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Humanitarian Award Winner 2016 – Israel Bayer and Street Roots

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Congratulations, Israel Bayer and Street Roots! Street Roots is far more than an exercise in journalism. It creates income opportunities for people experiencing homelessness and poverty by producing a newspaper and other media that are catalysts for individual and social change. Israel Bayer and the staff at Street Roots accomplish this and so much more every…

Up and Coming Award Winner 2016 – Heidi Schulz


Congratulations, Heidi Schulz! One could say that Heidi Schulz has already up and come. With her first book published by Disney, praised by critics, and included in the Oregon Battle of the Books for the school year 2016-17; her second book called a “deliciously witty, delightfully inventive, devilishly fun adventure…” (Anne Ursu, The Real Boy), and her third…

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Young Willamette Writers Prepare for New Year

YWW’s at the Conference The Young Willamette Writers closed out the summer spectacularly when six members spent a day at the Willamette Writers Conference on August 12. They attended four workshops ranging from world-building in science fiction and fantasy, to creating characters with memorable internal conflict. They had informal across-the-table conversations with four fantastic VIP’s…

Willamette Writers Conference Networking Advice


We’re all engaged in this art form that can be brutally isolating. So, no matter how difficult connecting with new people can seem, it’s important for writers to do. The Willamette Writers Conference gives us an opportunity to come together and share the joy of writing with each other. But how do you break the…

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Corvallis: Words Matter – a Workshop on Dialogue with Susan Kelly

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In a story, you get to know a character through her actions, her speech, her view of the world and from other characters’ perspectives of her. On Saturday, September 17, 2016 at Comfort Suites in Corvallis, Willamette Writers on the River will host a full day workshop with Susan Kelly on creating dialogue that snaps, pops and crackles.

Corvallis: Our Fall Quarterly Reading


On Monday, September 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Corvallis, Willamette Writers on the River hosts a quarterly reading. This gives writers the opportunity to engage in one of the most important practices of the writing life. The meeting is free and open to all writers. Sign up table begins at 6:15 p.m.…