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

Salem: “Using Short Stories to Market Yourself as a Writer” with Sarina Dorie

On Wednesday, April 26, Willamette Writers Salem hosts Sarina Dorie who will discuss using short stories to market yourself as a writer. Sarina will share her experiences after selling over a hundred short stories to magazines and anthologies.

NOTE: This meeting is on the 4th Wednesday and not on our usual meeting day (3rd Wednesday)

Using Short Stories to Market Yourself as a Writer

One might ask why it would benefit you to shift your focus away from novel writing to short story writing. The number one reason is marketing. This is one more way to promote your novels and brand, while honing your craft and learning to write succinctly. Sure, you can continue to write blog posts and articles in magazines and sources read by other writers, but stories are another way to reach your fans. Not only that, but you can make money and win contests doing so. Come to this workshop to find out what markets are out there, what magazines and anthologies are looking for, and how to find them. Presenter, Sarina Dorie, shares her experiences with you after selling over a hundred short stories to magazines and anthologies.

About Our Speaker – Sarina Dorie

Sarina-Dorie-225x300Sarina Dorie has sold over 100 short stories to markets like Daily Science Fiction, Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Orson Scott Card’s IGMS, Cosmos, and Sword and Laser. Her stories and published novels have won humor and Romance Writer of America awards. Her steampunk romance series, The Memory Thief and her collections, Fairies, Robots and Unicorns—Oh My! and Ghosts, Werewolves and Zombies—Oh My! are available on Amazon.

By day, Sarina is a public school art teacher, artist, belly dance performer and instructor, copy editor, fashion designer, event organizer and probably a few other things. By night, she writes. As you might imagine, this leaves little time for sleep.

You can find info about her short stories and novels on her website: www.sarinadorie.com

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.

Cost

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

Member News: Seal of Secrets: A Novel of Mystery and Suspense by William J. Cook

Willamette Writers member William J. Cook has just self-published a new novel, Seal of Secrets: A Novel of Mystery and Suspense.
There is something strange about Jack Wallace, the man Chloe Denhurst has hired to do odd jobs around her house. He never talks about himself, never mentions a family or friends. She sees sorrow in his eyes, and something else, something sinister. When his past comes back to haunt him, Chloe’s own life and the life of her daughter are put in jeopardy. As the mystery deepens, Chloe gets pulled into a vortex of deception and murder.
Find out more and connect with William J. Cook on his website, his author page on Amazon, and on Facebook.

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.”

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