Young Willamette Writers

Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”  – Groucho Marx

Young Willamette Writers are young people who love to write.

Young Willamette Writers are invited to attend any meetings in their area. Portland has an excellent meeting, specifically for YWW.  You can just show up and check it out.There is no cost, no application, no special permission to attend the Portland meeting. The Portland meetings are held at the same time and place as the adult Willamette Writers meetings on the first Tuesday of the month from September through June. We meet from 7 – 8 pm at The Old Church in downtown Portland at SW 11th and Clay.

This year we are launching our new membership program to include more young people from different parts of our state.! Find out more about what it means to become a member.

This month in Portland

In November, the Young Willamette Writers will take their writing in a new direction and even experiment with a little acting! Marian Scadden will share her script-writing skills with us, showing how both fiction writing and script writing have techniques in common.

Marian Scadden is the author of White Fire, a ya fantasy; The Other Art: Theater Skills to Help Every Child; Short Scripts for 2-3 Kids; and numerous plays. Her works are published as e-books. Many of her scripts are performed during the summer at Children’s Educational Theatre in Salem. She graduated in Children’s Theatre from Brigham Young University decades ago and has been teaching and performing ever since.

Regarding our hour together, her workshop promises to be unlike anything we’ve done before:

“Bring your pencils, paper, a description of a character or two from your writings (scripts, novels, short stories, or outlines), a description of a scene those characters are in, and your brain. We’ll be talking about scripts, working on dialogue as it applies to playwriting and fiction writing, and doing a bit of improvisation with your characters. What an intense hour we’ll have!”

Young Willamette Writers PDX meetings are open to any student in 5th-10th grades. Meetings are free – no need to register – just show up! We’re glad to have you! We’re at the Old Church on SW 11th and Clay from 7-8 pm on the first Tuesday of the month, September to June. Hope to see you there!


Young Willamette Writers write fiction, poetry, nonfiction, plays and screenplays. They love getting together to hear from professional writers and practice what they learn. They want to be with other passionate writers like themselves.

Some of them have entered and won contests such as the Kay Snow Writing Award and a National Scholastic Writing Award. Some have been published in magazines such as American Girl and Stone Soup.

Most of the YWW’s are in middle and high school, but we welcome any students from 5th to 10th grade.

What’s New?

Hi, I’m Stephanie Raffelock and I’m the new Director of Youth Programming for Young Willamette Writers. Be patient with me. I have some pretty big shoes to fill, referring of course, to Teresa Klepinger who shepherded and guided this program for many years. Fortunately, Teresa is still around, overseeing the Portland YWW meetings. And even more fortunate is her willingness to help me usher YWW into its next phase.

We are going to be offering more content online, so that the YWW program can expand to more young people in our state. Look for the monthly content changes on our site.

Fun Stuff For October!

Author Quote of the Month: “I feel like reading really defined me as a writer because I lived my life outside of my own body for so much of my life and I loved it. I’ve always been a reader. I think living all those stories served me to naturally take that next step to creating.” ~Stephenie Meyer~, Twilight series

Writing Prompt of the Month: You can use a writing prompt to get your writing juices flowing. Here’s the October prompt: Do You Set Rules for Yourself About How You Use Your Time?

Writing Advice:  Here’s an interesting thought from author, Jane Freidman on writer’s block: “Writer’s block is nothing more than fear or lack of confidence. It indicates you don’t feel ready to take the next step with your project. It’s up to you to figure out why. Maybe it’s not the right project to be working on. Or maybe you know there’s a problem that you haven’t resolved, and that problem needs to be fixed before you can continue. Look for the reason—it’s there.

If you feel like the “muse” hasn’t visited you, or you feel uninspired, it’s usually the same problem as writer’s block. You’re afraid of something, or you’re working on the wrong thing for you.”

Submissions Wanted: Each year YWW puts out a journal of writing from its members. Do you have a short article, essay, story or poem that you’d like to see in print? Publish your piece in our yearly Young Willamette Writers Journal.  Please submit your work to: . All submissions must contain your name and an email address where we can reach back to you.

Or . . . would you like to write a blog post for YWW, a piece for our newsletter?  We want to hear from you.  Submit to Stephanie at the email address above.

Until next time, write on . . .