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

Between Art and Commodity: Writing Upmarket and Literary Fiction

May 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
online

Libbie Hawker, who also writes under the pen names Olivia Hawker and Libbie Grant, is a bestselling author of upmarket historical and literary fiction. Her presentation will include a discussion of what “literary” means, how to find a profitable niche as a stylistic writer, and why you shouldn’t be afraid to “write pretty” no matter what your genre or your publishing goals. She’ll also share some of her experiences as a working author in upmarket and literary spaces, and her impressions of the current market for more prose-focused 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 the May 10 Eugene/Southern Oregon Chapter meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0qcu2qrT8jHtNYQFuR0uwWlvcw0ceJMCc_
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Willamette Writers chapter meetings are free for members to attend, and we ask for a $5 donation from guests: https://willamettewriters.org/donations/. For information on how to become a Willamette Writers member, click here: https://willamettewriters.org/register/individual/

About Author

Libbie Hawker writes historical and literary fiction featuring complex characters and rich details of time and place. She is also the author of the runaway bestseller "how-to" guide for writers, Take Off Your Pants! Outline Your Books for Faster, Better Writing. ​ When she's not writing, Libbie can be found in her garden, at her spinning wheel, or hiking the trails of San Juan Island, where she lives with her husband and three naughty cats. For more check out her website https://www.hawkerbooks.com

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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.