Willamette Writers offers free and open to the public writing workshops and community for writers of all experiences.

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Willamette Writers Meetings are Free and Open to the Public!

Our mission at Willamette Writers is to help writers find their community, develop their craft, and expand their careers. We do that through meetings, workshops, critiques, and conversations. You can find out what’s happening at our events calendar. You are welcome to drop in on any online or in-person meeting or workshop. We would love to join our community.

Save the Date for the 2024 Willamette Writers Conference!

We are proud to announce our 2024 keynotes for the Willamette Writers Conference!

Click here to find out more about who you will see online and in-person at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Portland, Oregon on July 31 – August 4, 2024!

Registration opens March 1, 2024 at 8AM.

For now, save the date for a weekend of connecting with your community, developing craft, and expanding your career with Willamette Writers! Join your conference community on Facebook to stay up to date on exciting news.

Congratulations to our 2023 Kay Snow Award Winners!

The Paulann Petersen Award for Poetry
First place: “She Lived with Cats” by Ruth Q. Leibowitz
Runner-up: “Once Starved, Never Full” by Rene Lytle

The Kay Snow Award for Nonfiction (with special thanks to Elizabeth Lyon)
First place: “Half Truths Spent at Slipping Rock” by Mary Sweigert
Runner-up: “Wings” by Teresa H. Janssen

Kay Snow Award for Fiction (with special thanks to C. Lill Ahrens)
First place: “How to Get a Best Friend” by Brenna Twobears
Runner-up: “Standing in Water” by Kathleen Caprario-Ulrich

The Willamette Writers Writer's Fair Photo: Catherine Trevison
The Writer’s Fair

Want to be more involved? Become a member!

Willamette Writers is a community of writers supporting and learning from each other. We strive to provide members with everything they need to thrive – community support, networking opportunities, continuing education, inspiration, publicity, and much more.

Willamette Writers Membership helps support our writing community!

Willamette Writers Membership benefits:

Weekly Chapter Meetings: with talks and inspirational, educational presentations on the craft and business of writing from leaders in the writing world

Online Coffee Hours: socialize with other writers twice a week

The Write Place: weekly productivity meeting, an opportunity for mutual support and accountability towards achieving your writing goals

The Timberline Review literary journal: free submissions and discounted subscriptions or copies

Willamette Writers Conference: early registration and discount on our acclaimed yearly writers conference

FilmLab Contest: discounted submissions to our filmmaking contest

Critique groups: We help connect members to critique groups for various genres.

Post your writing news free:  on our website, in our weekly Dispatch email, and on our social media. We want to celebrate YOU!