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April 2021

The Dialog of Reactions with Eric M. Witchey

April 19 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Online Portland, OR United States

One of the hardest things writers do is make the execution of all personal agendas in multiple character scenes believable. Too often, one or two characters drive the story forward while the others seem to wait for their turn. Like life, good fiction should be a little more messy than waiting for turns. In this…

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Tools for Querying Literary Agents

April 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Online Portland, OR United States

How do you approach literary agents to get your book published? Find out at the April 26 joint meeting of the Coast and Corvallis chapters of Willamette Writers. Presented via Zoom, the meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. If you’re ready to dive into the query trenches for literary agent representation, there are plenty of helpful…

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May 2021

YWW Portland Online: Blending History and Fantasy

May 1 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Blending History and Fantasy: Researching and incorporating historical details into your fantasy world Join the Young Willamette Writers on May 1 as we hear from author Lani Forbes, author of the Age of the Seventh Sun fantasy series. Lani used her knowledge of ancient Mesoamerican cultures in crafting her novels, even traveling to a cave…

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Multiple Viewpoints with Suzy Vitello

May 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Online Portland, OR United States

Wondering whether your novel would benefit more from a first- or third-person narrator? Or how many characters in your novel or story should have a point of view? How about narrative distance? This craft-based talk will illuminate some of the narrative possibilities and decisions a writer should weigh when it comes to deciding on viewpoint.…

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Between Art and Commodity: Writing Upmarket and Literary Fiction

May 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Libbie Hawker, who also writes under the pen names Olivia Hawker and Libbie Grant, is a bestselling author of upmarket historical and literary fiction. Her presentation will include a discussion of what “literary” means, how to find a profitable niche as a stylistic writer, and why you shouldn’t be afraid to “write pretty” no matter…

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Vancouver Online: Social Media: Mastering the Challenge

May 17 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Social Media: Mastering the Challenge with Lisa Catto With so many social media social media platforms available for authors, it can be challenging to decide where to dedicate our limited time. Social media strategist Lisa Catto will cover the core "pros and cons" of the major platforms to help you decide which are a good…

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June 2021

A Beginner’s Guide to Neurodivergent Writing

June 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Online Portland, OR United States

The market, and our culture, is waking up to all kinds of representation in our entertainment. Now, more than ever, agents and publishers are actively looking for greater neurodiversity. But are you adding positively to the conversation or reinforcing harmful stereotypes? There’s too much to cover it all in one class. But we can introduce…

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YWW Online: Eric Witchey Talks About Character: Because Why? In Order To…

June 5 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Eric Witchey Talks About Character: Because Why? In Order To... The Young Willamette Writers welcomes award-winning author Eric Witchey to our meeting on June 5. Eric will be talking about a great way to give depth to the characters we write about. Here is his description of the workshop: If a character buys a candy…

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Unconventional Marketing: One Writer’s Practice

June 21 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Online Portland, OR United States

Marketing is part of the author's jobs these days, whether we like it or not. M.L. Buchman, a USA Today and Amazon #1 Bestseller, believes a marketing strategy must fit the author first and the book second. In this presentation, Matt will share his ups and downs of marketing his career, as well as his…

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Summer Open Mic Night

June 28 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Online Portland, OR United States

Join Willamette Writers on the River-Corvallis and the Coastal Chapters online at 6:30 on Monday, June 28 for our Summer Open Mic. 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? All genres…

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