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 meetings:

Zoom meetings: NorCalRW members pay $10 to attend each meeting. The price for non-members is $15.


In-person meetings: NorCalRW members pay $20 to attend each meeting. The price for non-members is $30.


Fees are not refundable if you are unable to attend.

Upcoming Meetings:

  • Saturday, November 19--Holiday Tea--plus Bonnie Phelps: Kindle Vella- What Is It and Is It Right for You? (in-person meeting)

Join us for our annual in-person Holiday Tea, held at the Sierra 2 Center in the Learnery Room from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. It's a wonderful time to network, congratulate each other on the year's accomplishments, and share goals for 2023!

Amid the festivities, our renowned President Bonnie Phelps will share her experiences with Kindle Vella. In July 2021, Amazon introduced a new storytelling option – stories told one small chunk at a time. Kindle Vella short episodes are meant to give readers the option of reading during short breaks in their day. The new platform is a way for readers to discover new fiction and a new way for authors to generate revenue from the Kindle Direct Publishing service. Bonnie will present an overview of the platform and what she's learned since publishing her first episode in January 2022.


NCRW's President for 2022, Bonnie writes contemporary romance and has self-published eight books. During her professional life, she used her writing skills as a fundraising/communication executive for nonprofits, and authored a syndicated column in several California newspapers.

The Sierra 2 Center is at 2791 24th Street, Sacramento, which is the corner of 24th Street and 4th Avenue.

Click HERE to pay via PayPal: $20 for NCRW members, $30 for non-members. Pay to

  • Saturday, January 28--WRITING ACTIVE HOOKS or How Many Hooks Are Enough? with Mary Buckham (Zoom meeting)


Ready to learn what exactly a Hook is, and what a Hook isn’t? The simplest way to avoid a sagging middle, and to keep a reader reading, is to understand how to continually build hooks into your writing. We'll explore what hooks are and how they work; discover the 10 most common (universal) hooks and why they’re so widely used; find where to place hooks to make them effective for both your genre and your audience, and unlock the difference between a compelling story and one that drags. 

USA Today bestselling author Mary Buckham has penned two Urban Fantasy series, as well as co-authored a young adult sci-fi action-adventure series under the name Micah Caida. In her spare time Mary writes Writing Craft books including, A Writer’s Guide to Active Setting, Writing Active Hooks and Break Into Fiction® co-authored with Dianna Love.  

Tech Talks


New for 2022, 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. Also a member benefit (no fee), meetings and topics are announced in our newsletter and our Groups/io forum.

Writing Sprints

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

Three times a week, several members meet online for a brief chat and timed periods of writing. Here's when we meet:

  • Mondays and Thursdays from 7:00 - 8:30 Pacific

  • Saturdays from 1:00 - 2:30 Pacific

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.