Welcome to Willamette Writers Salem

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The Salem Chapter offers monthly meetings and occasional workshops. Meetings are normally held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Salem Public Library (Central Library, Anderson Room B).

You can join a monthly meeting even if you’re not a member (see details below). Read on to learn about us, 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.

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

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Upcoming Meeting


Salem Meeting: “Contracts, Copyrights & Taxes, Oh My! What Writers Need To Know About Business” with David Paul Williams

On Thursday, November 16th from 6:30-8:30 p.m. (talk begins at 7 p.m.), David Paul Williams will present to our chapter at the Salem Public Library (Anderson Room B), 585 Liberty St SE.  (Please note that this meeting is on a Thursday and not our usual Wednesday.)

You pitched the book proposal–now the agent or publisher wants the manuscript. But what’s all this about contracts, copyright, invoices, and quarterlies? If it’s on the Internet, I can use it, right? Am I a business or a hobby? Should I incorporate? Why do I need social media, a website, and public speaking engagements when I only crave solitude and time to write? And why do I want a brand if I don’t punch cows?

Successful writers have split personalities. The creative side crafts great works. The other side takes care of business. Learn how to take care of business so you can continue to write the good stuff.

This course is for writers who are looking for practical information about creating a writing life, selling their work and treating writing as a business. Attendees will leave with a thorough handout.

David is author of Fly Fishing for Western Smallmouth, Editor-In-Chief of Flyfisher, Department Editor of Flyfishing & Tying Journal, In The Field Editor of Washington-Oregon Game & Fish and former Business Topics Editor of ArrowTrade. When not writing or teaching, he is a practicing lawyer and real estate broker in Bellevue, Washington.

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About the Salem Chapter Meetings

Unless otherwise stated…

When and Where

We meet on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Salem Public Library (Central Library, Anderson Room B).

Meeting Format

6:30-7 pm:         social time, including news and member announcements*
7-8:30 pm:         speaker’s presentation followed by Q&A and book sales/signing

* We have snacks, but if you want coffee or water, please bring it with you.


Free for members of Willamette Writers (all chapters). Free for full-time students under 22 years old. Guests of Willamette Writers members pay $5. Non-members pay $10 to attend meetings

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Connect with the Salem Chapter

We think writers are awesome!

All writers welcome. Join us!

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