormal tales. Her New Adult debut, Frat Boy and Toppy, finaled in the NERFAs, and she’s been featured in RT Book Reviews. Born and raised in Oregon, Anne lives in Portland with her husband and two kids. She can usually be found at her computer, procrastinating.

Saturday, May 14th, 2016

Blogging for Writers presented by Sarina Dorie

Everyone wants to show up as the highest ranking page in a search engine. When Google and Bing index a website, there are over a hundred factors they consider in page ranking. The most significant is a regularly updated website with new quality content. The easiest way to do this is by including a blog.

How does an author use blogging to promote books, gain new readers and establish credibility? And how does an effective blog target your audience to change blog readers into purchasers? Learn effective techniques for: hooking a reader with a catchy topic and zeroing in on your intended audience. Discover ways to people reading, and how to sell them your book. Presenter, Sarina Dorie, shares her experience working at a digital advertising agency with insider tips.

Sarina Dorie previously worked for multiple advertising agencies where she learned the secret ninja arts of search engine optimization, online media content and other nerdy marketing stuff. She has sold over 100 short stories to markets like Daily Science Fiction, Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Orson Scott Card’s IGMS, and Cosmos and had multiple books out right now.

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

Saturday, April 9th, 2016

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:

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:

March 12, 2016

Plotting with Terri Reed

Terri Reed

(Room TCB 218)

Plotting is a process. And no one process fits all authors. Yet plotting is an important skill that every author needs. Finding the right plotting process takes time and effort and honing the skill necessary to string a story together takes practice. Join multi-published, awarding winning author Terri Reed as she gives you some tools that you can use to learn your plotting process and tangible plot markers that can keep you on track as you write your novel.

Award winning multi-published author Terri Reed discovered the wonderful world of fiction at an early age and declared she would one day write a book. Now she is fulfilling that dream writing full-time. Her romance and romantic suspense novels have appeared on Publisher’s Weekly top 25, Nielsen’s Bookscan top 100, Amazon’s top 100, and featured in USA Today, Christian Fiction Magazine and Romantic Times Magazine. Her books have finaled in Romance Writers of America’s RITA contest, National Reader’s Choice Award contest and the American Christian Fiction Writers The Carol Award contest. She resides in the Pacific Northwest with her college-sweetheart husband, two wonderful children, and a scrappy dog. When not writing, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, gardening and playing tennis.

You can write to Terri at P.O. Box 19555 Portland, OR 97280 or visit her online at or email her at or leave comments on

January 9, 2016

Increasing Your Branding Footprint

Collette Cameron

(Room TCB 218)

We constantly hear about reducing our carbon footprint, as well as about conserving, recycling and reusing our resources. When it comes to your Branding Footprint, however, you want the biggest, longest-lasting imprint you can manage. No dainty heels, or flat-soled shoes, for you, oh, no.

You need thick, deep treads with spikes that make an impression that lasts for years—that help you trek into places you couldn’t go otherwise as you leave the masses behind—that generations from now, when someone stumbles across your unique footprint, they are still awed!

This workshop offers shrewd tips on how you can gain recognition, build your author platform and—yes—even sell more books, by utilizing your resources to the maximum. You’ll learn how to conserve, recycle, and reuse your branding content far beyond coordinated business cards and blogs banners.