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YWW Southern: How to Create Characters Your Reader Will Never Forget

February 15, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

It’s that time again! Our second meeting in 2020 will be at the Library in Grants Pass (200 NW C St, Grants Pass, OR 97526) from 10:30 am – noon, and will be held on Saturday, February 15th. We’ll continue meeting there on the third Saturday of the month. Please drop us an email to let us know if you’re planning on attending.

This month, we’ll meet with award-winning author/publisher, Benjamin Gorman, who writes YA and adult SciFi and Fantasy! Ben’s workshop will be How to Create Characters Your Reader Will Never Forget. 

A little about Benjamin Gorman:

Benjamin Gorman is the author of The Sum of Our Gods (2013, Not a Pipe Publishing), Corporate High School (2015, Not a Pipe Publishing), and The Digital Storm: A Science Fiction Reimagining of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest (2017, Not a Pipe Publishing), and Don’t Read This Book (2019, Not a Pipe Publishing). Corporate High School became an Amazon bestseller in 2016, and The Digital Storm was named a “Top Five Book Pick” by the San Diego Union Tribune. Benjamin is a high school English teacher. He lives in Independence, Oregon with his son, Noah. Benjamin believes in human beings and the power of their stories. He places his confidence in his students and the world they will choose to create if given the chance.


Benjamin was born in Michigan, grew up in Illinois, California, and Ohio, and graduated with a BA from Whitworth University in Washington before moving to Oregon to get an MAT at George Fox University. He teaches at Central High School and loves his job. He’s passionate about the classes he teaches, like Creative Writing and Science Fiction Literature, but he enjoys the students even more than the content. He’s a strong advocate for public education and for elevating and honoring the profession of teaching, so he served as the president of his local teachers’ union and now serves on the board of the Oregon Education Association. He’s also been named to the National Writing Project’s Writer’s Council. Meanwhile, he writes every chance he gets. In 2013, he decided to start his own publishing company, Not a Pipe Publishing, and venture into the exciting and growing independent publishing industry.  “I’m luckier than a lot of writers who slog their way through day jobs they hate. I get to work on my craft with the help of my students at a job I love, and as we learn together, I get better. I hope that shows in The Sum of Our GodsCorporate High School, The Digital Storm, and Don’t Read This Book. Like much of the union work I’ve done at the bargaining table, the meaning of a novel is a negotiation between the reader and the writer. I hope I’ve brought my readers a fair offer, something they’ll be pleased to accept.”

A little about Corporate High School:

Harriet has to start at a new corporate high school. Switching schools is always rough, but it’s harder for her because The Corporation got her dad fired and tossed her mother into jail. Now she’s moving across the country to be closer to her mom, and that means going to a new school, the kind of school The Corporation has been using for decades to make sure everyone does as they are told. But there’s something strange going on at Harriet’s new school. If she can just crack the code, she might learn how to fight back!

A little about The Digital Storm:

The Digital Storm is an ingenious science fiction retelling of Shakespeare’s The Tempest set in the near future inside a bank’s intranet. Prosper, the analogue to Shakespeare’s Prospero, is an artificial intelligence program who has been banished to a quarantined area in the bank’s system, and there he’s created an amazing virtual island home for himself, his daughter Memoranda, and the monstrous virus Caliban. Now, with the help of Ariel and the other programs he’s invented on the island, he’s conjured a massive digital attack on the bank’s system to entice the members of the board, the very humans who exiled him, to enter the system so he can seek his revenge and escape to the Internet. But just how far does his revenge plan go?


Our group is open to all teens (age 13-18)! Membership in Young Willamette Writers is $20 per year and includes not only the monthly workshops with published authors, but also:

  • periodic raffle drawings at each workshop for free books from visiting authors (winners will receive a copy of the author’s current book AND a copy for their SCHOOL LIBRARY, too!),
  • discussions and networking with writing industry professionals (like publishers and agents!),
  • and the opportunity to attend the WW conference in Portland in August!


You can register at the workshop or online at http://willamettewriters.org/register/. Feel free to contact me with any questions, by email,  heatherransom@willamettewriters.org, or at 541-621-3519. We hope to see you there!


February 15, 2020
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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