Willamette Writers Salem Chapter

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

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).

Chapter meetings are Willamette Writers Membership Meetings, but you can join a 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.

Upcoming Meeting

Last Minute Change: Meeting with Forensics Expert Kathy Saviers

— This Meeting is on TUESDAY —

Very Last Minute Change of Plans Due To Weather!

On Tuesday, January 17, 2017, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., at the Salem Public Library, Willamette Writers Salem will host forensics expert Kathy Saviers. Join us!

Meeting with Forensics Expert Kathy Saviers

Your detective arrives at the murder scene. Blood all over. Cops gathering evidence. What are they looking for and how do they handle it? As a writer, how do you get it right?

“Any mystery story needs physical evidence to frustrate and assist the detective in investigating the crime,” says forensics expert Kathy Saviers. In her talk, she will discuss the types of evidence found at crime scenes, how to properly package the items and what the test results mean. She will also give suggestions on the CSI personality types writers can use in their stories and how they interact with detectives, along with the real-life limitations on crime scene investigations and police work.

About Our Speaker – Kathy Saviers

Kathy Saviers has a BS in chemistry and has been a Certified Latent Print Examiner and a Senior Certified Crime Scene Analyst. Over the last 37 years, she has worked in four law enforcement agencies, three in California and one in Oregon. She was a CSI before it was cool. She has published three research articles in the Journal of Forensic Identification and numerous articles in forensic newsletters. Now that she’s retired, she’s turning her attention towards writing police procedural/forensic novels.

Please understand that schedules can change and we do our best to keep you informed.

Interested? Join us! All writers welcome.

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.

Connect with the Salem Chapter

We think writers are awesome!

  • Join our meetings and workshops if you’re a writing enthusiasts from the Salem area, if you happen to be in the area, or if you are interested in a specific topic/speaker.
  • Like our Facebook Page to keep in touch.
  • Explore our blog and subscribe to it to receive notifications of new posts about local events and opportunities by email.
  • Join our mailing list to learn what’s coming up next for the chapter.
  • Find a local critique group or announce your group.
  • Contact us privately if you have a specific inquiry or an announcement to share with the chapter.

All writers welcome. Join us!

Willamette Writers Salem Updates

Authors: Use a Logline to Describe Your Book (screenwriters have been using them for years…)

Do you have a logline for your story? Screenwriters have been using loglines to sell their scripts for years. Authors can use them too.

LoglinesWait, what’s a logline?

A logline is the shortest good response to the prompt: “tell me about your book.”

Here is the definition from Wikipedia:

“a logline is a brief summary of a television program, film, or motion picture often providing both a synopsis of the program’s plot, and an emotional “hook” to stimulate interest.”

Up and Coming Award Winner 2016 – Heidi Schulz

Schulz’s debut novel is a rollicking page-turner that’s more than just an action-packed adventure.” —School Library Journal

Congratulations, Heidi Schulz!

One could say that Heidi Schulz has already up and come. With her first book published by Disney, praised by critics, and included in the Oregon Battle of the Books for the school year 2016-17; her second book called a “deliciously witty, delightfully inventive, devilishly fun adventure…” (Anne Ursu, The Real Boy), and her third (a picture book titled Giraffes Ruin Everything!) soon to be released, it could be that Heidi already went.

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