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

Grand Opening for new Willamette Writers House

Grand Opening and Open House Apr. 23, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Congratulations to Willamette Writers for buying and setting up the new Willamette Writers House! To celebrate, all members are invited to an all-day Open House on Saturday, Apr. 23. (Coincidentally, that’s also Shakespeare’s 447th birthday.) Please bring a dish to share and a housewarming gift for the house, such as books you’ve written, writing books, cleaning supplies, writing décor, etc. Get there Our new writing headquarters is located at 2108 Buck Street, West Linn 97068 (maps and directions). West Linn is just south of Portland, and the house is at the corner of Caulfield, Buck and Highway 43. New Willamette Writers main phone number The Willamette Writers office is also located in the house. You can reach the office on the new phone number, (503) 305-6729. Open soon for writers As of Apr. 24, the Writers House will also be open to room writing and critique groups for WW members. Reserve space at www.willamettewriters.com Learn more about the house at the Willamette Writers Dream House page

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Vote for Otters In Space by Mary E. Lowd for Ursa Major Awards

Mid-Valley Members News from Mary E. Lowd Ursa Major Awards: Vote for Otters In Space as Best Novel by Apr. 17 Mary’s novel, Otters In Space, is a science-fiction adventure story set in a far future when humans have left the Earth and dogs rule. The hero is an oppressed tabby-cat who dreams of a better place, where cats can run their own lives. Her search for such a cat paradise ends up taking her all the way to the mysterious otter space station and beyond. Otters In Space is available both as a paperback from Amazon and as an e-book from most vendors. For more information, check out my website at www.marylowd.com. How to vote The Ursa Major Awards are the highest honor in anthropomorphic literature, a genre centered on talking (or otherwise anthropomorphic) animals. The Ursa Majors are a people’s choice award. Anyone can vote by going to the Ursa Major website, submitting an email address, and then logging in with an emailed “key.” Once logged in, the website requires some minimal identifying information to ensure that no one votes more than once. The website is www.ursamajorawards.org. Mary E. Lowd short story also on the ballot In addition to Otters In Space being up for Best Novel in the Ursa Majors, Mary’s short story “Gerty and the Doesn’t-Smell-Like-a-Melon” is also on the ballot, under Best Short Fiction. You can read that story at Golden Visions Magazine. Voting ends Apr. 17 Voting for the Ursa Major Awards ends April 17. Thank you for your interest and support! Mary E. Lowd Otters In Space: Smashwords | Amazon “Gerty and the Doesn’t-Smell-Like-a-Melon” Vote: Ursa Major Awards website About Member Announcements Member Announcements are submitted by members of the Mid-Valley Willamette Writers chapter and are posted as a service of the chapter. Submit your member announcement

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Announcing… “Member Announcements”

Submit announcements to midvalleyww@gmail.com Are you looking for a critique group or editor? Do you want to get out the word about a writers retreat? Did you land an agent, sign on with a publisher, or release your latest work? Announce it here! Member Announcements is the space for members to post news, make requests from members, and toot their horns. Here’s how to get your news posted: Submissions are open to Willamette Writers members from all chapters Items may be edited Photos may be submitted, as long as they are in .jpg, .gif or .png format, and are smaller than 300KB per image Submit your Member Announcements today Email your announcement to midvalleyww@gmail.com.

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