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The Results are IN: Announcing Willamette Writers Kay Snow Writing Contest Results

We are pleased to announce the results of Willamette Writers Kay Snow annual writing contest The Paulann Petersen Award for Poetry Judge: Paulann Petersen First Place: “Starlings” by Danelle Lejeune of Hinesville, Georgia Second Place: “End Times: One Life” by Anne Richardson of Lake Oswego, Oregon Third Place: “Seven Mourning Doves” by Gwendolyn Morgan of Vancouver, Washington Honorable Mention: “Planting Mangroves” by Joyce Schmid of Palo Alto, California Honorable Mention: “Spring, keeping her head down” by Laura Duerr of Vancouver, Washington Honorable Mention: “Australian Bush Solstice” by Jade Rosina McCutcheon of Salem Honorable Mention: “Counting Seven Crows”, Danelle Lejeune of Hinesville, Georgia The Roland Smith Award for YA and Middle Grade Fiction Judges: Ben Gorman of “Not A Pipe” publishing and…

Willamette Writers at the NW Book Festival

2017 NW Book Festival Logo

Once again Willamette Writers will have a booth at 9 Bridges’s NW Book Festival happening in downtown Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square on July 29, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The festival is free and open to the Public. We will be in booth #5. Willamette Writers members are invited to join us to sell & sign their books while representing Willamette Writers. If you are a member and want to join us for the day, please sign up (spots are limited). To sign up, please complete the form below or via this link (same form, use whatever works better for you) to indicate your interest in joining Willamette Writers at the 9th NW Book Festival. Spots are limited; please sign up now. The festival is…

Willamette Writers 2017 Annual Award Winners – Come See Them at the Conference

Please join us in congratulating our Annual Award winners for 2017 and come meet them at the conference! Joining us as our Lifetime Achievement Award winner is Christopher Moore the hilariously provocative author of many fantastic novels including: Lamb, Practical Demonkeeping, Fluke and the upcoming Noir. The Philadelphia Inquirer raved, “Moore’s storytelling style is reminiscent of Vonnegut and Douglas Adams.” We are looking forward to Moore’s keynote talk, “A Life in Letters,” on Friday evening at the conference. Our Distinguished NW Writer Award goes to the inimitable Lidia Yuknavitch, author of the widely acclaimed and newly-released, Book of Joan as well as The Chronology of Water, Dora: A Headcase and The Small Backs of Children which Kirkus called “a brave and…

2017 Timberline Prize Awarded to Geronimo Tagatac

2017 Timberline Prize Awarded to Geronimo Tagatac In August 2015, Willamette Writers’s literary journal, The Timberline Review launched its first issue at the Willamette Writers Conference. To acknowledge an exceptional piece of writing from that first issue, the editors created “The Timberline Prize” and awarded it to Michigan writer Robert Vivian, for his dervish essay, Read to You. In 2016, the editors chose to recognize Rick Attig for his essay about family and loss, Family Trees, which appeared in the Winter/Spring 2016 issue. This year, we award The Timberline Prize to Geronimo Tagatac, in recognition of his story, The Summer of the Aswang, from the Summer/Fall 2017 issue. Geronimo Tagatac is the son of a Filipino-immigrant father and a Russian-Jewish mother. His life has taken an…

Willamette Writers Member News

Conference Updates

Writing Through the Tough Times by Julie Fast

All writers come to a point where it feels impossible to write another word. This happened to me with one month left before I had to turn in the manuscript for my first book. I felt overwhelmed with the idea of making the book perfect. All of it had to flow. It had to be well organized. I had to make sure the continuity between the chapters was smooth. It just seemed like so much to do after I had already spent eight months working on the content of the book. Work Through the Pain Now I finally said to myself- What would a professional athlete do? How would they react when faced with a hill?  They would keep going!…

New Opportunity at Conference: Author Headshots

For the first time ever, the 2017 Willamette Writers Conference will have a professional photographer at the conference to take author headshots. A limited number of slots will be offered Friday and Saturday afternoon, so book your slot before they are all taken. Why Do Author’s Need Headshots? Last year’s conference keynote speaker Jane Friedman says a professional author photo, like an author website, is important if you want to make the right impression. A good photo can instill in viewers that you are successful or have the potential of becoming successful. Christina Katz, in her book Get Known Before the Book Deal, says authors with professional photographs communicate without words that they are professional and ready for publicity, which…

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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Southern Oregon Meeting: Writing the Mindful Memoir with Peter Gibbs

September 2
Central Point City Hall Council Chambers, 140 S. Third Street
Central Point, OR
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Peter Gibbs

Morning session followed by Afternoon Workshop Writing the Mindful Memoir with Peter Gibbs 10 AM-12 PM (free for members, $10 for guests) 1:30 PM-3:30 PM ($25 for members, $30 for guests) The Southern Oregon Chapter will be hosting local author and award-winning memoirist Peter Gibbs in a workshop currently titled "Writing the Mindful Memoir." Peter…

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Portland Meeting: Jenny Forrester on Writing the Landscape of our Lives

September 5 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Old Church, Portland, 1422 SW 11th
Portland, OR 97201
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Author Jenny Forrester

Writing the Landscape of Our Lives Join the Willamette Writers Portland meeting on September 5th at 7PM for a conversation with author Jenny Forrester. Jenny will explore how we can write the Landscape of Our Lives. Together, we will learn how we can recreate the worlds of our youth and the places we’ve been, as…

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September Kickoff!

September 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Old Church, Portland, 1422 SW 11th
Portland, OR 97201
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Let's kick off the new school year! On September 5, the Young Willamette Writers will gather to kickoff a new school year. Fresh off the inspiring Willamette Writers Conference, we'll debrief a little about our experience, then do some impromptu fantastical storytelling in groups and on paper. We'll also have a chance to look ahead…

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Eugene Meeting – Valerie Ihsan on the Nitty-Gritty of Self-Publishing

September 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Tsunami Books, Eugene, 2585 Willamette St.
Eugene, OR 97405
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The Nitty-Gritty of Self-Publishing Author Valerie Ihsan of Willow Bench Books discusses why indie publishing is an exciting, lucrative, and viable option to traditional publishing; what you need to know before starting the process; and what to consider while making important decisions. The details that you might not think of before clicking “Submit” can be…

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$40 - $70

Writing Poetry In Community (the Portland Ars Poetica Way)

September 16 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

During this workshop you will learn how to meaningfully critique poetry using the Portland Ars Poetica “method” for a critique session, which improves an individual’s poetry through establishment of, and participation within, a welcoming but demanding community of writers.

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Coast Meeting – Novelist Janet Fisher

September 17 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

OREGON TRAIL NOVELIST VISITS WILLAMETTE WRITERS Janet Fisher, author of two historical novels based on settlers coming west via the Oregon Trail, will discuss the process of writing and publishing her books at the Sept. 17 meeting of Willamette Writers’ Coast Chapter. The free presentation takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Newport…

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Salem Meeting – Cynthia Whitcomb

September 20 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Salem Public Library, 585 Liberty St SE
Salem, OR 97301 United States
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Cynthia Whitcomb On Wednesday, September 20th from 6:30-8:30 p.m. (talk begins at 7 p.m.), Cynthia Whitcomb will present to our chapter at the Salem Public Library (Anderson Room A), 585 Liberty St SE. Cynthia Whitcomb is a playwright, screenwriter, and author. She has sold over 70 feature-length scripts, thirty of which have been produced. Her…

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