Meetings & Workshops

Willamette Writers offers a variety of monthly meetings, workshops, and other events throughout the year. Check back here for the latest news and updates about what’s going on for our members!

For detailed information about meetings at our chapters, check out the websites for the Mid-Valley, Salem, the Coast, Southern Oregon, and Willamette Writers on the River in Corvallis.
 

Patricia Morrison Coaches Writers All Day at the 2017 Conference

Our conference (happening in just a couple of days) can’t take place without the generous support of sponsors from the writing and publishing industries. Patricia Morrison of Inner Fire, Outer Light is one of those sponsors. She not only generously donated funds, she donated the time to have a chat with us about what she…

Jessica Morrell on Why Characters Do What They Do – Meeting Notes

Jessica Morrell Meeting Notes 2017 04 Willamette Writers PDX

This contributed piece brings notes from Willamette Writers Portland’s April 4th, 2017 Meeting with author and editor Jessica Morrell by member Amy Foster Myer. Enjoy! Having seen Jessica Morell present at the 2016 Willamette Writers Conference, I can tell you she is an amazing presenter who provides an absolute wealth of information in a speck of…

Next Meeting 3 Nov: So You Think You Might Want To Self-Publish

“So You Think You Might Want To Self-Publish?” Hints and Tips from Jennifer Chambers & Pat Edwards of Groundwaters Publishing You’ve always loved to write… and you are thinking about sidestepping traditional publishing to go with a self-publishing model. Jennifer and Pat will share pros, cons, preparation, and design, and give you a primer on marketing, from…

FiLMLaB Heads To The Portland Film Festival

In case you missed it, FiLMLaB debuted its 2016 short film, INTERCEPT, at the Willamette Writers Conference earlier this month. We were pleased to have good turn out and an enthusiastic Q & A with the audience. But if you couldn’t make it to the debut, fear not, because this week FiLMLaB heads to the…

Next Meeting Sept 1: After the First Draft with Elizabeth Lyon

What Happens After the First Draft? How do you scrutinize your projects, decide whether you are on track or should pursue a different approach? Would it make sense to create a topic outline or a synopsis? Are you struggling to sort out “going indie” or seeking an agent? How do you assess structure, reacquaint yourself…

Oregon Poetry Association 2016 Conference in Eugene!

The Oregon Poetry Association and Lane Literary Guild present OPA’s Annual Conference 2016 Eugene, OR September 30th – October 2nd Come join keynote speaker John Witte, Oregon poet laureate Liz Woody, Oregon Book Award winners Willa Schneberg and Penelope Scambly Schott, and Stewart Holbrook Award winner George Venn, among many others. Celebrate the re-opening of the Oregon…

FiLMLaB 2016 At The WWC!

It’s nearly that time of year; half-way through summer when the seeds you sowed last spring are starting to bear fruit. Tomatoes are blushing, cucumbers are ready for pickling and green beans are weighing down the trellis. Or maybe you were sowing a different kind of seed? The kind that needs a fertile mind in…

Wordcrafters Presents New Memoir Classes with Melissa Hart! Ready to start writing your memoir? Memoirist Melissa Hart teaches participants how to choose a theme and/or era around which to shape your book. She’ll help you deepen your understanding of setting, characterization, dialogue, narrative arc, and theme. Using examples from published memoir, she’ll discuss chapter and overall book structure and…