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In-Person Newport: Find Your Place in a Writing Community and Open Mic

June 15 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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Find Your Place in a Writing Community and Open Mic

Writing can be a lonely exercise. Yet one of the best parts of being a writer is heading out into your community and connecting with other writers. How do you introduce yourself? How do you talk about your work? Join Kate Ristau, the Executive Director of Willamette Writers, at the Newport Public Library on June 15th from 2-4 PM to talk about finding your place in a community of writers and participate in an Open Mic session.

Ristau will explore how you can find the community that’s right for you, introduce yourself and your work. In this interactive workshop, we’ll explore the writing world, talk about Willamette Writers programs, then dive into introducing you. Bring your notebook, pen, and a fellow writer. The program is free and open to the public.

This presentation will be followed by an Open Mic. During which, each participating writer will have five minutes to read a work of their choice. Authors will sign up for a slot before the meeting begins.

About Our Presenter

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Kate Ristau is an author, folklorist, and the Executive Director of Willamette Writers. She is the author of three middle grade series, Clockbreakers, Mythwakers, and Wylde Wings, and the young adult series, Shadow Girl. You can read her essays in The New York Times and The Washington Post. Kate is the Producer of the Nebula Awards, the Chair of the Tigard Public Library Board of Directors, and the Vice-President of the Oregon Poetry Association. Meet her online at Kateristau.com, or at a Willamette Writers event near you!

About Your Chapter Meeting

Willamette Writers meetings are free and open to all writers, 18 and up. Guests are welcome to make a donation at https://willamettewriters.org/donations/ to help support the cost of the meetings. For information on how to become a Willamette Writers member, click here: https://willamettewriters.org/register/individual/

This program is co-hosted by the Newport Public Library.


Willamette Writers continue to encourage mask-wearing at our in-person, indoor meetings. If you feel sick, please stay home and join us at one of our online Chapter Meetings.

Young Writers

Young writers are encouraged to join our Young Willamette Writers meetings. Sign Up! Any high school or middle-grade writers are welcome to join us. Sign up for our email list at: http://eepurl.com/hRubBf. A registration link will be sent to our email list before our next meeting.

See you at the mic!


June 15
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Newport Public Library
35 NW Nye St
Newport, OR 97365 United States
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