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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…


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 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: Cai Emmons’s WEATHER WOMAN (novel) out now

Cai Emmons’s new novel WEATHER WOMAN is now out. A realistic story with a touch of fantasy, it narrates the story of a meteorologist who discovers she has the power to change the weather. Once she accepts she has this power, she must decide what to do with it. The book poses questions about science…

Member News: Call for Local Authors & Illustrators

If you are a local author or illustrator interested in securing a table for an Icelandic-themed book fair, check out PDX Jolabokaflod! Applications accepted until November 15, 2018. After an expansion of venue, we’ve got a bit more room for a few more vendors! Please visit page and send your name, book details, contact info,…

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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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Southern Oregon: Anna Elkins

November 3 @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm

The Poetry of Process Join Anna Elkins, who lives to be found by poetry in her everyday life. We will be taking a look at how poetry has the potential to touch different genres through the eyes of a travel loving poet. A life of poetry is as much about how we create as what…

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Online Workshop: FiLMLaBtv with Alyssa Roehrenbeck

November 3 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Online, Portland, OR United States + Google Map
FILMLABtv Episodic web series

Online Workshop: Writing a Script that Producers Want Want to know what Producers are thinking about your script as they read it? Join Willamette Writers and FiLMLaBtv for a workshop with producer Alyssa Roehrenbeck on November 3rd. This workshop delves into the mind of a Producer or Production Company and will help writers gain a…

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