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

Q & A with Novelist and Playwright Victor Lodato

December 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Portland, OR United States

Have you ever considered applying your storytelling skills to writing a play? Do you have burning questions to put to a published author? Then this your opportunity to get answers. Playwright and author Victor Lodato joins us for an evening of questions and answers. Join us for an interview with Victor before we open up to take audience questions about the worlds of novel writing, playwrighting and where they overlap. Our online meeting takes place over Zoom on Monday December 14th from 7:00pm to 8:30pm. Registration is required beforehand. This is a free event hosted by the Southern Oregon and Eugene chapters of Willamette Writers. Click the registration link below, enter your name and email address, and you will receive the meeting link immediately. You will also be able to add the meeting to your calendar. Register in advance for December 14 Southern Oregon/Eugene Chapter meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcvdeCsrDsvEtTJulj-GCByK-CBoby1R8Dg After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. About the speaker: Victor Lodato is a playwright and the author of two critically acclaimed novels. EDGAR AND LUCY, published in 2017, was called “a riveting and exuberant ride” by the New York Times, and “Magisterial … pushes the boundaries of beauty” by the Chicago Tribune. His novel MATHILDA SAVITCH, winner of the PEN USA Award, was hailed as “a Salingeresque wonder of a first novel” and deemed a “Best Book of the Year” by The Christian Science Monitor, Booklist, and The Globe and Mail. Victor’s stories and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Granta, and Best American Short Stories. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. For his theatre work, he has received the Weissberger Award for his play Motherhouse, and the PEN USA Award for Arlington (a collaboration with composer Polly Pen). His work has been produced and developed at venues such as Vineyard Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Manhattan Theatre Club, The Guthrie Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, American Conservatory Theatre, and Primary Stages. Born and raised in New Jersey, Victor currently divides his time between Ashland, Oregon, and Tucson, Arizona.

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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.