Willamette Writers on the River July 2016 Meeting


Willamette Writers on the River presents Exclusive: The Secret Powers of Chronology Revealed  with C. Lill Ahrens.

Monday, July 18, 2016 from 6:30–8:30 pm

First Presbyterian Church, 114 SW 8th St., Corvallis, Oregon in the Allison Room

(Note New Location — same church, different room! – Use 9th St. parking lot entrance; others are locked. Please, no food or drinks except water in the room.)

Though stories can leap back in time — via flashback, backstory, and time travel — many bits of story information need to be in chronological order. For example, motivation before action, evidence before conclusion, setup before payoff, and many more. Yet we often “write backwards” without realizing it. Backward writing saps a story’s tension, whereas chronological writing creates and increases tension. Lill’s entertaining presentation will help you use the tool of chronology to propel readers through your story to the very end. Bring writing supplies and a double-spaced excerpt of your work to test your own chronological powers.


Award-winning author C. Lill Ahrens believes in the potential of every unpublished story. Over the past ten years — as an editor for Calyx Journal, the contest director for Oregon Writers Colony, a creative writing teacher, and editorial consultant — Lill has read thousands of unpublished stories and debated finalists with her fellow editors and judges. Thus she’s learned why some stories make the final cut while others fall short, and how to raise them to the next level. Many of her students and clients have become award-winning, published authors.

6:30 – 6:45 PM — Networking & social time.
6:45 – 8:15 PM — News & announcements followed by the program.
8:15 – 8:30 PM — More net¬working & conversing with speaker.

The meeting is free to members of Willamette Writers and full-time students. Guests of Willamette Writers members pay $5. Non-members pay $10 to attend.
No one is turned away.

This program is neither endorsed nor sponsored by the First Presbyterian Church.