Willamette Writers Southern Oregon

Saturday, November 7, 2015: Robert Arellano presents “Unlocking the Power of Place, Unleashing the Complexity of Character”

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Morning lecture: With examples from D.H. Lawrence, Virginia Woolf, and Stephen King, Arellano will elucidate how literary masters bring their settings to life and give birth to unforgettable characters—and you will learn how to harness this magic for your own writing. Set up a story by using “first sensory details” Zoom in to capture the…

Saturday October 10, 2015: Bill Sullivan presents “Writing for a Living” and “Beating Writer’s Block”

Presentation: Writing for a Living 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  What is the secret to making a living as a writer? Join author Bill Sullivan for a nuts-and-bolts look at diverse ways to succeed as a writer. Find out: Mistakes authors often make—and key choices to avoid trouble. Tips on working with agents and publishers.…

Saturday, June 6, 2015: Jill Kelly presents Revisions and Editing towards Publication

Morning Presentation: Getting Support for Your Manuscript. From coaches to beta-readers, workshops to retreats, self-editing to a paid editor, we’ll discuss 12 ways to bring your manuscript to completion: How to get it written with the least struggle. How to get it polished with the least hassle. Staying out of Discouragement Land. How to know…

Saturday May 2, 2015: Elizabeth Lyon presents How to Give Your Writing Character and Depth

Morning Presentation:   “Like an Alley Cat on Steroids” 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.   Free to members, $10.00 visitors Writing similes and metaphors is as simple as drawing water from a perpetually bubbling spring—for a lucky few. Imagery and comparisons add layers of meaning, characterization, color, and often humor, and bring art to craft. By modeling…

Saturday, April 4, 2015: Midge Raymond presents Everyday Book Marketing

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Strategies for Promoting Your Book During Your Regularly Scheduled Life.  Morning lecture: Book marketing begins before publication. Learn a range of marketing basics, from author websites and blogs to event opportunities. Develop marketing strategies that fit in with your regularly scheduled life. You’ll learn how to: Promote your book on an everyday basis Keep the tasks of book…