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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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


About the book Eugene writer and Mid-Valley member David Ozab is among 101 writers selected for the latest Chicken Soup for the Soul book, DEVOTIONAL STORIES FOR TOUGH TIMES. His article, “Truth at the Benefit Sale,” is Ozab’s first published-in-print article. The story begins: “Cleft lip.” The words had rung in my head since the ultrasound. At twenty-two weeks, a shadow on our unborn child’s lip shattered our dreams of the perfect baby. We were facing surgeries, possible feeding problems, and other unknown complications. How were we going to handle this? We prayed every night, desperate for an answer, but the question still haunted us. After two weeks of anguish, we needed a break. That’s why Julia suggested we go to this benefit sale. The story is drawn from Chapter Four of Ozab’s non-fiction book, A SMILE FOR ANNA. “The book tells the story of my daughter’s life from the womb to about age four,” says Ozab, “including her cleft diagnosis and surgery, her difficulties with speech and her incredible outgoing spirit through it all.” Ozab is currently working on the manuscript and is seeking representation. The Ozab family was previously featured in local media in 2007, when they arranged a fundraising drive together with a local church and area hospitals. They raised over $2,000 to buy special bears through the Cleft Palate Foundation for children undergoing cleft surgery. David has also appeared on Eugene KEZI TV to discuss his book and childhood speech issues. About the author David Ozab is a father, writer, and one of the wonderful member volunteers who assists the Mid-Valley Chapter of Willamette Writers. He also maintains the Fatherhood Etc. blog, and is seeking additional freelance opportunities. He is a Contributing Editor at About This Particular Macintosh and a Guest Contributor at MyEugene. Ozab has also worked as a composer, a college instructor, and a web designer. He lives in Oregon with his wife Julia, his daughter Anna, and two lop rabbits named Jellybean and Oreo. More information at his website, www.davidozab.com. Available now CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL: DEVOTIONAL STORIES FOR TOUGH TIMES is available at: Independent booksellers such as Tsunami Books (see Abe Books for more) Amazon.com Barnes & Noble Powells.com

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Lee Darling releases new novel JUST OUT OF REACH

About the book After a painful divorce, Jessie Lochwood retreats to her hometown on the Oregon Coast. Her plans for a week of quiet reflection are blown apart when she finds a leather jacket on a lonely beach. A letter in the pocket swirls her into her past and into a dangerous search for the missing brother of a childhood chum. A recovering alcoholic, Jessie comes face-to-face with ghosts from her past as she pursues a violent, abusive man and the woman he controls. About the author Lee Darling has lived in Oregon since 1961. She has received awards for non-fiction essays and for poetry. Her personal essays have been published in the Write On! column of The Register-Guard. JUST OUT OF REACH is her first novel. More information at Lee’s blog, Scattered Bumps. Available now JUST OUT OF REACH is available at: Independent booksellers such as Tsunami Books (see Abe Books for more) Lulu.com Amazon.com

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Marlene McCormack commentary in Eugene Register-Guard

A commentary by member Marlene McCormack was published in the July 17 edition of the Eugene Register-Guard: Pioneering spirit fading from view “The final space shuttle mission brings back memories of a nation once bolstered by optimism and pride” Read more…

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Plans for the Apocalypse: Call for submissions for new anthology

Call for Submissions: PLANS FOR THE APOCALYPSE From a Portland Willamette Writers member: Do you have plans for the the end of civilization? Did you ever? Is it possible to prepare for the ultimate catastrophe? Leave it to humans to try… Being part of a religious group preparing for Armageddon How to can up and store food Living off the grid & hoarding water for environmental disaster Urban post-civilization survival Changing relationships for post-apocalyptic times How to meditate your way to salvation Parenting for an unpredictable future Spending the family savings on an underground bunker Armed to the teeth or raising chickens for the final catastrophe… Or? We’re seeking short literary memoir, fiction, childhood memories, DIY instructions, how-to, to-do lists, preparations, photographs, diagrams, comics, illustrations, letters, philosophical truths, all on planning and preparing for the end of civilization as we know it. Send us your stories. Write with any questions. Prefer 2,500 words or less. Will consider up to 5,000 Deadline: August 7, 2011 Editors Jenny Forrester and Ariel Gore Submit via email or snail mail anthology@theforrest.org Jenny Forrester/Ariel Gore P.O. Box 40513 Portland, OR 97240 More info

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Meet your new Mid-Valley Chapter co-chairs

Thank you JoJo After 5 years of strong, vibrant leadership, our own JoJo Jensen is stepping down from her role as chair of the Mid-Valley Chapter of Willamette Writers. We want to thank JoJo for her wit, devotion and energy. JoJo is currently launching her new business, Chapter and Voice. You can find JoJo at chapter meetings and on Twitter at vojojo. New co-chairs Please join us in welcoming our new chapter co-chairs, Valerie Willman and Anthony St. Clair. Valerie Willman is an author and line editor living in Eugene, OR. She writes on grief, parenting, urban homesteading, unschooling (while her kids go to school), and her son’s special needs. She’s seeking representation for her memoir, Grief Shadows: Young, Pregnant and Widowed. She loves decaf Caramel Macchiatos and gluten-free Holy Donuts, but tries to eat more whole foods. Honest. You can find Valerie on Facebook, Scribd and Twitter at valeriewillman. Anthony St. Clair is a copywriter, editor, brewer, cook and world traveler who transplanted to Eugene in 2000. Anthony has blogged his passion for words, food and the Northwest at antsaint.com since 2004. He is currently at work on a batch of homebrew, a novel and a few good home-cooked meals. You can find Anthony on Twitter at antsaint.

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JoJo Jensen launches new Chapter & Voice AudioTeasers for book marketing

New book marketing tool for writers and authors JoJo Jensen announces the launch of Chapter & Voice and unveils the AudioTeaser – the hottest new marketing tool for writers! Use the power of voice to market your book The AudioTeaser is audio marketing for writers seeking an innovative way to boost their promotion and sales efforts. Intrigued? Listen to samples on the Showcase page — it’s pretty darn cool! More information about AudioTeasers and how they help your book marketing available in the Chapter & Voice FAQ. Interested in an AudioTeaser? Order yours today Chapter and Voice online Website www.chapterandvoice.com Twitter @chapterandvoice Facebook Chapter & Voice

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Lila Rain Ekstrom releases new novella, Dark Water

From the Shadowed Hearts series of gothic novellas Lila Rain Ekstrom is the author of Dark Water, a new title in the Shadowed Hearts series of gothic novellas released by Red Rose Publishing. After a climbing accident leaves Theadora Solitander prey to crippling headaches, she takes refuge on isolated lighthouse station Foulweather Island. But soon something ghostly and malevolent begins to consume her very soul, and its hunger will not be slaked until she sacrifices herself to it. Theadora must summon all her lost strength to defeat the seductive evil—before it drags her to her death in the beckoning, dark water. Learn more about Dark Water…

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Kelly Schaub announces the release of her debut novel The Empire’s Edge

Debut novel from The Wild Rose Press Former zookeeper turned editor and author, Springfield resident Kelly Schaub (writing as Kelly McCrady) announces the release of her debut novel at The Wild Rose Press. The Empire’s Edge follows a young noblewoman who expects a royal annulment once she solves the conflict endangering the realm’s dragons, but the only man who offers help is her arranged husband—a sexy, low-born captain intent on military glory. For more about the author and her work, visit her website www.kellymccrady.com

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MyEugene Poetry Publishing Program

Call for submissions Do you write poetry about Eugene? Send your poems about Eugene to MyEugene’s Poetry Publishing Program. MyEugene has launched a FEATURED Poem-of-the-Month program. They will publish and podcast one poem about Eugene each month. The podcasts will be created by local Professional Voice Talent and Audio Entrepreneur, JoJo Jensen. Guidelines and submission instructions available at myeugene.org/poetry

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Oregon Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen to Appear as a Featured Guest of the YWA Glitterary Word Festival

Glitterary Word Festival: Multi-day literary arts festival Oregon’s Sixth Poet Laureate, Paulann Petersen, will spend several days in Lane County for the multi-day literary arts festival, Young Writers Association Glitterary Word Festival. She will make a number of appearances from Apr. 28-30 as part of the Lane County festival. For details, visit the Young Writers Association website: www.ywalane.org. Glitterary event schedule The culminating day of the Glitterary Word Festival is Saturday, April 30, 2011. Events are held 11 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Eugene Public Library Downtown. Glitterary is free and open to the public. This year’s festival theme is “Food”. The events schedule is as follows: 11:00-12:30: MAY THE FORK BE WITH YOU WINNERS’ RECEPTION: The announced winners of YWA’s winter writing contest, FOOD, read their work followed by a light luncheon reception. 12:30-2:00pm: WRITING WITH OREGON’S POET LAUREATE: All ages! Kids and teens invite favorite adults and adults invite favorite youth to join visiting Oregon Poet Laureate, Paulann Petersen, in an inter-generational writing workshop. 2:00-4:00pm: FOOD FOR THE SOUL: Kids, teens and their families explore, imagine and create in many hands-on stations inspired by the contest theme, Food. Paulann Petersen will be available for book signing. Festival participants may visit the KLCC studios to record their creative writing on CD. Find out more about local literary arts organizations, write with an author, create exceptional handcrafted journals, and enter an instant writing contest. About YWA Glitterary Word Festival 2011 The YWA Glitterary Word Festival 2011 is produced by the Young Writers Association and hosted by the Eugene Public Library Downtown. The festival is made possible in part by a grant from Lane Arts Council with support from the City of Eugene Cultural Services Division. Governor Kulongoski appoints our Oregon Poet Laureate. The Poet Laureate program is a collaborative project of the state’s five cultural partners: Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Humanities, Oregon Heritage Commission, Oregon Historical Society, and State Historic Preservation Office, with funding from the Oregon Cultural Trust. 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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