About Us

Community. Craft. Career. For Writers.

Attendees at the Willamette Writers Conference Photo: Gail Pasternack

Writers at all levels come to Willamette Writers to connect with their communities, develop their craft, and advance their careers.

Willamette Writers is the largest writers organization in the Pacific Northwest. Writers of all genres and at all stages of their careers come to our meetings, annual conference, and workshops to connect with their community, develop their craft, and advance their career.

Across the state of Oregon, you will find a tightly knit community of writers who love working together to tell our stories and build our scenes: on paper, on the screen, and in front of the mic.

Need help writing a novel or short story, memoir or screenplay? Sharing expertise? Meeting other writers? Join us today. Be a Willamette Writer.

Our Mission
As a non-profit educational organization, Willamette Writers is committed to helping writers connect with their communities, develop their craft, and expand their careers.

Our Programs

Willamette Writers was founded by Portland writer Kay Snow a half century ago with the goal of bringing published and unpublished writers together for mutual help and support.

Willamette Writers now has chapters offering year-round programming in Portland, Southern Oregon (Central Point), Eugene,  Salem, Corvallis, Vancouver, and the Newport (Oregon Coast). Additional programming includes an annual writers conference, Young Willamette Writers, workshops, Kay Snow writing contest, FiLMLaB, and The Timberline Review. Membership provides a number of benefits.

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Willamette Writers Conference Photography by  Russell J Young

We’re a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. EIN: 93-0758252.

Our Board and Officers

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Our History

Founder Kay Snow, who had active Multiple Sclerosis when she founded the “Willamette Writers Club” in 1965, called upon her love of writing and help from her friends Leila Hasmann and Kate Herzog.

They served as president, membership chair and bookkeeper during the early years as the club became an incorporated non-profit.

By the time the organization grew to holding member meetings at the Imperial Hotel in downtown Portland (on the first Tuesday of every month – the same schedule the Portland meetings follow to this day), Kay Snow was confined to a wheelchair. However, she remained vitally involved until her death in 1976, also helping to establish the popular Willamette Writers Conference. Her friend, co-founder, and active member Kate Herzog died in 2010.

Since those early days with Kay Snow, Willamette Writers has provided meeting places for the exchange of ideas and information, and has initiated programs designed to help writers find their community, develop their craft, and expand their careers.

We look forward to many more years serving the writing community.