Willamette Writers

Jennifer Brownell Book Launch June 8th, PDX

Monday, June 8 7-8:30 pm, Hillsdale Community Church – UCC (6948 SW Capitol Hwy in Portland). Book launch party for Swim, Ride, Run, Breathe: How I Lost a Triathlon and Caught My Breath by Jennifer Garrison Brownell. More details at http://46thpsalm.blogspot.com.

Pre-Launch Machinations

Ellen Urbani, author and speaker, talks about preparing your book to launch

You wrote a book. It’s been acquired! Now what in the world do you do with yourself?
Every writer has heard the axiom that penning a book is only the first in a long run of hurdles, and if we’re honest with ourselves every last one of us has believed that must be a mendacious proposition. Writing is hard work.

Deb Mohr Reads from Great Day in the Morning, May 31st, Eugene

Deb Mohr’s Great Day in the Morning is now available through Amazon and Kindle. She will read from her novel at Tsunami Books, SUNDAY, MAY 31, 5:00 P.M. Forgotten and perhaps unknown by some is the epic struggle black people and a number of white people living in mid-century Mississippi fought to obtain voting and public transportation rights…

Steven Blair Wheeler at Annie Bloom’s June 4th

Steven Blair Wheeler will read from his latest novel Behind Enemy Lines: A Novel of the Battle of the Bulge at Annie Bloom’s Books on Thursday, June 4th. Meet the author in a venue that every bookstore aspires to in the heart of Multnomah Village. Visit www.kigerpublishing.com for more information.

Conference Registration Open

Willamette Writers Conference 2015

Registration for Willamette Writers conference, August 7 – 9th at the Doubletree Hotel in Portland, is now open. The conference offers a variety of workshops and opportunities to meet with literary agents and Hollywood producers. Our success stories range from Jean Auel’s Clan of the Cave Bear to Fonda Lee. Fonda first pitched her YA…

Courtney Pierce & Leigh Goodison at Jan’s Paperbacks

WW members Courtney Pierce and Leight Goodison will be among many authors at Jan’s Paperbacks in Aloha on May 16th. The ‘Shop Local, Read Local BOGO Sale’ will offer a free used book with every new local author book purchased. Jan’s Paperbacks has a long standing tradition of offering ample shelf space for new and…

Alaina Smith Celebrates New Anthology May 11th at Powell’s Book Store

Alaina Smith is pleased to share that her story, “Finding My Family,” is part of the new anthology Blended: Writers on the Stepfamily Experience. The book, edited by Samantha Waltz, contains essays by many Portland-area writers and Willamette Writers members. You are invited to join Alaina, Samantha, and a dozen of Blended’s contributors at a…

Oregon Book Awards Offers Fellowships to Writers

The Oregon Book Awards & Fellowships program promotes, support and celebrates Oregon’s writers. Guidelines and applications for the 2016 Oregon Literary Fellowships, including the newly established Writers of Color Fellowship, are now online at http://www.literary-arts.org/what-we-do/oba-home/fellowships/ As part of the application for an Oregon Literary Fellowship, writers can also choose to be considered for the Writers of…

Samantha Waltz on OPB’s Think Out Loud

Tune to “Think Out Loud,” Oregon Public Radio Friday May 8th about 12:30 to 12:40 to hear Allison Frost interview Samantha Waltz joined by Gigi Rosenberg and James Bernard Frost discussing Blended: Writers On The Stepfamily Experience.

Ten Words To Keep In Mind For A Writer’s Conference

Agent Chip MacGregor

by Chip MacGregor As you begin preparing for this year’s Willamette Writers Conference, I’d like to suggest you keep ten words in mind… • READ. Don’t just show up and wonder who the speakers are. Read the blog of the keynote speakers. Read the books of the workshop teachers. That way, when you get to…