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Ellen Urbani’s Tips for a Successful Author Reading

Today, we’re bringing you a post from Ellen Urbani who was our closing keynote at the 2016 Willamette Writers Conference. In 2015, Ellen Urbani toured the South with her novel Landfall (Forest Avenue Press, 2015). The tour brought in overflow crowds and pushed Landfall up on the bestseller lists. Upon her return to Portland, Ellen had another successful book event for Landfall, this time at Powell’s City of Books where she spoke to an overflow crowd of 280. Here’s what she has to share about author readings. Ellen Urbani’s Approach to Author Readings Here’s the truth about author readings: I often find them terribly boring. I realize this is, perhaps, a soul-scarring admission–for what author willingly admits to being bored by the lifeblood of one’s profession? But I think…

Are You Ready? The Sheraton Portland Airport Is Getting Ready for the Willamette Writers Conference

The 2017 Willamette Writers Conference is five months away and our beloved Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel is doing quite a bit of sprucing up. They have big plans for a complete makeover for 2017 and we wanted to give you a heads-up on what to look forward to this August, as we as share the room reservation link set up for our conference at the hotel. Renovations are already underway. By April all the guest rooms will be completely renovated. By May the renovations will spread to the restaurant, and by June to the lobby, which will be redone and expanded to include more seating areas for networking. See the pictures to get a better idea of what to expect. The Airport…

Willamette Writers Member News

Member News: Patricia L. Brooks Participates On Panels at Tucson Festival

Willamette Writers Member, Patricia L. Brooks, an Award-Winning Author, Publishing Consultant and President/Founder of the Scottsdale Society of Women Writers will be speaking on two marketing/public relations panels on Sunday March 12th at the Tucson Festival of Books, University of Arizona Campus. She will also have a booth at the festival for both days, the…

Volunteer with Willamette Writers

We’re committed to helping writers at all levels connect with their communities, hone their craft, and advance their careers. We’d love your help! Volunteer opportunities range from random one-hour assignments to a year-long commitment and are available in different locations, including many at the comfort of your own home.  Interested? Great! Click, learn more, and sign…

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Corvallis: WWotR’s Quarterly Reading

March 27 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Corvallis First Presbyterian Church, Dennis Hall, 114 SW 8th St.
Corvallis, OR 97333 United States
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You wrote it... You sweated over it... Now read it aloud! at Willamette Writers on the River’s Spring Reading Sign up to read your own work to a live audience!   Monday, March 27, 2017 6:30–8:30 PM (sign-up starts at 6:15) First Presbyterian Church, Alison Hall Corvallis, OR Use 9th St. Parking Lot Entrance  …

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Adding Humor to your Writing with Mark Saunders

April 1
Central Point City Hall Council Chambers, 140 S. Third Street
Central Point, OR
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Rescheduled due to popular demand! On Saturday, April 1st, 2017, at the Central Point City Hall Council Chambers, Southern Oregon Willamette Writers will host published author and accomplished speaker Mark Saunders, who will present "Adding humor to Your Writing." Morning session: “15 Ways of Adding Humor to your Writing” 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. (free for members,…

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Willamette Writers Portland Monthly Meeting – Characters with Jessica Morrell

April 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Old Church, Portland, 1422 SW 11th
Portland, OR 97201
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Why Characters Do What They Do with Jessica Morrell Join Willamette Writers on Tuesday, April 4th to hear workshop leader and author Jessica Morrell explore Why Characters Do What They Do. Motivations & stakes drive characters to act, risk, and land in lots of trouble. They reveal and distinguish characters, create drama, and propel growth.  Motivation…

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Willamette Writers Eugene Monthly Meeting – Susan DeFietas

April 6 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tsunami Books, Eugene, 2585 Willamette St.
Eugene, OR 97405
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Click here to learn more about Mid-Valley Willamette Writers in Eugene. About Our Monthly Mid-Valley Chapter Meetings & Speaker Series Meeting Date & Schedule Typically the First Thursday of the month (unless it conflicts with a holiday, usually Sept. and/or Jan.) from September-May. No meetings in December, July, or August. 6:30-7:00 p.m. Social Time and Refreshments…

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Willamette Writers Newport Monthly Meeting – Details TBA

April 16 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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We meet on the 3rd Sunday of the month September-June; No meeting in December.
Newport Public Library, 35 NW Nye Street
Newport, OR 97365
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Willamette Writers Oregon Coast in Newport meets on the third Sunday of the month, 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Newport Public Library. No meetings July, August & December. Details to be announced, so mark your calendar and check back later. Please understand that schedules can change and we do our best to keep you informed. Interested? Join us! All writers welcome. Click…

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Willamette Writers Corvallis Monthly Meeting

April 27 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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We meet on the fourth Monday of each month. No meeting in August and December.
Corvallis First Presbyterian Church, Dennis Hall, 114 SW 8th St.
Corvallis, OR 97333 United States
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Willamette Writers on the River (WWotR) in Corvallis meets on the fourth Monday of the month, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church. No meetings August. Details to be announced, so mark your calendar and check back later. Please understand that schedules can change and we do our best to keep you informed. Interested? Join us! All writers…

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Young Willamette Writers Portland Monthly Meeting

May 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Monthly; normally, on the first Tuesday of the month September-June
The Old Church, Portland, 1422 SW 11th
Portland, OR 97201
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Young Willamette Writers in Portland meets at the same time and place as the adult Willamette Writers meetings, normally on the first Tuesday of the month from September through June. We meet from 7 – 8 pm at The Old Church in downtown Portland at SW 11th and Clay. Please understand that schedules can change and we do our best to keep you…

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