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Meetings and Events

Monthly Meetings

NorCalRW meets the 4th Saturday of each month, online via Zoom (unless otherwise noted). Those who register and pay for the scheduled meeting will receive an email with the meeting's Zoom link. Be sure to pay at least three days in advance to allow time for the Zoom invitation to be issued.

Check in begins at 9:30 a.m. A brief business meeting begins at 10:00 a.m., followed by that month's program and speaker. We typically conclude by 12:00 noon. All times are US Pacific.

Charge for regular meetings:

Zoom meetings: NorCalRW members pay $15 to attend each meeting. The price for non-members is $25.


In-person meetings: NorCalRW members pay $25 to attend each meeting. The price for non-members is $35.


Fees are not refundable if you are unable to attend.

Upcoming Meetings:

March 23 (in person, see below)-- Dora Jane Apuna and Bonnie Phelps--Contests, Conferences and Romance Data. Get ready for a wealth of practical and fascinating information shared by two Board members. Featured will include how to choose the best conference(s) and contests for you, plus a summary of the K-lytics report of the market and performance data of 106 sub-genres of the Romance genre.

Bring a book for our popular Book Swap!

It's a potluck breakfast, so bring something to share (baked goods, fruit, etc.)!

Where: Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Dr.

Click HERE to pay via PayPal: $25 for NCRW members, $35 for non-members. Pay to

April 27 (via Zoom)-- Liz Lincoln on Writer Burnout.

And Mark Your Calendar:

August 24 (in person) --Jen Graybeal with a full-day workshop!

Tech Talks


From time to time, we feature one-hour meetings via Zoom about technology topics. These are a member benefit (no fee) and are announced via the newsletter and our Groups/io forum, where members will find links to register and the Zoom session. 


Marketing Mojo

Typically the second Sunday of each month, we'll gather via Zoom to review a variety of topics related to book marketing. This is a great benefit of membership!

February 11 – Make your backmatter count.

March 10 – Building your newsletter subscriber list.

April 14 – Examples of enticing book descriptions.

May 5 (meeting a week earlier due to Mother’s Day) – What I’ve learned about selling direct to readers.

Writing Sprints

Need a little structure and team motivation to work on that important project? Give writing sprints a try!

Six times a week, several members meet online for a brief chat and timed periods of writing. Here's when we meet (all times Pacific):

  • Monday-Friday 7:00 - 8:00 a.m.

  • Monday/Thursday from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

  • Saturday from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

The Zoom link and password are listed in the members' forum. Another great reason to join NorCal Romance Writers!

(Note that there is no fee to participate in the sprints, but you must be a member of the group.)


Periodically, we host special events such as half- or full-day workshops and weekend writing retreats featuring nationally-recognized authors and writing instructors.

Members are alerted via email and announcements in the quarterly e-newsletter. Notice will also be posted here.

Past Meetings and Events

Click here for a list of some of the speakers and topics presented at past monthly meetings, workshops and retreats. 

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