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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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

Call for Eugene Poets to Participate in Local Poetry Events

From C. Steven Blue, a local Eugene Poet: Hello Eugene Poets, My name is C. Steven Blue and I am a local Eugene Poet. I am working with the Eugene Public Library to coordinate 2 poetry events this year: One for the summer reading series at the Eugene Public Library One for the Eugene 150th Birthday Celebration in September, leading up to Eugene’s 150th Birthday on October 17th I am seeking local Eugene poets to be involved in these 2 events. The Summer Reading Series The first event, The Summer Reading Series, will take place on 2 consecutive Saturdays, July 14 and July 21, 2012, from 1-5 p.m. The first Saturday will be a poetry workshop, and the second Saturday will be a reading day to showcase local poets. This event will be open to the general public. We can probably expect about 30 people for the workshop. I am looking to put together a panel (maybe of 4 poets) to help run this event. Eugene 150th Birthday Celebration For the Eugene 150th Birthday Celebration event, we have 3 hours on one day, Saturday, September 29, from 2-5 p.m. This event will also be open to the general public. This will be a reading event of poetry with a theme of Eugene (such as its history, culture, politics, nature, etc.). I am looking to put together a panel to select the works and poets to read at this event. Also, I am considering a limited edition chapbook of the Eugene-themed poetry, to be given to recipients, the groups involved and the library. Panel members will receive an honorarium for their participation. Participants at the Eugene 150th Birthday Celebration will receive the chapbook with the Eugene-themed poems. The library has suggested that participating poets could add their books to the library collection. We are also working on some other surprises. Eugene Poets: Contact Steven to participate I believe there are plenty of local poets out there who would love an opportunity like this to read their work and maybe have it published and/or read and available in the library. If you would like to participate in or attend any of these events, please contact me, preferably by email, as soon as possible, so I can put together the panels and get rolling on these exciting events. Thank you so much, C. Steven Blue Contact Steven Email: cstevenblue@hotmail.com Phone: (310) 413-6559 Website: www.wordsongs.com Photo: Erik Bishoff

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Michele Graf’s book, LIFELINES, Nominated in Preditors & Editors Readers Poll

Vote by Jan. 10, 2012 LIFELINES, Michele M. Graf’s Poetic Muselings anthology, has been nominated in several categories for the Preditors & Editors Readers Poll. Additionally, Apollo’s Lyre, which has published many Eugene writers and whose poetry column Graf edits, is nominated in 3 categories, including Best Poetry ezine. See the nominees and place your votes To vote in this poll, visit each link and submit your vote. After you vote, you will receive an email with a confirmation link to click, which validates your vote. Nominees are listed alphabetically in each category. Michele and the rest of the Poetic Muselings appreciate your consideration for votes in the following categories: Anthology, LIFELINES – Place your vote » Book Cover, LIFELINES, Lin Neiswender – Place your vote » Poets, Poetic Muselings – Place your vote » Poetry ezine, Apollo’s Lyre – Place your vote » About Poetic Muselings The Poetic Muselings grew out of the Muse Online Writers Conference, which is nominated under Best Writers Workshops. Michele is the Head Moderator in charge of all behind-the-scenes support staff for this annual event. Many other categories are being honored. Please check them out, including Apollo’s Lyre nominations for Fiction ezine and Jim Harrington for ezine editor. A book event for Lifelines is planned in Eugene for Spring 2012, see the Poetic Muselings blog for updates. For poetry, creativity, collaborative writing, and much more, check out the Poetic Muselings blog at poetic-muselings.net.

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Eugene Writers: Young Writers Association 2012 Creative Writing Contest

Writing contest taking entries from Lane County writers 5 and up The Young Writers Association (YWA) is taking submissions for its 2012 creative writing contest MANY VOICINGS: IN TRANSLATION. Many cultures and many voices make up our community, and our multi/trans-cultural traditions and languages are a rich creative source for writers. Writing contest entry details Open to ages 5 and up (including adults) who are residents of Lane County Entries can be up to 600 words See www.ywalane.org for full contest guidelines or contact Louisa Lindsay-Sprouse at 541/485-2259 or ywalouisa@aol.com Get inspired: find writing samples and literary examples on www.ywalane.org Send submissions to YWA Contest, PO Box 51538, Eugene, OR 97405, or email ywalouisa@aol.com Postmark deadline: Feb. 1, 2012 Winners will be notified by March 7, 2012 Prizes Winners receive prizes from local businesses and a workshop with bilingual, award-winning author Gary Soto. Winners also read at the YWA Glitterary Word Festival on April 28, 2012, held at the Eugene Public Library, and are published in YWA’s creative writing journal, UpStarts. About Young Writers Association (YWA) Since 1994, YWA has stirred up literary play in youth and community. A nonprofit organization, YWA provides Lane County elementary through high school students with interactive, literature-based experiences in workshops, publications, camps, classrooms, and in inter-generational settings. More information is available at www.ywalane.org.

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Writing Spiritual Memoirs with Nan Phifer

Jan. 20-21 Portland Writing Workshop Nan Phifer, author of Memoirs of the Soul: A Writing Guide, will lead you in identifying the experiences that compose your spiritual memoirs. She’ll demonstrate a process that evokes spontaneous rough drafts and supportive responses. From Nan’s presentation you’ll gain a personal table of contents, learn a writing process that produces polished, profound memoirs, and write the opening pages of two chapters. Nan is affiliated with the Oregon Writing Project at the University of Oregon, where she serves on the Board of Directors. She travels widely to lead workshops for religious organizations, academic conferences, writers’ groups, libraries, and interfaith assemblies. See her website at www.memoirworkshops.com. Go Where: Shalom Prayer Center, Mt. Angel, OR, south of Portland When: Friday, January 20, 7 p.m. through Saturday, January 21, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Information/reservations: Contact Christine Zollner, 503-845-6773 Register by Jan. 19 Cost: $125 ($25 deposit) includes Friday overnight accommodations, Friday dinner at 5:30 p.m. Check in at 4:00 p.m. Early registration special until January 6 More info: See “Events” at the Shalom Prayer Center website

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Publisher FurPlanet to release OTTERS IN SPACE by Mary E. Lowd

Coming January 2012 Otters In Space, a self-published novel by local writer Mary E. Lowd was picked up by a small press. After more than a year of marketing her novel and selling it at science fiction and furry conventions herself, Mary caught the attention of the furry publisher FurPlanet. The owners of FurPlanet were impressed by the book’s performance at the furry convention Rainfurrest and offered to add Otters In Space to their line of furry fiction. They will be releasing a new edition of the novel, with eye-catching cover art by Doc Marcus, in January, 2012. Mary is a member of the Mid-Valley Willamette Writers and co-chair of the Eugene-based critique group, The Wordos. Her short fiction has appeared in a variety of venues, including magazines, anthologies, and podcasts. A 2010 Ursa Major Award nominee for Best Anthropomorphic Novel, Otters In Space is Mary’s first novel. For more information about Mary’s fiction, visit www.marylowd.com. About Otters in Space “Humans have left the Earth, and dogs rule. Kipper is an oppressed tabby cat who dreams of a better place where cats are free to run their own lives. When Kipper discovers a secret that might lead her to such a paradise, along with the secret comes trouble— first, Kipper’s sister disappears, and, then, she’s attacked by a dog goon herself. Kipper’s escape takes her on a mad dash to Ecuador and the space elevator, where she catches a ride up to the otter-designed space station. Once in “otter space,” Kipper must navigate an uncomfortably watery world to find out what happened to her sister and whether there really is a cat paradise. Reserve your copy: Pre-order the FurPlanet release of Otters In Space

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Eugene critique group Wordos seeks more fiction short stories

Wordos, the long-time Eugene short fiction critique group, currently has no waiting list for critiques and is seeking new stories. The group meets Tuesday nights at Tsunami Books from 7-9 p.m., and is open to new members and observers. Eligible genres include: Science fiction Fantasy Romance Mystery Horror Erotica “Just about any other type of fiction for which someone will pay” Wordos are a group of writers who meet once a week in Eugene, Oregon, to critique stories and discuss the art, craft, and business of writing. The goal of Wordos writers is to help each other produce fiction that will sell, and to continually improve their writing abilities even after we’ve achieved that initial goal. Wordos has been active since 1987. For more information, contact Wordos.

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Marny Copal releases new self-published novel, Freeblood

About the book Secrets and lies have surrounded 21-year-old Quinn Zauber since a vampire killed her mother and brother a year ago. Jo-Jo Huang, her best friend and roommate, has offered steady support, even going along with Quinn’s crazy ghost-hunting schemes. Now Jo-Jo has been kidnapped, and clues point to an audio recorder the roomies placed in Portland’s notorious underground tunnels. With her naïve cousin Kasey riding shotgun and an old attraction, paranormal investigator Del Whelan, imposing his own brand of help, Quinn searches for Jo-Jo, fights supernaturals, and strives to keep her horrible secrets under wraps. What Quinn doesn’t realize is that her witch bloodline makes her of special interest to one of the deadliest vampires around. This urban fantasy novel is aimed at YA and older, with mild profanity, light romance, and some violent content. Freeblood was professionally edited by Lorin Oberweger. Natalie Marino created the cover art. About the author Books, school, and farm animals kept Marny Copal busy as a kid in Central Oregon. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of Oregon, she worked in archaeology, the newspaper biz, and freelancing. She lives in Eugene with her husband and cats. Freeblood is her first novel. Availability Freeblood is available as a Kindle e-book and a paperback on Amazon.com. Portions of the novel can be reviewed with the “Look Inside” feature at Amazon and at the author’s website. Contact the author at marny.copal@gmail.com. Visit her on Twitter @MarnyCopal.

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How to write chapbooks and novels in a month

As writers we balance the work of writing with all the other pressures and responsibilities of life. Sometimes it’s hard to get a project completed, much less underway. Have you been wrestling with having enough time to get writing done? Here are 2 events, going on now through the end of November, that can really motivate you to get that latest novel idea or group of poems down on paper: November PAD Chapbook Challenge from Writers Digest.com Using daily prompts, write a poem a day, assemble your finished poems into a chapbook, and you could win this year’s Writers Digest Chapbook Challenge. Finish your chapbook NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month Since 1999, NaNoWriMo has helped writers around the world write a 50,000-word novel… in 30 days. Think you can’t do it? Last year alone, 37,479 writers proudly crossed the 50,000-word finish line. Write your novel

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Richard Adrian Reese releases new book WHAT IS SUSTAINABLE: REMEMBERING OUR WAY HOME

About the book A hurricane called Peak Everything is rapidly approaching, and we are not prepared for it. Looking through doom-colored glasses, the future appears turbulent and chaotic, for obvious reasons. But when we switch to rose-colored glasses, it’s thrilling to see that dawn is breaking out all over. A dysfunctional way of life is dying, and this opens up a wide variety of new possibilities, some of which could lead to a genuinely sustainable future. No matter what we do, the Earth will heal. It will heal if we self-destruct, and it will heal if we remember healthy values and lifestyles. Are we capable of intelligent change? Yes. But problems that took centuries to create will not be resolved in a single generation. The purpose of this book is to encourage the healing process, to propose important questions, and to examine our reality from a different perspective. One thing is certain: the future demands a radically more intelligent worldview and skill set — and a genuinely healthy future will have little in common with the way we live today. The four directions of this book are sustainable population, sustainable worldview, sustainable food, and reconnection with our past, our ancestors, and our non-human relatives — the living world. Subjects discussed include ecological history, domestication, voluntary simplicity, collapse, materialism, peak energy, peak food, peak population, antibiotics, aquaculture, and agroforestry. About the author Richard Adrian Reese (Rick) was born in Pontiac, Michigan. He spent his 20s and 30s searching for bliss in the corporate world, but failed to find it. In his 40s he lived alone in the forest near Lake Superior, an experience that was exceedingly blissful. His 50s were spent bouncing around California and Oregon. He has recently published WHAT IS SUSTAINABLE, the fruit of 20 years of study, writing, re-writing, and re-writing. More information at Richard’s blog, What Is Sustainable. Available now WHAT IS SUSTAINABLE: REMEMBERING OUR WAY HOME is available at: Independent booksellers such as Tsunami Books (see Abe Books for more) Amazon.com Powells.com

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Season 5 of the Northwest Author Series underway

Author workshops for Oregon writers The Northwest Author Series is an educational series of author workshops put on for the benefit of aspiring writers of all levels from Wilsonville, Oregon and the surrounding areas. All of the authors who present for the Northwest Author Series are residents of the Pacific Northwest, traditionally published authors and experienced writing workshop teachers. The series takes place the third Sunday of each month during the school year (September–May). Authors who present sign copies of their most recently published book after the workshop. 2011-2012 Northwest Author Series Sept. 18, Jeff Baker, Qualities of Critically Acclaimed Books: How To Write for Raves Oct. 23, Emily Chenoweth, Memoir or Fiction? Make The Most of Your Choice Dec. 4, Christina Katz, The Writer’s Workout: Whip Your Literary Ambitions Into Shape Jan. 29, Karen Karbo, Passions Into Paychecks: Make A Living Without A Brand Feb. 26, Bill Johnson, A Story Is A Promise: The Essential Elements of Storytelling Mar. 18: Pamela Hill Smith, For The Love of Research: How To Write Biography Apr. 15: Kevin Sampsell, The Book World: From Reader To Published Author May 6: Heather Vogel Frederick, Much Ado About Middle Grade: Mastering Setting, Character & Plot Details for all events Time: 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Location: Wilsonville Public Library, Oak Room Cost: $5 Snacks and coffee provided by Lamb’s Thriftway and Starbucks Sponsored by The Wilsonville Public Library and The Friends of the Wilsonville Public Library Series created and hosted by Christina Katz More information online: Northwest Author Series

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