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Portland: In-person Open Mic and Timberline Review Reading

Join us for an in-person open mic and reading! We are kicking off the holiday season with an open mic and readings from the Timberline Review! Sign-ups will be at the door. Bring your friends, your guitar or journal, and your new work to share. Readings/songs should be under five minutes and good for a…

Online: Writer’s Ball

You’re invited! Walk down the Red Carpet and join us at the online mansion for our Writer's Ball! The ball is online, free, and open to all! Travel through our virtual rooms as we dream of 2023. The night is yours! Enjoy a cup of tea in Wonderland, share your spooky stories beside the Bonfire,…

Salem: Character Psychology, Arcs, Suspense, and Tension with Eric Witchey

Salem, Oregon

Willamette Writers Salem presents Eric Witchey Character Psychology, Arcs, Suspense, and Tension When I asked the Willamette Writers Salem Chapter what topic their membership might like me to present, they responded, “Character development and arcs are important. Suspense and tension are always good.” My first thought was, “Those are all related. Why not show how…

Hillsboro: Open Mic

Hillsboro Brookwood Library 2850 NE Brookwood Pkwy, Hillsboro, OR

Willamette Writers Hillsboro Presents Open Mic Night! Does the audience sigh? Do they gasp? Do they laugh outright? Does the page read smoothly for you? In other words, does your writing bring the audience into your experience successfully? Read for applause and explore the effectiveness of your creation. Or join us to listen and enjoy.…

Hybrid Eugene: First Page Critiques

Willamette Writers Eugene Presents First Page Critiques     The first page of your story is vital. It must capture your reader’s attention–whether that’s a prospective agent, editor, or book buyer. Those first few lines, sentences and paragraphs do some heavy lifting. Not only do they have to be engaging, but they also need to…

Hybrid Eugene: Creating Diverse Characters with Integrity

Eugene Public Library 100 W 10th Ave, Eugene, OR

Creating Diverse Characters with Integrity with Diana Nadeau Character development is key to great writing. And honoring diversity is key to life. So, how do we put the two together and enter into creating characters that represent diverse communities with integrity and without causing harm to those very same community members? We do it with…