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Help Support Young Writers

What a wonderful year. We started out with our chapter meetings across the state, joined together at our annual conference, and finished the year with a closer — and much larger — community of support and friendship. Every day, Willamette Writers members are developing their craft and expanding their careers. Today, we ask you to consider donating to Willamette Writers. Your donation will help support a new generation of writers by expanding our programming for young writers at our annual conference and by introducing Young Willamette Writers groups outside of Portland. We are also working on expanding our programs for writers in rural and urban locations, as well as making our website and programs more accessible. Your donation will help make…

Turn Bad Writing Days into Good Ones

Turn Bad Writing Days into Good Ones

The November 7th meeting of Willamette Writers brought William Kenower, teacher of the Fearless Writing Series, to the Old Church to share his perspectives for building up a strong writing life while keeping the topics that interest and engage us forefront in our minds. One of the things I enjoyed so much about Kenower’s presentation was his offering of insightful reminders about why we do what we do and where we should place our focus. Here they are for you as well: Understand the questions you should be asking: What do I want to say How do I say it Success [i.e. publication] can’t be your goal; you do it because you’re interested. A book is an opportunity to have…

Share your Thanksgiving stories with us!

Happy Thanksgiving, Willamette Writers! Every year, we gather around the dining room table to eat delicious food and share stories with our family and friends. These stories matter; they sustain us when we are apart and connect us to each other across the miles. Today, let’s share our stories of joy and thankfulness. Let’s move into the winter with a heart full of gratitude. What Thanksgiving stories do you have to share? Who sat at your table years ago or made the best pumpkin pie? Share you stories in the comments and bring us into the cold with stories to warm our hearts. We can’t wait to read them. Thank you for being a Willamette Writers member or supporter. Your…

FiLMLaB Adds Showrunner for its Web Series Project: FiLMLaB.tv

Willamette Writers and FiLMLaB are thrilled to announce that veteran network television writer and producer F.J. Pratt has agreed to helm this year’s program, an Episodic Storytelling LaB: FiLMLaB.tv! About FiLMLaB.tv Showrunner F.J. Pratt F.J. Pratt has been a television comedy writer for twenty-five years, starting on the writing staff for network shows including “Frasier,” which won an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy; “Ellen,” the “coming out” season; and ABC’s “Less Than Perfect.” For three years, he was the Executive Producer/Showrunner of “Sullivan & Son” on TBS. F.J. has developed shows for ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, CW, Dreamworks, Imagine Entertainment, and Disney. For the past five years, F.J. has been an adjunct professor at the John Wells Division of Writing for…

Willamette Writers Member News

Member News: Kaylin McFarren Book Release

Kaylin McFarren announces the release of her new book, Twisted Threads: Kaylin McFarren taps into her personal experiences, world travel and her inner voices to create Twisted Threads, the latest thriller in her trendy Threads series. This character-driven story, set aboard a cruise ship heading towards the Caribbean Islands, is sure to exhilarate and excite fans of…

Member News: Jeff Stookey Release

Jeff Stookey’s New Novel ACQUAINTANCE Released Jeff Stookey has released his new novel, Acquaintance, and he has this to say about the book and the event: My first novel Acquaintance has been released and a book launch party will be held on Saturday, November 4th from 3-5 PM at the Q Center, 4115 N. Mississippi Avenue…

Join Willamette Writers Meetings and Workshops Near You

Portland: Chapter meeting

January 2, 2018 @ 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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Eugene: Mid-Valley Chapter Meeting

January 4, 2018 @ 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

January 6, 2018 @ 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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Salem: Chapter Meeting

January 17, 2018 @ 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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Salem Meeting: “Preparing For, And Nurturing, A Loyal Fan-Base” with Jennie Komp

January 17, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Salem Public Library, 585 Liberty St SE
Salem, OR 97301 United States
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On Wednesday, January 17th from 6:30-8:30 p.m. (talk begins at 7 p.m.), Jennie Komp will present to our chapter at the Salem Public Library (Anderson Room B), 585 Liberty St SE.     Published writers, and those still wrestling with their stories, will want to attend this snapshot of the steps successful authors use to cultivate…

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Newport: Oregon Coast Chapter Meeting

January 21, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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One event on November 19, 2017 at 2:00pm

One event on January 21, 2018 at 2:00pm

One event on February 18, 2018 at 2:00pm

One event on March 18, 2018 at 2:00pm

One event on April 15, 2018 at 2:00pm

One event on May 20, 2018 at 2:00pm

One event on June 17, 2018 at 2:00pm

Newport Public Library, 35 NW Nye Street
Newport, OR 97365
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Please Join Our Oregon Coast Chapter Meeting Willamette Writers on the Oregon Coast meets the third Sunday of the month (except July, August, and December) from 2:00-4:00PM. We meet at the Newport Library (35 NW Nye St, Newport, OR 97365). Meetings are free and open to the public. Willamette Writers members and guests are invited…

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Corvallis: Willamette Writers on the River Chapter Meeting

January 22, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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One event on November 27, 2017 at 6:30pm

One event on January 22, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on February 26, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on February 26, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on March 26, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on April 23, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on May 28, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on June 25, 2018 at 6:30pm

Corvallis First Presbyterian Church, Dennis Hall, 114 SW 8th St.
Corvallis, OR 97333 United States
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Willamette Writers on the River Chapter Meeting Willamette Writers on the River meets the fourth Monday of the month (except August and December) from 6:30-8:30PM. Willamette Writers members and guests 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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