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

There are no upcoming events at this time.

About the Meetings

The Portland and Southern Oregon Young Willamette Writers meetings will be combined and held via Zoom through the end of 2020. Except for September, they will be on the first Saturday of each month from 10:00-11:30 am. 

The great news is that we now have a way for visitors to join our virtual writers’ meetings. Any student age 13-18 may join us by having a parent request the Zoom link via email. Send a message to yww@willamettewriters.org and let us know the name to be watching for in our “waiting room.”

We’ll let you in if we have your name on our list. There’s no cost, and no registration aside from letting us know to expect you.

The Deets:

  • First Saturday of each month, 10:00-11:30 am (starting in October)
  • For students age 13-18

How to attend:

  • Have a parent request the Zoom link and let us know the student's name via email: yww@willamettewriters.org
  • If your name is on the list, we'll let you in!

See you there!

Upcoming events:

Young Willamette Writers: Hello, World: Techniques and tricks for creating a realistic, complex, captivating science fiction world that can be used in any story!

February 6 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Portland, OR United States

In this workshop, we'll look at the broad categories of science fiction and fantasy worlds and stories, then talk about how to put a new spin on old favorites, as well as how to make the worldbuilding in your story resonate with readers and propel your plot and character arcs. About the Speaker: Emily Suvada is the award-winning author of the Mortal Coil trilogy, a science fiction thriller series for young adults. The first book, This Mortal Coil, won the Oregon Spirit Book Award, and was shortlisted for an Aurealis Award, the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, and the Readings Young Adult Book Prize. Emily's work investigates themes of technological progress, bioethics, and what it means to be human in a world where DNA itself can be rewritten. Emily was born in Australia, where she spent her childhood reading, writing, and watching Star Trek. In college, she studied math and astrophysics, and went on to a career in finance before finding her way back to her first love—books. Today, Emily lives in Portland, OR, with her family, and still spends most of her free time reading, writing, and watching Star Trek. She also enjoys cooking, coding, and chasing her toddler around local parks and trails. 

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The Chapter Co-Chairs

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.

Joanna Bartlett is the author of multiple books on intuition and mediumship development and an award-winning writer. They co-chair the Eugene Chapter of Willamette Writers, provide grief recovery coaching and education to folks wanting to heal from loss, and teach online classes. Joanna has 2 cats and 3 teenagers and enjoys reading, spinning yarn, knitting, hiking, and doing puzzles.

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

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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