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.
 

Next Meeting Mar 2: How to Market to Book Clubs

The 100 Book Club Challenge: A New Dimension for Marketing Your Book  Learn the mechanics of marketing to book clubs from Danuta Pfeiffer and Kathleen Cremonesi, two award-winning authors who will explain how to get the word out, set goals, optimize the venue, keep the sales going, and gauge your success. About the Presenters Kathleen…

Next Meeting Feb 2: Author Blogging with Sarina Dorie

Raise Your Author Profile with a Blog Everyone wants to show up as the highest ranking page in a search engine. When Google and Bing index a website, they consider over a hundred factors in ranking a webpage. The most significant is a regularly updated website with new content. The easiest way to do this…

Next Meeting Jan 5th: Mindset Mastery with Michael Michel

Mindset Mastery: Overcome Your Stopping Points WEATHER UPDATE 2:30 pm: MEETING IS STILL ON TONIGHT!  We’ve got hot cocoa! Please drive carefully as side streets are icy. Imagine for a moment what it would be like to discover that all the scary “stories” you tell yourself–the ones that go, “It won’t work out for you as…

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…

Next Meeting Oct 6: On Being a Pantser with Ann Simas

Discovery writing can lead to surprising and satisfying stories, but it’s helpful to have a few strategies in place to identify pot-holes and wrong-turns from the worth-while side-trips. OCTOBER IS WRITING GROUP SPEED-DATING! Looking for a writing group? Need more writers for an existing group? Join us for this fast-paced match-up! We’ll make matches from 6:30…

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…

Mid-Valley WW Workshop: Nuts & Bolts of Fiction Writing

Join us for our new 5-week writing workshop! The Nuts & Bolts of Fiction Writing Learn and practice the building blocks of fiction—character, plot, dialogue, setting, and point of view. This supportive class combines short lecture, reading model stories, writing exercises and discussion, and peer workshop to help you master the basics of story writing. Each student will…

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…