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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…

Why Characters Do What They Do – Notes from WW Portland Meeting with Jessica Morrell

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 time. She is truly a gift to the writing community and an exemplar of what I believe it means to be a good literary citizen. To decide for yourself, just check out her blog. Since Jessica’s presentations are bursting with information, I will present here only the highlights from the meeting. Why Is the Character in Your Story? All characters must have a reason for…

Willamette Writers Member News

Member News: Philip Kenney releases new book

Portland Psychotherapist and Author Philip Kenney announces the release of The Writer’s Crucible: Meditations on: Emotion, Being and Creativity Congratulations to Philip Kenney on the release of his new book. Here is his announcement: Flannery O’Connor once said, “Writing a novel is a terrible experience, during which the hair often falls out and the teeth…

Member News: Leonide Martin reading at Another Read Through

Another Read Through Hosts Leonide Martin   Leonide Martin trained with Mayan elders and did field work to write historical fiction about powerful Mayan women. Visiting the Red Queen’s tomb inspired this remarkable woman’s story. “The Mayan Red Queen” publishes on March 1, 2018. Leonide will be at Another Read Through, 3932 N. Mississippi Ave.…

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Corvallis: WWotR’s Quarterly Reading

March 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Corvallis First Presbyterian Church, Dennis Hall, 114 SW 8th St.
Corvallis, OR 97333 United States
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You wrote it… You sweated over it… Now read it aloud! at Willamette Writers on the River’s Spring Reading Sign up to read your own work to a live audience! Monday, September 25, 2017 6:30–8:30 PM (sign-up starts at 6:15) First Presbyterian Church, Alison Hall Corvallis, OR Use 9th St. Parking Lot Entrance Details Reading…

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Salem: Killer Queries, Book Proposals, & Series Writing

March 28 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Salem Public Library, 585 Liberty St SE
Salem, OR 97301 United States
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Mystery author Kate Dyer-Seeley will discuss how to write a killer query letter and book proposal. She'll also chat about series writing and what the traditional houses are looking for when acquiring new authors. About Our Speaker Kate Dyer-Seeley Kate Dyer-Seeley writes multiple mystery series for Kensington Publishing (the PNW Mysteries and the Rose City Mysteries)…

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Portland: What do Agents Want?

April 3 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every month that begins at 6:30pm on day First of the month, repeating until July 3, 2018

The Old Church, Portland, 1422 SW 11th
Portland, OR 97201
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Have you ever wondered what agents want? This is the talk for you. Join Willamette Writers to hear Laura Bradford, founder of Bradford Literary Agency, discuss what agents look for in writers, and ways you can make yourself a writer agents want to work with. About Laura Bradford Laura Bradford established the Bradford Literary Agency…

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Crafting Mysteries With Cat Winters

April 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

At our next Young Willamette Writers meeting, young adult author Cat Winters will join us to discuss crafting mysteries. Cat Winters is a critically acclaimed, award-winning author of four novels for teens: In the Shadow of Blackbirds, The Cure for Dreaming, The Steep and Thorny Way, and Odd & True. She is also the author…

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Southern Oregon: Chapter Meeting and Workshop

April 7 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
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One event on November 4, 2017 at 9:30am

One event on December 2, 2017 at 9:30am

One event on January 6, 2018 at 9:30am

One event on February 3, 2018 at 9:30am

One event on March 3, 2018 at 9:30am

One event on April 7, 2018 at 9:30am

One event on May 5, 2018 at 9:30am

One event on June 2, 2018 at 9:30am

One event on July 7, 2018 at 9:30am

Central Point City Hall Council Chambers, 140 S. Third Street
Central Point, OR
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Linda Atwell “Writing About Challenging Characters”

Saturday, April 7, 2018 Central Point City Hall Council Chambers, 140 S. Third Street, Central Morning Presentation 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Free to members, $10 for visitors What are “challenging characters”?  Does it make a difference if the author is writing fiction or non-fiction?  What about telling the truth or being politically correct?  Learn…

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