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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: Mary Andonian & David Poulshock launch ISA 3rd Thursdays

Mary Andonian & David Poulshock launch ISA 3rd Thursdays Members Mary and David are launching the local chapter of the International Screenwriters Association(ISA). It’s a monthly mixer for screenwriters on 3rd Thursdays, where you can mingle with fellow screenwriters, meet film and television industry professionals, and win door prizes — including a free Willamette Writer’s…

Join Willamette Writers Meetings and Workshops Near You

Salem: Kelly Garrett

October 16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The Dread Synopsis: How To Use The Synopsis as a Writing Tool and Other Random Tips Few people enjoy writing a synopsis. But if you make it part of your editing process, you can give yourself a leg up when it comes time to submit to agents and publishers. In this talk, we'll discuss strategies…

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Third Thursdays with International Screenwriters Association

October 18 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Northwest Film Center, 934 SW Salmon St
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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Willamette Writers is proud to be a co-sponsor of this event for screenwriters. A not-to-miss event! ISA 3rd Thursdays, starting October 18th. A monthly mixer for screenwriters and writers who want their stories made into movies!  You can mingle with fellow screenwriters, meet film and television industry professionals, and win door prizes — including a free Willamette Writer’s annual…

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Fall Screenwriting Class with Cynthia Whitcomb

October 20
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An event every week that begins at 12:00am on Saturday, repeating until October 27, 2018

Go from idea to completed script! Join Cynthia Whitcomb for a small, intensive screenwriting class. Over the course of six Saturdays, you will learn how to choose an idea, break into the business, polish your craft, and so much more! The screenwriting class includes a read with detailed notes. Come prepared to work hard and…

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Newport: Deborah Reed

October 21 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Opening Up Editors and agents often say that the opening pages of a novel are the most important. If the writing doesn't grab the reader in this short amount of time, the manuscript will most likely be rejected. But knowing how and where to begin a novel can be daunting, and honing the pages to…

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Corvallis: Harry Demarest

October 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Creating the 50 word story Fifty-word stories (exactly 50 words) seem difficult, but are actually easy to write. By writing them you rapidly learn the skills of conciseness, shortening, and word choice, skills that will help all your writing. In this class you will write a 50 word story and submit it to fiftywordstories.com. Stories…

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Fall Screenwriting Class with Cynthia Whitcomb

October 27
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An event every week that begins at 12:00am on Saturday, repeating until October 27, 2018

Go from idea to completed script! Join Cynthia Whitcomb for a small, intensive screenwriting class. Over the course of six Saturdays, you will learn how to choose an idea, break into the business, polish your craft, and so much more! The screenwriting class includes a read with detailed notes. Come prepared to work hard and…

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Eugene: Maren Bradley Anderson

November 1 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Nanowrimo: What is National Novel Writing Month and How to Get Involved? It's November. That means it's National Novel Writing Month. Perhaps you've heard of it and have wondered how to get involved. Or perhaps you've never heard about it and want to learn more. Our presenter will give us the ins and outs of…

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