Conference Update

Keynote Speaker – Diana Gabaldon

The keynote speaker for the 2014 Gala Awards Banquet is Diana Gabaldon. From her bio and recent press release: DIANA GABALDON is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the wildly popular Outlander novels—Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn, The Fiery Cross, A Breath of Snow and Ashes, An Echo in the…

Lifetime Achievement Award 2014 – Ivan Doig

The winner of the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award is Ivan Doig. Mr. Doig’s knowledge of the history and characters of the American West have brought those times and places to life for readers everywhere. He is a true wordsmith, and his amazing accomplishments in writing are definitely deserving of the Willamette Writers’ Lifetime Achievement Award…

Humanitarian Award – Justin Hocking, IPRC

The Independent Publishing Resource Center is an invaluable tool for Portland and Oregon artists and writers. It not only provides a print shop, a binding machine, and a research station, it also has a zine library that covers over 60 years and has over 6,000 self-published and independently produced materials. The center provides outreach efforts through the Media…

More events to enjoy this year!

For this year’s conference, we’re adding to all the festivities that you’ll get to enjoy! We’ve updated Pitch With the Pros on Thursday night to Pitch For the Prize! Choose your room — Literature or Film —and $5 buys you a two minute pitch in front of a panel of experts who will evaluate and make…