Willamette Writers on the River in Corvallis

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

Willamette Writers Chapters are local writing communities where writers improve their craft and acquire the career skills required in today’s publishing world. They also provide opportunities for local writers to hone their leadership, presentation, and teaching skills.

Willamette Writers on the River serves writers in Corvallis, Albany, and Linn-Benton County. We welcome members from other chapters and all writers aged 18 and older (unless otherwise stated).

Read on to learn about our chapter, and join our mailing list to keep in touch.

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Upcoming Meeting

Close the Book on 2020

December 9 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Online
Portland, OR United States

Join WWotR-Corvallis and Coast Chapters of Willamette Writers for a party on Zoom at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, December 9. Provide your own drinks & goodies. Bring a simple gift: the title and author of a book you recommend. Post it in Chat to share with the group. Let's Close the Book on 2020 with good cheer and good conversation in the company of fellow writers. This Zoom meeting requires pre-registration to receive the link. 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 December 9 Corvallis/Coast Chapter meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAld-GtpjkoE9wljHIjqTrB6nV0hSSUE3Zc After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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About the Meetings

Willamette Writers on the River offers monthly meetings normally held on the fourth Monday of each month at the First Presbyterian Church (Allison Room) in Corvallis. No meeting in August when we head to Portland for the Willamette Writers Conference. No meeting in December due to proximity of holidays.

In March, June, and September, we use our meetings for open mic readings.

Meeting Time

6:30-8-30 p.m., Fourth Monday of each month

Meeting Location

First Presbyterian Church in Corvallis—114 SW 8th Street

Use the parking lot entrance at 9th & Monroe as other doors are locked. We will be in the Allison Room. Watch for the sign in the hall to point you in the right direction.

Our programs are not endorsed or sponsored by First Presbyterian Church.

Meeting Format

Open-Mic Readings in March, June, and September  give writers the opportunity to test their work on an audience of their peers. The readings are free and open to the public.

Meeting Format:

  • 6:15-6:30 — Sign-up for a 7 minute slot.
  • 6:30-8:30 — News and Announcements followed by Readings

Programmed Meetings in which WWotR presents a speaker/workshop/panel discussion to help writers learn more about writing.

Meeting Format:

  • 6:30-6:45 – Networking & social time
  • 6:45-8:15 – WWotR News and Announcements followed by the Program
  • 8:15-8:30 – Q & A, Networking, and Speaker’s Book Sales

Meeting Cost

Monthly meetings at all the chapters are free for members of Willamette Writers. The three open mic readings are free and open to the public. Fees for Nonmembers to attend programmed meetings (suggested donation):

  • Nonmember guests of members pay $5.
  • Nonmember full-time students with student ID pay $5.
  • All other nonmembers pay $10.

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 Willamette Writers on the River Chapter is run by co-chairs who create a program to fit the needs and interests of the Willamette Writers members around  Corvallis.

Nancy Ballard

Nancy Ballard is a retired emergency manager with a previous life in natural resources management. She now writes poetry and science-fiction cowboy stories after years of environmental assessments and operations manuals. She has written and collaborated on adaptations of several plays for community theater including a wild west Taming of the Shrew, a murder mystery for dinner theater, and an historical drama on the Modoc Indian War. As Nan C. Ballard, she self-published her novel, Carico Trails, in 2014. The sequel, Carico Canyons, is scheduled for release by Not a Pipe Publishing in 2021. Her poetry has been published in Willawaw Journal, the anthology Mount Shasta Reflections, and The Modoc Independent newspaper. She joined Willamette Writers in 2014 after moving from far northern California and was on the support team for Willamette Writers on the River before accepting the Co-Chair position in 2020

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2019 Year-at-a- Glance

January 28th

Louise Cary Barden

Writing to Sell:  Commercial Non-Fiction

February 17th, 2-4

Kim Stafford

Newport Public Library

February 25th

Maren Anderson

Alternate Writing Tools

March 25th

OPEN MIC

April 22nd

Terri Thomas

Reading your work as performance

May 11th

Write Here Write Now with Eric Witchey

Join us at our writing conference

May 18th

Stafford/Sears Memorial Rdg.

Co-sponsored by WWotR and Library

May 27th

Phillip Kenney

The Writer’s Crucible

June 24th

OPEN MIC

July 22nd

Hazel Denhart

The Grammar of Story

August

Willamette Writer’s Conference

September 23rd

OPEN MIC

October 28th

Brenna Crotty (Calyx)

Notes from the Editor

November 25th

John S. Williams

December (no meeting)