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Our Email Newsletter, WW Dispatch, includes news about our members’ writing and events. The Dispatch mailing list reaches over 4,000 subscribers and comes out 3-5 times a month.

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Willamette Writers Author Signing: Sue Fagalde Lick

Sue Fagalde Lick will be signing books at booth 64 at the Portland Book Festival on November 9th. Sue Fagalde Lick spent many years working as a journalist in California’s Bay Area before relocating with her late husband to the Oregon coast. In the middle of their journey through Alzheimer’s Disease, she earned her MFA…

Eugene Critique Group Open

Join us! Our Eugene writer’s critique group focuses on memoirs, novels, and short stories. We have six members so far, and are looking for two more. If interested, please contact

Writers self-help group: book sales

New group meeting on Oct. 13 at 5 PM at Starbucks on Powell (2424 SE Powell) to swap notes on how to sell your books — for writers with books out (not on how to sell a manuscript to a publisher). For more info contact

Book award: The Communing Tree

Theresa Verboort’s book, The Communing Tree, has been awarded the Women Writing the West Willa award for best young adult novel by a western woman writer of 2018. She will be flying to San Antonio, Texas on Oct. 10 to receive the award. Find out more.

Recently released: The Same Moon by Sarah Coomber

Released earlier this year by TouchPoint Press, The Same Moon is the story of a young woman who runs far, far away to find her way home.  Recently wed—and quickly divorced—twenty-four-year-old Sarah Coomber escapes the disappointments of her Minnesota life for a job teaching English in Japan. Her plan is to use the year to…

Member News: This Particular Happiness by Jackie Shannon Hollis

This Particular Happiness explores our most intimate conflicts and desires—about relationships, parenthood, and what makes life meaningful. Raised in rural Oregon in the 1960s, Jackie Shannon Hollis grew up playing “house” with baby dolls, riding horses, and tending to kittens and lambs on her family’s ranch. Other than her Aunt Lena, all of the women…

Member News: Literary Seminar on Capitalism and Consumerism

Do you miss college English classes? Do you wish you were in a book club? Are you interested in examining and discussing how capitalism and consumerism operate in our society? If you said yes to the above, check out this literary seminar offered through Literary Arts. For six weeks we will be delving into themes…

Member News: Sparks by Maren Anderson

Rosie wants to tear down the ancient cowshed on her ranch to make room for more horses, but it is unlucky to knock down a barn. Rosie thinks this is superstitious hogwash. That’s why she and her handsome new … friend … Patrick gets drunk one night and knocks the shed down with the tractor,…

Member News: Cooper’s Loot by Rick E. George

Rick E. George’s historical thriller, Cooper’s Loot, was published this month by The Wild Rose Press. Set in 1972, Cooper’s Loot portrays a young reporter seeking professional respect in an era when female journalists were often relegated to the Women’s Pages. She joins an odd group of characters searching for the buried loot of the…