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FiLMLaB Screening at McMinnville Short Film Festival on Saturday, October 21st

The FilmLab staff has had a great summer, planning for our 2017-2018 contest (details to come!) and performing various ritualized rain dances in a battle against the heat. Now that the weather has cooled down (you’re welcome!), prime moving watching season is upon us. We wanted to let you know our latest film, INTERCEPT, written by 2016 winner Shaun Radecki and directed by our own Randall Jahnson, is an Official Selection at the 2017 McMinnville Short Film Festival! We are so excited to see this gem on the big screen and invite you to join us at the Fest. Let’s catch up, hear about each others’ latest projects, and watch some local films! DETAILS:  DATE: Saturday, October 21, 2017 TIME: INTERCEPT is…

Willamette Writers is Going to the Ashland Literary Arts Festival

Willamette Writers is going to the Ashland Literary Arts Festival which will be held on Saturday, October 28th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the Hannon Library on the Southern Oregon University campus. Willamette Writers will have a table on the third floor, so be sure to come up and say hi. We’ll have ChocoLove bars (come early, before we run out), selfie opportunities with Shakespeare (that’s right, we dug him up), members selling their books and chatting about writing, SOU theater arts department members will read stories from the Timberline Review, and more. If you are a member of Willamette Writers, you should have received an invitation to join us at our table on the third floor. If you can’t find it,…

C. Lill Ahrens’ Tighty Writey Game

C. Lill Ahrens Tightens Writing

by C. Lill Ahrens The old saying, “Can’t see the forest for the trees” can be a metaphor for wordy writing. Too many extra words obscure the view of your story. In contrast to “cutting,” (the deletion of an entire subplot, minor character, etc.), “tightening” is a delicate and complex process. Its goal is to convey your story information (visual imagery, backstory, action etc.) with fewer words and greater clarity.  Tight writing is not a style, it’s what successful writers have in common.  Tight writing is strong writing. I invented my Tighty Writey Game to reduce a 2,000 word story to a contest’s 1,500 word limit. The game made the tightening process fun. It also worked: The story won first…

Experiences at The Willamette Writers Conference

conference experience

“A writers conference can be an empowering and uplifting experience,” according to Scott Myers, a producer, writer, and assistant director. Myers presented at the Willamette Writers Conference this year, and said it was a “special experience.” He explains on his website about his conference experience that he met so many writers and old friends, and his classes were packed. His takeaway from the Conference weekend is that when you are “surrounded by like-minded people who know what it’s like to create something out of nothing using mere words, who understand the ups and downs of that lonely vigil from FADE IN to FADE OUT, whose bliss is to follow their creative instincts… it’s a special experience being in that environment.” WW member Eric Burgin was planning on…

Willamette Writers Member News

Member News – Sherry Joiner Art Exhibit

Sherry Joiner Member News

Come join Sherry Joiner at the Ant Farm Cafe, Sandy, Oregon for her Art Exhibit Sherry Joiner, author of Sherry Goes Sane: Living A Life With Schizo-Affective Disorder, is exhibiting her paintings with NAMI Clackamas at the Ant Farm Cafe, 39140 Proctor Blvd. Sandy, Oregon, 97055. The exhibit begins the First Friday of October in…

Join Willamette Writers Meetings and Workshops Near You

Salem Meeting: “How to Write Humor” with Sarina Dorie

October 18 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Salem Public Library, 585 Liberty St SE
Salem, OR 97301 United States
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On Wednesday, October 18th from 6:30-8:30 p.m. (talk begins at 7 p.m.), Sarina Dorie will present to our chapter at the Salem Public Library (Anderson Room B), 585 Liberty St SE. Learn how to identify and break down humor. We will practice juxtaposing words to create funny lists, use the element of surprise to tickle…

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Learning to Read Like a Writer Presented by Benjamin Gorman

October 23 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers on the River, Corvallis, OR 97333 United States + Google Map

In this talk, Benjamin Gorman, a novelist and a creative writing teacher, explains why writers need to read as writers and not like casual readers. Benjamin will show how doing so will benefit your writing and offer opportunities to practice. If you enjoy writing and enjoy reading, learning to put the two together should be…

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Eugene: Mid-Valley Chapter Meeting

November 2 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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One event on November 2, 2017 at 6:30pm

One event on January 4, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on February 1, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on March 1, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on April 5, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on May 3, 2018 at 6:30pm

Tsunami Books, Eugene, 2585 Willamette St.
Eugene, OR 97405
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About Our Monthly Mid-Valley Chapter Meetings & Speaker Series Mid-Valley Willamette Writers meets at Tsunami Books on 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. Guests and Willamette Writers members are invited to join us. We work with…

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Southern Oregon: Chapter Meeting and Workshop

November 4 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
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One event on November 4, 2017 at 9:30am

One event on December 2, 2017 at 9:30am

One event on January 6, 2018 at 9:30am

One event on February 3, 2018 at 9:30am

One event on March 3, 2018 at 9:30am

One event on April 7, 2018 at 9:30am

One event on May 5, 2018 at 9:30am

One event on June 2, 2018 at 9:30am

One event on July 7, 2018 at 9:30am

Central Point City Hall Council Chambers, 140 S. Third Street
Central Point, OR
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Please Join Us Southern Oregon Willamette Writers meets the first Saturday of every month at Central Point City Hall Council Chambers, 140 S. 3rd St. Guests and Willamette Writers members are invited to join us. We work with writers in all stages of their careers, helping them find their community, develop their craft, and expand…

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Portland: Chapter meeting

November 7 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every month that begins at 6:30pm on day First of the month, repeating until July 3, 2018

The Old Church, Portland, 1422 SW 11th
Portland, OR 97201
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Willamette Writers Portland Chapter   We invite you to join our Portland chapter meeting to find your community, develop your craft and expand your career. Willamette Writers Chapters are local writing communities where writers improve their craft and acquire the career skills required in today’s publishing world. Our Portland speaker meetings have 65 to 100 attendees. They are…

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Young Willamette Writers – Dialogue, Improv, and Writing Scripts and Fiction 

November 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Old Church, Portland, 1422 SW 11th
Portland, OR 97201
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Come Write with Us! In November, the Young Willamette Writers will take their writing in a new direction and even experiment with a little acting! Marian Scadden will share her script-writing skills with us, showing how both fiction writing and script writing have techniques in common. About Marian Marian Scadden is the author of White Fire, a ya…

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Salem: Chapter Meeting

November 15 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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One event on November 15, 2017 at 6:30pm

One event on January 17, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on February 21, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on March 21, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on April 18, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on May 16, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on June 20, 2018 at 6:30pm

Salem Public Library, 585 Liberty St SE
Salem, OR 97301 United States
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Please Join Our Salem Chapter Meeting Salem Willamette Writers meets the third Wednesday of the month (except July, August, and December) from 6:30-8:30PM. We meet at the Salem Public Library (Anderson Room A), 585 Liberty St SE. Salem, OR. Willamette Writers members and guests are invited to join us. We work with writers in all…

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