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
Sept. 2015 – Writing and Book Events at Eugene Public Library All events FREE. More information: 541-682-5450 or www.eugene-or.gov/library Edible Wild Plants: Wild Foods From Dirt to Plate Wednesday, September 2, 6:00 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive A fun and informative illustrated talk by author John Kallas on how to identify, harvest, and prepare nearby nutritious and delicious plants. This presentation is based on his book, “Edible Wild Plants: Wild Foods From Dirt to Plate.” Kallas has investigated edible wild plants since 1970 and taught about them since 1978. A trained botanist, nature photographer, writer, researcher, and teacher, Dr. Kallas has a doctorate in Nutrition, a Masters in Education. He is the founder and director of Wild Food Adventures, The Institute for the Study of Edible Wild Plants & Other Foragables. Free. Information:541-682-5450 or www.eugene-or.gov/library. Concert: Eugene Opera First Friday, September 4, 6:00 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive Singers from Eugene Opera perform arias and ensembles from the coming season, which is inspired by literary works. The season will include Benjamin Britten’s “The Turn of The Screw,” Gaetano Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor,” Pyiotr Ilych Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin,” and Mark Adamo’s “Little Women.” High school students from the Eugene Opera Academy will perform dramatic readings from the literary works on which these operas are based, bringing to life the words of Henry James, Sir Walter Scott, Alexander Pushkin, and Louisa May Alcott. The Downtown Library stays open until 8:00 p.m. on the First Friday of each month. Free. Information: 541-682-5450 or www.eugene-or.gov/library. Crazy 8s Oregon Author Tour Saturday, September 12, 3:00 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive It’s speed-dating with authors! The Crazy 8s Oregon Author Tour is a fun, fast celebration of writing in which each of eight authors gets the stage for eight minutes to talk about the writing life and highlight one book. The Crazy 8s Oregon Author Tour kicks off at the Downtown Eugene Public Library with a rousing roster: Molly Gloss, Melissa Hart, Lindsay Hill, Justin Hocking, Karen Karbo, Lauren Kessler, Phillip Margolin, and Gina Ochsner. Many are winners of multiple awards, including quite a few Oregon Book Awards. The Crazy 8s Author Tour will appear at eight libraries this fall: Albany, Beaverton, Corvallis, Cottage Grove, Eugene, Salem, Seaside, and Stayton. Each event features a different line-up of eight writers from a total of 27 participants. The Eugene event is co-sponsored by Eugene Public Library and the University of Oregon Duck Store, which will provide books for purchase and signing. Molly Gloss is an Oregon Book Award and Pacific Northwest Book Award winner whose latest work is “Falling From Horses.” Melissa Hart is nationally recognized for her memoirs “Gringa” and “Wild Within.” Lindsay Hill is an Oregon Book Award finalist, and winner of the PEN Fiction Award for “Sea of Hooks.” Justin Hocking won an Oregon Book Award for “The Great Floodgates of the Wonderworld.” Karen Karbo is an Oregon Book Award winner and…Read More
August 2015 – Writing and Book Events at Eugene Public Library All events FREE. More information: 541-682-5450 or www.eugene-or.gov/library Citizen Journalism: Writing Workshop Thursday, August 20, 6:00 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive “Citizen journalism” is now everywhere, as new technologies have made it possible for the general public to play an active role in the process of collecting, reporting, analyzing, and disseminating news and information. Learn more about citizen journalism and the basics of investigative reporting at this workshop with Amy Beasley and Aryn Bartley of the Community Writing Center of Eugene-Springfield at Lane Community College. Free. Information: 541-682-5450 or www.eugene-or.gov/library. Download eBooks and More Wednesday, August 26, 2:30 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive Have fun and save money: learn how to get free downloadable and streaming eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, music, movies, and TV shows from Eugene Public Library. See a step-by-step, user-friendly demonstration of online services including Library2Go, Hoopla, Zinio, and Freegal. These services offer tens of thousands of titles and are available at the Library website from home or on the road. Just bring yourself and your curiosity; no device needed. Free. Information: 541-682-5450 or www.eugene-or.gov/library. Tween Scene Book Group Thursday, August 27, 4:00 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive This month’s book is “Ghostopolis” by Doug TenNapel. In this graphic novel, Garth is accidentally zapped into the spirit world, where he finds himself on the run from the evil ruler of Ghostopolis. For grades 4 through 6. Pre-register and pick up the book at the Children’s Center starting August 1. Free. Information: 541-682-8316 or www.eugene-or.gov/library. Teen Book Group Thursday, August 27, 4:00 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive This month’s book is “Grasshopper Jungle” by Andrew Smith. In this wildly funny and intense novel, the hero faces at least two major life questions. Can you be in love with more than one person at once? And how do you stop an army of giant killer insects you’ve set free by mistake? For middle and high schoolers. Starting August 1, visit the Downtown Teen desk to pre-register and pick up your copy. Free. Information: 541-682-8316 or www.eugene-or.gov/libraryRead More
Oregon Supported Living Program (OSLP) is presenting their 3rd annual “So Small” benefit in support of their Arts & Culture Program at the Lincoln Gallery on May 30th, from 6-8pm. EVERYONE IS INVITED! Miniature artwork – small performances – tiny food and drinks. I will be performing one small poem in support of this event. “The 3rd annual So Small: Miniature Art Show” is a silent auction of donated artwork for the OSLP Arts & Culture Program. All proceeds will go into the OSLP Arts & Culture Scholarship Fund to help cover the cost of registration fees for individuals who couldn’t afford otherwise. Opening Reception & Exhibition // The Lincoln Gallery 309 W. 4th Ave, Eugene Saturday, May 30th, 2015, 6-8pm Tiny Prizes, Tiny performances, Tiny Food and Cider from WildCraft CiderWorks! This is a wonderful benefit for a wonderful cause, so please attend if you can. Their flyer is attached, showing the event schedule and participating performers. More information on their event can be found here: http://www.artsandcultureeugene.org/so-small.html You can visit their main website here: http://www.oslp.org/Read More