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 Online: Monthly Chapter Meeting

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April 4 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Central Point City Hall Council Chambers
140 S. Third Street
Central Point, OR

Willamette Writers Southern Oregon Online!

Saturday, April 4th, 2020 10:00am-12:00pm Online (see details).

Join us for our first online meeting!

We have Dami Roelse MS CAPC speaking to us on The Art of Marketing Your Book. Dami will present steps for marketing your first book and guide you through the planning of a marketing journey that can start small and lead to great and unexpected places. She will share the lessons learned from her mistakes and share the unexpected successes and new worlds that have opened up for as she continues on her marketing journey.

Details for joining us online:

You can join us on your phone or on your computer. You do not need to have video, but it is helpful if you can. Log in a little early – sometimes it takes a second to load the online meeting on Zoom. *IMPORTANT: When you log-in, you will be on mute. The speaker will un-mute you when they are ready. This helps make things not too loud!
You can click the link below on your computer or your smart phone to join. It will open an application:
You can also phone call in to this number, and enter the meeting ID (you do not have a participant ID):
Phone Number:
1-301-715-8592
Meeting ID: 479 267 067

New To Zoom?

If you are new to Zoom you can go to a test meeting at https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/115002262083-Joining-a-Test-Meeting. If you have any questions, feel free to email your chapter's CO-Chair.

We look forward to seeing you online!

About The Author:

Dami Roelse is a first-time published author of an award winning non-fiction book, Walking Gone Wild, How to lose your age on the trail. Her second book, a memoir, with the provisional title, Fly Free, a memoir of love, loss and walking the path has been accepted by New Sarum Press and will be published by June 1st, 2020. Dami has a historical family novel in the drawer and is working on a new novel placed in Tibet and Ladakh. In her search for meaning Dami has traveled the world and explored Buddhist teachings and a mindful lifestyle. She uses the experiences of her travels and long distance hiking as material for her books. Dami makes her home in Ashland Oregon.
“Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” - Lao Tzu

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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.