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.

Portland Meeting:  Young Willamette Writers are invited to attend YWW meetings in their area. Portland has an excellent meeting that is 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.

Central Point Meeting:  Beginning in February, there will be a Young Willamette Writers in Central Point.  Meetings will be held from 10:00am until noon in the Central Point Library – 116 South 3rd Street, Central Point, OR 97520. This meeting serves the region from Grants Pass to Ashland and is for kids aged  13 to 18 years of age.

The cost of becoming a member of Young Willamette Writers is $20.00 per year and monthly meetings are free of charge. (There are no meetings in July, August or December.) Click here to print out the registration form.

Happy 2018! I’m not one to make New Year’s resolution, but I do make a list of goals that pertain to my writing. A friend sent me the following quote: “Writers don’t need more goals. They need better habits.” I had to laugh, because it’s true. No matter your goals, what you need most as a writer are good habits that nourish your creativity, inspire your discipline and keep you on track. So, YWW members, what will you be writing this year? Have you thought about a regular writing schedule and what that might look like?  Remember, start small and make your goals attainable.  20 minutes, three times per week is an attainable goal, even though you may think that setting a goal of an hour a day sounds better. How will you improve your writing habits this year?

You are always welcome to reach out to me, Stephanie at:

YWW’s  welcome any students from 13 to 18 years old. Some of our YWW  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.

What’s New? January, 2018

Now that the holidays are over, you’ll have pictures to remember those fun times!


Fun Stuff for January!

Author Quote of the Month: “If something inside you is real, we will probably find it interesting, and it will probably be universal. So you must risk placing real emotion at the center of your work.Write straight into the emotional center of things.”  ~Anne LaMott~

Writing Prompt of the Month:  What cartoon from your childhood is the most memorable for you?  What made it stick in your head so strongly?

Writing Advice for January: From E. Lockhart, author of We Were Liars – “Don’t try to write a great novel. Don’t try to write a good novel. Don’t try to write a decent novel. Don’t try to be witty, beautiful, deep, thrilling. Just write a page. Today. A stupid page. You can fix it later. It is better to write a stupid page than nothing.”

Submissions Wanted: Each year, YWW puts out a journal of writing from its members. Do you have a short article, essay 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,

Until next time, write on . . .