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.
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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 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 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.
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!
- Join our meetings and workshops if you’re a writing enthusiasts from the ___ area, if you happen to be in the area, or if you are interested in a specific topic/speaker. All writers 18 and older welcome. Join us!
- Follow our Facebook Page and subscribe to our events to keep in touch.
- Explore our blog to learn about local events and opportunities.
- Join our chapter's mailing list to receive updates by email.
- Find a local critique/writers group or announce your own.
- Visit our contact page if you have a specific inquiry or something you'd like to share with the chapter co-chairs.
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.
Chapter Blog Posts and Updates
April 2016 – Writing and Book Events at Eugene Public Library All events free. More information: 541-682-5450 or www.eugene-or.gov/library. Writer Tim Hicks Saturday, April 2, 3:00 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive A reading plus Q-and-A session with Tim Hicks, author of the novel “Last Stop before Tomorrow.” This modern fable brings together an artist, a computer modeler, and the CEO of an international energy conglomerate who wrestle with the dilemmas of climate change and humanity’s relationship with technology, as well as the challenges of their own lives. They are accompanied in their journey by the mythological figures of Prometheus and Pandora, whose legacies hang in the balance: will the outcome be tragic or transcendent? Free. Information: 541-682-5450 or www.eugene-or.gov/library. Writer Eliot Treichel Saturday, April 9, 2:00 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive A reading and talk by writer Eliot Treichel featuring on his new book for teens and adults, “A Series of Small Maneuvers.” The insightful, moving novel focuses on 15-year-old Emma, whose difficulties in growing up are tragically complicated when she inadvertently causes an accident that kills her father. Coping with guilt and grief, she ultimately finds the inner strength to continue with the help of river rats, ranch hands, and her horse, Magic. According to Publishers Weekly, “Treichel’s realistic and compelling characterization of Emma highlights a maturity into adulthood that offers no easy solutions to the difficulties of grief, but celebrates the best of her family.” Eliot Treichel is a native of Wisconsin who now lives in Eugene, Oregon. His first book, “Close Is Fine,” won the Wisconsin Library Association Literary Award. His fiction and creative nonfiction have appeared in Beloit Fiction Journal, CutBank, Passages North, Southern Indiana Review, and Hawai’i Pacific Review. He’s also written for Canoe & Kayak, Paddler, and Eugene Magazine. Free. Information: 541-682-8316 or www.eugene-or.gov/library. ANNUAL BOOK SALE FUNDRAISER – Friends of Eugene Public Library Saturday, April 9, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., and Sunday, April 10, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Lane Events Center (Lane County Fairgrounds), Eugene The Annual Friends of Eugene Public Library Book Sale will be held Saturday, April 9, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Sunday, April 10, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at Lane Events Center (Lane County Fairgrounds) Performance Hall. Proceeds from this all-volunteer project go to support Eugene Public Library classes, programs, and events, including Summer Reading for children and teens. VISA/Mastercard will be accepted, as well as cash and checks. Admission and parking are free. Shoppers will be able to choose from thousands of gently-used and like-new books on all topics, at bargain prices of only $1.00 to $2.00. Also for sale will be DVDs, vinyl, audio books, sheet music, and music CDs. Recent bestsellers will be available in the Good as New section, and collectors can check for rare and specialty books in Individually Priced. A Children’s area will offer a large selection of books, DVDs, and CDs for kids. The Book Sale is the Friends of Eugene Public Library’s major fundraiser each year. Over 300 volunteers work on the Book…Read More
January 2016 – Writing and Book Events at Eugene Public Library All events free. More information: 541-682-5450 or www.eugene-or.gov/library. Celebrating Shakespeare’s First Folio Saturday, January 16, 3:00 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive. Free. Join Lara Bovilsky for an introduction to the exhibit “First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare” at the University of Oregon’s Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. Bovilsky will give an insider’s guide to this month’s events and discuss the history of remembering Shakespeare. Her talk will explore the radically changing assessments of Shakespeare’s gifts and contributions to the world, from his friends’ conflicting descriptions to modern perspectives. An Associate Professor of English at the University of Oregon, Bovilsky led the successful application process to bring this historic display to Eugene. The First Folio was published in 1623, just seven years after the writer’s death, with the title “Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies.” It is the only source of 18 of his 38 plays including “The Tempest,” “Macbeth,” “Twelfth Night,” and “As You Like It.” In 2016, the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, original First Folios will tour for display in every state in the nation plus Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. The University of Oregon’s Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art in Eugene was chosen as the single Oregon site. Between January 6 and February 7, visitors to the museum will be able to see the exhibit with free admission, as well as participate in related events on campus and in the community. The national tour “First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare” is a traveling exhibition from the Folger Shakespeare Library, in partnership with the Cincinnati Museum Center and the American Library Association. For a calendar of all events in connection with the exhibit, visit jsma.uoregon.edu/Shakespeare. Windfall Reading: Molly Gloss and John Witte Tuesday, January 19, 5:30 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive. Free. This month’s readers are novelist Molly Gloss and poet John Witte. Molly Gloss is a fourth-generation Oregonian and the author of five novels: “The Jump-Off Creek,” “The Dazzle of Day,” “Wild Life,” “The Hearts of Horses,” and “Falling From Horses.” Her work has received honors including an Oregon Book Award, Pacific Northwest Booksellers Awards, PEN West Fiction Prize, James Tiptree Jr. Award, and Whiting Writers Award. Her writing is centered on the landscape, literature, mythology, and life of the American West. John Witte’s poems have appeared widely, including in The New Yorker, Paris Review, Kenyon Review, and American Poetry Review, as well as in The Norton Introduction to Literature. The author of “Loving the Days,” “The Hurtling,” “Second Nature,” and “Disquiet,” he teaches literature at the University of Oregon and served as editor of Northwest Review for 30 years. The Windfall Reading Series is sponsored by Eugene Public Library, Lane Literary Guild, Friends of Eugene Public Library, and Eugene Public Library Foundation. Refreshments served at intermission. Tween Scene Thursday, January 28, 4:00-5:00 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive. Free.…Read More
Stop by The Poetry Stage for some great spoken word, in the shade. You can enter daily raffle drawings with a donation of any kind and win great prizes, all to help a wonderful local cause, the OSLP Arts & Culture Program: http://www.artsandcultureeugene.org/Read More