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
Poet C. Steven Blue will be interviewed tomorrow in Portland, by Dr. Veronica Esagui, on the tv show, “Authors Forum,” for broadcast on cable television. It will be broadcast on TVCTV, Channel 21, which is seen in Portland, Tigard, Tualatin, Hillsboro, West Linn, Beaverton, Oregon City, Lake Oswego, Damascus, Milwaukie and Forest Grove. Channel 21 is seen on Comcast Cable and Frontier (formerly Verizon) FiOS systems. Look for an announcement on Blue’s blog when it airs (www.wordsongs.com/blog). More about the show: Dr. Veronica Esagui’s, TV talk show “The Author’s Forum”, introduces professional and successful authors, publishers, editors, publish contract lawyers, book cover designers, and artists who when combined, make up a crucial aspect of the book industry. She is a member of the National Writers Union and the North West Association of Book Publishers, www.nwabp.org .Read More
WWW: Wordcrafters & Wine on Wednesdays 3rd Wednesday of every month 7-9 at Territorial Vineyards Tasting Room, 907 W 3rd Ave, Eugene Join us the 3rd Wednesday of the month for stimulating conversation and wine! Each month will feature a different professional writer, agent, or editor to talk about the business and craft of writing. Get yourself a glass of vino and pull up a seat! WWWs are free to the public (21 and over), donations to Wordcrafters Young Writers Program appreciated. Join us for Sophia Bennett on 17 September! Sophia Bennett: Social Media for Writers (Fiction, Non-fiction, and Freelance) Facebook: love it or leave it? Twitter: best news source ever, or leading indicator of the downfall of civilization? Whatever your feelings about social media, it’s here to stay, and learning to use it can be a great way to boost your career. Local communications professional and freelance writer Sophia Bennett will share the ins and outs of social media for writers of all kinds. Besides clearing up the differences between oddly-named services like Pinterest and Tumblr, she will share case studies of writers making good use of their presence on social media. She will also discuss do’s and don’ts of social media and how to keep sites like YouTube from sucking up all your time. Sophia Bennett spent five years as social media manager for a large local nonprofit. She now offers social media management services, as well as freelance writing and communications support, to businesses and nonprofits.Read More
September 2014 – book-lover and writerly events at Eugene Public Library All events FREE. Physics for Rock Stars Saturday, September 13, 3:00 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive Ever wonder why nature abhors a vacuum, what causes magnetic attraction, how to jump off a moving train, or do a perfect stage dive? Find answers and laughs at this talk by Christine McKinley based on her book “Physics for Rock Stars.” She will demonstrate how physics can help you perform fancy microphone throws, escape a sinking car, discover your true identity, stop spinning your wheels, handle chaos, and keep secrets No equations, numbers, or tricky concepts — just an inspiring and comical romp through the basics of physics and the beauty of the organized universe. Christine McKinley is a licensed mechanical engineer and hosts the History channel’s series “Brad Meltzer’s Decoded.” Free. Information: 541-682-5450 or www.eugene-or.gov/library. Windfall Reading: David Axelrod and Jodi Varon Tuesday, September 16, 5:30 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive This month’s Windfall Reading features David Axelrod and Jodi Varon, who co-direct the MFA in Creative Writing program at Eastern Oregon University and co-edit the literary arts journal “basalt.” David Axelrod is the author of six poetry collections, including “The Cartographer’s Melancholy,” a finalist for the 2006 Oregon Book Award, and his most recent, “What Next, Old Knife?” His book of essays about the interior Northwest is titled Troubled Intimacies. Jodi Varon wrote the non-fiction “Drawing to an Inside Straight: The Legacy of an Absent Father.” She also translates poetry from the Chinese, including “The Rock’s Cold Breath: Selected Poems of Li He.” 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. Print Your Book Wednesday, September 17, 2:30 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive This two-hour class offers an introduction to the many self-publishing resources available online. Whether you have written a book you want to print and sell widely, or you want to print just a few copies of a family history or recipe collection, self-publishing is now easier and more affordable than ever. Intermediate computer and Internet skills required. Free. Information: 541-682-5450 or www.eugene-or.gov/library. Intro to Blogging Thursday, September 18, 1:30 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive Create your own blog with the free website Blogger. Plus an introduction to RSS and Google Reader, tools that deliver automatic updates from your preferred online sources for news, opinion, entertainment, and more. Internet experience and e-mail account required. Free. Information: 541-682-5450 or www.eugene-or.gov/library. Banned Books Read-Outs at Eugene and Springfield Public Libraries Springfield Public Library: Saturday, September 20, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Eugene Public Library: Saturday, September 27, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. To celebrate free speech and honor defenders of First Amendment rights, local public libraries and the Lane County…Read More
Sándor Lau of Eugene, Ore. has won second prize in the nonfiction category of the Kay Snow Writing Contest held by Willamette Writers. Lau and other winners were announced at the annual Willamette Writers Conference banquet, Saturday Aug. 2 at the Lloyd Center Doubletree Portland. Lau’s winning piece, “Sándor’s Oregon Trail,” is an excerpt from his upcoming book, Sándor’s Oregon Trail, which will also be accompanied by a documentary series and is currently seeking a publisher. The piece was also a finalist in the San Francisco Writing Contest. Lau is an award-winning filmmaker and writer who walked across northern New Zealand to make his film Sándor’s New Zealand Trail. Find out more here about Sándor including video clips from Sándor’s Oregon Trail.Read More