Welcome to Willamette Writers

At Willamette Writers, we are all about writers!

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!

Want to be more involved? Become a member!

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!

We’d love for you to be part of the community.


Join a Meeting or a Workshop Near You

All Writers Welcome!

Members & Full-Time Students Attend for Free!

Online: Coffee at your Kitchen Table

December 7 @ 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: Write Place Productivity

December 9 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Join us at the Write Place each week, online. Discuss goal setting and productivity while encouraging, supporting, and connecting with other writers.

Writer’s Ball

December 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Join us for our Writer’s Ball at the Mansion online! Walk the red carpet, disappear into the library, or wander the gardens. Every room will have a special conversation with a professional or expert. Talk cocktails with a bartender or shelves books with the librarians. We can’t wait to see you there! Zoom Link to…

Online: Coffee at your Kitchen Table

December 11 @ 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!




Your writing community NEWS

Member News: New Release — Touch the Sky

Touch the Sky by Jean Rover was recently released. Something’s amiss in Oregon’s backcountry. A teacher spots a scruffy stranger loitering near the Forest Lake grade school, and there’s a young boy missing in a neighboring county. Then eight-year-old Cody Benson, on an outing with his grandfather in the Big Bat Wilderness area, vanishes. Ken…

Member News: Author Event — Nancy Lane at Eugene Public Library

Nancy Lane, author of Pretty Chrysanthemum and Other Stories, will present her book and insights into writing and finding a publisher at the in-person author talk on December 9, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. Join Nancy in the Bascom-Tykeson Room on the library’s first floor. The library address and phone number are: 100 W. 10th Avenue,…

Member News: New Release — All That Crumbles

All That Crumbles: A Cascadian Earthquake Novel is One Second After, but without the gun violence. Earthquakes are the greatest ghost stories ever told. They are suddenly everywhere around us, unseen but for the destruction they cause. As a CERT volunteer, Bridget Good hopes this story inspires you to get 2-Weeks-Ready. There is a ghost…

Member News: New Release — Pearl Harbor’s Final Warning

Valarie J Anderson’s Pearl Harbor’s Final Warning published on August 29th. On 7 December 1941, Washington sent a message to its Pacific outposts about a potential Japanese attack. All but Pearl Harbor received it in time to prepare. New information from the archives of George Street, District Manager of RCA-Honolulu, exposes the fatal flaws that…

Member News: New Release — The Sagebrush Hotel Tontine

The Sagebrush Hotel Tontine, the newest novel by Lawrence Powers, writing as L. Wade Powers, was published on 18 October by Luminare Press of Eugene. A fortune in bullion shared by a small town group of amateur poker players, a touch of romance and a bit of murder, set in northeastern California.

Member News: New Release — Oro de Tontos

Willamette Writers Member Tom Larsen’s Short story Oro de Tontos (Translation: “Fool’s Gold”), featuring Ecuadorian P.I. Wilson Salinas, appears in the November / December issue of “Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine.” Tom is the 2020 Winner of the Black Orchid Novella Award, presented by the Nero Wolfe Society.

Member News: New Release — Running Out of Words for Afterwards

A new book of poems, Running Out of Words for Afterwards, by poet and translator David Hargreaves, released on October 15. Hargreaves was born in Detroit and has lived in Oregon since 1979. His translated collection The Blossoms of Sixty-Four Sunsets by Nepal Bhasa (Newāh) poet Durga Lal Shrestha was published in 2014 in Kathmandu,…

Member News: New Release — Lady of the Play

Lady of the Play, a new historical novel by Deena Lindstedt, was published by Wings ePress and became available on October 5, 2021. Lady of the Play is the untold story of the other Shakespeare, Elizabeth Trentham. Her secret life is revealed from her childhood in Staffordshire, England, to the ten years she was maid…

Member News: Author Event — Buried Truths

Author Elsa Wolf is pleased to announce that several book clubs have read her paperback novel, Buried Truths: A Daughter’s Tale, and asked her to appear as a guest speaker. She hopes to be invited to more events. This tale is about the deception surrounding Heidi’s adoption in 1958, and the evolution of her life.…

Member News: New Release — Small Business Experience Marketing

The timing is perfect for small business owners to take advantage of the practical ideas and low-cost ways to grow and thrive with the new book, Small Business Experience Marketing. Written by community event consultant Bridget Bayer, this innovative manual of best practices shows how to create memorable experiences by tickling all the senses and…

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…