Schedule

Details coming soon for the 2017 Willamette Writers Conference. For the meantime, here are the highlights:

  • We will offer the same rich program of content for writers of fiction, non-fiction, memoir, stage, screen and webb.
  • We are going big this year on offering material not only for beginning and aspiring writers, but useful courses for working authors and writers with finished manuscripts.
  • New this year: Willamette Writers After Dark, a two-session evening option where experts talk about the rude, the ribald and the risque. If you ever wanted to know how to write a steamy sex scene, or what really goes on in the mind of an agent, this will be a don’t-miss opportunity.
  • As always, we will bring in some of the best and brightest agents, editors and publishers from North America for you to get one-on-one time to talk about your project.
  • New this year we will offer one-one-one quick critiques with our presenters. Professional writers and editors will talk with you about your pages, project, or promotions to help aim your writing in the best direction.
  • The Barnes & Noble coffee shop will run all weekend, offering informal chats and interviews with authors from Portland and far afield.
  • Our trade show area will be bigger and better than ever before. We’re bringing in editors, web designers, promoters, small presses, even a photographer for headshots. If it’s something writers need, somebody will be there to help you figure out how to get it.

From the big to the small, from the tried-and-true to the brand-new, we’re going big for 2017. You’re invited.

Thursday, August 3
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


Friday, August 4
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Penny C. Sansevieri
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Linda Needham
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Kim Cooper Findling
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Sandra Leviton
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Eric Witchey
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Fiona Kenshole
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
David Paul Williams
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Alaya Dawn Johnson
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Lorelle VanFossen
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
7:45 PM - 8:30 PM
7:45 PM - 8:30 PM
7:45 PM - 8:30 PM
8:30 PM - 11:30 PM


Saturday, August 5
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Karen Azinger
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Kim Cooper Findling
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Stefan Feuerheut
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Lorelle VanFossen
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Ruth Musgrave
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM


Sunday, August 6
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Alaya Dawn Johnson
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Kay Kenyon
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Cynthia Whitcomb
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Steven Barnes
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Eric Witchey
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Lidia Yuknavitch
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM


Thursday, August 3
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM


Friday, August 4
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Penny C. Sansevieri
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Linda Needham
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Sandra Leviton
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Eric Witchey
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Fiona Kenshole
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
David Paul Williams
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Alaya Dawn Johnson
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Lorelle VanFossen
7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
7:45 PM - 8:30 PM
7:45 PM - 8:30 PM
7:45 PM - 8:30 PM


Saturday, August 5
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Karen Azinger
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Kim Cooper Findling
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Stefan Feuerheut
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Lorelle VanFossen
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Ruth Musgrave
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM


Sunday, August 6
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Alaya Dawn Johnson
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Kay Kenyon
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Cynthia Whitcomb
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Steven Barnes
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Eric Witchey
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Lidia Yuknavitch


Thursday, August 3


Friday, August 4


Saturday, August 5


Sunday, August 6


Thursday, August 3
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


Friday, August 4
8:30 PM - 11:30 PM


Saturday, August 5
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM


Sunday, August 6
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM


Thursday, August 3
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


Friday, August 4
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Penny C. Sansevieri
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Linda Needham
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Kim Cooper Findling
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Sandra Leviton
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Eric Witchey
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Fiona Kenshole
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
David Paul Williams
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Alaya Dawn Johnson
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Lorelle VanFossen
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
7:45 PM - 8:30 PM
7:45 PM - 8:30 PM
7:45 PM - 8:30 PM
8:30 PM - 11:30 PM


Saturday, August 5
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Karen Azinger
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Kim Cooper Findling
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Stefan Feuerheut
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Lorelle VanFossen
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Ruth Musgrave
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM


Sunday, August 6
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Alaya Dawn Johnson
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Kay Kenyon
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Cynthia Whitcomb
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Steven Barnes
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Eric Witchey
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Lidia Yuknavitch
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM


Thursday, August 3
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


Friday, August 4
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Penny C. Sansevieri
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Linda Needham
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Kim Cooper Findling
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Sandra Leviton
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Eric Witchey
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Fiona Kenshole
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
David Paul Williams
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Alaya Dawn Johnson
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Lorelle VanFossen
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
7:45 PM - 8:30 PM
7:45 PM - 8:30 PM
7:45 PM - 8:30 PM
8:30 PM - 11:30 PM


Saturday, August 5
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Karen Azinger
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Kim Cooper Findling
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Stefan Feuerheut
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Lorelle VanFossen
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Ruth Musgrave
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM


Sunday, August 6
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Alaya Dawn Johnson
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Kay Kenyon
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Cynthia Whitcomb
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Steven Barnes
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Eric Witchey
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Lidia Yuknavitch
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM