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

Between Art and Commodity: Writing Upmarket and Literary Fiction

May 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
online

Libbie Hawker, who also writes under the pen names Olivia Hawker and Libbie Grant, is a bestselling author of upmarket historical and literary fiction. Her presentation will include a discussion of what “literary” means, how to find a profitable niche as a stylistic writer, and why you shouldn’t be afraid to “write pretty” no matter what your genre or your publishing goals. She’ll also share some of her experiences as a working author in upmarket and literary spaces, and her impressions of the current market for more prose-focused writers.

Click the registration link below, enter your name and email address, and you will receive the meeting link immediately. You will also be able to add the meeting to your calendar. Register in advance for the May 10 Eugene/Southern Oregon Chapter meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0qcu2qrT8jHtNYQFuR0uwWlvcw0ceJMCc_
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Willamette Writers chapter meetings are free for members to attend, and we ask for a $5 donation from guests: https://willamettewriters.org/donations/. For information on how to become a Willamette Writers member, click here: https://willamettewriters.org/register/individual/

About Author

Libbie Hawker writes historical and literary fiction featuring complex characters and rich details of time and place. She is also the author of the runaway bestseller "how-to" guide for writers, Take Off Your Pants! Outline Your Books for Faster, Better Writing. ​ When she's not writing, Libbie can be found in her garden, at her spinning wheel, or hiking the trails of San Juan Island, where she lives with her husband and three naughty cats. For more check out her website https://www.hawkerbooks.com

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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:

Between Art and Commodity: Writing Upmarket and Literary Fiction

May 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
online

Libbie Hawker, who also writes under the pen names Olivia Hawker and Libbie Grant, is a bestselling author of upmarket historical and literary fiction. Her presentation will include a discussion of what “literary” means, how to find a profitable niche as a stylistic writer, and why you shouldn’t be afraid to “write pretty” no matter what your genre or your publishing goals. She’ll also share some of her experiences as a working author in upmarket and literary spaces, and her impressions of the current market for more prose-focused writers.

Click the registration link below, enter your name and email address, and you will receive the meeting link immediately. You will also be able to add the meeting to your calendar. Register in advance for the May 10 Eugene/Southern Oregon Chapter meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0qcu2qrT8jHtNYQFuR0uwWlvcw0ceJMCc_
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Willamette Writers chapter meetings are free for members to attend, and we ask for a $5 donation from guests: https://willamettewriters.org/donations/. For information on how to become a Willamette Writers member, click here: https://willamettewriters.org/register/individual/

About Author

Libbie Hawker writes historical and literary fiction featuring complex characters and rich details of time and place. She is also the author of the runaway bestseller "how-to" guide for writers, Take Off Your Pants! Outline Your Books for Faster, Better Writing. ​ When she's not writing, Libbie can be found in her garden, at her spinning wheel, or hiking the trails of San Juan Island, where she lives with her husband and three naughty cats. For more check out her website https://www.hawkerbooks.com

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The Chapter Co-Chairs

Valerie Ihsan
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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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