Our 2021 Willamette Writers Online Conference Presenters

Daniel José Older Headshot

Keynote Speakers: Daniel José Older and Heidi W. Durrow 

We are beyond excited to present the Willamette Writers Conference,
once again hosted online, via Zoom
July 29th-August 1st, 2021.
Registration opens May 1!

This year, we’re making it even easier for you to pitch to your selected agents without having to worry about missing out on workshop programming, by offering pitching and critiques July 29th and 30th, and our workshops and panels on July 31st and August 1st.

Our keynotes this year will be NYT best-selling Young Adult and Sci-Fi author, Daniel José Older, and PEN/Bellwether Prize winner for socially engaged fiction and Portland-born author, Heidi W. Durrow.

We thank you for being part of our community, and can’t wait for you to join us this summer! Here’s who we have confirmed so far to join us. We’ll be adding to the list in the coming weeks!

Something for every writer: 

Master Classes

Fonda Lee | Award winning science fiction and fantasy author

Hallie Ephron | NYT bestselling author of domestic suspense

Kate Gray | Poet, writer, and writing coach

Pam Houston | Author, teacher, speaker

J.T. Townley | Fiction, translations, and essay writer

Industry Professionals

Rachel Bell | Overcup Press

Angelina Chen | Literary Manager | Energy Entertainment

Jennifer Chen Tran | Literary Agent | Bradford Literary Agency

Lori Galvin | Literary Agent | Aevitas Creative

Sasha Henriques | Associate Editor | Penguin Random House

Andrea Hurst | Literary Agent | Andrea Hurst Associates

Fiona Kenshole | Literary Agent | Transatlantic Agency

Kat Kerr | Literary Agent | Donald Maass Literary Agency

Iwalani Kim | Associate Agent | Sanford J. Greenburger Associates

Natalie Kimber | Literary Agent | The Rights Factory

Laura Mazer | Literary Agent | Wendy Sherman Associates

Jim McCarthy | Literary Agent | Dystel, Goderich, & Bourret

Brent Paxton | Manager | Kreativ Media Partners

David Pomerico | Executive Editor | HarperCollins 

Paige Terlip | Associate Agent | Andrea Brown Literary Agency

Acclaimed authors and teachers

Susan DeFreitas | Author and editor

Kerrie Flanagan | Author, editor, consultant

Susan Kelly | Amazon best-selling fiction author

Carol Saller | Author and editor- the Chicago Manual of Style

Eric Witchey | Award winning author

Science Fiction, Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult

Ines Johnson | Paranormal Romance author

Amber Keyser | Author, activist, advocate for young adults

Kara Lockharte | Romance author

Cat Rambo | Award winning sci fi and fantasy writer

Addie Woolridge | Romance author


Tehlor Kay Mejia | Author, poet, editor

Mindy Nettifee | Poet and artist educator

Crime, Mystery, Forensics

Jennifer Dornbush | Screenwriter, author, forensic specialist

Short Fiction

Alissa Hattman | Writer and teacher

Film & TV

Grant Rosenberg | Novelist, screenwriter, producer

Nonfiction writers and coaches

Melissa Hart | Award winning nonfiction and middle grade author

Nonprofit writers organizations

Write Around Portland


WilWrite 21 - willamette writers conference 2021

Registration opens May 1

We'll share much more in the next few weeks about the workshops and events you'll enjoy this year, so stay tuned!

It's going to be a fantastic celebration of writers and writing!

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WilWrite 21 - willamette writers conference 2021