Mid-Valley Chapter – Willamette Writers in Eugene

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.

Upcoming Meeting

There are no upcoming events at this time.

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 Meeting:

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

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.

You can find info about her short stories and novels on her website:
www.sarinadorie.com, on Facebook, on Twitter @sarinadorie, and on  Google+ +SarinaDorie.

Rebecca Amodeo

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!

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.

Click here for other volunteer opportunities at Willamette Writers.

Chapter Blog Posts and Updates

Free Literary Events at Eugene Public Library, June 2013

All events are free and open to the public. More information: 541-682-5450 or www.eugene-or.gov/library Summer Reading for All Ages at Eugene Public Library Starting June 1. Sign up and join in the fun at Eugene Public Library with this year’s Summer Reading theme, “Dig Into Reading.” Visit any Library location (Downtown, Sheldon, or Bethel) to sign up and get a calendar of free events. Each child and teen gets a free book; each adult gets a free book bag and a coupon for a free coffee or $1 off books at the Friends of the Library book store. Plus, adults can enter a free raffle for Unique Eugene gift certificates by sharing their book reviews at the Library website. Poetry Writing Workshop Saturday, June 1, 2-5 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive Adults are invited to a fun-filled poetry writing workshop led by local poets C. Steven Blue, Michele Graf, and Cara McKenzie. Beginners welcome! Sponsored by Eugene Public Library, Lane Literary Guild, Willamette Writers, and Groundwaters. Pamela Wible: Physician & Author Thursday, June 6, 6 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive Local physician Pamela Wible has become a national voice for revolutionizing the “business” of medicine. Join her for a talk based on her book, Pet Goats & Pap Smears: 101 Medical Adventures to Open Your Heart & Mind. A family physician born into a family of physicians, after a decade of practice Wible found the existing system to be a “medical mill.” She decided to hold open town hall meetings to invite community members to design the clinic of their dreams – and then opened one. Her pioneering model has sparked a populist movement inspiring the creation of “ideal” clinics and hospitals nationwide. Poetry Showcase & Open Mic Saturday, June 8, 2-6 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive Keynote reader Ingrid Wendt, C.S. Blue, and other local poets will host a poetry showcase featuring a diverse variety of readings and performance, followed by an open mic reading. Everyone is welcome to read; sign up starting at 2 p.m. Sponsored by Eugene Public Library, Lane Literary Guild, Willamette Writers, and Groundwaters. Sonny Montes & Mexican American Activism in Oregon Sunday, June 9, 2 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive Author Glenn Anthony May will share 3 interrelated stories: the life of Sonny Montes, a migrant farm worker from South Texas who came to Oregon to pick crops; the emergence of a Mexican American community in Oregon in the 1960s, a story in which Montes played a major part; and the development of a Chicano movement in Oregon, led by Montes, in the 1970s. A University of Oregon history professor, Dr. May wrote the Oregon Book Award finalist Sonny Montes and Mexican American Activism in Oregon. He has also written 5 books on Philippine history. Originality Through Imitation: Writing Workshop with Melissa Hart Thursday, June 13, 6 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive Melissa Hart will teach a fun, high-energy…

Read More

Celebration of Art, Poetry, and Music: A Benefit for Occupy Eugene, May 19

What: Celebration of Art, Poetry, and Music: a benefit for Occupy Eugene Where: Tsunami Books, 2585 Willamette Street, Eugene When: Sunday, May 19, 2013, 4-6 p.m. Readings by Robert Hill Long, a Web Del Sol featured poet, Kirk Toncray, author of Behind the Signs, and Plaedo of Occupy and beyond. Also, the Occupy Library Committee will present an Occupy Online Poetry community project. Everyone is invited to join in via Facebook. Music by Scotty Perey and the Madison Meadow Music School. Silent auction includes paintings and sculptures by Mary Wagner, Dianne Story Cunningham, Cooper, Scott Fife, Margaret Matson (prints). Photography by Robert Hill Long and Rob Sydor. Other contributors include Hannah Goldrich, Shel, Tim Boyden, Chris Bellini, Graham Lewis, and vendors at Saturday market. Contact Katia Siskron at siskron@yahoo.com or Christina Bellini at giulia.c.bellini@gmail.com for more information.

Read More

May Literary Events at Eugene Public Library

About May’s Eugene Literary Events at the Library All the Library literary events below are free and open to the public. Information: 541-682-8316 or www.eugene-or.gov/library. Children’s Book Week Poster Raffle Month of May, all locations of Eugene Public Library Kids are invited to celebrate Children’s Book Week all month at Eugene Public Library! Visit the Downtown Library or the Bethel or Sheldon Branch to see the posters on display and enter a free raffle to win your favorite. One entry per child each visit, through May 31. Kelly Terwilliger at Preschool Storytime Wednesday, May 1, 10:15 and 11:00 a.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive This week at Preschool Storytime, a special guest: local storyteller and children’s author Kelly Terwilliger. For ages 3 to 6 with their caregivers. Blogging: Next Steps Thursday, May 2, 1:30 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive This 2-hour class is designed for those with some blogging experience. Get advanced tips on topics including RSS feeds, Google AdSense, the differences between professional and personal blogs, and ways to make your blog easier for potential readers to find. Required: Eugene Public Library’s Intro to Blogging class or experience writing a basic blog. Arthur Mokin: Writer of historical novel based on the Book of Exodus Thursday, May 2, 6:00 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive Writer Arthur Mokin will read from and discuss his book Meribah, a love story set in ancient Egypt during the time of the Bible’s Book of Exodus. In this historical novel, a young Egyptian falls in love with an enslaved Israelite, following her and her people as they flee Egypt for the desert wilderness. Then he must struggle to reconcile his own beliefs with those of the woman he loves. Kirkus Reviews says its “clear style and beautifully conceived rendition of the characters… are sure to draw readers into the world…. any [readers] with an interest in biblical studies or the history of Egypt, the Middle East, and the children of Israel will find much to absorb. A tale of the Exodus that brings Israel’s prophet and people to life.” Mokin’s previous historical novel, Ironclad, is a set during the early days of the Civil War. Mokin is also an award-winning producer, writer, and director of documentary films. Grassroots Marketing Thursday, May 9, 6:00 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive Budding entrepreneurs: join expert Bill Sarnoff to learn about effective, affordable marketing ideas to help fulfill your business’ potential. This workshop will help you create high-impact, low-cost marketing strategies to spread the word about your product or service and attract new customers. Sponsored by Eugene Public Library, LCC Small Business Development Center, and SCORE: Counselors to America’s Small Business. Windfall Reading: “Before There is Nowhere to Stand: Palestine/Israel: Poets Respond to the Struggle” Tuesday, May 21, 5:30 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive This month’s reading features Joan Dobbie of Eugene and other poets whose work appears in the powerful collection Before There is…

Read More

Poetry Series May Readings at Eugene DIVA

On Saturday, May 4, 2013, at 7:30 p.m., Robert Hill Long and Jen Coleman read as part of the ongoing Poetry Series from Eugene’s Downtown Initiative For The Visual Arts (DIVA). Robert Hill Long Robert Hill Long is the author of 5 books of poems and flash fiction/prose poems. He taught creative writing for 20 years, and now is a research administrator at the University of Oregon. His work has appeared in many journals since the 1973, and has been anthologized in Deer Drink the Moon, Birds in the Hand, Best American Poetry, and Flash Fiction. Jen Coleman Jen Coleman is a Portland poet transplanted from Minnesota by way of Wisconsin, D.C., and then New York. She is the author of the chapbook Propinquity and co-author with Allison Cobb and C. E. Putnam of the chapbook Communal Bebop Canto. Her work has appeared in Chain, Tangent, Ixnay, EOAGH, and other literary magazines. She works in outreach for Oregon Environmental Council. The Eugene DIVA Center is located at 280 W. Broadway Eugene, OR. Phone: 541.344.3482. Web: divacenter.org

Read More

SASS Annual Poetry of Survival Reading

Take back your story and power by voicing your creative writing to a supportive audience. Share your poetry, lyrics, personal essays, dramatic monologues, or short stories. Come to share or come to listen. Location: Tsunami Books Date: April 21, 2013 Time: 4 p.m. For more information contact Jessica Mason, Support Group Coordinator at Sexual Assault Support Services: (541) 484-9791 x.302, or supportgroup@sass-lane.org

Read More

Mary E. Lowd Receives 5 Best Short Fiction Nominations

The final ballot for the Ursa Major Awards has been posted, and 5 of Eugene author Mary E. Lowd’s stories were nominated in the Best Short Fiction category: “St. Kalwain and the Lady Uta” “One Night in Nocturnia” “Magtwilla and the Mouse” “Shreddy and the Christmas Ghost” “Hot Chocolate for the Unicorn” Voting is open until May 15, 2013. Review the nominations and vote » Mary has compiled a free e-book of all 5 of her nominated stories, called Ursa Major 2012 Short Fiction Reading Packet » The collection will be available for free download until May 15, as long as voting in the Ursa Majors is open. Ursa Major Awards Nomination & Voting » Download the Ursa Major 2012 Short Fiction Reading Packet »

Read More

Summer Break

It’s been an amazing year of writer news, announcements and lively discussions. And thank you for a wonderful Writer Services Fair. Now it’s time for summer break. The chapter doesn’t meet in July or August, and we will resume our regular monthly meetings on Sept. 6. In the meantime, get ready for this year’s Willamette Writers Conference, Aug. 3-5 in Portland, Oregon. See you at the Conference, and see you in September!

Read More

Poet Roy K. Johnston at Eugene Public Library, June 9

Poetry: A Wandering Journey “Poetry is meant to be heard out loud,” says Roy K. Johnston. A philosopher, educator, musician, and poet, Johnston has read his work from China to Jamaica, Cambridge to Malibu. On Saturday, June 9, at 3 p.m., the Downtown Eugene Public Library hosts a reading and talk by Johnston titled “Poetry: A Wandering Journey,” a reflection on his life’s work including pieces on family, culture, war and peace, global connections, and the connections among fields ranging from the arts to sciences. Admission is free. A 21st century renaissance man, Johnston grew up in New York City. He was a clarinet prodigy who earned a Master’s degree at The Juilliard School and a Doctorate in Music from USC, played classical music with the Atlanta Symphony and the New York City Ballet, and played jazz with the Woody Herman and Glen Miller bands. After a career in music and education, including as Dean at the Boston Conservatory and the University of Southern Mississippi School of Fine Arts, he now pursues his passion for poetry. A lifetime quest for learning and performing has convinced him that most disciplines are connected and reveal an underlying unity of knowledge. Johnston’s poetry has been published widely, including in 6 collections of his own. For 2 years he hosted a radio show, “Cerebral Meditations,” featuring international and national poets, writers and publishers. Johnston was recognized by the California Legislative Assembly and the City of Los Angeles for his 35 years of honorable service as “Performer, Professor, Poet, and Pioneer in the field of cultural integration.” For more information, contact Eugene Public Library at 541-682-5450 or www.eugene-or.gov/library. Co-sponsored by Eugene Public Library, Friends of Eugene Public Library, and Eugene Public Library Foundation.

Read More

Novelist John Colman Wood at Eugene Public Library, June 7

Novelist and anthropologist John Colman Wood, author of The Names of Things, gives a talk at the Downtown Eugene Public Library on Thursday, June 7, 6:00 p.m. Admission is free. The Names of Things is a journey into the meaning of love and rituals of grief. The novel weaves together the threads of an anthropologist’s journey into the African desert to live among camel-herding nomads, his observations of their culture’s death rituals, his own grief for his wife, and his struggle “to find the names of things for which no words exist.” John Colman Wood teaches at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. He has twice won the Ethnographic Fiction Prize of the Society for Humanistic Anthropology. He is also the author of the nonfiction story When Men Are Women: Manhood Among Gabra Nomads of East Africa. For more information, contact the Eugene Public Library at 541-682-5450 or www.eugene-or.gov/library. Co-sponsored by Eugene Public Library, Friends of Eugene Public Library, and Eugene Public Library Foundation.

Read More

Writers Ralph Salisbury & Aria Minu-Sepehr at Windfall Reading Series May 15

On Tuesday, May 15, at 5:30 p.m., the Downtown Eugene Public Library (10th and Olive) hosts writers Ralph Salisbury and Aria Minu-Sepehr at the Windfall Reading Series. Admission is free. Ralph Salisbury has written 3 books of fiction and 10 collections of poems. His Rainbows of Stone was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award; Light from a Bullet Hole: Poems New & Selected 1950 – 2008 was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. His mixed Cherokee-Shawnee-Irish-English heritage, and the resulting stress and conflicts, are powerfully present in his work, within an underlying philosophy that reinforces the spirit of human goodness in its struggle against the evils of human failing. Aria Minu-Sepehr’s memoir of growing up in Iran on the eve of the Revolution, We Heard the Heavens Then has just been selected as a Publishers Weekly Top 10 Memoir. The book “catches precisely the pulse of a country as it appears to hurl itself headlong into the abyss” (Salar Abdoh). Minu-Sepehr taught world and Middle Eastern literature at Susquehanna University, as well as directing the Forum for Middle East Awareness there. The Windfall Reading Series is sponsored by Eugene Public Library, Lane Literary Guild, Friends of the Library, Eugene Public Library Foundation, and the Cultural Services Division of Lane Arts Council. Refreshments served at intermission. For more information, contact Eugene Public Library: 541-682-5450 or www.eugene-or.gov/library.

Read More