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Through the Wardrobe: A Journey Into Story with Ray Ballantyne at Willamette Writers Salem

March 16, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Ray Ballantyne will talk about his journey to become a children’s author.

About Our Speaker – Ray BallantyneRay

Ray Ballantyne lives in Salem, Oregon, which is about an hour from the Oregon Coast, about an hour from the mountains, and about an hour from the city of Portland, depending on which direction you go.  Best of all, he is about an hour from his beloved grandchildren.

Ray was born in Portland, Oregon.  He spent his childhood there, in Yakima and Seattle, Washington, and in Eugene, Oregon.

Ray has been an elementary teacher, where he taught mostly in first grade and second grade, although he landed in every grade at one time or another.  He has taught near Portland, in Monmouth, Oregon and in Salem.  His favorite part of teaching was reading to his classes and telling them stories, for early on he developed a lifelong love of children’s literature.  He has taught many workshops for teachers over the years, including classes about picture books, storytelling and teaching writing to children.

He began writing seriously while still teaching, and is now able to divide his time between his two other loves: writing and storytelling.

Along with writing, he performs regularly as a professional storyteller.  He always told stories to his classes, so it was a natural step to doing it professionally.  He has offered his tales in venues throughout the Pacific Northwest, including schools, libraries, churches and camps.  He has been a featured storyteller at Stories by the Sea Storytelling Festival at the Oregon Coast and the Tcha Tee Man Wi Storytelling Festival in the Albany/Corvallis area of Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

He has also conducted a number of Artist-in-Residence programs, where he has combined folk tales, storytelling and creative writing.

His first middle-grade novel, The Last Child of Hamlin, was published by Spencer Hill Press in 2014.

Visit Ray Ballantyne’s website/tumblr to learn about him. You may also like this piece about him from Statesman Journal: “Perseverance pays off for retired Salem teacher.”

About the Salem Chapter

The Salem Chapter is part of Willamette Writers, Oregon’s largest writers group. We meet on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Salem Public Library (Central Library, Anderson Room B).

Meeting Format

6:30-7 pm:         social time, including news and member announcements*
7-8:30 pm:         speaker’s presentation followed by Q&A and book sales/signing

* We have snacks, but if you want coffee or water, please bring it with you.


  • Free for members of Willamette Writers (all chapters).
  • Free for full-time students under 22 years old.
  • Guests of Willamette Writers members pay $5.
  • Non-members pay $10 to attend meetings.

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  • Join our meetings and workshops if you’re a writing enthusiasts from the Salem area, if you happen to be in the area, or if you are interested in a specific topic/speaker.
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  • Find a local critique group or announce your group.
  • Contact us privately if you have a specific inquiry or an announcement to share with the chapter.

All writers welcome. Join us!


March 16, 2016
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Salem Public Library
585 Liberty St SE
Salem, OR 97301 United States
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