WWotR Chapter – 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 on the River offers monthly meetings and occasional workshops. Meetings are normally held on the fourth Monday of each month at the First Presbyterian Church (Allison Room) in Corvallis. No meetings in August when we head to Portland for the Willamette Writers Conference.

WWotR serves local writers by providing opportunities to develop skills in the business of publication and in literary craft; promote published writers and provide the public with opportunities to hear works in progress and published material; provide opportunities for local writers to hone their leadership, presentation, and teaching skills; encourage networking and productive critique; and create a welcoming, inclusive writing community.

Four times a year, WWotR hosts open-mic readings. The rest of the meetings are program meetings.

Because we value all of the literary arts, we strive to provide educational opportunities on a broad range of subjects including poetry, literary fiction, genre fiction, nonfiction, screenwriting, playwriting, and the business aspects of all of the above. These meetings are facilitated by writers from the Corvallis area as well as some from further away.

Some past topics have included: dialogue, the submission process, freelance writing, true fiction, playwriting and screenwriting, writing retreats and conferences, creating chapbooks, and finding inspiration. Presenters have included Oregon Book Award winners, Emmy winners, and bestselling local authors as well as writers at earlier stages in their career.

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: Reading in public with Mo Daviau

July 23 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Corvallis First Presbyterian Church, Dennis Hall
114 SW 8th St.
Corvallis, OR 97333 United States

How to Read Prose in Public and Still Make Friends

Let's face it: literary prose can be kind of rough when you take it off the page and onto the stage. Mo Daviau, a veteran improv comedian as well as a fiction writer, offers tips on how choose and read your work for an audience for maximum entertainment. (Bring first two pages of your story to real aloud.)

About Mo Daviau

Mo Daviau is the author of the novel Every Anxious Wave (St. Martin's Press, 2016), which was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award/Ken Kesey Award for fiction in 2017. Her nonfiction has appeared in The Toast, The Offing, and Nailed magazine. Mo lives in Portland, where she is working on her third novel.

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About the Meetings

Willamette Writers on the River holds monthly meetings for writers in the Willamette Valley, including Corvallis writers, Albany writers, and other Linn-Benton writers. We welcome all writers ages 18 and up and especially Willamette Writers members (from any chapter).

Unless otherwise stated...

Meeting Time

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

Meeting Location

Meetings are held at the First Presbyterian Church in Corvallis

The First Presbyterian Church
114 SW 8th St.
Corvallis, OR 97333

Use the parking lot entrance at 9th & Monroe. 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

WWotR holds two types of meetings.

Quarterly Readings/Open-Mic

Four times per year in the months of March, June, September, and December, WWotR hosts public readings with open mic which give writers the opportunity to engage in one of the most important practices of the writing life. The readings are free and open to the public.

Meeting Format:

  • 6:15-6:30 — Sign-ups
  • 6:30-8:30 — News and Announcements followed by readings

Program Meetings

All other meetings are program meetings, where WWotR offers meetings with a speaker/workshop/panel discussion to help writers learn about writing.

Meeting Format:

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

Meeting Cost

Monthly meetings at all the chapters are free for members of Willamette Writers.

Quarterly readings are free and open to the public.

Fees for Nonmembers to attend program meetings (suggested donation):

  • Nonmember guests of Willamette Writers members pay $5.
  • Nonmember full time students with student ID pay $5.
  • All other nonmember adults 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 two co-chairs who together create a program to fit the needs and interests of the Willamette Writers members around  Corvallis.

Maren Bradley Anderson

Maren Bradley Anderson is a writer, teacher, and alpaca rancher in Oregon. She teaches English at Western Oregon University. She fills her days caring for alpacas, playing with her kids, and reading books that make her laugh. She has written two plays for the Apple Box Children’s Theater, and her writing has appeared in The Timberline Review and Alpacas Magazine. Her novels Fuzzy Logic and Closing the Store are available online and through your local bookstore—just ask them to order them for you.

Visit Maren's website, and follow her on Facebook @MarenBradleyAnderson, and on Twitter @marenster.

Rachel Barton

Rachel Barton, poet, writing coach, and editor, has been published in print or online in Cloudbank, Hubbub, Oregon English Journal, VoiceCatcher, Plum Tree Tavern, and more. She has taught poetry workshops independently and at Linn-Benton Community College, the Northwest Poets Concord, Willamette Writers on the River, and the Oregon Poetry Association Conference. She is editor of Willawaw Journal, an online journal for poetry and art, and is a memberof the editorial collective for the woman’s journal, Calyx. She facilitates a couple of longstanding critique groups and is co-chair for Writers on the River, the Corvallis Chapter. Barton just released a chapbook, Out of the Woods. Her chapbook, Happiness Comes, is forthcoming from Dancing Girl Press (Chicago). To learn more, go to RachelBartonWriter.com.


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