Willamette Writers in Eugene

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

The Eugene Willamette Writers offers monthly meetings and occasional workshops. At the present time, meetings are being held online.

Meetings are normally held at Tsunami Books on the first Thursday of the month (unless it conflicts with a holiday, usually Sept. and/or Jan.) from September-May. 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.

Become a Willamette Writers Member today to enjoy membership benefits (like free meetings) and to support our community of writers.

Upcoming Meeting

Hybrid Eugene: Critique Groups with J.C. Geiger

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October 11 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wordcrafters 438 Charnelton, Suite 101 Eugene
438 Charnelton, Suite 101
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Willamette Writers Eugene Presents

Critique Groups, Reimagined with J.C. Geiger

Online and In-person

A critique group can be the emotional and professional cornerstone of a writer's life. But how do you get it right? Does academia have it figured out – or is there a secret key to unlock the magic tonic that makes the collective's work leap to the next level and turns the room into a perfect jam session? J.C. Geiger will draw from experience with the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop and others to share specific techniques that build community, and the spirit-crushing pitfalls to avoid. You’ll also have opportunities to meet other writers seeking critique groups -- we'll help you get started! Join us for this interactive hybrid meeting (both online and in-person!). Zoom and location details below.

About J.C. Geiger

J.C. Geiger, the author of WILDMAN and THE GREAT BIG ONE (Little, Brown), is a critically-acclaimed writer, producer, performance artist, and GrandSlam Storytelling Champion for The Moth. His novels have been named Best Book of the Year by Amazon and Bank Street, and THE GREAT BIG ONE was a 2021 Oregon Book Award finalist. More on his latest projects at jcgeiger.com.  

In-Person Location

Join us from 6-7:45 pm on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022 at: Wordcrafters in Eugene 438 Charnelton St. Ste 101 Eugene, OR 97401

Zoom Details

You have to be logged into your own personal Zoom account to attend this meeting (to create a FREE account, go to Zoom.us). Once you are logged in to your own personal zoom account, click here to register for this specific meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIkdu-vrDMjHtdLE6gh-PAPuaNvp1551K2p On the day of the meeting, log into your Zoom account and then click the link zoom sent you in your email when you registered with the link above. If you are logged into your personal zoom account, you can also click the link above and register again if you need to. If you have not done this before, we encourage you to try logging in a half hour before the meeting begins. We had to change our meeting access because of a few inappropriate guests, but we want to continue to keep our meetings open to the public.

About your chapter meetings

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 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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The Chapter Co-Chairs

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Jo Bartlett (they/them) is the author of multiple books on intuition and mediumship development and an award-winning writer. They chair the Eugene Chapter of Willamette Writers. Jo is a teacher, writer and author on grief, loss, childhood adversity and learning to trust yourself again. They have 2 fluffy cats and 3 teenagers and enjoy reading, spinning yarn, knitting, hiking, and escaping to their writing shack in the woods.

Connect with the Chapter

  • Join our meetings and workshops if you’re a writing enthusiasts from the Eugene area, if you happen to be in the area, or if you are interested in a specific topic/speaker.
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  • Contact us if you have a specific inquiry or something you'd like to share with the chapter co-chairs.

Volunteer with the Chapter

Are you a local writer and want to be more involved with your Eugene Willamette Writers chapter? Volunteer with us.

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