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Member News: Ruth Q Leibowitz hosts retreat

Masks in the Attic: A half-day urban writing and mask-play retreat Come play and write together on Saturday, August 11 from 1 to 5. We will have at our disposal some powerful, funny, scary, quirky, and beautiful masks for you to choose and try on — in the attic. Each of us will take turns…

Eric Witchey Wins Award

New Fantasy Genre—the Afterlife Fantasy—Is Born 2018 IPPY Book Awards Silver Medal – Fantasy Fiction 2018 International Book Awards Winner – Visionary Fiction Finalist – Fantasy Fiction Finalist – Cross-Genre Fiction Finalist – Best New Fiction In her quest for respect, a young grim reaper consumed with pride ventures beyond the boundaries of human-based dogma to…

The Family Stone

Before the supermarket boom, there were corner markets that predominated neighborhoods where most people did their grocery shopping. These corner markets sold all of your food staples and much, much more. They were convenient, hospitable, and served as a neighborhood junction for the exchange of ideas, beliefs and gossip in much the same way as…

Finding the Source: Research Strategies for Historical and Literary Fiction

“Finding the Source: Research Strategies for Historical and Literary Fiction” with Jennifer Springsteen, Kim Taylor Blakemore, and Joe Springsteen Sunday, June 10 from 3pm to 5pm at TaborSpace’s Muir Hall Research creates authenticity in your manuscript. It insures your heroine doesn’t go riding down the cobblestone streets when the streets in that part of the city were…

Member News: Shaun Radecki Wins Award

Willamette Writers member and FilmLab alum, Shaun Radecki, won Best Genre Short in the Academy Award-qualifying Nashville Film Festival’s Screenwriting Competition for his short screenplay Sergio: A Scorpion’s Tale. 

Connie Hampton Connally holds Double Book Signing at Annie Bloom’s

Authors Joe Ponepinto and Connie Hampton Connally will read from their new novels and discuss them in a joint book signing. Ponepinto’s novel, “Mr. Neutron,” is a funny yet perceptive satire of small-town politics. Connally’s historical novel, “The Songs We Hide,” tells of two singers in communist Hungary creating music to offset unbearable circumstances. The…


Diana’s poetry offers the reader a voyage into the hidden layers of life as an older woman. Feelings that often remain unspoken and isolating are given an honest voice in this gentle array of poetry about love, loss, children, illness, friendship, aging and hope. You can find D.K. Lubarsky’s book here. Congratulations, Diana!

Book Discussion and Tea Ceremony by Diana Saltoon

On June 17, 2018, at the Shoseian Tea House, Glendale, CA, 2-4 p.m. Oregon writer Diana Saltoon will host a book discussion and tea ceremony. Diana will discuss her book  “Wife, Just Let Go: Zen, Alzheimer’s and Love”, how Chado was a pillar during her years of caregiving and how the practice of Chado is…