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

Southern: Monthly Chapter Meeting – Pitch Practice

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June 6 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Portland, OR United States

Perfect Your Pitch with David Poulshock and Willamette Writers Southern Oregon

"Pitching is part writing, part strategy, part performance … but above all, it’s storytelling." Curious what goes into a great pitch? Want to know how to grab the attention of agents and publishers? Struggling to convey a novel's worth of information into one pithy sentence?

Join David Poulshock as he shares the essentials of effective pitching. David will draw from his experience running the Conference Pitch Practice Room and from his "A TALE IN TWO MINUTES” workshop he co-developed with Nancy Froeschle, presented at the 2019 Conference and at the NW Film Center.

There will be a chance for some people to receive feedback, so be sure to bring along your current pitch. This will be a perfect warm-up to the Willamette Writer's Conference in August, which offers lots of great opportunities to pitch your project.

About the Speaker

David Poulshock is a filmmaker. A director. An editor. And a writer (which is a good thing, since a film worth watching — whether 30 seconds or 2 hours long — starts with a word). His work includes TV commercials and corporate films; the best-selling “Wee Sing” children’s videos for Universal Home Video; the series “Mathematics Illuminated” and “America’s History in the Making” for the Annenberg Channel; the feature documentary “Raw Materials;” and many other projects. His projects have won over 90 awards, including 9 national Telly Awards in 2015 alone. Learn more about David at his official website.

Details for Joining the Zoom

You can join us on your phone or on your computer. You do not need to have video, but it is helpful if you do. Log in a little early – sometimes it takes a second to load the online meeting on Zoom.

Click the link below to get started:


Meeting ID: 822 2023 3166
Password: To help keep our events secure, the password for this meeting will be posted one hour before the start.

Alternatively, you can call in via your phone rather than use a PC or smartphone. To do so, dial the below number, and enter the above meeting ID and password.

+1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)

Thank you for your support!

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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: Jody Hill and Claire Chiaravalle

Jody Hill

Jody Hill

Jody J Hill has been creating fantasy worlds to entertain others since childhood. Her current project is an epic fantasy trilogy, though she enjoys writing travel essays and short stories as well. A retired educator, Jody spends her free time “collecting” National Parks to satisfy her passion for the outdoors. At home she enjoys hiking, horseback riding, and kayaking when she's not busy with her family and menagerie.

Claire Chiaravalle

Claire Chairavalle Headshot

Claire Chiaravalle has explored storytelling as a performer and filmmaker before settling into the medium of writing novels. In addition to volunteering with Willamette Writers she also teaches story structure though OLLI at Southern Oregon University, serves as a local hub coordinator for National Novel Writing Month, and works one-on-one with authors to improve their storytelling. She is a new mom living in Ashland, Oregon with her charming daughter and (similarly charming) husband.

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.