Welcome to Your Willamette Writers Community

Willamette Writers supports writers from every genre and at all stages of their careers. Join us at our in-person and online workshops, critiques, and conversations.

We also invite you to a very special night: Quill & Key – our Silent Auction and Evening to Support Willamette Writers. This special event will take place on June 28th from 6-8PM in downtown Portland. Throughout this magical night, you will meet writers, authors and supporters just like you!

Bid on hotel stays and chocolate baskets. Homemade cakes and handmade dragons. Find your new favorite bottle of wine. You can even bid on LIVE works. That’s right: several local authors will be producing pieces that are only available for purchase that evening — created that night through typewriter or pen & ink.

Best of all, your donations support Willamette Writers year round programming, which is free and open to the public! Purchase your ticket here and make your bid to support your community.

2024 Willamette Writers Conference Registration is Open!

Registration is now open for the 55th Annual Willamette Writers Conference, online and in-person at the Crowne Plaza Hotel this July 31 – August 4, 2024. Log-in now to meet the faculty who will be joining us this summer. You’ll find New York Times bestselling authors, award-winning screenwriters, and incredible slam poets that will challenge and transform you. It’s going to be a great weekend. Register now to find your community, develop your craft, and launch your career this August!

Congratulations to The Timberline Review Contributors!

Congratulations to the 2024 Timberline Review Contributors! We are proud to welcome these authors and artists into our writing community. Join them for the launch of the new issue at the Willamette Writers Conference on August 2 in downtown Portland. RSVP and meet the contributors here.

Willamette Writers Authors

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.

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!