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Elizabeth Lyon’s “Crafting Titles” Available

Crafting Titles is the newest booklet in a fiction craft series by editor-author Elizabeth Lyon. In this helpful craft fiction book, Lyon decodes the mysterious process of finding a title that captures the uniqueness of your novel and makes a lasting impression. Analyzing classic and contemporary fiction, from all genres, Lyon explains when to consider…

Mindy Halleck Wins Short Story Award

Willamette Writers member Mindy Halleck wins fiction writing contest. “Edmonds nonprofit literary organization EPIC Group Writers announced winners of its annual writing contest, including first place winner Mindy Halleck (adult) for The Frenchman.” ‘The Frenchman’ is available to be read on the EPIC website. Mindy Halleck will be teaching 2 writing workshops on August 9th at the Willamette Writers…

John Clark Vincent’s Planting a Future Featured in Sellwood Bee

Willamette Writers board member John Clark Vincent was featured along with his wife, Lisa Holmes, in the latest issue of the Sellwood Bee newspaper. The fact that both Vincent and Holmes have recently published books on subjects of interest to many Oregonians caught the attention of a local reporter. Vincent’s book, Planting a Future: Profiles…

Benjamin Gormin’s YA Novel Available June 12th

Benjamin Gorman

Benjamin Gorman (a member of the Salem chapter) is excited to announce that his second novel, Corporate High School, is being published by Not a Pipe Publishing and will be released on June 12th. This timely YA dystopia describes a future where a single corporation has taken over the world by taking over the public schools.…

Jennifer Brownell Book Launch June 8th, PDX

Monday, June 8 7-8:30 pm, Hillsdale Community Church – UCC (6948 SW Capitol Hwy in Portland). Book launch party for Swim, Ride, Run, Breathe: How I Lost a Triathlon and Caught My Breath by Jennifer Garrison Brownell. More details at

Deb Mohr Reads from Great Day in the Morning, May 31st, Eugene

Deb Mohr’s Great Day in the Morning is now available through Amazon and Kindle. She will read from her novel at Tsunami Books, SUNDAY, MAY 31, 5:00 P.M. Forgotten and perhaps unknown by some is the epic struggle black people and a number of white people living in mid-century Mississippi fought to obtain voting and public transportation rights…

Steven Blair Wheeler at Annie Bloom’s June 4th

Steven Blair Wheeler will read from his latest novel Behind Enemy Lines: A Novel of the Battle of the Bulge at Annie Bloom’s Books on Thursday, June 4th. Meet the author in a venue that every bookstore aspires to in the heart of Multnomah Village. Visit for more information.

Courtney Pierce & Leigh Goodison at Jan’s Paperbacks

WW members Courtney Pierce and Leight Goodison will be among many authors at Jan’s Paperbacks in Aloha on May 16th. The ‘Shop Local, Read Local BOGO Sale’ will offer a free used book with every new local author book purchased. Jan’s Paperbacks has a long standing tradition of offering ample shelf space for new and…

Alaina Smith Celebrates New Anthology May 11th at Powell’s Book Store

Alaina Smith is pleased to share that her story, “Finding My Family,” is part of the new anthology Blended: Writers on the Stepfamily Experience. The book, edited by Samantha Waltz, contains essays by many Portland-area writers and Willamette Writers members. You are invited to join Alaina, Samantha, and a dozen of Blended’s contributors at a…