Coast Chapter – Willamette Writers in Newport

Willamette Writers Chapters are local writing communities where writers improve their craft and acquire the career skills required in today's publishing world.

The Coast Chapter offers monthly meetings and occasional workshops. Meetings are normally held on the third Sunday of each month from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Newport Public Library (McEntee Room). No meetings in December, July, or August. In August we head to Portland for the Willamette Writers Conference.

Monthly meetings are open to all writers 18 and older. Members attend for free.  Read on to learn about our chapter, and join our mailing list to keep in touch.

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Upcoming Meeting

Newport: Monthly Chapter Meeting

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January 19 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Newport Public Library
35 NW Nye Street
Newport, OR 97365

Writers, busy at their computers, may not think too much about sharing their words out loud, but they may be missing a wonderful outlet for their work. At the Jan. 19 meeting of Willamette Writers’ coast chapter, actress/speaker Megan Cole will explore the possibilities in “From Page to Stage, and Back Again.” The free workshop takes place at 2 p.m. at Newport Public Library. Cole is a professional actor and speaker living in Manzanita on the north Oregon coast. She has developed a series called “Storytime for Grownups,” in which she shares stories and poems centered on a particular theme and delivered in the manner of folks gathered together to hear superb stories, as in childhood, or as childhood should have been. In this session, she will discuss how she selects the material, how she moves it from the page to spoken performance, and how her guiding principle is that of all good writers: Know Your Audience. Megan Cole has had a long acting career on the professional stage, and has also made frequent TV guest-star appearances on “Seinfeld,” “ER,” various “Star Treks,” “The Practice,” “Judging Amy,” “Las Vegas,” and many other shows. She originated the leading role in Margaret Edson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama WIT in 1995, for which she received the L.A. Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Outstanding Performance. She also tours with “The Wisdom of WIT,” her solo version of the play. As Artist-in-Residence at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, Ms. Cole developed workshops on empathic communication, medical ethics, and the connections between medicine and the humanities. She now takes these workshops and other related performances to healthcare and end-of-life care venues across the country. For more information, visit Willamette Writers is the largest writers' organization in Oregon and one of the largest writers’ organizations in the United States. The organization’s goal is to provide and encourage a creative environment and support system for current and aspiring writers. Since its beginning in 1965, Willamette Writers has provided meeting places for the exchange of ideas and information and has initiated programs designed to help writers increase skills related to the craft of writing. For more information, visit or Willamette Writers Coast Chapter’s Facebook page. Willamette Writers thanks the Anchor Pier Lodge, Sylvia Beach Hotel, Hallmark Hotel and the Inn at Nye Beach for donating lodging for their authors and the Newport Public Library, co-sponsors, for providing a monthly meeting space.

Upcoming Willamette Writer Coast Chapter programs include:

·         Feb. 16: Ned Hickson, comedian and editor of the Siuslaw News, will talk about how to structure a book.

·         March 15: Novelist Michael Strelow will offer a fiction workshop

·         April 19: Jan Priddy will talk about creative nonfiction

·         May 17: Philip Kenney will talk about the psychological challenges writers face

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About the Meetings

The Coast Chapter holds monthly meetings for writers near Newport. We always look forward to meeting and seeing members from other chapters.

Unless otherwise stated...

Meeting Time

The Coast Chapter meets on the third Sunday of each month from September through June, with no meetings in July, August and December.

In August we head to Portland for the Willamette Writers Conference.

Meeting Location

Meetings are held at the Newport Public Library (McEntee Room).

Newport Public Library

35 NW Nye 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.

Thank you for your support!

Would you like to be a speaker?

We are always looking for new speakers from around the region and around the country. Do you have a topic of interest to present to writers in our region?

Please contact us for scheduling and details. 

The Chapter Co-Chairs

The Coast Chapter is run by two co-chairs who together create a program to fit the needs and interests of the Willamette Writers members from the Newport area.

Sue Fagalde Lick

Sue Fagalde Lick returned to creative writing after a long detour in the newspaper business and a better-late-than-never MFA at Antioch University Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in Full Grown People, Voicecatcher, Cloudbank, New Letters, Tenemos, The American Journal of Poetry, Diode Poetry Journal, and other publications. Her books include Stories Grandma Never Told, Childless by Marriage and Shoes Full of Sand. Sue and her dog Annie live in South Beach on the Oregon coast. When not writing, she lives an alternative life as a church musician.

Photo credit: Nancy Lynne

Lori Tobias

A longtime journalist, I have been on the staff of The Oregonian and Rocky Mountain News and have freelanced for numerous magazines and dailies, including as a stringer for the New York Times. My novel "Wander" was published by Red Hen Press in 2016 and won the Nancy Pearl Book Award in 2017, and was a finalist in the International Book Awards contest.

Photo credit: Chan Christiansen

Past Co-Chairs of the Coast Chapter


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