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Portland Meeting Recap: Tex Thompson on Author Marketing

The June 6th Willamette Writers meeting was a wonderful time to be in community with one of my very favorite presenters from last year’s conference, Tex Thompson. The presentation focused on how writers can promote and market themselves, a topic that has become more and more important as the entire publishing landscape shifts into an entirely different geography (think west of I-5 after “the big one,” that’s what’s going on here). From start to finish, writers have to be more aware than ever about what it is they’re writing, who it appeals to, why, and how this work can get to that audience. Teams of marketing agents no longer do all the work to promote your book; more and 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…

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Conference Updates

Hone Your Craft: The Conference Offers Opportunity for Advanced & Beginning Writers

As we’ve mentioned before, our schedule of educational programming includes 9 tracks of themed content from across the spectrum of what writers need to know and want to celebrate. Our Genre offerings for this year take up two of those tracks: one for beginners and novices, the other for intermediate and professional writers. And the lineup, if we do say so ourselves, is excellent. It doesn’t matter what kind of book you write, it won’t be a great book if you don’t know the basics of your craft. Thinking otherwise is like believing you can build a good house without knowing basic carpentry. Whether you need to learn the very basics, or you’re looking to polish a few blemished pages…

Willamette Writers 2017 Conference – Member Promoter Opportunity

The Member Promoter program is back for the 2017 Willamette Writers Conference! We invite our members (YOU!) join our conference promotion team and be honored on the Willamette Writers website. Members who wish to join the promotion team and become a member promoter should start by filling out the form below. Member promoters will then spread the word about the conference by liking, commenting, and sharing posts about the conference via their social media channels. Willamette Writers will honor member promoters on the Willamette Writers website (and other channels, to be announced): We’ll provide a link to your author website, Amazon author page, or any other promotional site each member promoter prefers. We’ll also link to a social media page such as your Facebook page/profile and twitter handle. We’ll send out…

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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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.   This year we will start the meeting with a discussion about pitches, in preparation for the Willamette Writers Conference. If you have pitched at conference before, please share your experience with the group!   After the discussion,…

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Portland: Special Meeting – First Page Exchange – NEW PLACE AND TIME

July 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
TaborSpace, Portland, 5441 SE Belmont St.
Portland, 97215
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*** Special time and location due to the 4th of July: THURSDAY @ TaborSpace *** Join us on Thursday July 6th from 7-8:15 PM at TaborSpace (5441 SE Belmont Street in Portland) for a first page exchange. We will first discuss what readers are looking for in first pages, then we will dive in, commenting on each…

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CREATE: A Willamette Writers Author Event

July 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Barnes and Noble, Clackamas Town Center, 12000 SE 82nd
Portland, OR United States
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Join Willamette Writers at Barnes and Noble in Clackamas Town Center for CREATE. CREATE is an evening discussion with Willamette Writers authors. This month features Benjamin Gorman, author of THE DIGITAL STORM, and Debby Dodds, the author of AMISH GUYS DON'T CALL. Benjamin and Debby will discuss their creative process, their inspiration, and their projects.…

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Willamette Writers Corvallis Monthly Meeting

July 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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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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Cynthia Whitcomb 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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