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What Agents Want – Tips from Meeting with Literary Agent Laura Bradford

At the April 4 Willamette Writers meeting, attendees got to hear from Laura Bradford, founder of Bradford Literary Agency, about what agents look for in writers. Here are some key takeaways from the presentation. Are You Someone Agents Want to Work With? Be nice. If your personality is too demanding, or if you are not receptive to the agent’s changes or suggestions, you likely will not get representation. Be cognizant of your social media presence. Laura admitted to looking at authors’ social media profiles if she likes what they’ve submitted—this gives her a glimpse into the author’s personality, and she can get a good feel for whether this will be someone she wants to represent. What Are Agents Looking For?…

Turn Bad Writing Days into Good Ones

Turn Bad Writing Days into Good Ones

The November 7th meeting of Willamette Writers brought William Kenower, teacher of the Fearless Writing Series, to the Old Church to share his perspectives for building up a strong writing life while keeping the topics that interest and engage us forefront in our minds. One of the things I enjoyed so much about Kenower’s presentation was his offering of insightful reminders about why we do what we do and where we should place our focus. Here they are for you as well: Understand the questions you should be asking: What do I want to say How do I say it Success [i.e. publication] can’t be your goal; you do it because you’re interested. A book is an opportunity to have…

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 convey your story information (visual imagery, backstory, action etc.) with fewer words and greater clarity.  Tight writing is not a style, it’s what successful writers have in common.  Tight writing is strong writing. I invented my Tighty Writey Game to reduce a 2,000 word story to a contest’s 1,500 word limit. The game made the tightening process fun. It also worked: The story won first…

Author Marketing – Notes from WW Portland Meeting with Tex Thompson

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 entirely different geography (think west of I-5 after “the big one,” that’s what’s going on here). From start to finish, writers have to be more aware than ever about what it is they’re writing, who it appeals to, why, and how this work can get to that audience. Teams of marketing agents no longer do all the work to promote your book; more and more…

Willamette Writers Member News

Member News: Jacqueline Lindenfeld’s novel published

Jacqueline Lindenfeld

This contemporary novel by Jacqueline Lindenfeld (a Willamette Writers member) has just been released bythe publisher. It is a work of fiction with historical flashbacks on the French Canadians who were the first permanent settlers in northwestern Oregon in the early 19th century. The author, a French American writer, published a first novel in France.…

Member News: Paul Fattig Published MADSTONE

Paul Fattig Published Madstone

“Madstone,” a true tale about two World War I and conscientious objectors who retreated to the southwest Oregon mountains to avoid the military draft, has just been published by Hellgate Press of Ashland. Written by Paul Fattig, a retired journalist, the book captures the trials and tribulations faced by the two men and brings to…

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Central Point: Word Alchemy with Tex Thomson

Tex Thomson in Central Point on June 2nd image

Word Alchemy at Southern Oregon Willamette Writers In this class, we'll study the art of adapting your writing style to suit any purpose, refining each page and paragraph. This is a fast, fun, fearless exploration of the science behind good word choice, sound sentence construction, and the invisible artistry that authors, advertisers, songwriters, and poets…

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YWW Central Point: Fandom with Debby Dodds

June 2 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Central Point Library, 116 South 3rd Street
Central Point, Oregon
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Debby Dodds

Join Young Willamette Writers in Central Point! Debby Dodds, author of Amish Guys Don’t Call, will join us June 2nd at Central Point Library at 116 South3rd St. in Grants Pass Oregon from 10am -12pm as part of the Young Willamette Writers series. She’ll be teaching a workshop (Let Your Fan Flag Fly: Using your…

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Eugene: Effective Author Marketing Saturday Workshop

Join us for this special event. On Saturday, June 2, from 1-4 p.m., Maggie Lynch will share how to approach author marketing. Pre-register for only $50 at *Registration is limited and will close once filled. Effective Author Marketing Maggie will share how she grew her mailing list from 400 to 12,000 in six months. This…

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YWW Finishes the Year

June 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Old Church, Portland, 1422 SW 11th
Portland, OR 97201
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We're closing out a school year at the Portland Young Willamette Writers, and saying goodbye to a few faces we've grown fond of as students graduate and move on. This will be a meeting of hanging out, enjoying the company of fellow writers, and cheering each other's accomplishments. First off, everyone who chooses to can…

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Eugene: Author Gala

June 7 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tsunami Books, Eugene, 2585 Willamette St.
Eugene, OR 97405
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Author Gala in Eugene on June 7

It's time for the Mid-Valley Chapter Author Gala! Celebrate Members Reading Mid-Valley Chapter members read from their recently published or award-winning works. This event is FREE and open to the public, so come celebrate with a gala!

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Timberline Review at Broadway Books

June 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway
Portland, 97232
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Join Willamette Writers and The Timberline Review fiction editor Stevan Allrad as he welcomes Tim Raphael, Rick Attig, Tim Gillespie, Steve Denniston in a reading from Issue #6. Event begins at 7 p.m. Broadway Books 1714 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232 503-284-1726

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