Willamette Writers Portland Chapter

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

Our Portland speaker meetings have 65 to 100 attendees. They are held the first Tuesday of each month at the historic Old Church in downtown Portland, 1422 SW 11th Ave. Fellowship begins at 6:30 p.m., the meeting starts at 7 and ends at 8. Book signings, silent auctions, or other events are held in the back room after the meeting until 8:30 p.m.

The Young Willamette Writers’ meeting for grades 5 to 10 takes place in an adjacent room.

The speaker meetings are free to Willamette Writers members and full time students. Guests are asked for a $5 donation. Information on speakers is posted below. Join us on MeetUp to receive meeting updates, and follow us on Twitter @wilwrite.

Speaker schedules can change and we do our best to keep you informed. Questions? Email pdx@willamettewriters.org

Upcoming Meeting

Portland: “Writing Voice-Driven Narrative” with Suzy Vitello

Writing Voice-Driven Narrative with Suzy Vitello

It happens in a coffee shop. Or at the gym. Or driving your car in traffic. If you’re a writer, you hear voices. So, how do you mold these voices into stories? How do you build a narrative around the odd phrase or comment? What are the elements of voice, and how can you use style and form to their best effects to amplify voice? What about genre and form? What about jargon? What about appropriation? How might you tackle authenticity and believability without grabbing for cliché?  What are the elements of a compelling voice on the page?

Join author Suzy Vitello at The Old Church in Portland, Oregon on Tuesday, May 2nd to find out more.

The Power of Voice

Those voices that you hear – those sentences you want to capture – can drive your story forward (or break it down). When readers connect with the voice of your work, they want to keep reading. They imagine a character they want to have coffee with – or throw their cup at.

But how do you develop a convincing voice? How do you make it believable or compelling? How do you make it feel like that character is across the kitchen table? Suzy Vitello will show us how.

About Suzy VitelloSuzy Vitello

As the long-time coordinator of a robust weekly writing workshop whose members include Chuck Palahniuk, Cheryl Strayed, Chelsea Cain, Lidia Yuknavitch, Monica Drake and others, Suzy is committed to writing about love in all of its guises, styles and languages. Suzy’s novels include THE MOMENT BEFORE, and THE EMPRESS CHRONICLES, and the second in the Empress Series, THE KEEPSAKE.

Details

Join us at The Old Church in downtown Portland, 1422 SW 11th Ave. on Tuesday, May 2nd to discover more about voice. Doors open at 6:30PM; event begins at 7PM. Willamette Writers members are always free, along with full-time students under the age of 25. Guests are $5.

Find Out More

To learn more about Willamette Writers, visit http://www.willamettewriters.org.
To find out more about Suzy Vitello, check out her website here.

Interested? Join us! All writers welcome.

Critique Groups Around Portland

Please visit this page for information about critique groups and other writers groups in the Portland area; you can also submit your own group through that page.