Kate Ristau

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…

Storytelling with Val Mallinson

Come see Val Mallinson as a featured storyteller in the 12th Annual Art of the Story Festival. Val will be doing two ½-hour tales: My 15-Minutes of Fame on Thursday, April 7th, 7 pm, at the Tualatin Library Daring Dachshund Adventure Tales on Saturday, April 9th, 11 am, at the Aloha Library Annex. It’ll be a…

Revise with Jill Kelly | Writing Tips and Tricks

Jill Kelly

Willamette Writer member and writing instructor Jill Kelly knows how to revise. An award-winning author and editor and a former professor of grammar and literature, she’s helped hundreds of writers move their work to excellence. This month, she’ll be leading two Willamette Writer workshops in Salem. To get us started on the road to revision, she’s…

LitMag – a – Palooza with David Gillaspie

LitMag - a - Palooza!

We had a fantastic night at the LitMag – a – Palooza last night, and David Gillaspie wrote a fine write-up of the panel discussion over on BoomerPDX. Read on to find out more about what to do when submitting to a LitMag (and what not to!). Three literary journal editors address Willamette Writers in Portland By…

How to Submit to Literary Journals

At Poets and Writers Live in Portland, several literary journal editors offered their perspectives on how to submit to literary journals. Travis Meyer of the journal Poor Claudia got right down to business: “Put your name in the top right corner. Use Georgia, double-line height, healthy margins.” Cheston Knapp of Tin House said “I’m a…

Mid-Valley November Meeting with Miriam Gershow

November 5, 2015 Whether you’re writing flash fiction or a novel, perhaps the most essential craft to fiction writing is knowing how to re-think and re-vision your ideas once the first draft is on the page. Learn strategies for looking freshly at your own work, as well as questions to ask about character, structure, and themes,…