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“Conversations and Activities for Writers: Writing Groups & Pitching”

June 15, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

On Wednesday, June 15, at the Salem Public Library, Willamette Writers hosts our Salem Area End of Year Party. Join us for discussion and activities around the topics that interest our members the most:  writers groups and pitching

Conversations and Activities for Writers: Writing Groups & Pitching

This meeting is the last for our 2015-16 program. We will be on hiatus for the summer and are looking forward to seeing many of our members at the conference and then at our September meeting.

800X800_Writing Groups & PitchingWe will not have a speaker for this meeting. Instead, we will discuss and have activities around two topics: writers groups–both critique and support groups–and pitching–in preparation for the Willamette Writers Conference, coming up on August 12-14, 2016 in Portland.

There’s some homework for this meeting but you can join us even if you didn’t do the homework. We will work in small groups and will switch groups 3-5 times during the meeting.

Writing Groups

We will discuss opportunities available in our area and will try a critique exercise in small groups and possibly some writerly matchmaking.

If you have critique tips and/or resources that you want to share please email them to: salem [at] willamettewriters [dot] org. We’ll bring forms for people to add their group information to our website.


Please bring one page out of your work in progress (preferably the first page or something that requires little explaining to orientate the first time reader).



write (type) the logline of your book on a piece of paper/card and bring it to the meeting. To learn about loglines, please read this post.


At the meeting we will take turns reading our loglines to our table and receive a quick critique. The critique should be brief: start with what you liked about the logline (there must be at least one thing) and follow-up with a question something that was unclear to you.

The goal is to get some constructive peer feedback. You don’t have to participate, but then, it should be fun.

Feel free to bring your short bio, your query letter, or a short description of your work instead of the logline or whatever you’d like to get feedback on. Just remember to keep it short (two hours go by really fast!). If you’re not planning to pitch at the conference or even come to the conference, consider this another critique/editing exercise, or work on your query letter, or back of the book blurb, or book description for online use.

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June 15, 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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