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

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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.

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Chapter Blog Posts and Updates

Lola Broomberg Handout and June Meeting

Handout for the May 3 Lola Broomberg presentation Click here to download the handout from Lola Broomberg’s presentation (PDF) Thanks to everyone who attended our May 3 meeting! Lola Broomberg’s discussion on how writers can productively deal with stress was well-received. I think we all learned a lot of techniques to help us weather the pressures of the writing life! As promised, here is the link to download the PDF that went with Lola’s talk June Meeting We’ll meet again on Thursday, June 7, for our annual Writer Services Fair. July and August will not have chapter meetings, and our next regular chapter meeting will be in September.

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John Reed Thrillers Now Available on Amazon Kindle

Two of John Reed’s popular thrillers are now available on Amazon in Kindle format: The Kingfisher’s Call A review from Booklist says, “Reed is a better craftsman than Clancy . . . and his plot is packed with an amazing array of twists and turns.” Dark Thirty A page-turning thriller ripped from today’s headlines! A rogue CIA agent fights to unravel a deadly conspiracy involving terrorists, tigers and a fight to the death in the dark forests of North Korea.

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Poetry Reading Video: C. Steven Blue at Tsunami Books

Mid-Valley member C. Steven Blue recently read poetry at Tsunami Books: “I would like to say a big thank you to all who came out to hear my reading on Saturday. For everyone who couldn’t make it, and for those who did come, here is the video of my reading/performance as posted on YouTube”

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Christian Movie Maker Workshop, Albany, Apr. 28

Learn how to develop the creative spark God has put inside you to share the message you have with the world—on film! Head to Albany, Oregon on Apr. 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., for a workshop on Christian Filmmaking. Discover… Who Provides Support For Movie Makers What It Takes: In Vision; In Equipment; In Skill Where You Can Get What & Who You Need When To Get Help & Where You Can Find It How to Use What God Has/Will Give You Why God Wants To Help Movie Makers Excel Cost & Details This free workshop has been underwritten by an anonymous “angel.” Donations can be made by those who want to provide scholarships for future workshop attendees. The workshop will be held at the Valley Christian Center Youth Building, 577 Scravel Hill Rd., Albany. Registration & More Info More information and register: Christian Movie Maker Workshop You can also download the workshop poster (PDF)

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MemoirFest at UO May 12

Brought to you by The Northwest Women Writers Symposium at the Center for the Study of Women in Society Ready for a day of all things memoir? From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, 2012, come to MemoirFest. This all-day event takes place at the Gerlinger Hall Alumni Lounge, 1468 University St., on the University of Oregon Campus. Morning Panelists Debra Gwartney (Live Through This: A Mother’s Memoir) Pacific University Crystal Williams (Lunatic; Troubled Tongues; Kin) Reed College Lidia Yuknavitch (The Chronology of Water) Mount Hood Community College Lunch At the EMU across the street, several food venues are open on Saturday. Along 13th Avenue, a short walk from Gerlinger, many small restaurants are available. Or, you can bring your own. Afternoon Panelists Margarita Donnelly, founding editor, Calyx Lauren Kessler (My Teenage Werewolf; Dancing with Rose; Stubborn Twig) University of Oregon Elizabeth Reis, (Dear Lizzie: Memoir of a Jewish Immigrant Woman; Bodies in Doubt) University of Oregon Dominick Vetri, professor emeritus, UO School of Law More Information For up-to-date info on event, and to learn more about the MemoirFest panelists, visit: http://csws.uoregon.edu/?p=12685. You can also download the MemoirFest Poster here (PDF). Sponsored by the UO Center for the Study of Women in Society, Women Writers RIG; the Oregon Humanities Center; School of Journalism and Communication; UO Libraries; and the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies. Register & Attend This symposium is free to attend, but limited seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. RSVP to secure your place: Email Peggy McConnell, CSWS, peggym@uoregon.edu.

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3 Mary E. Lowd Short Stories Nominated for the 2011 Ursa Major Award for Best Short Fiction

Vote for Mary’s stories by May 4 Three short stories by Mary E. Lowd have been nominated for the 2011 Ursa Major Award for Best Short Fiction. The Ursa Major Awards are the furry equivalent of the Hugo Awards, and are designed to recognize excellence in the fields of art and fiction featuring anthropomorphic animals. Mary E. Lowd is a member of Mid-Valley Willamette Writers and co-chair of the Eugene critique group, The Wordos. She was previously nominated for 2 Ursa Major Awards in 2010 for her novel, Otters In Space, and another short story. All 3 of her nominated stories this year can be read (or listened to) online for free: “Where the Heart Is” “Shreddy and the Zomb-dogs” “Fetching Asteroids” Voting for the Ursa Major Awards is open to everyone and can be done at the Ursa Major website until May 4th: http://www.ursamajorawards.org/voting2011/

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Free Poetry Reading at Tsunami Books Apr. 14

Featuring Portland Poets Casey Bush & Dan Raphael, and Eugene’s C. Steven Blue Part of The Saturday Readers Series at Tsunami Books, 2585 Willamette Street, Eugene FREE! April 14, 2012, 4 pm Attend a free poetry reading from our own C. Steven Blue! Casey Bush is a Sr. Editor of The Bear Deluxe Magazine, the Northwest’s leading environmental arts mag. Long time Portland poet, he’s performed at the Portland Poetry Festival, Seattle Poetry Festival, Powells, Crystal Ballroom, Artquake, Goatfest, Mt. Writers Series; every open mic from the Long Goodbye, the Riverway, Café Lena, Red & the Black Cafe, Blue Monk and Three Friends Coffee Shop; been featured in local publications- Adragtul, Fireweed, NRG, Portlander, takeout, PenInHand, Thanatos, Broken Word Anthology, Portland Lights, Fireweed, Portland Alliance, Black Widows Web of Poetry, the Oregonian, Windfall and Plazm. His Collections: “Blessings of Madness” (1994, 26 Books), “Janes Bonnets” (1995, Craftsman Printers); self-published instant classics “Kiss of the Apocalypse” (2002),“Cannonball Buttcrack (2003), “Agony of the Circle” (2006). (Unimpressed Press) Dan Raphael’s latest collection of new poems is The State I’m In (March 2012). Impulse & Warp: The Selected 20th Century Poems (9/10), contains work from his first 13 collections. In between, Children of the Blue Supermarket, Dan’s first CD (with saxophonist Rich Halley and drummer Carson Halley) was released. Current poems are in Otoliths, Rattapallax. Caliban, Snakeskin and Skidrow Penthouse. He performs throughout the Northwest–Powells Books, Bumbershoot, Wordstock, Eastern Oregon U, Cascadia Poetry Festival, and Portland Jazz Festival. He arranges the St Johns Market Day reading series. C. Steven Blue won his first poetry award at age 12. Retired from a 27 year career in stage production, he lives in Eugene, OR, where he writes and publishes poetry and music. Involved in the local poetry and music scene, he performs at open mics and poetry readings weekly. With three self- published books, he’s working on a new chapbook. His work is in numerous publications and periodicals. Steven is working with the Eugene Public Library, Groundwaters Magazine and the Mid-Valley Willamette Writers to coordinate two Poetry Events this year for the Eugene Public Library’s Summer Reading Series and the 150th Birthday Celebration of Eugene. This free event will be held Sat., Apr. 14, 2012, at Tsunami Books, 2585 Willamette Street, Eugene. Readings begin at 4 p.m.

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Available Now… LEONTARI: A POLEMIC ROMANCE, by A.M. Brosius

Imagine yourself in a world where the Fourth Crusade and sack of Constantinople led to a revolution in what we now call mainland Greece. The society that arose out of that revolt is unlike any other in Europe: pagan, libertine, consciously inter-dependent yet insisting on individual rights, the people of the Hellenic Commonwealth and Polity are a self-made experiment in self-governance. Here you will meet, among others: Master Xenos, a great swordsman who teaches at the Red Warrior Skolo, a school like no other; his assistant, Spathos Nikos; and their newest student, Eleni Vlaportini, who has come to Athens to learn the way of the sword. A Romance in the original sense of the word: a story about errantry and swordplay. An adventure set in the 13th Century: love, sex and the way of the sword; and the coming of age of the greatest swordswoman in the Hellenic Commonwealth. Leontari: A Polemic Romance by A.M. Brosius – available now eBook – Lulu Paperback – Lulu eBook and Paperback – Barnes & Noble Paperback – Amazon.com

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Word! New Eugene Writing Group

Shut up and write! You know the feeling. You need to write, but you have trouble making the time. A lot of other writers know exactly how you feel. That’s why they’ve started a new Eugene writing group, and are hosting events where writers can sit down, shut up, and get some writing done. Word! A Eugene Writers Community meets Sundays starting Mar. 25 with their “Shut Up & Write” writing times. Come ready to write! Learn more & RSVP » See more Eugene Writing & Critique Groups »

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Free Writers Workshop for Sexual Assault Survivors

Sexual Assault Support Services (SASS) presents a free Writers Workshop for Survivors on March 24 and March 31. The workshops culminate in the Annual Poetry of Survival Reading, held at Tsunami Books on April 22. These free Creative Writers Workshops are open to sexual assault survivors of all genders and abilities. Come and try new ways to take back your story and power through creative writing. Share your poetry, lyrics, personal essays, dramatic monologues, or short stories with other creative survivors like you in a safe, confidential support group setting. Registration is required, and space is limited. Writers Workshop Dates Register for one or both: Saturday, March 24, 2:00-4:00 pm Saturday, March 31, 2:00-4:00 pm To register, contact Shanta Kamath, SASS Support Group Program Co-ordinator at (541) 484-9791, ext. 312, or email her at supportgroup@sass-lane.org Writers can also share their poetry at SASS’s Annual Poetry of Survival Reading. The reading will be held April 22 at 4:00 pm, at Tsunami Books, Eugene.

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