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Creating Characters

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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.” But how do we do that? That’s the challenge, isn’t it? We loved our classes…

Member News: Happy Hour for Screenwriters

ISA THIRD THURSDAYS PDX kicks off its “fall season” with a bang on September 19thwith guest speaker JONATHAN RAYMOND — author and Emmy-nominated TV/screenwriter (Mildred Pierce, Meek’s Cutoff, Night Moves, First Cow). A truly rare opportunity to hang out with a very special writer and screenwriter — who collaborates often with the fabulous director, Kelly Reichardt. WHEN:…

My Publishing Journey: Thomas J. Sims

Willamette Writers member Thomas J. Sims explained that when he thinks about his publishing journey, it’s impossible to not think of clichés. “It’s been a phenomenal experience,” Sims said. Sims’ book, “On Call in the Arctic,” is based on his experiences working as a doctor in a remote part of Alaska. He knew he needed…

Find Your Industry Professional

2019 Willamette Writers Conference Pitch Professionals We are proud to announce the industry professionals accepting pitches this year at our 50th annual Willamette Writers Conference. You will find a list of all our current industry professionals here. We are welcoming a fantastic group of agents, editors, manager, and producers, and the list will continue to…

Write Here Write Now Authors Maren Bradley Anderson is a writer, teacher, and alpaca rancher in Oregon.  She teaches English at Western Oregon University. She fills her days caring for alpacas, playing with her kids, and reading books that make her laugh. She has written two plays for the Apple Box Children’s Theater, and her…

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…

Member News: Mary Andonian & David Poulshock launch ISA Third Thursdays

Mary Andonian & David Poulshock launch ISA Third Thursdays Members Mary and David are launching the local chapter of the International Screenwriters Association(ISA). It’s a monthly mixer for screenwriters on Third Thursdays, where you can mingle with fellow screenwriters, meet film and television industry professionals, and win door prizes — including a free Willamette Writer’s…

Experiences at The Willamette Writers Conference

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“A writers conference can be an empowering and uplifting experience,” according to Scott Myers, a producer, writer, and assistant director. Myers presented at the Willamette Writers Conference this year, and said it was a “special experience.” He explains on his website about his conference experience that he met so many writers and old friends, and his classes were packed. His…