NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is a writing competition taking place in November. To win NaNoWriMo you have to write 50,000 words in a month. Here are three NaNoWriMo lessons that all writers can implement to become more productive. By Maren Anderson (speaking at in Salem, Tuesday, Oct. 18)


Willamette Writers is Headed to Wordstock

On Saturday, November 5th, Willamette Writers will be at Wordstock: Portland's Book Festival. This year we'll host some of our members who will be selling their books and representing our wonderful community. Come say hi at booth #17 on the third floor!


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A Woman’s Place At Canby Film Fest

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Every now and then we like to update you on what our FiLMLaB alums are doing; not just the writers who won our contest and got their script made, but the directors, actors and crew who helped to make it. Last week I told you about our 2014 alum, Jon Dragt, who is organizing the…

We’re heading to Wordstock Again


On Saturday, November 5th, Willamette Writers will be at Wordstock, Portland’s Book Festival, presented by Literary Arts. This year at our booth we’ll host about 20 Willamette Writers members who will be selling their books and representing our wonderful community. The response to the invitation to join us at Wordstock was overwhelming. We are glad to be able to offer opportunities that our members…

Member News

Congratulations, Jennifer Owenby!


The Truth She Knew offers an honest and powerful glimpse into mental illness, the meaning of true love, and the psychological waltz that a daughter dances as she endures her mother’s unpredictable emotions, manipulation, and abuse. Jennifer has been contacted by a Hollywood producer concerning the story. Congratulations, Jennifer! The Truth She Knew is available…

Member Announcement: Benjamin Gorman’s The Digital Storm

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One of our Willamette Writers, Benjamin Gorman, has a podcast – The Digital Storm – which retells Shakespeare’s The Tempest as a science fiction story. The show offers some opportunities for Willamette Writers to promote your own writing. Besides sponsoring a show, you can submit to have a character named after you, provide feedback on the…

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Newport: “Ask the Publisher” with Laura Stanfill

Laura Stanfill of Forest Avenue Press

Laura Stanfill, publisher of Portland’s Forest Avenue Press, will answer all our publishing questions at the Sunday, Oct. 16 meeting of Willamette Writers Coast Branch. The free workshop will be held at 2 p.m. in the McEntee Room of the Newport Public Library. Join us!

Portland: “Unlock your Creativity” with Eric Witchey

Creativity - Eric Witchey

Are you unsatisfied with how long it takes you to edit a chapter? Do you have trouble meeting deadlines, or polishing your work to perfection? Join us at the Old Church this November 1st for a creativity discussion with award-winning author Eric Witchey. Creativity Unlocked Every writer has a production pace at which they are…