RCRW 2015 Spring Writers’ Retreat featuring Jodi Henley


April 11, 2015

9:00am – 4:00pm
(morning and afternoon snacks and lunch provided)

McMenamin’s Grand Lodge
Children’s Cottage
3505 Pacific Avenue, Forest Grove, Oregon

Early Registration (through March 31st): $50
Late Registration (April 1st – April 10th): $60
(scroll down for registration details)

Morning session:
Emotional Resonance
presented by Jodi Henley
author of Practical Emotional Structure: an easy to understand plain-English guide to emotional theory and the transformational character arc

Join Jodi for a three-hour workshop as she shows in a practical, usable way, how to connect with your reader and elicit emotions.

  • How to increase the emotional tension in your story with minor fixes to your character’s backstory.
  • How the transformational arc works to increase conflict and drive emotional tension to a screaming pitch.
  • How to make to two characters who have absolutely no chemistry work together like a match and accelerant, with only minor changes to characters and planned story line.
  • How to extend emotional structure into a continuing story arc.
  • How to make readers cry, laugh, sigh, and buy the next book!

Jodi promises “… a surfeit of PowerPoints, lots of handouts, and way too much personal attention during the workshop and over the entire retreat.”


jodi pictureJodi Henley is a developmental editor based in the Greater Seattle area. A long-time workshop presenter and blogger, Jodi is highly sought after for her plain-English approach to problem solving, ability to translate theory into usable bites, and intensive, one-on-one feedback style. Jodi specializes in character-driven genre fiction, and continuing arcs. She enjoys talking about craft and considers herself lucky to have a receptive audience. Find out more about Jodi at  http://jodihenley.blogspot.com.

For more details on the RCRW Spring Writers’ Retreat check out the RCRW page here.

The Golden Rose Contest Needs YOU!


What is the Golden Rose Contest?

The purpose of the Rose City Romance Writers Golden Rose Contest is to encourage, recognize, and reward the mastery of writing romantic fiction. For the purposes of this contest a work of fiction is defined as a novel made commercially available to the public.

Why Should You Enter?

Every writer who enters comes away a winner:

  • All entrants receive three comprehensive score sheets from the first round Judges. Judges are encouraged to make detailed comments explaining their scores
  • Higher word count of 10,000 words provides entrants with not only detailed editing but story line judging as well
  • The contest is limited to the first 120 entries

Interested? Check out Rose City Romance Writers for all the details.


Want to judge the Golden Rose Awards?

RCRW is gearing up for the Golden Rose and needs judges! First round judging starts May 7 and wraps up on June 18th. RCRW will begin taking contest entries on March 15th.
It’s a great way to help aspiring writers and to hone your own writing craft.
If you have any questions or are interested in becoming a judge, please email Christy Carlyle at contestcoordinator@rosecityromancewriters.com.