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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

Julie Whipple Book Signing at Powells

Julie Whipple will be reading and signing copies of her new book, Crash Course Join Julie Whipple at Powell’s downtown flagship store on West Burnside on Monday, August 20 at 7:30 (http://www.powells.com/book/-9780692070406#product_details) and award-winning audiobook narrator Heather Henderson for a special performance of excerpts from the book. Long-time Portland residents vividly recall the crash of…

Heidi Connolly hosting workshop: Writing With Your Authentic Voice

This unique workshop focuses on how to speak your truth specifically through the written word. Through one-on-one and group coaching and compelling tools and techniques, applicable not only to the process of writing and editing but to the living of life itself, you will access and explore the raw, authentic voice that is yours alone. REGISTER…

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Portland YWW: Screenplay with Ryan Graves

September 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Old Church, Portland, 1422 SW 11th
Portland, OR 97201
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Turning Your Story Into a Screenplay with Ryan Graves The Young Willamette Writers have many stories floating in their imaginations. What if they wanted to write them as screenplays? At our September meeting, they’ll learn just how to do that. We’ve invited screenwriter/director Ryan Graves to lay out the basics of turning those stories into…

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Fall Screenwriting Class with Cynthia Whitcomb

September 22
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An event every week that begins at 12:00am on Saturday, repeating until October 27, 2018

Screenwriting Class with Cynthia Whitcomb 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…

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Fall Screenwriting Class with Cynthia Whitcomb

September 29
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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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Fall Screenwriting Class with Cynthia Whitcomb

October 6
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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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Fall Screenwriting Class with Cynthia Whitcomb

October 13
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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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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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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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