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Member News: Bill Kroger releases 13 Months In Vietnam

Bill Kroger

Bill Kroger releases 13 MONTHS IN VIETNAM Willamette Writers member Bill Kroger announces the publication of his second novel: 13 Months in Vietnam. It’s about four young men who go to Vietnam in 1963, early in the war before the major shooting began, which sets 13 Months in Vietnam apart from other books that are…

Member News: Chuck Cooper releases Safety Harbor: Keepers of the Light

Chuck Cooper releases Safety Harbor: Keepers of the Light Chuck Cooper announces the release of his new book, Safety Harbor: Keepers of the Light.  Joe is Safety Harbor’s most beloved citizen. Through his gift of simple hospitality for all, and the quiet sharing of his wisdom with those who frequent his diner, he has influenced…

C. Lill Ahrens’ Tighty Writey Game

C. Lill Ahrens Tightens Writing

by C. Lill Ahrens The old saying, “Can’t see the forest for the trees” can be a metaphor for wordy writing. Too many extra words obscure the view of your story. In contrast to “cutting,” (the deletion of an entire subplot, minor character, etc.), “tightening” is a delicate and complex process. Its goal is to…

Member News: Michael R. Lane Books Available

Michael R. Lane

Mortal Thoughts and Sandbox by Michael R. Lane As a teenager, Michael R. Lane only wrote when necessary. He had nothing against writing: he was – and is – an avid reader. He simply saw no need to write outside of satisfying his academic requirements. That was before he spent time with poetry. Poetry became his first creative…

Member News: Stephen John Walker Book Release

Stephen John Walker, an award-winning author and former Green Beret,announces the release of his newest book, Hotel San Blas: A Caribbean Quest. About the Book This is a story about a primitive three-room hotel resting atop a coral island on the north coast of Panama—no electricity, no running water, no telephone, and guests must bring their own…

Member News: Linda Atwell Book Release on September 26, 2017

Linda Atwell

Annie Bloom’s welcomes Oregon author Linda Atwell to read from her memoir, Loving Lindsey, on September 26, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. About the Book Linda Atwell and her strong-willed daughter, Lindsey–a high-functioning young adult with intellectual disabilities–have always had a complicated relationship. But when Lindsey graduates from Silverton High School at nineteen and gets a…

Chapter Meetings – September 2017

Our chapter meetings will help you keep your writing goals — and maybe create new ones! If you’ve never been to a meeting, click the links below for full details. Here is what’s coming around the state in September. Portland: Landscape of Our Lives with Jenny Forrester Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017, 6:30-8:10 p.m. at the…

Member News: Johnny Scotch Book Release Celebration August 17

Books, comics, music, and more! Come celebrate the launch of “Danger in Bass Clef”, John Dover‘s debut novella in the Johnny Scotch world of Bridge City. Join John at the Starday Tavern, 6517 SE Foster Rd, Portland from 5 PM-8 PM, Aug 17th. “Johnny Scotch never thought that when he met Cass months back, she…

The Results are IN: Announcing Willamette Writers Kay Snow Writing Contest Results

We are pleased to announce the results of Willamette Writers Kay Snow annual writing contest The Paulann Petersen Award for Poetry Judge: Paulann Petersen First Place: “Starlings” by Danelle Lejeune of Hinesville, Georgia Second Place: “End Times: One Life” by Anne Richardson of Lake Oswego, Oregon Third Place: “Seven Mourning Doves” by Gwendolyn Morgan of Vancouver,…

Writing Through the Tough Times by Julie Fast

All writers come to a point where it feels impossible to write another word. This happened to me with one month left before I had to turn in the manuscript for my first book. I felt overwhelmed with the idea of making the book perfect. All of it had to flow. It had to be…