At Willamette Writers, we are all about writers!

Registration is now open! Transform your writing life this August 5-7, 2022, in-person at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and online. Our 53rd Annual Conference is sure to be a wonderful weekend full of workshops, critiques, queries, and connections. With over 50 industry  professionals in-person and online, you'll have the support you need to take that next step in your writing life. Register today and join us this August.

Conference Keynotes

Mark OshiroMark Oshiro (they) is the award-winning author of the young adult books ANGER IS A GIFT (2019 Schneider Family Book Award) and EACH OF US A DESERT, both with Tor Teen, as well as their middle grade books THE INSIDERS and YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE, DAVID BRAVO with Harper Collins. They are also the co-author (with Rick Riordan) of the upcoming PERCY JACKSON novel centered on Nico di Angelo and Will Solace. When not writing, they are trying to pet every dog in the world. Find out more about Mark at 

Laura Stanfill Once upon a time, Laura Stanfill (she/her) lived in a New Jersey house filled with music boxes, street organs, and books. She grew up to become the publisher of Forest Avenue Press and the author of the novel SINGING LESSONS FOR THE SYLISH CANARY (Lanternfish Press). Her work has appeared in Shondaland, The Rumpus, Catapult, The Vincent Brothers Review, Santa Fe Writers Project, and several print anthologies. Find out more about Laura at[/caption]

All Writers Welcome!

As a non-profit educational organization, Willamette Writers is committed to helping writers connect with their communities, develop their craft, and expand their career. Our chapter meetings are open to everyone! We are here to help you!

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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.
Here’s all you get for just $57 a year:

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

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

Kay Snow Writing Awards: Discounted submissions to our writing contest

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, in our quarterly Newsletter, and on our social media. We want to celebrate YOU!

Join today!

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All Writers Welcome!

Members & Full-Time Students Attend for Free!

Online: Crafting the Wildlife Essay with Rick Lamplugh

May 23 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Willamette Writers on the River in Corvallis and our Southern Oregon Chapter Presents Rick Lamplugh – Crafting the Wildlife Essay Rick Lamplugh writes, speaks, and photographs to protect wildlife and preserve wild lands. In this Zoom presentation on Monday, May 23 at 6:30 PM, he will use words, photos, and music to describe his path…

Online: Coffee at your Kitchen Table

May 24 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Good morning, writer! Join us online for coffee and conversation at 8AM on Tuesday mornings. Click the link to join us: After registering, you’ll receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. See you soon!

Online: The Write Place Productivity Meeting

May 26 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Looking for writers in all the wrong places? Maybe you need The Write Place. Join us at The Write Place each week, online. Discuss goal setting and productivity while encouraging, supporting, and connecting with other writers. We will share our rejections, sales, and other market news so that we can inspire and learn from each…

Online: Coffee at your Kitchen Table

May 28 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Good morning, writer! Join us online for coffee and conversation at 10AM PST on Saturday mornings. All are welcome! Click the link to join us: After registering, you’ll receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. See you soon!

Online: Pitch Practice with Industry Professionals at your Salem Chapter

June 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Practice Your Pitch with Industry Professionals At your Salem Chapter: David Poulshock, Nancy Froeschle, Clark Kohanek, and Christine Autrand Mitchell Are you thinking about pitching at the Willamette Writers Conference? Or maybe you’re excited to share your work, but don’t know how? Perhaps you’re wondering what it’s like to pitch to an industry professional? Join…

YWW Portland & YWW Southern Oregon Chapter Meeting

June 4 @ 10:00 am
Young Willamette Writers are young people who love to write. Young Willamette Writers welcomes any students who are in middle or high school. 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. Some are taking…

Creating, Staging, and Getting Plays Produced with Kwik Jones

June 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Kwik Jones discusses Creating, Staging, and Getting Plays Produced Playwright Kwik Jones will speak to the Portland Chapter of Willamette Writers about his process of writing, staging, and getting his work performed and produced. Kwik has been writing, directing, and producing plays for twenty-eight years. About Kwik Jones Kwik Jones developed the following plays: A Strange…

Online: Screenwriters Happy Hour

June 8 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Join us for Screenwriters Happy Hour! All are welcome! Join us to network with your colleagues and touch base with old friends. Sign up below to receive log-in details to join the conversation. See you there! Sign up to receive log-in information * indicates required Email Address * First Name Last Name




Your writing community NEWS

Member News: New Release — Dark Sand

Book #4 in the Port Stirling Mystery series, Dark Sand, released in March from author Kay Jennings. Police chief Matt Horning thought life in Port Stirling, Oregon was returning to normal after the earthquake. He was dead wrong. One of the world’s leading geologists, British Lord Phineas Stuart, has gone missing in this classic whodunnit.…

Member News: New Release — Kaleidoscope

Tiffany Dickinson has released Kaleidoscope, a middle-grade novel set in Portland in 1980. This coming-of-age historical novel is a warm and funny read starring Tabby, a bi-racial 12-year-old, and her eclectic group of friends. While navigating the typical 7th grade stressors of friends, family, and boys, Tabby struggles to determine who she really is as…

Member News: New Release — Blood Sapphire’s Revenge

Book publisher Epigraph announced the release and worldwide availability of Blood Sapphire’s Revenge — the new military thriller novel by author Dr. Bruce Farmer in eBook, audiobook, softcover and hardcover formats. Mixing questions of faith and existential fate with an exploration of resiliency, human struggle and fortitude in the face of extreme pressure, Blood Sapphire’s…

Member News: New Release — The Model Spy

Maryka Biaggio’s The Model Spy was released by Sunbury Press March 2022. The Model Spy is based on the true story of Toto Koopman, who spied for the Allies and Italian Resistance during World War II. Largely unknown today, Toto was arguably the first woman to spy for the British Intelligence Service. Operating in the…

Member News: New Release — Toxic Soup

Toxic Soup by RR Rowley is a new environmental thriller set in the Columbia River Gorge. Toxic waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation has been poisoning for more than six decades. When her brother dies working at Hanford, Casey swears revenge. But, how can she take on the fortress of a facility? After confiding in…

Member News: Essay Publication — The Letter

The RavensPerch literary journal includes a new essay by Linda Caradine. Her essay, The Letter, reflects on a curious and alarming turn of events in Caradine’s life. The issue is available online now. Caradine’s memoir is scheduled for publication by Unsolicited Press in April 2024.

Member News: New Release — Reaping the Whirlwind

Robert E. Boertien has signed a contract with Two Gun Publishing to produce five western novels. The first novel, Reaping the Whirlwind, set in Oregon, is available in either paperback or ebook format. Gold coins minted to commemorate the Lewis and Clark Exposition have been stolen, and it is left to Special Deputy Jennie Palmer…

Member News: New Website — Joe C Smolen

Author Joe C. Smolen is proud to announce his new website. Here is a message from his site: “I was born on the web with quality content, and I’m only thirteen months old. I represent a published Author who changes me often, feeds me constantly, and we play every day. But he protects me. Yesterday,…

Member News: New Release — The Yesterday Girl

GladEye Press is excited to announce its latest title, The Yesterday Girl by Eugene, Oregon author Sharleen Nelson, available March 21, 2022. A stand-alone sequel to The Time Tourists, The Yesterday Girl features the continuing adventures of time-travelling investigator Imogen Oliver. Nelson weaves a nuanced exploration of fatherhood within a well-paced adventure packed with fascinating…

Member News: New Release — Greater Vegas Bleeds into The Dreams of My Cryogenic Slumber

Kenneth M Cale’s third chapbook, Greater Vegas Bleeds into The Dreams of My Cryogenic Slumber, was published through Steel Incisors on March 5th 2022. Building on the style and approach of Cale’s two previous chapbooks, Midnight Double Feature and elsewhen, Greater Vegas… is a full-color mix of collage and poetry, and is described by Zak…

Writing Resources from Willamette Writers

Writing Advice from Zoraida Córdova

By Willamette Writers

by Mari Hotchkiss An unusual career path. As a young child in Ecuador, Zoraida Córdova grew up listening to her grandmother’s stories that were filled with magic and wonder. At six years old, she immigrated to the United States with…

creating characters

Creating Characters

By Kate Ristau

Happy Fall! Have you got your sweater? Your scarf? Your pumpkin-spiced whatever?Then sit down and talk with us about character.  Hemingway said, “When writing a novel, a writer should create living people; people, not characters. A character is a caricature.”…

How to Happily write your query

How To Happily Write A Query Letter

By Willamette Writers Portland

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…


By Willamette Writers Portland

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 Portland

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 Portland

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…

WW News

Author Cohorts

Join your author cohort this fall! Author cohorts will meet online for weekly write-ins, check-ins, and workshops during the month of November. After the cohort, you will be connected with a published mentor to help you continue along your author journey. Reserve your spot now – $99 for Willamette Writers members, and $199 for guests.…

We are proud to announce the speakers at the 52nd Annual Willamette Writers Conference on July 29 – August 1, 2021!

Writing Advice from Zoraida Córdova

by Mari Hotchkiss An unusual career path. As a young child in Ecuador, Zoraida Córdova grew up listening to her grandmother’s stories that were filled with magic and wonder. At six years old, she immigrated to the United States with her mom and grandma, causing her to abandon her love of stories. “I stopped reading.…

Literary Agents at the 2020 Willamette Writers Conference Register now for our 2020 Conference, and meet these agents, along with other top notch industry professionals. You can register for a pitch or critique, and share your work with these pros. They are excited to hear from you. At the conference, you can join them in…

C.C. Humphreys, Best-Selling Author of Historical Fiction, Joins the Willamette Writers Conference

Chris “CC” Humphreys, author of ten historical novels, is joining the 2020 Willamette Writers Conference.

TV Development and Production with Grant Rosenberg

Grant Rosenberg, an accomplished film creator, will be joining the Willamette Writers Conference this August

We are proud to announce the speakers at the 51st Annual Willamette Writers Conference on July 31 – August 2, 2020!

Willamette Writers Authors at the Portland Book Festival

We are proud to be supporting these Willamette Writers member authors at this year’s Portland Book Festival on November 9th!   9AM-9:30AM  Dede Montgomery  Sue Fagalde Lick  Sharleen Nelson  Tasche Laine  9:30AM-10AM  Kerry Blaisdell  Kay Jennings  Phillip Kenney  Deni Starr  10AM-11AM  Paula Butterfield  Charley  Descoteaux  Marilyn McDonald  Holly Manno  11AM-12PM  Mazarine Treyz  Marilynne Eichinger  Rick George  Jo Sparkes  12PM-1PM  Ruby Lee Cornelius  Holly Manno  Bob Ferguson  Kim Hester  1PM-2PM  Anne Hendren  Jeff Stookey  R. Gregory Noakes  Heather Ames  2PM-3PM  Dawn Prochovnic  Julie  Dawn…

FiLMLaBtv 2019 Writer’s Room The 2019 winning script is “Stripes,” written by Alexandra Keister. Keister, an executive assistant and screenwriter, has written two feature-length screenplays, both romantic comedies, and a handful of short screenplays that range from dark sci-fi to the classically uplifting my-dog-is-dead story. She graduated from Oregon State University in 2012 with a BA…

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…