Coast Chapter – Willamette Writers in Newport

Willamette Writers Chapters are local writing communities where writers improve their craft and acquire the career skills required in today's publishing world.

The Coast Chapter offers monthly meetings and occasional workshops. Meetings are normally held on the third Sunday of each month from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Newport Public Library (McEntee Room). No meetings in December, July, or August. In August we head to Portland for the Willamette Writers Conference.

Monthly meetings are open to all writers 18 and older. Members attend for free.  Read on to learn about our chapter, and join our mailing list to keep in touch.

Become a Willamette Writers Member today to enjoy membership benefits (like free meetings) and to support our community of writers.

Upcoming Meeting

Coast Chapter Meeting

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June 26 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 2:00 pm on day Fourth of the month, repeating until June 26, 2022

About your chapter

Willamette Writers meetings are open to all writers, 18 and up. Young writers are encouraged to join our Young Willamette Writers meetings. Guests are welcome to make a donation to help support the cost of the meeting. We look forward to seeing you there!

About the Meetings

Meeting Time

The Coast Chapter meets on the fourth Sunday of each month from September through June, with no meetings in July, August and December. In August we head to Portland for the Willamette Writers Conference.

Meeting Location

All meetings are currently held online. Thank you for your support!

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About the Meetings

The Coast Chapter holds monthly meetings for writers near Newport. We always look forward to meeting and seeing members from other chapters.

Unless otherwise stated...

Meeting Time

The Coast Chapter meets on the third Sunday of each month from September through June, with no meetings in July, August and December.

In August we head to Portland for the Willamette Writers Conference.

Meeting Location

All meetings are currently held online.

The Meetings are Free Thanks To Our Sponsors

The meeting is free thanks to the generosity of the Newport Public Library and local businesses such as Hallmark ResortAnchor Pier LodgeElizabeth Street Inn, and Sylvia Beach Hotel, and the generous time and space provided by our media partners.

Thank you for your support!

Would you like to be a speaker?

We are always looking for new speakers from around the region and around the country. Do you have a topic of interest to present to writers in our region?

Please contact us for scheduling and details. 

The Chapter Co-Chairs

The Coast Chapter is run by two co-chairs who together create a program to fit the needs and interests of the Willamette Writers members from the Newport area.

Sue Fagalde-Lick - Coast Co-Chair

Sue Fagalde Lick returned to creative writing after a long detour in the newspaper business and a better-late-than-never MFA at Antioch University Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in Full Grown People, Voicecatcher, Cloudbank, New Letters, Tenemos, The American Journal of Poetry, Diode Poetry Journal, and other publications. Her books include Stories Grandma Never Told, Childless by Marriage and Shoes Full of Sand. Sue and her dog Annie live in South Beach on the Oregon coast. When not writing, she lives an alternative life as a church musician.

Photo credit: Nancy Lynne

Catherine Rickbone - Coast Co-Chair

Based in Newport, Oregon, Catherine Rickbone is the author of two poetry books, “What She Knows” and “Labyrinth Dance.”

Her poetry has appeared in The Echo, Quivira Literary Magazine, and other publications; she appears in the Oregon Poetic Voices archive hosted by Lewis & Clark College.

She retired in 2020 from a 50-plus year career in arts administration, education, marketing, and business, most recently serving as executive director of the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts for 13 years.

Rickbone works in new forms of the personal essay, and on continuing arts advocacy projects.

Connect with the Chapter

  • Join our meetings and workshops if you’re a writing enthusiasts from the Coast, if you happen to be in the area, or if you are interested in a specific topic/speaker.
  • Follow Willamette Writers on Twitter, and on Facebook where you can subscribe to our events.
  • Join us on MeetUp to receive meeting updates
  • Join our chapter's mailing list to receive updates by email.
  • Contact us if you have a specific inquiry or something you'd like to share with the chapter co-chairs.

All writers welcome. Join us!

Volunteer with the Chapter

Are you a local writer and want to be more involved with the Coast Chapter? Volunteer! Get in touch and let us know how you’d like help.

Click here for other volunteer opportunities at Willamette Writers.