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. 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

Eugene: Monthly Chapter Meeting

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May 7 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 6:30 pm on day First of the month, repeating until May 7, 2020

Tsunami Books
Eugene, OR 97405 United States

Join us at Willamette Writers in Eugene

The Eugene Chapter offers monthly meetings and occasional workshops. 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.

About the Meetings

The Eugene Chapter holds monthly meetings for writers in the Willamette Valley, including Eugene writers, Springfield writers, and Lane County writers. We always look forward to meeting and seeing members from other chapters. Unless otherwise stated…

Meeting Time

The Eugene Chapter meets on the first Thursday of each month (unless it conflicts with a holiday, usually Sept. and/or Jan.) from September through June, with no meetings in July, August and December. In August we head to Portland for the Willamette Writers Conference.

Meeting Location

Meetings are held at Tsunami Books, 2585 Willamette St., Eugene, OR 97405 Tsunami Books 2585 Willamette St. Eugene, OR 97405

Meeting Format

  • 6:30-7:00 p.m., Social Time and Refreshments
  • 7:00-7:15 p.m., News, Upcoming Events and Member Announcements
  • 7:15-8:30 p.m., Speaker
  • 8:30 p.m., Drawing for Free Gift
  • 8:30-9:00 p.m., Questions and Book Signing

Meeting Cost

Monthly meetings at all the chapters are free for members of Willamette Writers. Fees for Nonmembers to attend 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!

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About the Meetings

The Eugene Chapter holds monthly meetings for writers in the Willamette Valley, including Eugene writers, Springfield writers, and Lane County writers. We always look forward to meeting and seeing members from other chapters.

Unless otherwise stated…

Meeting Time

The Eugene Chapter meets on the first Thursday of each month (unless it conflicts with a holiday, usually Sept. and/or Jan.) from September through June, with no meetings in July, August and December.

In August we head to Portland for the Willamette Writers Conference.

Meeting Location

Meetings are held at Tsunami Books, 2585 Willamette St., Eugene, OR 97405

Tsunami Books
2585 Willamette St.
Eugene, OR 97405

Meeting Format

  • 6:30-7:00 p.m., Social Time and Refreshments
  • 7:00-7:15 p.m., News, Upcoming Events and Member Announcements
  • 7:15-8:30 p.m., Speaker
  • 8:30 p.m., Drawing for Free Gift
  • 8:30-9:00 p.m., Questions and Book Signing

Meeting Cost

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

Fees for Nonmembers to attend 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!

The Chapter Chair

Valerie Ihsan

Valerie Ihsan, Author Business Strategist is the author of The Scent of Apple Tea and Smell the Blue Sky: young, pregnant, and widowed, winner of a B.R.A.G. Medallion for Top Indie-Published Books. She co-chairs the Eugene Chapter of Willamette Writers, teaches workshops on writing and indie-publishing, and helps authors get clear about their goals so they can find success. She’s an editor and proofreader, loves dogs, and wants to live in Costa Rica and run writing retreats. She lives in Oregon with her husband, teenage son, and four dogs.

Connect with the Chapter

We think writers are awesome!

  • Join our meetings and workshops if you’re a writing enthusiast from the area, if you happen to be in the area, or if you are interested in a specific topic/speaker. All writers 18 and older welcome. Join us!
  • Follow our Facebook Page and subscribe to our events to keep in touch.
  • Join our chapter's mailing list to receive updates by email.
  • Visit our contact page 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 Eugene Willamette Writers? Volunteer!

Here are some ways volunteers help us:

  • Pick up snacks for monthly meetings
  • Prep Member Announcements for publishing on website
  • Organize events, workshops and meetings

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

Click here for other volunteer opportunities at Willamette Writers.

Chapter Blog Posts and Updates

Grand Opening for new Willamette Writers House

Grand Opening and Open House Apr. 23, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Congratulations to Willamette Writers for buying and setting up the new Willamette Writers House! To celebrate, all members are invited to an all-day Open House on Saturday, Apr. 23. (Coincidentally, that’s also Shakespeare’s 447th birthday.) Please bring a dish to share and a housewarming gift for the house, such as books you’ve written, writing books, cleaning supplies, writing décor, etc. Get there Our new writing headquarters is located at 2108 Buck Street, West Linn 97068 (maps and directions). West Linn is just south of Portland, and the house is at the corner of Caulfield, Buck and Highway 43. New Willamette Writers main phone number The Willamette Writers office is also located in the house. You can reach the office on the new phone number, (503) 305-6729. Open soon for writers As of Apr. 24, the Writers House will also be open to room writing and critique groups for WW members. Reserve space at www.willamettewriters.com Learn more about the house at the Willamette Writers Dream House page

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Vote for Otters In Space by Mary E. Lowd for Ursa Major Awards

Mid-Valley Members News from Mary E. Lowd Ursa Major Awards: Vote for Otters In Space as Best Novel by Apr. 17 Mary’s novel, Otters In Space, is a science-fiction adventure story set in a far future when humans have left the Earth and dogs rule. The hero is an oppressed tabby-cat who dreams of a better place, where cats can run their own lives. Her search for such a cat paradise ends up taking her all the way to the mysterious otter space station and beyond. Otters In Space is available both as a paperback from Amazon and as an e-book from most vendors. For more information, check out my website at www.marylowd.com. How to vote The Ursa Major Awards are the highest honor in anthropomorphic literature, a genre centered on talking (or otherwise anthropomorphic) animals. The Ursa Majors are a people’s choice award. Anyone can vote by going to the Ursa Major website, submitting an email address, and then logging in with an emailed “key.” Once logged in, the website requires some minimal identifying information to ensure that no one votes more than once. The website is www.ursamajorawards.org. Mary E. Lowd short story also on the ballot In addition to Otters In Space being up for Best Novel in the Ursa Majors, Mary’s short story “Gerty and the Doesn’t-Smell-Like-a-Melon” is also on the ballot, under Best Short Fiction. You can read that story at Golden Visions Magazine. Voting ends Apr. 17 Voting for the Ursa Major Awards ends April 17. Thank you for your interest and support! Mary E. Lowd Otters In Space: Smashwords | Amazon “Gerty and the Doesn’t-Smell-Like-a-Melon” Vote: Ursa Major Awards website About Member Announcements Member Announcements are submitted by members of the Mid-Valley Willamette Writers chapter and are posted as a service of the chapter. Submit your member announcement

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Announcing… “Member Announcements”

Submit announcements to midvalleyww@gmail.com Are you looking for a critique group or editor? Do you want to get out the word about a writers retreat? Did you land an agent, sign on with a publisher, or release your latest work? Announce it here! Member Announcements is the space for members to post news, make requests from members, and toot their horns. Here’s how to get your news posted: Submissions are open to Willamette Writers members from all chapters Items may be edited Photos may be submitted, as long as they are in .jpg, .gif or .png format, and are smaller than 300KB per image Submit your Member Announcements today Email your announcement to midvalleyww@gmail.com.

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