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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: PDX Writers Winter Workshops

We’ve planned some workshops that will spark excitement and give you fresh eyes as you return to your previous project. Our Elements of Fiction and Critique workshops will give you new insights and inspiration. The Historical Fiction workshop offers prompts, structural support, and facilitator critique. Still stuck on structure? Hammer & Nails is a one-on-one…

Member News: Story of an Unlikely Writer

Philip Kenney’s short essay, “The Story of an Unlikely Writer,” was recently published in the Author Magazine of The Pacific Northwest Writer’s Association. Philip didn’t begin writing until the age of 45. This piece tells the remarkable story of that beginning following a bout with depression and a trial run with Prozac. Read about how…

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Portland: Sense and Sensibility at The Armory

January 22 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Sense and Sensibility

Sense and Sensibility at The Armory Join Willamette Writers for a special Happy Hour and performance of Sense and Sensibility at The Armory on January 22nd. The Armory will provide free beer and wine until 7pm, and tickets to the show are $10 off. Doors open at 6:30PM. At 6:45, join us for a discussion…

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Salem: Write + Publish Fierce in 2019 with Sage Cohen

February 19 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Write + Publish Fierce in 2019 It's on the third Tuesday, instead of the third Wednesday. Want to make 2019 your most productive writing year yet? Want to become more authentic and authoritative in your work? Author Sage Cohen can help you make the most of your writing life with her top success strategies for…

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