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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,…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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

Jessica Morrell Meeting Notes 2017 04 Willamette Writers PDX

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…

Ellen Urbani’s Tips for a Successful Author Reading

Today, we’re bringing you a post from Ellen Urbani who was our closing keynote at the 2016 Willamette Writers Conference. In 2015, Ellen Urbani toured the South with her novel Landfall (Forest Avenue Press, 2015). The tour brought in overflow crowds and pushed Landfall up on the bestseller lists. Upon her return to Portland, Ellen had another successful book event for Landfall,…

Kevin Sampsell and Monica Drake on Leading a Literary Life

Notes from the conversation between Kevin Sampsell And Monica Drake about leading a literary life at Willamette Writers Portland’s Monthly Meeting, February 07, 2017, by member Amy Foster Myer. In the month’s meeting in Portland, Kevin Sampsell and Monica Drake touched on a subject close to the heart of many writers – leading a literary…

Don’t Wait! This Year is the Perfect Time to Become a Mentor

Do you mentor someone? What benefits of mentoring do you most enjoy? Have you ever thought of working with a young person in this way? Today, we’re delighted to share a blog post by long time member Stephanie Raffelock drawing from her experience as a mentor in our Young Willamette Writers program.  Life blessed me with a…

Agent DongWon Song on the A + B = Awesome Formula

DongWon Song at WilWrite Portland PDX Jan 2017 Photo Credit Gail Pasternack

Notes from Agent DongWon Song’s Talk at Willamette Writers Portland’s Monthly Meeting, January 03, 2017, by member Amy Foster Myer. Willamette Writers launched 2017 with an excellent presentation and Q&A session in Portland with local agent DongWon Song, who agents for Howard Morhaim Literary Agency. DongWon also participates in the publishing graduate program at PSU and…