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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…

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…

September Chapter Meetings

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…

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,…

Willamette Writers at the NW Book Festival

2017 NW Book Festival Logo

Once again Willamette Writers will have a booth at 9 Bridges’s NW Book Festival happening in downtown Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square on July 29, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The festival is free and open to the Public. We will be in booth #5. Willamette Writers members are invited to join us to sell & sign their books while…

Willamette Writers 2017 Annual Award Winners – Come See Them at the Conference

Please join us in congratulating our Annual Award winners for 2017 and come meet them at the conference! Joining us as our Lifetime Achievement Award winner is Christopher Moore the hilariously provocative author of many fantastic novels including: Lamb, Practical Demonkeeping, Fluke and the upcoming Noir. The Philadelphia Inquirer raved, “Moore’s storytelling style is reminiscent of…

2017 Timberline Prize Awarded to Geronimo Tagatac

2017 Timberline Prize Awarded to Geronimo Tagatac In August 2015, Willamette Writers’s literary journal, The Timberline Review launched its first issue at the Willamette Writers Conference. To acknowledge an exceptional piece of writing from that first issue, the editors created “The Timberline Prize” and awarded it to Michigan writer Robert Vivian, for his dervish essay, Read to You.…

Portland Meeting Recap: Tex Thompson on Author Marketing

The June 6th Willamette Writers meeting was a wonderful time to be in community with one of my very favorite presenters from last year’s conference, Tex Thompson. The presentation focused on how writers can promote and market themselves, a topic that has become more and more important as the entire publishing landscape shifts into an…

Jessica Morrell on Why Characters Do What They Do – Meeting Notes

Jessica Morrell Meeting Notes 2017 04 Willamette Writers PDX

This contributed piece brings notes from Willamette Writers Portland’s April 4th, 2017 Meeting with author and editor Jessica Morrell by member Amy Foster Myer. Enjoy! Having seen Jessica Morell present at the 2016 Willamette Writers Conference, I can tell you she is an amazing presenter who provides an absolute wealth of information in a speck of…

Ellen Urbani’s Tips for a Successful Author Reading

Today, we’re bringing you a post from Ellen Urbani who was our closing keynote at the 2016 Willamette Writers Conference. In 2015, Ellen Urbani toured the South with her novel Landfall (Forest Avenue Press, 2015). The tour brought in overflow crowds and pushed Landfall up on the bestseller lists. Upon her return to Portland, Ellen had another successful book event for Landfall,…