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

Online: Crafting the Wildlife Essay with Rick Lamplugh

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May 23 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Willamette Writers on the River in Corvallis and our Southern Oregon Chapter Presents Rick Lamplugh - Crafting the Wildlife Essay

Rick Lamplugh writes, speaks, and photographs to protect wildlife and preserve wild lands. In this Zoom presentation on Monday, May 23 at 6:30 PM, he will use words, photos, and music to describe his path to writing essays to protect wildlife. He will discuss different formats including the traditional essay, essays inspired by single photos, and essays with paragraphs serving as captions for several photos. He will share the tools he uses to make the reader feel they are standing beside him, using all the senses, and sharing emotional truth, thoughts, and feelings.

Zoom Link

Click on the link to register in advance: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZArde2urjooE9xpV_wJuLxoEZh4XI-e3Spq Willamette Writers on the River serves writers in Corvallis, Albany, and Linn-Benton County. Our Eugene Chapter serves Southern Oregon. We welcome members from other chapters and all writers aged 18 and older (unless otherwise stated). 

About your chapter

Willamette Writers meetings are open to all writers, 18 and up. Young writers are encouraged to join our Young Willamette Writers meetings. Guests are welcome to make a donation to help support the cost of the meeting (we believe in paying our speakers for their time and skills). This meeting is run by volunteers. We look forward to seeing you there!  MASKING: Willamette Writers continues to require mask-wearing at our in-person, indoor meetings. If you are unable to mask, we invite you to join us at one of our online Chapter Meetings. Here is a link to our policies.

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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

All meetings are currently held online.

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. Guests are asked to consider donating $5.

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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Connect with the Chapter

  • Join our meetings and workshops if you’re a writing enthusiasts from the Corvallis area, if you happen to be in the area, or if you are interested in a specific topic/speaker.
  • Follow Willamette Writers on Twitter, and on Facebook where you can subscribe to our events.
  • Join us on MeetUp to receive meeting updates
  • Join our chapter’s mailing list to receive updates by email.
  • Contact us if you have a specific inquiry or something you’d like to share with the chapter co-chairs.

All writers welcome. Join us!

Volunteer with the Chapter

Are you a local writer and want to be more involved with the Corvallis Chapter? Volunteer!

How would you like to be involved? Get in touch and let us know how you’d like help.

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)