Receptions and Gatherings

Find old friends and make new ones with mixers and receptions built with writers in mind.

Thursday Evening

Join our Welcome Reception from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. Talk with our faculty and your fellow attendees while you settle into “Conference Brain” over a drink or two.

Once you’re comfortable, come be part of Pitch for the Prize from 6:30 to 8:00 PM where you can watch or participate in this live event before a panel of agents and publishers.

Friday Evening

Willamette Writers After Dark is the event of the night, starting at 6:00 PM with an informal drink mixer, then running through classes on adult topics beginning at 7:00 PM. We’ll finish up with Pitches Against Humanity at the bar from 8:30 PM until bedtime, whenever you decide that should be.

Saturday Evening

The last full night of the conference has two offerings, each starting at 6:30 PM. Our stage and screen writers will want to hang out at the FilmLab Launch Party, whilst literary writers join our Open Mic Session. Both will run until about 8:30 PM, after which we have no formal plans…but feel free to gather at the bar for further writerly conversation and general shenanigans.


Our Sunday Lunch program includes a brief meeting of the Willamette Writers organization. This is your chance to get a better sense of what WW does for Pacific Northwest writers year-round, and to let them know what you’d love to see more of in the months between now and our 2018 conference.