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February 2021

Productive Plotting with Heather Ransom

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

BEGINNING, middle, end ... it seems simple but it can feel daunting. Learn to use a systematic approach to break writing into manageable-sized chunks, where desired word count, story stages, and turning points each play a role when outlining your writing. The meeting is free for Willamette Writers members and $5.00 donation for non-members. Click…

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Shiny Dialogue with Kate Ristau

February 15 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Online Portland, OR United States

Writers always tell new writers to sit down in a coffeeshop, listen to how people really talk, and write down what they say. It will make your dialogue more realistic, right? But dialogue is more than the words you hear. If you want to write dialogue that shines, you have a lot more work to…

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Book Publishing 101: Traditional, On Your Own or Hybrid?

February 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Online Portland, OR United States

How do you get a book published? Sue Fagalde Lick will offer the nitty-gritty answers in “Book Publishing 101” at the Feb. 22 joint meeting of Willamette Writers’ Coast and Corvallis chapters. The meeting, which starts at 6:30 p.m. will be presented online via Zoom.  Lick, author of 11 published books, will discuss the differences…

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March 2021

The Seven Deadly First-Page Sins

March 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Online Portland, OR United States

There's no one right way to begin your story – but there are plenty of wrong ones. In this class, we'll take you on a cautionary tour through the pits of page-one hell, complete with agent pet peeves, reader turn-offs, and "thanks but no thanks" editorial dealbreakers. Don't let your manuscript suffer in form-rejection torment:…

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Young Willamette Writers: Finish That Novel! – with Kim Johnson

March 6 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Online Portland, OR United States

Serious about publishing a novel but find yourself held down by writer’s block, motivation, limited time, feeling stuck, or starting new stories but not finishing them? This workshop will provide tips and tricks to finish that novel using the KISS method. Will also leave time for attendees to share what’s blocking them and create a 90…

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Open Mic for Members

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

It's time to step up to the plate! This month, members of the Southern or Eugene Chapter of Willamette Writers can prepare a five-minute monologue, essay, short story, or excerpt from a longer work. Time yourself ahead of time to make sure it's five minutes or less, because moderators will be muting those readers that…

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How to Create Plot Twists that Keep Your Readers Reading

March 15 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Online Portland, OR United States

Ever wonder what the tricks are to creating plot twists? Did you know plot twists can be used in any genre, even memoir? This workshop will show you five ways to create plot twists for any genre of writing and offer examples. We will work together on how to take a plot and twist it…

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Open Mic Night

March 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Online Portland, OR United States

Join Corvallis Writers on the River and the Coast Chapters at 6:30 PM on March 22 for our spring Open Mic night on Zoom. 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?…

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April 2021

First Lines Critique Group

April 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Online Portland, OR United States

The First Lines Critique Group meeting will take place on Tuesday, April 6, from 7:00 to 8:30. Making a good first impression and showing the reader what they can expect as they read on is important. If you're struggling to polish the first few lines of your work, maybe we can help. One of the…

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Southern Oregon/Eugene Online: Mysteries Revealed: Structure, Series, and Marketplace

April 12 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Mysteries Revealed: Structure, Series, and Marketplace USA Today bestselling author, Sara Rosett, will be joining us for a virtual workshop, “Mysteries Revealed: Structure, Series, and Marketplace.” Learn how to structure a cozy mystery, as well as tips on what to consider when planning a series. Discover firsthand the difference between writing historical and modern mysteries,…

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