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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

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“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…

September Chapter Meetings

Our chapter meetings will help you keep your writing goals — and maybe create new ones! If you’ve never been to a meeting, click the links below for full details. Here is what’s coming around the state in September. Portland: Landscape of Our Lives with Jenny Forrester Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017, 6:30-8:10 p.m. at the Old Church. Together, we will learn how to recreate the worlds of our youth and the places we’ve been, as well as imagining settings beyond our own experience. Full details here. Salem: Meeting with Cynthia Whitcomb Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 6:30-8:30 PM at the Salem Public Library Cynthia Whitcomb is a playwright, screenwriter, and author. She has sold over 70 feature-length scripts, thirty of which have been…

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 Member News

Member News: Bill Kroger releases 13 MONTHS IN VIETNAM

Bill Kroger releases 13 MONTHS IN VIETNAM Willamette Writers member Bill Kroger announces the publication of his second novel: 13 Months in Vietnam. It’s about four young men who go to Vietnam in 1963, early in the war before the major shooting began, which sets 13 Months in Vietnam apart from other books that are…

Member News: Chuck Cooper releases Safety Harbor: Keepers of the Light

Chuck Cooper releases Safety Harbor: Keepers of the Light Chuck Cooper announces the release of his new book, Safety Harbor: Keepers of the Light.  Joe is Safety Harbor’s most beloved citizen. Through his gift of simple hospitality for all, and the quiet sharing of his wisdom with those who frequent his diner, he has influenced…

Conference Updates

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…

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!…

September Chapter Meetings

Our chapter meetings will help you keep your writing goals — and maybe create new ones! If you’ve never been to a meeting, click the links below for full details. Here is what’s coming around the state in September. Portland: Landscape of Our Lives with Jenny Forrester Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017, 6:30-8:10 p.m. at the…

Join Willamette Writers Meetings and Workshops Near You

Salem Meeting: “What Novelists Can Learn From Screenwriters” with 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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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. A few of the many things novelists can learn from screenwriters are Three Act Structure, Subplots, Dialogue, How to Combine Right Brain and Left…

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Portland Area: Cynthia Whitcomb’s Fall 2017 Screenwriting Workshop Opens Sept. 23

September 23 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Six Saturdays 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Sept. 23, 30 Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28 Cost: $495 Location: Cynthia's Home in North Wilsonville Class Limited to 23 From Idea to Completed Script Includes structure, scene cards, storyboards, set ups, payoffs, subplots, character development, research, format, dialogue, hiding exposition, buttoning scenes, how to write great openings,…

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Corvallis: Summer Reading

September 25 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Summer Reading! 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, September 25, 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…

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Portland: Young Willamette Writers

October 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Old Church, Portland, 1422 SW 11th
Portland, OR 97201
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Debby Dodds

Writing Scary with Debby Dodds On October 3, the Young Willamette Writers will welcome author Debby Dodds for a seasonally appropriate workshop on "Writing Scary." About Debby Dodds Debby is the author of the novel Amish Guys Don't Call (Blue Moon, June 2017.) She hasstories in many anthologies and magazines and won Portland’s Wizard World…

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Eugene: Mid-Valley Chapter Meeting

October 5 @ 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

October 7 @ 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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