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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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Member News: My Father’s Closet by Karen McClintock just released – A Willamette Writers Conference “Pitch for the Prize” Winner

Karen McClintock’s memoir, “My Father’s Closet” was just released by Ohio State University’s Trillium press. Thirty years after her father’s death, Karen McClintock sets out to find the gay father she never really knew. As we follow the unraveling fawmily secret, we find ourselves drawn into her story as they stumble into infidelity, grieve heartbreaking losses, and remain loyal in…

Member News: Benjamin Gorman Releases SciFi Shakespeare

The Digital Storm Ben Gorman Book Cover

Benjamin Gorman’s new novel, The Digital Storm, takes William Shakespeare’s The Tempest into our near future and places it on a virtual island populated by artificial intelligence programs and a nasty computer virus. The story was first released as a podcast series in the summer of 2016, downloaded thousands of times on iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher,…

Member News: Leonide Martin’s book Sak K’uk in print

A Mother and Son Fight to Preserve Their Dynasty… Sak K’uk, the strong-willed daughter of Yohl Ik’nal—first Mayan woman ruler—faces rebellious nobles and spiritual crisis in her city following a devastating enemy attack. The sacred portal to the Gods is desecrated, temples and crops destroyed, the ruler killed and the royal family humiliated. With her…

Heather S. Ransom’s Going Green is a Willamette Writers Success Story

Heather S. Ransom, member of Willamette Writers and a middle school science teacher, is already receiving glowing praise for her debut YA novel, Going Green. Though the novel tackles issues like the debate about GMOs, citizens filming acts of police brutality, and political extremism, it’s also a fun, fast-paced, coming-of-age adventure. Ransom won the Pitch…