Willamette Writers Coast Chapter

The Coast Chapter is part of Willamette Writers, Oregon’s largest writers group. We meet on the third Sunday of each month from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Newport Public Library (McEntee Room). No meeting in July, August and December.

Upcoming Meeting: 

Newport: “The Famous Recipe: Building a Memoir” with Floyd Skloot

On Sunday, March 19, from 2-4 p.m. the Coast Chapter will host Floyd Skloot at the Newport Public Library.

This talk will focus on the way Floyd Skloot built one of his prize-winning essays, “The Famous Recipe,” and also how that essay in turn became a key part of building his book Revertigo: An Off-Kilter Memoir.

Along the way, he will discuss key elements of memoir writing, from its sources to its research, its pursuit of truth, its structuring, and its narrative development. Interspersed with readings and with time for questions, the talk will also include a brief examination of Skloot’s unusual use of the memoir form in writing his novel The Phantom of Thomas Hardy.

Floyd Skloot, WriterFloyd Skloot is a poet, essayist, memoirist and novelist. His work has won three Pushcart Prizes, the PEN USA Literary Award, been a finalist for the Barnes and Noble Discover Award and PEN Award for the Art of the Essay, and been included in The Best American Essays, Best American Science Writing, Best Spiritual Writing, and Best Food Writing. In 2010, Poets & Writers Inc. named him “One of 50 of the Most Inspiring Authors in the World.”

His books include the memoirs In the Shadow of Memory and The Wink of the Zenith: The Shaping of a Writer’s Life (University of Nebraska Press, 2003 and 2008), the poetry collections Approaching Winter and The Snow’s Music (LSU Press 2015 and 2008), and the novel The Phantom of Thomas Hardy (University of Wisconsin Press, 2016).

He lives in Portland, Oregon, and in Manzantia, OR with his wife, Beverly Hallberg. Skloot’s daughter, Rebecca Skloot, is the bestselling author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Crown, 2010), soon to be released by HBO as a major motion picture starring Oprah Winfrey. Floyd and  Rebecca co-edited The Best American Science Writing 2011 (Ecco/HarperCollins, 2012).

Photo credit: Beverly Hallberg

Please understand that schedules can change and we do our best to keep you informed.

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Coast Chapter’s Monthly Meetings

Unless otherwise stated…


The Coast Chapter meets on the third Sunday of each month from 2:00-4:00 p.m., except for July, August and December. (In August we head to Portland for the Willamette Writers Conference.)


The Coast Chapter meets at the Newport Public Library (McEntee Room) at 140 S. 3rd St. Newport, OR 97365.

The Meetings are Free Thanks To Our Sponsors

The meeting is free thanks to the generosity of the Newport Public Library and local businesses such as Hallmark ResortAnchor Pier LodgeElizabeth Street Inn, and Sylvia Beach Hotel, and the generous time and space provided by our media partners.