Willamette Writers Southern Oregon

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

The Southern Oregon Chapter of Willamette Writers offers monthly meetings and workshops. Meetings and workshops are normally held on the first Saturday of the month, September through June at Central Point City Hall Council Chambers.  No meetings in December, July, or August. In August we head to Portland for the Willamette Writers Conference.

Monthly meetings are open to all writers 18 and older. Members attend for free.  Read on to learn about our chapter, and join our mailing list to keep in touch.

New in February 2018: Willamette Writers Southern Oregon now offers meeting for young writers via Young Willamette Writers. Click here for details.

Become a Willamette Writers Member today to enjoy membership benefits (like free meetings) and to support our community of writers.

Upcoming Meeting

Show, don’t tell! A Writing Workshop

Southern Oregon Show Don't Tell
February 1 @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Central Point City Hall Council Chambers, 140 S. Third Street, Central Point

How many times have you heard the words SHOW don't TELL? Science Fiction and Fantasy Author Mikko Azul will be sharing how you can build your world with sensory details that feel so real, your reader will think they are there. In addition, there will be an afternoon workshop where attendees can apply the morning lecture to their own WIP. The meeting will be held at the Central Point City Hall, 140 S. 3rd, ​Central Point, OR from 10:00AM-NOON (doors open at 9:30). Workshop to follow from 1:00-3:00PM. Don't forget to bring your work in progress!

Click here to register for the workshop.

About Mikko Azul

Mikko Azul is an award-winning fantasy author. Her debut novel Askari won a Moonbeam Children's Book Award and first place at the San Francisco Writer's Conference. Her second novel, The Staff of Fire and Bone, led Not A Pipe Publishing's Year of Publishing Women in 2018. The sequel, The Rod of Wind and Iron will be released in early 2021. Mikko lives on the shores of Puget Sound with her three children and spends as much time as possible hiking in the Olympic National Forest or SCUBA diving in Hood Canal.

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About the Meetings

The Southern Oregon Chapter holds monthly meetings and workshops for writers in and near Central Point including writers from Ashland & Medford. We always look forward to meeting and seeing members from other chapters.

Unless otherwise stated...

Meeting & Workshop Time

Southern Oregon Willamette Writers meets on the first Saturday of every month from September through June, with no meetings in July, August and December.

Please remember that meetings may have to be rescheduled due to unforeseen circumstances. We will do our best to keep you updated. We look forward to seeing you at our chapter meeting!

Meeting Location

Meetings are held at:

Central Point City Hall Council Chambers
140 S. 3rd St.
Central Pt, OR 97502

Meeting & Workshop Day Format

The day begins with a morning presentation from 10 a.m. to noon (9:30 for networking) and afternoon workshops from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Meeting Cost

Monthly meetings at all the chapters are free for members of Willamette Writers.

Fees for Nonmembers to attend meetings (suggested donation):

  • Nonmember guests of Willamette Writers members pay $5.
  • Nonmember full time students with student ID pay $5.
  • All other nonmember adults pay $10.

Workshop Cost

The afternoon workshop is $25 for members and $30 for guests.

Thank you for your support!

Would you like to be a speaker?

We are always looking for new speakers from around the region and around the country. Do you have a topic of interest to present to writers in our region?

Please contact us for scheduling and details. 

The Chapter Co-Chairs

The Southern Oregon Chapter is run by two co-chairs who together create a program to fit the needs and interests of the Willamette Writers members in Southern Oregon.

Sarah Anne Wager

Sarah Anne Wager has been writing stories since she was five years old. She received her BA in English from George Fox University in 2010 and joined Willamette Writers in 2012. In 2016 she stepped into the role of Co-chair of the Southern Oregon Chapter. Sarah lives in the Rogue Valley where she works, rides horses, plays with black powder, and slaves away on her steampunk and fantasy novels. Always striving for the day she will be published.

To learn more, connect with Sarah on Twitter @SrhAnneWgr.

Connect with the Chapter

We think writers are awesome!

  • Join our meetings and workshops if you’re a writing enthusiasts in Southern Oregon, if you happen to be in the area, or if you are interested in a specific topic/speaker. All writers 18 and older welcome. Join us!
  • Follow our Facebook Page and subscribe to our events to keep in touch.
  • Find a local critique/writers group or announce your own.
  • Visit our contact page if you have a specific inquiry or something you'd like to share with the chapter co-chairs.