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: 

“Calling All Local Historians–Getting Started with Arcadia” with Andrea Larson Perez

The Coast Chapter of Willamette Writers will kick off its 2017 offerings on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2-4 p.m., with a visit from Andrea Larson Perez, author of “Postcard History Series: Astoria” at the Newport Public Library. In a talk entitled “Getting Started with Arcadia Publishing,” Perez will share her experiences of writing for the South Carolina-based publisher, which boasts a library of more than 12,000 titles.

Getting Started with Arcadia Publishing

A resident of Astoria, Perez spent nearly 30 years serving clients in public relations and marketing before turning her attention to writing. Her first book with Arcadia’s Images of America Series gave her an opportunity to dig into interesting local history at Camp Rilea, the former Camp Clatsop on the northern coast, where her husband, Col. Dean Perez, was the post commander. The resulting book was the first published history of Camp Rilea.

Her second title, part of Arcadia’s Postcard History Series, focuses on vintage postcards. Having been a collector and postcard enthusiast for many years, Perez was a natural choice to write the book, which is now heading for a second printing.

Copies of both books will be available at the meeting.

About Our Speaker – Andrea Larson Perez

When not enjoying time with family or traveling, Perez spends a good deal of time researching her family tree and looking for stories to tell about characters she meets. A member of the Astoria Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, she is happy to be known as the family historian and has uncovered many previously unknown facts about her ancestors who arrived in colonial America in 1630.


The free workshop takes place from 2 to 4 pm at the Newport Public Library, 35 NW Nye Street.

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

Interested? Join us! All writers welcome.

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Members from other chapters welcome!

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.