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.

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Upcoming Meeting

Newport: How to Write a Mystery with Ron Lovell

November 17 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

How to Write a Mystery

Gleneden Beach author Ron Lovell, author of the Thomas Martindale and Lorenzo Madrid mystery series, will take time off from “who done it” to show “how he does it” at the Nov. 17 meeting of Willamette Writers coast chapter. The free workshop takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Newport library. Lovell promises to go step-by-step through his mystery-writing process. He’ll discuss the choices he made in writing his books and also talk about book publishing and marketing.

About Ron Lovell

Newport: How to Write a Mystery with Ron LovellRon Lovell was a journalism professor at Oregon State University for 24 years. Before that, he was a magazine writer with Business Week in Denver, Medical World News in New York and the McGraw-Hill News Service in Los Angeles and Houston. He is the author of 14 textbooks on journalism and hundreds of articles. He now writes mystery novels about Thomas Martindale, a college professor who solves crimes on the side. The books take place either on the Oregon Coast or on a campus that strongly resembles OSU. Titles in the series include Murder at Yaquina Head, Dead Whales Tell No Tales, Lights, Camera, Murder, Murder Below Zero, Searching for Murder, Descent Into Madness, Yaquina White, Murder in E-flat Major, Murder in the Steens, and Murder Times Two. Several years ago, he began publishing a new series, the Lorenzo Madrid Mysteries, about a Mexican attorney who specializes in immigration law in Oregon. Titles in that series include Danger in Unlikely Places, A Dangerous Assignment, Danger by the Sea, and Dangerous Decisiones. “I can’t imagine living in the world without the ability to write and to read,” Lovell says. “I can’t remember when or how I learned to read but that, and a compulsion to write, have propelled me through life. The teacher in me wants to help others learn to read. When they do, their lives will be so much richer and more meaningful.”

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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

Meetings are held at the Newport Public Library (McEntee Room).

Newport Public Library

35 NW Nye St.
Newport, OR 97365

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

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

Lori Tobias

A longtime journalist, I have been on the staff of The Oregonian and Rocky Mountain News and have freelanced for numerous magazines and dailies, including as a stringer for the New York Times. My novel "Wander" was published by Red Hen Press in 2016 and won the Nancy Pearl Book Award in 2017, and was a finalist in the International Book Awards contest.

Photo credit: Chan Christiansen

Past Co-Chairs of the Coast Chapter


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