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

Have a great story about a bad date? Share it for Valentine’s Day

Planned Parenthood is organizing a popular Eugene valentine’s benefit that helps keep Oregon the leading state for reproductive freedom. It’s called “It’s Not Me, It’s You: Stories from the Dark Side of Dating,” and it will be held from 7-9pm Friday, February 6th at Cozmic Pizza. Every year, we invite local personalities (writers, comedians, activists, SLUG Queens) to share a 6-8 minute story (written or from memory) about their most mortifying date(s) ever. It’s a fun way to poke fun at Valentine’s Day while raising money for a good cause. If you want to share your story, get in touch with: Jimmy Radosta Communications and Marketing Director Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon

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January 2015 – book-lover and writerly events at Eugene Public Library

All events FREE. More information: 541-682-5450 or www.eugene-or.gov/library   Windfall Reading: Armin Tolentino and Mary Rechner Tuesday, January 20, 5:30 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive This month’s Windfall Reading features poet Armin Tolentino and short story writer and essayist Mary Rechner.   Armin Tolentino is a widely-published poet who was honored with a 2014 Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship. When not writing and reading poems, he “works with youth at Camp Fire Columbia, plays punk songs on ukulele, and fishes for anything that will bite.” Mary Rechner’s short story collection is “Nine Simple Patterns for Complicated Women.” Her stories, essays, and literary criticism have appeared in New England Review, Kenyon Review, Oregon Humanities, and the Oregonian. She also directs Literary Arts’ Writers in the Schools Program.   The Windfall Reading Series is sponsored by Eugene Public Library, Lane Literary Guild, Friends of Eugene Public Library, Eugene Public Library Foundation, and Cultural Services Division of Lane Arts Council. Refreshments served at intermission. Free. Information: 541-682-5450 or www.eugene-or.gov/library.   Free eBooks & Audiobooks for Tablets & Smartphones Tuesday, January 20, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Sheldon Branch of Eugene Public Library, 1566 Coburg Road Bring your device to the Sheldon Branch to learn how to borrow free eBooks and audiobooks from the huge selection in Eugene Public Library’s online service, Library2Go. This class is for users of Kindle Fire, Nook HD, Apple, and Android tablets and smartphones. Required: basic computer and Internet skills, basic knowledge of your device. Free. Information: 541-682-5450 or www.eugene-or.gov/library.   Grant Writing Workshop Thursday, January 22, 6:00 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive Join grantwriting expert Lori Bumgardner-Adair to learn step-by-step procedures for writing powerful proposals that meet the requirements of potential funders. Find out how to identify grant opportunities for your non-profit organization, understand how grantors evaluate proposals, and develop successful relationships and communication with grantors. Bumgardner-Adair has garnered more than $150 million in awards and matching gifts during her career as a professional grantwriter. She has also managed non-profits and directed large-scale deliberative democracy projects at the municipal-level and internationally. Free. Information: 541-682-5450 or www.eugene-or.gov/library. The Power of Play: Early Literacy Workshop for Child Care Providers Saturday, January 24, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive Preschool teachers and childcare providers: come to a fun workshop to learn how children use play to develop their understanding of the world — and how you can use play to help get them ready-to-read. Learn about the different types of play, the benefits of play, and how to incorporate books and early literacy materials into activities. The workshop will be led by Aoife Rose Magee, Ph.D., a master trainer for the Oregon Registry,  and Cynthia Olsen, a Youth Services librarian at Eugene Public Library. Free. To receive Oregon Registry Set II credits, call Family Connections in advance: 541-463-3307 or 541-463-3300. For more information, contact Eugene Public Library at 541-682-8316 or www.eugene-or.gov/library.        

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Sun 16 Nov: Free Memoir Workshop with Melissa Hart

Melissa Hart, UO Journalism teacher and author of the new memoir, Wild Within: How Rescuing Owls Inspired a Family (Lyons, 2914) will present a workshop on how to write and sell short- and book-length memoir at Barnes and Noble in Eugene, this Sunday from 3-5 PM. This is the entertaining and inspiring workshop that Hart usually teaches at expensive writing conferences, offered for free one time only.  In a supportive environment, learn how to identify memoir topics that get editors’ attention, and how to structure them into short essays or entire books which you can then pitch professionally to editors.  ‘ For more information on Melissa Hart’s writing, visit www.melissahart.com

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November 2014 – book-lover & writerly events at Eugene Public Library

All events FREE.   Kim Stafford: The Life and Legacy of William Stafford, Oregon Poet Saturday, November 1, 3:00 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive In connection with “Oregon Reads 2014,” writer Kim Stafford will give a talk about the life and legacy of his father, celebrated Oregon poet and pacifist William Stafford.    William Stafford maintained a daily writing practice that began during World War II and continued each morning for 50 years, resulting in some 60 published books of poetry and prose, as well as a lifetime of teaching and ambassadorial travel for poetry. According to Kim Stafford, “The core of this practice was an unusual welcome of what comes in the process of writing, an attitude that flowed directly from his witness for peace and reconciliation: honoring diverse people, seeking ‘the unknown good’ in an enemy, and relishing the surprises that attend the act of writing.”   Oregon Reads is a project of the Oregon Library Association. The 2014 statewide “community read” commemorates the centennial of Oregon’s most celebrated poet, William Stafford, and encourages everyone to read his work. A prolific and popular writer, Stafford won the 1963 National Book Award for Poetry and was named Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, a position now known as U.S. Poet Laureate. He served as Poet Laureate of Oregon from 1975 through 1990, and in 1992, was honored with the Western States Book Award for lifetime achievement in poetry. William Stafford’s many writings are widely available and are currently highlighted in a poem-of-the-day feature at the Oregon Reads website: OregonReads2014.com   Kim Stafford is the author of a dozen books of poetry and prose, the director of the Northwest Writing Institute, and co-director of the Documentary Studies Certificate Program at Lewis & Clark College. Stafford has received creative writing fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and a Governor’s Arts Award for his contributions to Oregon’s literary culture. Kim Stafford’s most recent book is “100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do,” an account of his brother’s death by suicide and the family’s struggle to understand and live beyond that event. Free. Information: 541-682-5450 or www.eugene-or.gov/library.     Create a Handmade Book: Workshop for Adults Sheldon Branch of Eugene Public Library: Tuesday, November 4, 6:00 p.m., 1566 Coburg Road Bethel Branch of Eugene Public Library: Tuesday, November 18, 6:00 p.m., 1990 Echo Hollow Road Adults are invited to join artist Amanda Puetz to create a handmade, soft-cover book embellished with paper beads.  Learn to make the beads, then use basic folding and stitching skills to create a unique book for use as a journal, photo album, or gift. Beginners welcome!  Free. Information: 541-682-5450 or www.eugene-or.gov/library.     Navajo Weavers: The Art of Ellen and Lucy Begay Wednesday, November 5, 6:00 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive Art collector Gary Beaudoin will give an illustrated talk about based on his book “Unbroken Web: The Art of Ellen & Lucy Begay,”  celebrating the works of these…

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Tues, 28 Oct: When Sloths, Owls, and Berries Collide–Nature Writing – Melissa Hart , Tom Titus

Tuesday, October 28 at 5:00pm – 7:00pm Museum Of Natural And Cultural History, 1680 E. 15th Ave., Eugene Join us for a fun and lively evening in the UO Museum of Natural and Cultural History as faculty authors Melissa Hart (School of Journalism and Communication) and Tom Titus (Neuroscience) read from their work. Hart will read from her latest memoir Wild Within: How Rescuing Owls Inspired a Family and Titus will read from Blackberries in July: A Forager’s Field Guide to Inner Peace. Refreshments are provided. For more info, visit http://uoduckstore.com/event/berries-owls-sloths-collide-exploring-humorous-side-nature-writing-melissa-hart-tom-titus/

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Sat, 17 Oct: NaNo Mini Plotting Workshop–CHANGE OF VENUE

NaNo Mini Plotting Workshop Saturday, 18 october 1:00-3:00 pm Cost: $20 members/$25 non-members (save $5 if you buy something from the cafe) CHANGE OF VENUE: Washburne Cafe, 326 Main St., Springfield Write a novel in a month? No problem when you plot it out! This fast-paced 2-hour plotting mashup gives you more than a mere outline. Using Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey, 3-act structure, and a screen-writing card trick, this workshop will guide you through all aspects of planning out your novel so you’ll be ready to focus on writing come November. You’ll also learn some nifty tips and tricks for surviving writing a novel in a month, or any novel project.

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2014 EIFF SCREENWRITERS/FILMMAKERS RETREAT A Unique, Intensive Course in Writing and Marketing Your Screenplays and TV Projects Presented by Hollywood Professionals Writer/Producer TOM SAWYER, Literary Agent KEN SHERMAN,  & Movie/Video Distributor MIKE KATCHMAN  9 Hours over 3 Days – plus Homework Assignments SESSION #1 – Friday Evening – Nov 7, 6 – 9 PM SESSION #2 – Saturday Morning – Nov 8, 9 AM – Noon SESSION #3 – Sunday Morning – Nov 9, 9 AM – Noon Followed by a No-Host Lunch with Mike, Ken & Tom See detailed Course information, pricing and our Instructor Bios at: http://www.eugenefilmfest.org/eiff-retreat

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Thur, 16 Oct: Lunch with Author Susan Fletcher at Book Nest

Thursday, 16 October at Noon at Book Nest (located in Indulge Antiques, Springfield) Susan Fletcher is the author of eleven books for young readers including The Dragon Chronicles series and The Shadow Spinner. To research her novels, she has explored lava tubes and sea caves, ridden in a glider, and cut up baby chicks and mice for a gyrfalcon’s dinner. She has also traveled along the Silk Road in Iran to research ancient settings for Alphabet of Dreams, and explored the canals and glass studios of Venice and Murano for Falcon in the Glass. Her books have been translated into seven languages. The winner of two Oregon Book Awards, Susan has also won the Willamette Writers’ Distinguished Author Award and the Oregon Council of Teachers of English’s Oregon Spirit Award. She lives in Hillsboro and is on the faculty of Vermont College of Fine Arts. Learn more here! Directions to Indulge! Antiques: From 105, take the Mohawk exit. Pass Bi-mart and Dutch Bros. and turn left at the next light. In the parking lot, take a jog to the left, then go straight back (away from Mohawk), between the two large buildings.  Indulge is on the back side of the building on the left, with the entrance facing 18th St.   Fall Author Lunches ØThurs., Oct. 23, noon: Steve McQuiddy, author of Here on the Edge, a historical look at a group of WWII conscientious objectors housed at a Civilian Public Service Camp in Waldport. http://hereontheedge.com/   ØThurs., Oct. 30, noon: Dorothy Velasco, local writer, historian, playwright, and author of Springfield: Between Two Rivers, a beautifully illustrated and thoroughly researched history of our town. Co-written with her daughter Mara Velasco.   ØThurs., Nov. 6, noon: Jaye Bennett, local educator and author of Girl at Arms, young adult historical fiction about Joan of Arc. http://www.rfwp.com/book/girl-at-arms   ØFri., Nov. 14, noon: Arwen Spicer, Portland-area writing instructor and author of the science fiction novel The Hour before Morning.   ØThurs., Nov. 20, noon: Martha Magee, author of Twenty-Five Days around the Manger and Ebenezer and Ninety-Eight Friends. With her ninety-nine-year-old mother, Georgia Lou Aker, author of Grandma’s Almanac.   ØThurs., Dec. 4, noon: Michael Pungercar, author of The Promise Kept, the story of a man who served with a WWII bomb group. Michael is the son of a B-17 radio operator and founder of the local Honor Flight chapter for WWII veterans. http://outskirtspress.com/webpage.php?ISBN=9781432764395     ØThurs., Dec. 11, noon: Kathleen Ruckman, essayist, author of Who is God? and other picture books, and contributor to two Christmas in my Heart story collections.  http://kathleenruckman.com/   ØThurs., Dec. 18, noon: Bob Welch, Register Guard columnist and author of Resolve, Easy Company Soldier, American Nightingale, 52 Little Lessons from It’s a Wonderful Life, and his newest release, 52 Little Lessons from Les Miserables. http://bobwelch.net/  

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Sat, 18 Oct: C. Steven Blue Poetry & Art Showcase

C. Steven Blue Poetry & Art Showcase (& Open Mic) Saturday, October 18th, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Eugene Public Library More info here This is an exciting poetry event. Eugene poet C. Steven Blue gathers some of Oregon’s most renowned poets for this annual event, along with new poets and artwork by local artists. You will be entertained by the exciting talents of Literary Poets, Performance Poets, Slam Poets and a Poetry Open Mic to top it off. Three of Eugene’s finest artists will be displaying and selling their artwork. Bring something to read at the open mic or just sit and enjoy the afternoon’s presentations. Three minute time slots are available for the open mic reading on a first come, first served basis. Sign-up starts at 1:00 pm. Refreshments provided, along with gourmet coffee, tea and herbal tea. The poets who will be featured at this year’s showcase are: Quinton Hallett, Nancy Carol Moody, Laura LeHew, Joan Dobbie, Howard Robertson, Michele Graf, Rachel Rich, Kit Chell, Michael Hess, Andrew Gonzalez, Candace Renee Perkins, Joe Cronin and C. Steven Blue. Also, three fine Eugene artists will be represented this year: Ellen Gabehart: Known for her wonderful watercolor paintings of local landscapes, musicians and more. Ellen has done sketches live at our last two showcases, sketching our poets as they read. She has consented to do so again this year. She will also have some of her work on display and for sale. Judy Hayden: Photography artist, her amazing photo art pieces are fantastic and well loved. Many look more like paintings than photographs. Steve LaRiccia: Multi-talented artist and coordinator of New Zone Gallery, Steve’s Steamworks art sculptures are like nothing else you have ever seen (Pioneering Steampunk art!). We hope to see you there, at the 3rd annual C. Steven Blue Poetry Workshop and Poetry & Art Showcase (& Open Mic).

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22 Sept: Book Release & Reading with Anthony St. Clair

Celebrate former Mid-Valley WW co-chair Anthony St. Clair’s book release for Forever the Road. Travel. Destiny. Beer. In the third Rucksack Universe book, three wanderers in India battle their hearts and their destinies as an awakened evil prepares to destroy all life. Travel. Destiny. Beer. Join local author Anthony St. Clair in the back room of The Bier Stein (thebierstein.com) for an evening of wit, adventure, and beer as he reads from Forever the Road, his newly released third Rucksack Universe travel fantasy novel. Audience Q&A, book/travel/beer chat, books sales and signings of all 3 Rucksack books too. Sláinte! The Bier Stein Mon., 22 Sept, 6 p.m. 1591 Willamette St, Eugene, Oregon 97401 FREE admission. More Info: The Bier Stein – http://thebierstein.com/events/ Event on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/events/1434732346775620/

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