• Kate Ristau

    Kate Ristau

    Author, Essayist, Educator

  • Pam Wells

    Pam Wells

    Editor, Screenwriter, Filmmaker

  • Waka T. Brown

    Waka T. Brown

    Screenwriter, Essayist, Curriculum Specialist

  • Lois Ruskai Melina

    Lois Ruskai Melina

    Author, Essayist, Educator

  • Ellen Urbani

    Ellen Urbani

    Author, Lecturer, Educator

  • Eric Witchey

    Eric Witchey

    Writer, Educator, Consultant

  • William Hertling

    William Hertling

    Author, Software Developer

  • Laura Klepinger

    Lauren Klepinger

    Student, Blogger, Editor

  • Tina Connolly

    Tina Connolly

    Author, Playwright, Podcaster

  • Randall Jahnson

    Randall Jahnson

    Screenwriter, Director, Producer, Educator

  • Peter R. Field

    Peter R. Field

    Screenwriter, Publisher

  • John Clark Vincent

    John Clark Vincent

    Writer, Poet

Attend the Willamette Writers Conference to meet members like these, in roles ranging from keynotes to faculty to attendees.

We are Willamette Writers

Willamette Writers exists to help writers at all levels find their communities, develop their craft, and advance their careers. Our annual conference is designed to bring that vision to life.

We’ve assembled inspirational keynotes and a world-class faculty. We’ve lined up agents, editors, and producers actively looking for new writers. And we’ve sprinkled special events throughout the conference to provide further opportunities for enrichment and networking. Basically, we’ve created the perfect opportunity for you to take that next step.

The rest is up to you.



There’s a time and a place for everything.



Eight study tracks featuring 60 instructors.



Industry pros can help advance your career.



Banquet, keynotes, readings, premieres & more.



Early bird rates in effect until June 1.

Author Conversations: Paths to Accidental Enlightenment

Ellen Urbani and Laura Stanfill

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Music Comes to the Conference

Honey Divers

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Jane Friedman in the Digital Age

Jane Friedman Keynote on Friday

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