Our most recent workshop with Susan Kelly on September 17, 2016 was well attended. Watch our home page for our upcoming meetings and future workshops.

WordsMatterBannerWithoutPhotoSusan Kelly at WWotR April 2015

Saturday, September 17, 2016

9 AM – 5 PM

Comfort Suites Conference Room
1730 NW 9TH Street
Corvallis, Oregon

In a story, you get to know a character through her actions, her speech, her view of the world, and from other characters’ perspectives of her. Spend a day with Susan Kelly learning how to create dialogue that snaps, pops, and crackles.

You will learn:
• the key to using conflict in dialogue
• techniques to reveal character through dialogue
• the biggest mistake writers make when writing dialogue.

Attendees will have an opportunity to work on one of their own scenes. Bring writing materials and a scene featuring a main character that includes dialogue. The scene should be 10-15 pages in length and double-spaced.

Susan Kelly is a romantic-comedy author, writing-craft teacher, and the founder of Gomboc Words, a blog about the business side of writing. She describes herself as a word nerd. She has a near-obsessive interest in anything to do with language and the structure of story, and is happiest when evangelizing other writers. For more information about Susan Kelly, visit

Workshop Details

The Fall Workshop is scheduled from 9am-5pm on September 17, 2016. There will be a 45 minute lunch break and two 15 minute breaks. Please arrive 10-15 minutes early for sign-in.


Comfort Inn Suites, Columbia Meeting Room 
1730 NW 9th St; north of Garfield Avenue; across from Grocery Outlet
Corvallis, OR 97330

Food and Drink

Water is provided by the hotel. Please bring your own snacks.

For lunch, the following restaurants are within easy walking distance:

  • New China Buffet
  • El Sol de Mexico
  • Pastini Pastaria
  • Jamba Juice
  • Starbucks
  • Trader Joe’s (pre-packaged lunches)

If driving, there are more food options available 2-4 blocks north on 9th Street.


Registration EXTENDED to Thursday, Sept. 15th at 12:00pm PT. Register today!

Registration Rates:

  • $80 WW members
  • $90 Non-members
  • $45 Student Rate

Cancellation Policy

Cancel by midnight on August 15th, to receive a full refund.



Sponsored by WWotR

the Corvallis-area chapter of

Willamette Writers