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

Corvallis Online: Crafting the Stand-Alone Book Excerpt

January 25 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Crafting the Stand-Alone Book Excerpt: the What, Why, When, and How

Willamette Writers on the River-Corvallis and the Coast Chapter will host C. Lill Ahrens' presentation about stand-alones on Zoom at 6:30 PM on Monday, January 25, 2021. A “stand-alone” is an excerpt edited to stand alone as a fiction or memoir short story. Years before finishing your book, you can submit stand-alones to contests and publications. An award-winning and/or published stand-alone attracts publishers to your whole book. A published stand-alone solves the conundrum, “You can't get published without an agent, but you can't get an agent unless you're published.” Crafting a stand-alone supports your book-writing process. It gives you a break from your book without leaving your book’s world. It adds depth to your entire story. While you spend years completing your novel or memoir, your award-winning and/or published stand-alones are providing rejuvenating jolts of validation. Lill’s info-rich presentation includes step-by-step instructions for crafting stand-alones as well as an activity. Bring your book in progress. How to join the meeting: Click the registration link below, enter your name and email address, and you will receive the meeting link immediately. You will also be able to add the meeting to your calendar.
Register in advance for the January 25 Corvallis/Coast Chapter meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

About Author

C. Lill Ahrens is the author of 12 award-winning published stand-alones from her memoir in progress (working title), “Startled by Lions in Seoul, Korea: A Humorous Memoir of Serious Culture Shock” She’s an editor for Calyx Journal, a judge for Willamette Writers Kay Snow contest, a creative writing instructor and recently retired editorial consultant with published and award-winning students and clients. Currently she Zooms her guided critique class “The Writers’ Ready Room” for Corvallis Parks and Recreation.

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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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