Young WW Portland

This group is for aspiring writers in grades 5 through 10. Meetings feature a noted author or writing teacher who leads the young writers through a series of creative exercises and discussion. The group focus is on creativity, books, writing, and fun.

Meetings for Young Willamette Writers are held adjacent to the Portland meeting at the same time and evening of the month at The Old Church in downtown Portland, OR at 1422 SW 11th.

The meeting starts at 7 and ends at 8.

Free for young writers.

For more information, contact Teresa Klepinger and visit Young Willamette Writers.

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