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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How do you write about the worst thing that ever happened to you when it hurts to think about it? How can you write about it in a way that doesn't also traumatize your readers? Deborah A. Lott, author of Don’t Go Crazy Without Me: A Tragicomic Memoir, will address these questions and more at the Oct. 25 joint meeting of Willamette Writer’s Coast and Writers on the River in Corvallis chapters. Her talk, “Writing about Trauma,” offered online via Zoom, begins at 6:30 p.m. "Traumatic experiences often render us speechless at the same time that they compel us to tell the story,” Lott says. “Language may feel inadequate, memory fragmented, and others may tell us to ‘just move on.’ We also may feel resistance of our own—how can we overcome the fear of re-experiencing trauma that will come with writing about it?” In this workshop, Lott will draw on information from trauma researchers and clinicians, provide multiple examples from published memoirs, and describe her own experience writing Don't Go Crazy Without Me: A Tragicomic Memoir. There will be time for questions and for participants to share their own challenges in writing about traumatic experiences.
About Deborah A. LottLott’s memoirs, essays, and reportage have been published in the Rumpus, Salon, the Alaska Quarterly Review, Bellingham Review, and other publications. Her family’s legacy of hypochondria was featured on NPR’s This American Life. Her first book, In Session: the Bond between Women and their Therapists, offered an unprecedented look at psychotherapy from the perspective of clients interviewed by the author. She teaches creative writing and literature at Antioch University, Los Angeles.
How to JoinTo receive the Zoom link for this workshop, register in advance at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAkfu6pqTsoHNYZKRyKb03puYjZ2cbSsGy-Find out more »
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...
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.
Meetings are held at the Newport Public Library (McEntee Room).
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 Resort, Anchor Pier Lodge, Elizabeth 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.
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.
Past Co-Chairs of the Coast Chapter
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