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How To Happily Write A Query Letter

How to Happily write your query

We’re excited that Bill Kenower is a member of the faculty at the upcoming Willamette Writers Conference. Bill is the author of Fearless Writing: How to Create Boldly and Write With Confidence and Write Within Yourself: An Author’s Companion. In a blog he posted this past June, he shares his perspective on how he learned to enjoy writing a query letter: How To Happily Write A Query Letter If you’ve written a book, and you’d like to publish it traditionally, then you will probably want to find an agent. The best way to find an agent is by recommendations from writers who already have representation. Chances are, you don’t know a writer, and so your next best option is to…

HOW TO WIN THE SUBMISSION WAITING GAME

We’re excited that Erick Mertz is a member of the faculty at the upcoming Willamette Writers Conference. Erick is a Portland-based ghostwriter and fiction/memoir manuscript consultant. Over the last five years as a full-time freelancer he has written manuscripts for a variety of clients. In a blog he posted this past December, he shares advice on what to do after you submit your work to an agent: HOW TO WIN THE SUBMISSION WAITING GAME As a memoir and fiction editor, I find most of my clients share a common characteristic: they pour heart and soul into their books. That’s not to mention the commitment of time. Writing a marketable book requires a considerable amount of time. You have probably read…

Experts Weigh In: 10 Crucial Screenwriting Mistakes

Experts Weigh In: 10 Crucial Screenwriting Mistakes Lee Jessup, a member of our screenwriting faculty at the upcoming Willamette Writer’s Conference and the author of Breaking In: Tales from the Screenwriting Trenches and Getting It Write: An Insider’s Guide To A Screenwriting Career shares how to avoid ten screenwriting mistakes. You can find this post and others at LeeJessup.com. Experts Weigh In: 10 Crucial Screenwriting Mistakes If there is one inarguable truth when it comes to building a screenwriting career, it’s this: The first step to becoming a working screenwriting professional is delivering on the page, which makes the stress of getting it just right all the more intense. In order to figure out what you need to do to get it…

The 7 Things Writers Need to Make a Living by Sonia Simone

Written by SONIA SIMONE Reprinted with permission from Copyblogger.  If you’re a writer, you might have heard this most of your life: People don’t make a living writing. You should find something practical to do with your life. Smart, capable writers grimly pass around war stories on Facebook. Penny-a-word assignments, clients who don’t pay, disdain for our craft, and disrespect for our profession. And yet, look around at this digital world so many of us spend our lives in — it’s made of words. The technology to produce digital content exists because we create words worth sharing. Text, video, audio — it all needs great writing if it’s going to be worth spending our time on. If writing is your profession and your passion, you can…

Willamette Writers Member News

Member News: THE FIRST LADY OF MODERN ART

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA. December, 2018 Regal House Publishing is pleased to announce the March 15, 2019 release of La Luministe: Berthe Morisot, Painter of Light, about the artist who survived the siege of Paris—and the love of Édouard Manet—to become the sole female founder of the Impressionist movement. If Frida Kahlo was “a ribbon around…

Member News: Scholarship for Writers to Attend AWP 2019

This year, RACC has scholarships to award to 45 writers based in Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties for the 2019 Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference and Bookfair at the Oregon Convention Center from March 27-30th. AWP is the largest literary conference for writers, teachers, students, editors, and publishers across North America, featuring…

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Salem: Monthly Meeting

December 21 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every month that begins at 6:30pm on day 21 of the month, repeating until June 18, 2019

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Portland: Write and Publish Fierce in 2019 with Sage Cohen

January 8, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1126 SW Park Ave
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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Write and Publish Fierce in 2019 with Sage Cohen

Write + Publish Fierce in 2019 with Sage Cohen This meeting is at our new location: The First Congregational United Church of Christ in downtown Portland (1126 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97205). Want to make 2019 your most productive writing year yet? Want to become more authentic and authoritative in your work? Author Sage…

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Salem: Monthly Meeting

January 21, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every month that begins at 6:30pm on day 21 of the month, repeating until June 18, 2019

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Corvallis: Writing to Sell: Commercial Non-Fiction with Louise Cary Barden

January 28, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Writing to Sell: Commercial Non-Fiction Color your way to success with a hands-on experience of discovering what editors really want! Louise Barden will show you how to determine the kind of article for a given venue, as well as length, organization, and degree of research an article might require. You will also get tips from…

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Portland: Monthly Meeting

February 5, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every month that begins at 6:30pm on day First of the month, repeating until June 4, 2019

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