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.
Become a Willamette Writers Member today to enjoy membership benefits (like free meetings) and to support our community of writers.
Online: Fall Open Mic Might
Presented by the Corvallis and Coast Chapters. All are welcome!Join Willamette Writers on the River-Corvallis and the Coastal Chapters online at 6:30 PM on Monday, September 27 for our Fall Open Mic. You do not have to be a member to participate. Does the audience sigh? Do they gasp? Do they laugh outright? Does the page read smoothly for you? In other words, does your writing bring the audience into your experience successfully? Read for applause and explore the effectiveness of your creation. Or join us to listen and enjoy. All genres are welcome but please keep your selection suitable for a mixed audience. Sign ups to read begin at 6:30 and will be first come, first served. Each person has 5 minutes (about 700-800 words for prose) which includes any set-up or side conversations with the audience. The number of readers will be limited to fit the time.
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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...
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.
Meetings are held at the Newport Public Library (McEntee Room).
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 Resort, Anchor Pier Lodge, Elizabeth 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.
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.
Past Co-Chairs of the Coast Chapter
Volunteer with the Chapter
Are you a local writer and want to be more involved with the Coast Chapter? Volunteer!
How would you like to be involved? Get in touch and let us know how you’d like help.