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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: Gretchen Van Lente Just Published Hydrophilica

Living in the thin strip that is Malibu, with celebrities on one side of the highway, and the wilderness of The Foothill Mountains on the other side, a young woman suffers cognitive dissonance. She hallucinates in order to pursue a more comfortable, less confusing life—as a rapacious swamp monster devoid of conscience. But as civilization…

Member News: New Release: DEBRIEFING THE DEAD by Kerry Blaisdell

DEBRIEFING THE DEAD by Kerry BlaisdellAvailable May 7, 2018 from The Wild Rose Press (!”Hyacinth Finch has got one foot in the grave, the other kicking ass.” The Dead Series Book 1 The only thing Hyacinth wants is her life back. Literally. She and her sister were murdered by Demons, leaving her young nephew, Geordi,…

Join Willamette Writers Meetings and Workshops Near You

Portland: Demystifying Editing with Editor Abby Ranger + Membership Coffee Hour

May 1 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
TaborSpace, Portland, 5441 SE Belmont St.
Portland, 97215
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On Tuesday, May 1st, the Portland Chapter will host a Coffee Hour to celebrate conference registration opening followed by a talk with editor Abby Ranger. This meeting will be held at Taborspace and doors open at 6 PM! Celebrating Conference Registration Opening with Coffee, the Ultimate Drink for Writers We had so much fun at our wine tasting…

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Lisa Schroeder on Crafting Companion Stories

May 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
TaborSpace, Portland, 5441 SE Belmont St.
Portland, 97215
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We're excited to have middle-grade and young adult author Lisa Schroeder join us for our Young Willamette Writers meeting on May 1. Lisa will talk about the ins and outs of writing companion novels, how they differ from sequels and share tips she's learned over the years in writing companion novels when there were more stories…

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Eugene: Mid-Valley Chapter Meeting

May 3 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tsunami Books, Eugene, 2585 Willamette St.
Eugene, OR 97405
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On Thursday, May 3rd at 6:30 p.m., join the Mid-Valley chapter in Eugene for book-selling tips with Kristen James. Tricks, Tips and Mess ups Author Kristen James will present advice from her experience on “book packaging”, marketing, and building a reader base. She will focus on how to sell ebooks and connect with fans online,…

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Salem: Chapter Meeting

May 16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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One event on November 15, 2017 at 6:30pm

One event on January 17, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on February 21, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on March 21, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on April 18, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on May 16, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on June 20, 2018 at 6:30pm

Salem Public Library, 585 Liberty St SE
Salem, OR 97301 United States
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Please Join Our Salem Chapter Meeting Salem Willamette Writers meets the third Wednesday of the month (except July, August, and December) from 6:30-8:30PM. We meet at the Salem Public Library (Anderson Room A), 585 Liberty St SE. Salem, OR. Willamette Writers members and guests are invited to join us. We work with writers in all…

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Corvallis: First Fifteen Pages Workshop

May 19 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Comfort Suites, Corvallis, 1730 NW 9th Street
Corvallis, OR 97068 United States
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Tex Thomson Workshop

Your first fifteen pages need to thrust the reader right into the action of the story, of course. Oh, and also inspire an emotional connection to the character. While simultaneously providing description to ground us in time and place (but not too much) – without forgetting to plant some tantalizing questions to keep us turning…

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Corvallis: Willamette Writers on the River Chapter Meeting

May 28 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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One event on November 27, 2017 at 6:30pm

One event on January 22, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on February 26, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on February 26, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on March 26, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on April 23, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on May 28, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on June 25, 2018 at 6:30pm

Corvallis First Presbyterian Church, Dennis Hall, 114 SW 8th St.
Corvallis, OR 97333 United States
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Details coming soon. Mark your calendar!

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