Willamette Writers Chapters are local writing communities where writers improve their craft and acquire the career skills required in today's publishing world.
The Mid-Valley Chapter offers monthly meetings and occasional workshops. Meetings are normally held at Tsunami Books on the first Thursday of the month (unless it conflicts with a holiday, usually Sept. and/or Jan.) from September-May. No meetings in December, July, or August. In August we head to Portland for the Willamette Writers Conference.
Monthly meetings are open to all writers 18 and older. Members attend for free. Read on to learn about our chapter, and join our mailing list to keep in touch.
Become a Willamette Writers Member today to enjoy membership benefits (like free meetings) and to support our community of writers.
Eugene, OR 97405
On March 1st, Valerie Brooks, will present: “How to Destroy Your Novel in 10 Easy Steps: Why good writing goes bad.” Ever wonder why your writing has derailed when you’ve tried so hard to learn the craft of writing? Ever try to apply writing rules that chuck your novel out the window? Ever have characters throw up their hands and say, “Later with that!” Valerie J. Brooks will offer ten “hard-earned-and-learned” lessons from her own writing that address four potential areas of novel derailment: misdirection, misinformation, misinterpretation, and missed opportunities. Get your love of writing back while having fun!
About the Speaker, Valerie BrooksIn a former life, Valerie Brooks was a psychiatrist or a witch, a fact that would have horrified her John Birch father and Brit mom. Growing up in New England, she had a love of all things dark. She currently loves noir and has written a trilogy of revenge with the Noir Travel Stories that take place in Paris, Portland Oregon, and Kauai. She’s also the author of “Liberté,” a memoir that appeared in France, a Love Story: Women Write about the French Experience. Valerie has been awarded the Monticello Award for Fiction and a grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation, along with residencies at Villa Montalvo for the Arts, Hedgebrook Writers Colony, Soapstone, Vermont Studio Center, and Playa. She served as Associate Fiction Editor for Northwest Review and was a member of the Oregon Writers Colony board of directors. As co-founder of the Willamette Writers Speakers Series, she’s excited and honored to be asked to return as a speaker. She lives on the McKenzie with her husband Dan and their Havanese puppy Stevie Nicks.Find out more »
About the Meetings
Young Willamette Writers are invited to attend monthly Young Willamette Writers meetings in their area (there are no meetings in July or August. Check your local chapter for any December events).
Meetings are for kids aged 13 to 18 years of age.
Portland has an excellent meeting that is held at the same time and place as the adult Willamette Writers meetings on the first Tuesday of the month from September through June. We meet from 7 – 8 p.m. at The Old Church in downtown Portland at SW 11th and Clay.
Central Point Meeting:
Meets the first Saturday of each month in Central Point. Meetings are held from 10 a.m. until noon in the Central Point Library - 116 South 3rd Street, Central Point, OR 97520. This meeting serves the region from Grants Pass to Ashland and is for kids aged 13 to 18 years of age.
The Chapter Co-Chairs
The Mid-Valley Chapter is run by two co-chairs who together create a program to fit the needs and interests of the Willamette Writers members from the Eugene-Springfield area.
Sarina Dorie has sold over 150 short stories to markets like Analog, Daily Science Fiction, Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Orson Scott Card’s IGMS, Cosmos, and Abyss and Apex. Her stories and published novels have won humor and Romance Writer of America awards. She has sold three novels to publishers. Her steampunk romance series, The Memory Thief and her collections, Fairies, Robots and Unicorns—Oh My! and Ghosts, Werewolves and Zombies—Oh My! are available on Amazon, along with a dozen other novels she has written.By day, Sarina is a public school art teacher, artist, belly dance performer and instructor, copy editor, fashion designer, event organizer and probably a few other things. By night, she writes. As you might imagine, this leaves little time for sleep.
Rebecca Amodeo lives in Oregon. She writes and speaks on long-term survivorship and ending the stigma against victims and survivors of abuse. Rebecca volunteers, teaches yoga, and practices martial arts as part of her own continued healing. Rebecca can also be found roaming the coast in Henry, her 1969 VW campmobile, with a mug of tea and a chocolate bar or two.Find out more on her website, on Facbook, on Twitter @BeccaAmodeo, and on Instagram @dancebeccadance.
Past Chairs of the Mid-Valley Chapter
Connect with the Chapter
We think writers are awesome!
- Join our meetings and workshops if you’re a writing enthusiasts from the ___ area, if you happen to be in the area, or if you are interested in a specific topic/speaker. All writers 18 and older welcome. Join us!
- Follow our Facebook Page and subscribe to our events to keep in touch.
- Explore our blog to learn about local events and opportunities.
- Join our chapter's mailing list to receive updates by email.
- Find a local critique/writers group or announce your own.
- Visit our contact page if you have a specific inquiry or something you'd like to share with the chapter co-chairs.
Volunteer with the Chapter
Are you a local writer and want to be more involved with the Mid-Valley Chapter? Volunteer!
Here are some ways volunteers help us:
- Pick up snacks for monthly meetings
- Prep Member Announcements for publishing on website
- Organize events, workshops and meetings
How would you like to be involved? Get in touch and let us know how you’d like help.
Chapter Blog Posts and Updates
The Oregon Poetry Association and Lane Literary Guild present OPA’s Annual Conference 2016 Eugene, OR September 30th – October 2nd Come join keynote speaker John Witte, Oregon poet laureate Liz Woody, Oregon Book Award winners Willa Schneberg and Penelope Scambly Schott, and Stewart Holbrook Award winner George Venn, among many others. Celebrate the re-opening of the Oregon Poetry Collection at its new home in the Knight Library; attend stimulating workshops, readings, and panels; browse the book room; participate in open mics; or just hang out with fellow poets and enjoy. NOTE: the following events are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC: Oregon Poetry Collection – Opening University of Oregon, Knight Library 1501 Kincaid St, Eugene OR 97403 September 30th, 2:00 PM Oregon Poet Laureate Liz Woody reads, followed by open mic Valley River Inn, McKenzie Room 1000 Valley River Way, Eugene OR 97401 September 30th, 7:00 PM Open mic Tsunami Books 2585 Willamette St, Eugene OR 97405 October 1st, 7:00 PM HOTEL REGISTRATION: To reserve your room, contact the Valley River Inn at 1-800-543-8266 before September 9th to get the group rate: $99.00 for a deluxe single or double. Additional people may be added to a room for $20.00 apiece. Advance deposit required. Be sure to mention the Oregon Poetry Association. CONFERENCE REGISTRATION: Registration includes admission to the workshops of your choice, plus lunch on Saturday October 1st. OPA Members please note: The annual General Membership Meeting follows lunch on Saturday October 1st. Members, early bird (postmark deadline September 15th): $65.00 Non-members or after September 15th: $75.00 Student rate (K-12 or college, with student ID): $40.00 Download the conference registration form and book table form here.Read More
Check out the Poets’ Corner, part of the Oregon Authors at Art & The Vineyard. Stop by and meet the authors: Catherine McGuire, Katharine Valentino, C. Steven Blue, Janice D. Rubin, Charles R. Castle Jr., Adam Levon Brown. Art & the Vineyard: the annual Eugene summer event benefiting Maude Kerns Art Center: http://www.artandthevineyard.orgRead More
What a fun year we had with the 2015-2016 Speakers Series! Eugene/MidValley Willamette Writers Chapter is on break until September. Check back soon for our 2016-2017 speakers! Our 2016 Authors Gala Celebration Readers Julie Dawn, Bill Cameron, Sarina Dorie, Valerie Brooks, Janet FisherRead More
The Poets’ Corner at Art & The Vineyard and Authors & Artists fair was created by Quinton Hallett & Nancy Carol Moody, in an effort to help bring visibility to local poets of Lane County at these two annual fundraisers created by Bill Sullivan. After many years of hosting and coordinating these events, having brought numerous poets to the attention of the general public, Nancy & Quinton have decided to step down and turn the reins over to someone new. We can’t thank them enough for what they have done for our poetry community, but we will always be grateful for their hard work and endeavors in making these events fun, meaningful and memorable. Local poets C. Steven Blue and Janice D. Rubin have taken on coordinating the events this year. Their first job is to find Lane County poets who would like to showcase their work at each of The Poets’ Corner tables in 2016. Download the flyer:The Poets Corner 2016 If you know of anyone or are a local (Lane County) poet who has recently been published in an anthology or have a new book out, or if you will be published in 2016, we would like to hear from you to consider presenting your work at one or both events this year. It is a great opportunity to get exposure for your new work and display and sell all your work. The deadline is quickly approaching to get our author information to Bill Sullivan for the July 3rd event at Art & The Vineyard, so please get in touch as soon as possible with either Steven or Janice. Steven Blue:email@example.com Janice Rubin: firstname.lastname@example.orgRead More
Willamette Writers member Mary Lowd has 4–count ’em–4 works nominated for this year’s Ursa Major Awards! In a Dog’s World, is a coming-of-age/romance story about a young cat, graduating from high school and heading off to a mostly-dog college. A free e-book of it can be downloaded from Smashwords with the coupon code: CJ98M Her short story, “Lunar Cavity,” is about a bat-like alien trying to save his home world with the help of a human scientist. It can be read for free on the web-zine Deep Sky Anchor. Her collection of short stories, The Necromouser and Other Magical Cats, features six stories about her popular character Shreddy, the cantankerous tabby cat, and his techno-mystical adventures; then there are seven stories about other magical felines. A free e-book of it can be downloaded from Smashwords with the coupon code: JW97Y Finally, ROAR Volume 6 is a collection of short fiction that Mary edited for FurPlanet. It features a wide range of furry stories — sci-fi, fantasy, slice of life, detective, adventure, humor, fable — about all different kinds of animals. It’s also her first nomination as an editor. The Ursa Major Awards are designed to recognize excellence in anthropomorphic arts and literature — basically, art and fiction that features talking (or otherwise anthropomorphized) animals. They’re based on a popular vote, and anyone can participate. Voting is open through April 15th.Read More