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New Opportunity at the Willamette Writers Conference: on the Spot Critiques

For a long time, Willamette Writers Conference has offered advanced manuscript critiques to conference attendees. This year we’re trying something new. Introducing: On The Spot Critiques at the Willamette Writers Conference For $25 (the same price as a pitch session), you can sign up for 10 minutes of undivided attention for your writing from one of our presenting faculty. They’ll see what you’ve got, ask you questions, and send you away with a to-do list for how to up your game in the coming year. We’re excited about this. These sessions will happen right alongside our pitch sessions, meaning more attendees will have a chance to get real-time feedback on their work. And the lower price point means it’s accessible to more…

Jessica Morrell on Why Characters Do What They Do – Meeting Notes

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This contributed piece brings notes from Willamette Writers Portland’s April 4th, 2017 Meeting with author and editor Jessica Morrell by member Amy Foster Myer. Enjoy! Having seen Jessica Morell present at the 2016 Willamette Writers Conference, I can tell you she is an amazing presenter who provides an absolute wealth of information in a speck of time. She is truly a gift to the writing community and an exemplar of what I believe it means to be a good literary citizen. To decide for yourself, just check out her blog. Since Jessica’s presentations are bursting with information, I will present here only the highlights from the meeting. Why Is the Character in Your Story? All characters must have a reason for…

Willamette Writers Member News

Member News: Leonide Martin’s book Sak K’uk in print

A Mother and Son Fight to Preserve Their Dynasty… Sak K’uk, the strong-willed daughter of Yohl Ik’nal—first Mayan woman ruler—faces rebellious nobles and spiritual crisis in her city following a devastating enemy attack. The sacred portal to the Gods is desecrated, temples and crops destroyed, the ruler killed and the royal family humiliated. With her…

Member News: Micayla Lally’s Debut Novel, Work Of Art, Released

Micayla Lally, Salem local and member of Willamette Writers, is thrilled that her debut novel, A Work Of Art, is being released May 2, available at local bookstores as well as online retailers. The novel is being published by She Writes Press. An unexpected pregnancy throws Julene off her guard, but not more so than…

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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Eugene: Authors Gala

June 1 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tsunami Books, Eugene, 2585 Willamette St.
Eugene, OR 97405
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The Eugene Mid-Valley Chapter is hosting their annual Author’s Gala on June 1st. Members can submit an excerpt of their published writing (about seven minutes worth) that, if selected, they can read at the Gala for their family and friends. The Author’s Gala is a celebration of Willamette Writers, of our members, and of the…

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Southern Oregon Willamette Writers Monthly Meeting- TBA

June 3
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We meet on the first Saturday of the month September-November and January-June
Central Point City Hall Council Chambers, 140 S. Third Street
Central Point, OR
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Southern Oregon Willamette Writers in Central Point meets on the first Saturday of the month. Monthly Membership Meeting 9:30-noon & Workshop 1:30-4:30 p.m. at Central Point City Hall Council Chambers. No meetings July, August & December.   Please understand that schedules can change and we do our best to keep you informed. Interested? Join us! All writers welcome. Click here to learn…

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Portland: Meeting with Tex Thompson

June 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Old Church, Portland, 1422 SW 11th
Portland, OR 97201
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Auntie M's Guide to Greaseless Self-Promotion “Yeah, writing is great, but I tell you what I really love: constantly shilling my book to a crowd of indifferent strangers.” Said no writer, ever. But while marketing yourself is an unavoidable task, it doesn’t have to be an unbearable chore. If you’re disappointed, burned out, or just…

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Willamette Writers Newport Monthly Meeting – Details TBA

June 18 @ 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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Corvallis: WWotR’s Quarterly Reading

June 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 Reading your…

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Salem: A Chapter Meeting

June 28 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Salem Public Library, 585 Liberty St SE
Salem, OR 97301 United States
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Willamette Writers Salem dedicates the June meeting to one or two topics chosen by chapter members who attend meetings. The meeting will include things like: a panel, group activities, critique, group discussion. Have an idea? Want to help develop the evening? Email the chapter. Please understand that schedules can change and we do our best to keep you informed. Interested? Join…

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Willamette Writers Corvallis Monthly Meeting

July 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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Willamette Writers Portland Monthly Meeting – Details TBA

October 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Old Church, Portland, 1422 SW 11th
Portland, OR 97201
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Willamette Writers Portland meets on the first Tuesday of the month, 6:00 - 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm) at the Historic Old Church in downtown Portland. 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!…

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