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Willamette Writers Signing at Portland Book Festival

Join Our Willamette Writers Members at Portland Book Festival

Willamette Writers Member Authors will be signing their books at the Willamette Writers booths at this year's Portland Book Festival, formerly known as Wordstock. Join us at booth 39 and 40 to meet these fantastic authors:

9:00-10:30AM: L. Wade Powers, Philip Kenney, Linnie Thomas, Theresa Verboort, Julie Whipple, Teresa Klepinger

10:30AM-Noon: Greg Coodley, Cheryl Willis, Mary DeMocker, Mikko Azul, Riley Costello

Noon-1:30PM: Gretchen Van Lente, Jeff Stookey, Susan Ralphe, Marla Bowie, Leonide Martin

1:30-3:00PM: Robert Freedman, Antoinette Kennedy, Heather Ransom, C. LaVielle, Stevan Allred

3:00-4:30PM: Rosemary Lombard, Dami Roelse, Sharleen Nelson, LeeAnn McLennan, Kim Allred

4:30-6:00PM: Debby Dodds, Kerry Blaisdell, Sue Fagalde Lick, John Dover, Jack Estes, Benjamin Gorman

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Thank You for a Great Conference! 2019 Registration Now Open!

Join the Willamette Writers Conference - August 2-4, 2019

Our 50th annual conference (50!!!) will be a BLAST! Three full days of classes, workshops, keynotes, critiques, and events. We invite you to join us for a weekend of community as you develop your craft and expand your career on August 2nd-4th, 2019 in Portland, Oregon at the Airport Sheraton Hotel.

After a successful launch of Master Classes Day with industry professionals at our 2018 conference, we are doing it again in 2019. So stay tuned for details about opportunities to learn from top instructors in a small group setting.

We'll also be offering many options for one on one critique, including On the Spot Critiques and Advance Manuscript Critique. As always, we'll have a roster of agents, editors and film executives ready to hear about your project. Plus, we'll have our amazing community of PNW writers that you just can't find anywhere else. Join us!

Member News

Member News: THE FIRST LADY OF MODERN ART

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA. December, 2018 Regal House Publishing is pleased to announce the March 15, 2019 release of La Luministe: Berthe Morisot, Painter of Light, about the artist who survived the siege of Paris—and the love of Édouard Manet—to become the sole female founder of the Impressionist movement. If Frida Kahlo was “a ribbon around…

Member News: Scholarship for Writers to Attend AWP 2019

This year, RACC has scholarships to award to 45 writers based in Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties for the 2019 Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference and Bookfair at the Oregon Convention Center from March 27-30th. AWP is the largest literary conference for writers, teachers, students, editors, and publishers across North America, featuring…

Willamette Writers Author Signing: Teresa Klepinger

Teresa Klepinger will be signing books at booth 39 at the Portland Book Festival on November 10th. Teresa Klepinger believes a dose of imagination can improve just about anything. Her love of storytelling began with “Genie” bedtime stories told by her father, continued through years of teaching elementary school, and stays close to her heart…

Willamette Writers Author Signing: C. LaVielle

C. LaVielle will be signing books at booth 39 at the Portland Book Festival on November 10th. I began my grown-up life as a biologist because I was, and still am, fascinated by people, plants, and animals and what makes them tick. I became a wife, a mother, and a healer specializing in tarot divination,…

Willamette Writers Author Signing: Rosemary Douglas Lombard

Rosemary Douglas Lombard will be signing books at booth 39 at the Portland Book Festival on November 10th. Rosemary Lombard, former university teacher, editor, and naturalist, now independent interdisciplinary researcher in animal cognition, brings to her writing decades of surprise and delight exploring turtles’ cognitive potential. Award winner in creative nonfiction and poetry, she has…

Willamette Writers Author Signing: Riley Costello

Riley Costello will be signing books at booth 39 at the Portland Book Festival on November 10th. Riley Costello, an Oregon native, writes the popular lifestyle and fashion blog, sincerelyriley.com. Waiting at Hayden’s is her first novel and the first book where readers can watch scenes unfold and shop the characters’ clothes. Costello coined and branded this…

Willamette Writers Author Signing: Jack Estes

Jack Estes will be signing books at booth 39 at the Portland Book Festival on November 10th. Jack Estes is the author of the critically acclaimed Vietnam memoir, A Field of Innocence – Finalist for the Oregon Book Awards- and his equally powerful, recent novel, A Soldier’s Son. His articles and essays have appeared in…

Willamette Writers Author Signing: Mary DeMocker

Mary DeMocker will be signing books at booth 39 at the Portland Book Festival on November 10th. Mary DeMocker uses the arts to fight for a healthy future. Her book, The Parents’ Guide to Climate Revolution: 100 Ways to Build a Fossil-Free Future, Raise Empowered Kids, and Still Get a Good Night’s Sleep, features a…

Willamette Writers Author Signing: Cheryl M. Willis, Ed.D.

Cheryl M. Willis, Ed.D. will be signing books at booth 39 at the Portland Book Festival on November 10th. Temple University graduate, Cheryl M. Willis pursued her passion for Tap Dance writing the first doctoral dissertation on African American women tap dancers from the Swing Era. Recently, she published “Tappin At the Apollo: The African…

Willamette Writers Author Signing: John Dover

John Dover will be signing books at booth 39 at the Portland Book Festival on November 10th. Author and musician, John Dover, lives in Portland Oregon. He is the writer and creator of the Johnny Scotch series of novella’s and comics. He is also a contributor on several horror anthologies. As a musician, John considers…

On Writing from Willamette Writers

How to Happily write your query

How To Happily Write A Query Letter

By Willamette Writers

We’re excited that Bill Kenower is a member of the faculty at the upcoming Willamette Writers Conference. Bill is the author of Fearless Writing: How to Create Boldly and Write With Confidence and Write Within Yourself: An Author’s Companion. In…

HOW TO WIN THE SUBMISSION WAITING GAME

By Willamette Writers

We’re excited that Erick Mertz is a member of the faculty at the upcoming Willamette Writers Conference. Erick is a Portland-based ghostwriter and fiction/memoir manuscript consultant. Over the last five years as a full-time freelancer he has written manuscripts for…

Experts Weigh In: 10 Crucial Screenwriting Mistakes

By Willamette Writers

Experts Weigh In: 10 Crucial Screenwriting Mistakes Lee Jessup, a member of our screenwriting faculty at the upcoming Willamette Writer’s Conference and the author of Breaking In: Tales from the Screenwriting Trenches and Getting It Write: An Insider’s Guide To A…

The 7 Things Writers Need to Make a Living by Sonia Simone

By Willamette Writers

Written by SONIA SIMONE Reprinted with permission from Copyblogger.  If you’re a writer, you might have heard this most of your life: People don’t make a living writing. You should find something practical to do with your life. Smart, capable writers grimly…

Ten Tips for Writing an Effective Pitch

By Willamette Writers

By Alyssa Schaffer and Joanna Szabo Pitching your manuscript can be one of the more intimidating aspects of the writing process, so we’ve collected a few essential tips to help you prepare your next pitch. Start with a hook. This…

What Agents Want – Tips from Meeting with Literary Agent Laura Bradford

By Jennifer Zaczek

At the April 4 Willamette Writers meeting, attendees got to hear from Laura Bradford, founder of Bradford Literary Agency, about what agents look for in writers. Here are some key takeaways from the presentation. Are You Someone Agents Want to…

Join a Meeting or a Workshop Near You

All Writers Welcome! Members & Full-Time Students Attend for Free!

Salem: Monthly Meeting

December 21 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Please join us for our Salem monthly meeting! Put the date on your calendar. More information will be coming soon.Read more...

Southern Oregon: Monthly Meeting

January 5, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Please join us for our Central Point monthly meeting! Put the date on your calendar. More information will be coming soon.Read more...

Portland: Write and Publish Fierce in 2019 with Sage Cohen

January 8, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Write + Publish Fierce in 2019 with Sage Cohen This meeting is at our new location: The First Congregational United Church of Christ in downtown Portland (1126 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97205). Want t...

Portland: Sense and Sensibility at The Armory

January 22, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Sense and Sensibility at The Armory Join Willamette Writers for a special Happy Hour and performance of Sense and Sensibility at The Armory on January 22nd. The Armory will provide free beer and wine ...

Corvallis: Writing to Sell: Commercial Non-Fiction with Louise Cary Barden

January 28, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writing to Sell: Commercial Non-Fiction Color your way to success with a hands-on experience of discovering what editors really want! Louise Barden will show you how to determine the kind of article f...

Portland: Monthly Meeting

February 5, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Please join us for our Portland monthly meeting! Put the date on your calendar. More information will be coming soon.Read more...

Cynthia Whitcomb’s Screenwriting Class

February 23, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Cynthia Whitcomb’s Screenwriting Class Spring 2019 Six Saturdays 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Feb. 23, March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 Cost $495 Location: Cynthia’s Home in North Wilsonville To register, clic...

The Willamette Writers Conference

Julie Whipple Book Signing at Powells

Julie Whipple will be reading and signing copies of her new book, Crash Course Join Julie Whipple at Powell’s downtown flagship store on West Burnside on Monday, August 20 at 7:30 (http://www.powells.com/book/-9780692070406#product_details) and award-winning audiobook narrator Heather Henderson for a special performance of excerpts from the book. Long-time Portland residents vividly recall the crash of…

HOW TO WIN THE SUBMISSION WAITING GAME

We’re excited that Erick Mertz is a member of the faculty at the upcoming Willamette Writers Conference. Erick is a Portland-based ghostwriter and fiction/memoir manuscript consultant. Over the last five years as a full-time freelancer he has written manuscripts for a variety of clients. In a blog he posted this past December, he shares advice…

The 7 Things Writers Need to Make a Living by Sonia Simone

Written by SONIA SIMONE Reprinted with permission from Copyblogger.  If you’re a writer, you might have heard this most of your life: People don’t make a living writing. You should find something practical to do with your life. Smart, capable writers grimly pass around war stories on Facebook. Penny-a-word assignments, clients who don’t pay, disdain for our…

Open Mic Night at the Willamette Writers Conference

Open Mic night started at the Willamette Writers Conference in 2013, when I mentioned to the conference chair that I attended a really fun Open Mic Night at another writing conference. This launched us into a talk about how we could make one for Willamette Writers and how we could make it even better than…

What’s New at the Willamette Writers Conference

Welcome to our 2018 Conference! This year, our theme for The Best Three Days in Writing is “Celebrating Diverse Voices in Writing.” The whole team is really looking forward to what we’ve got in store for you all this August 3rd -5th. As you know, the conference has grown and changed much over its 49-year…

Experiences at The Willamette Writers Conference

“A writers conference can be an empowering and uplifting experience,” according to Scott Myers, a producer, writer, and assistant director. Myers presented at the Willamette Writers Conference this year, and said it was a “special experience.” He explains on his website about his conference experience that he met so many writers and old friends, and his classes were packed. His…

Writing Through the Tough Times by Julie Fast

All writers come to a point where it feels impossible to write another word. This happened to me with one month left before I had to turn in the manuscript for my first book. I felt overwhelmed with the idea of making the book perfect. All of it had to flow. It had to be…

New Conference Opportunity for Members: Sell Your Books at the Consignment Booth

Thanks for checking out this opportunity. We are finalizing the details and should have them for you this week. In the meantime, please let us know you’re interested by completing the short form below or via this link (same form, use whatever works better for you). We will let you know when we have more…

New Opportunity at Conference: Author Headshots

For the first time ever, the 2017 Willamette Writers Conference will have a professional photographer at the conference to take author headshots. A limited number of slots will be offered Friday and Saturday afternoon, so book your slot before they are all taken. Why Do Author’s Need Headshots? Last year’s conference keynote speaker Jane Friedman…

Hone Your Craft: The 2017 Conference Offers Opportunity for Advanced & Beginning Writers

As we’ve mentioned before, our schedule of educational programming includes 9 tracks of themed content from across the spectrum of what writers need to know and want to celebrate. Our Genre offerings for this year take up two of those tracks: one for beginners and novices, the other for intermediate and professional writers. And the…

Our News

Willamette Writers Authors Sign Books at The Portland Book Festival

by Ari Mathae Willamette Writers, the Portland literary community, and book lovers near and far will meet again Saturday 10, 2018, for the largest celebration of books in the Pacific Northwest: The Portland Book Festival. The event starts at 9 A.M. at the Portland Art Museum and continues there and at other neighboring venues in the…

Member News: Mary Andonian & David Poulshock launch ISA Third Thursdays

Mary Andonian & David Poulshock launch ISA Third Thursdays Members Mary and David are launching the local chapter of the International Screenwriters Association(ISA). It’s a monthly mixer for screenwriters on Third Thursdays, where you can mingle with fellow screenwriters, meet film and television industry professionals, and win door prizes — including a free Willamette Writer’s…

How To Happily Write A Query Letter

We’re excited that Bill Kenower is a member of the faculty at the upcoming Willamette Writers Conference. Bill is the author of Fearless Writing: How to Create Boldly and Write With Confidence and Write Within Yourself: An Author’s Companion. In a blog he posted this past June, he shares his perspective on how he learned…

HOW TO WIN THE SUBMISSION WAITING GAME

We’re excited that Erick Mertz is a member of the faculty at the upcoming Willamette Writers Conference. Erick is a Portland-based ghostwriter and fiction/memoir manuscript consultant. Over the last five years as a full-time freelancer he has written manuscripts for a variety of clients. In a blog he posted this past December, he shares advice…

Attend FiLMLaB.tv workshops and get all the value without even attending!

Attend FiLMLaB.tv workshops and get all the value without even attending! Well, not really. Eventually you’ll have to “attend.” But thanks to space-age technology, Willamette Writers is presenting two valuable workshops online that you will be able to access 24/7 AND multiple times right up until the conference. That means that even if you’re not…

Ten Tips for Writing an Effective Pitch

By Alyssa Schaffer and Joanna Szabo Pitching your manuscript can be one of the more intimidating aspects of the writing process, so we’ve collected a few essential tips to help you prepare your next pitch. Start with a hook. This should be one or two lines covering the most exciting thing about your book. However,…

Willamette Writers is Sponsoring Write to Publish

We are delighted to contribute to this year’s Write to Publish conference with Ooligan Press to help writers, agents, and publishers alike get more familiar the ins and outs of the industry! What: A one-day conference demystifying the publishing industry When: April 21, 2018 9:00 am – 6:00 pm Where: George C. Hoffmann Hall 1833…

Randall Jahnson and FiLMLaB Screenwriting Workshop

Screenwriting Workshop Willamette Writers and FiLMLaB invite you to join us for an online screenwriting workshop with Randall Jahnson. Details Date: Saturday, April 21st Time: 12-2PM Cost: Free Open to the public This is an online workshop Click here to register. About Randall Jahnson Randall Jahnson has written more than 20 feature-length screenplays. Not all…

Help Support Young Writers

What a wonderful year. We started out with our chapter meetings across the state, joined together at our annual conference, and finished the year with a closer — and much larger — community of support and friendship. Every day, Willamette Writers members are developing their craft and expanding their careers. Today, we ask you to…

Share your Thanksgiving stories with us!

Happy Thanksgiving, Willamette Writers! Every year, we gather around the dining room table to eat delicious food and share stories with our family and friends. These stories matter; they sustain us when we are apart and connect us to each other across the miles. Today, let’s share our stories of joy and thankfulness. Let’s move…