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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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

16 August: Wild Within Book Launch by Melissa Hart

Book Launch for Wild Within by Melissa Hart: August 16th at 5 PM, Tsunami Books About Wild Within: How Rescuing Owls Inspired a Family It’s impossible to be depressed about a lethargic adoption process when a baby owl sporting a bad mullet sits on a perch in your nursery.  Although my husband and I struggled three years to adopt a child, I kept my sanity by learning to train owls at the Cascades Raptor Center in Eugene, Oregon.  Weird work; on our first date, Jonathan and I drove two hours to pick up 600 pounds of frozen rats and an orphaned fledgling Barred owl.  Though talons terrified me, I began scrubbing mews alongside him and ended up committing several years to caring for birds threatened by poison and gunshot and habitat loss—work that reversed our decision to live child-free and plunged us into the world of international and domestic adoption. Lyons Press will publish my memoirWild Within: How Rescuing Owls Inspired a Family in August 2014.  Through lively prose and compelling imagery, the book illuminates the unexpected connections between injured and orphaned children and birds of prey . . . and the people who work to help both.  On August 16th at 5 PM, Tsunami Books will host a book launch party with my presentation, “Everything I Know about Child-Rearing, I Learned from My Owl” and representatives from A Family for Every Child and The Heart Gallery.   Wild Within will appeal to readers who love candid and quirky memoir, as well as to those who have an interest in adoption and unusual wildlife issues.  The memoir tells of feeding fledgling raptors in a ghost costume and entertaining a baby Barred owl in our nursery while we worked to adopt a child.  Gradually, I evolved from Los Angeles urbanite, clueless about the definition of the word raptor, to glove-training a permanently-injured baby Barred owl and an irascible imprinted Snowy owl with a penchant for fornicating with my sneakers. Wild Within is a testimony to the salvation of immersing oneself in a passion . . . even if one suffers a talon through the hand and nearly gets scalped by a wild owl in the process. Check out the Wild Within Book Trailer.  

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“Smell the Blue Sky” Named a BRAG Medallion Honoree

Member and Mid-Valley Co-Chairperson Valerie Willman’s book Smell the Blue Sky has just been named a BRAG Medallion Honoree for Best Self-Published Books. You can buy the book at Tsunami Books, or anywhere online. Learn more about Valerie here and here. Find out more about BRAG Medallion at www.bragmedallion.com.

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24 July: Authors Lunch with poet Colette Tennant at Book Nest

Have you been to an Author Lunch at Book Nest yet? Join these fun, informal chats where you get to ask the author all kinds of questions.You can also browse the shelves at Book Nest, and enjoy something yummy from the lunch counter at Indulge. Open to the public Thursday, 24 July, at  Noon Presenting poet Collette Tennant Colette’s Commotion of Wings was published by Main Street Rag as an Editor’s Choice in 2010. She will also bring With the Stars So Close, a compilation of her students’ poetry, paintings, and photographs that has inspired many other teachers to undertake similar projects.   Upcoming Author Lunches: Thursday, Aug. 7, noon: Gary Cornelius, Dancing with Gogos, A Peace Corps Memoir—an account of living in Zulu villages as a Peace Corps volunteer in rural South Africa, 2012–13. www.garycornelius.com   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.

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26 July: Arrow Cloud Press at the Northwest Book Festival

Join Eugene publishing company Arrowcloud Press at the 6th Annual Northwest Book Festival in Portland, Oregon, on Saturday, July 26th, at Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland, from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Arrowcloud Press managing editor and poet, C. Steven Blue, will be selling books, as well as doing a music and drumming performance of his poetry. Please stop by booth #24 to say hi and buy some books! For complete information, visit the official website: www.nwbookfestival.com    

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Author J.A. Jance reads at Eugene Public Library Monday 28 July

Monday, July 28, 6:00 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive Hear New York Times bestselling author J.A. Jance, visiting Eugene on tour with her just-released book, “Remains of Innocence.” Over fifteen novels, Jance’s “Joanna Brady” series has earned an enormous and devoted following of suspense fans who eagerly anticipate each new installment. The series features a tenacious Cochise County, Arizona sheriff and her search for justice in the sparse, beautiful American southwest. In “Remains of Innocence,” Sheriff Joanna Brady is confronted with two deaths 2500 miles apart, a mysterious fortune discovered hidden in a reclusive woman’s home, and the pressing need to figure out how they are connected – before more people are murdered. J. A. Jance is the bestselling author of the J. P. Beaumont series, the Joanna Brady series, the Ali Reynolds series, and four interrelated thrillers about the Walker Family. More than twenty million copies of her books are in print. Born in South Dakota and brought up in Bisbee, Arizona, Jance lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington, and Tucson, Arizona. Books will be available for sale and signing courtesy of Barnes and Noble. Admission is free. Information: 541-682-5450 or www.eugene-or.gov/library.

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August Events at Eugene Public Library

August 2014  – book-lover and writerly events at Eugene Public Library All events FREE. Summer Reading for All Ages at Eugene Public Library Through August Sign up and join in the fun at Eugene Public Library with this year’s Summer Reading theme, “Fizz! Boom! Read!” All summer, visit any Library location — Downtown, Sheldon, or Bethel — to sign up and enjoy free events. Each child and teen gets a free book; each adult gets a free book bag and a coupon for a free coffee or $1 off books at the Friends of the Library book store. Plus: a free raffle for kids to win passes to City of Eugene pools and local museums, and for teens and adults to win gift cards to local stores. Information: 541-682-5450 or www.eugene-or.gov/library<http://www.eugene-or.gov/library>. Writing About Animals workshop Thursday, August 7, 6:00 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive Melissa Hart will lead this fun, lively writing workshop for adults. First, participants will examine a variety of published poems and prose about animals, exploring the techniques of description, motivation, figurative language, and even dialogue that writers use to characterize the furred and feathered. Then, they will write about an animal in their lives, with guidance and inspiration from Hart. Melissa Hart is the author of the memoir “Wild Within: How Rescuing Owls Brought One Family Together.” Her animal-related essays have appeared in Orion, High Country News, Horizon Air Magazine, Oregon Quarterly, The Christian Science Monitor, Animal Wellness, The Writer, and Cat Fancy. A contributing Editor at The Writer Magazine, Hart teaches at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication. Free. Information: 541-682-5450 or www.eugene-or.gov/library. Jump-start! Poetry Writing Workshop Monday, August 18, 6:00 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive Get your poetry engine running at a workshop led by Toni Hanner. The session will include free-writing and structured writing exercises aimed at generating new first drafts in a friendly, safe, and playful environment. Beginning and experienced poets are welcome. Bring something to write with and an open mind. Admission is free, but due to limited space, pre-registration is required: starting August 1, call Eugene Public Library at 541-682-5450. Hanner’s “Gertrude” was a finalist for a 2013 Oregon Book Award. She has been encouraging poets and leading writing exercises since moving to Eugene in 2000. A member of the Lane Literary Guild’s Red Sofa Poets and the Madrona Writers of Pt. Townsend, Washington, she facilitates a weekly free-writing group. Tween Scene Book Group Thursday, August 28, 4:00 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive This month’s book is “The Merchant of Death – Pendragon Graphic Novel Book One,” by D.J. MacHale, adapted and illustrated by Carla Speed McNeil. The hero, Bobby Pendragon, is a seemingly normal fourteen-year-old. But there is actually something unusual about Bobby: he is going to save the world.  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,…

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2014 North Coast Redwoods Writers’ Conference

North Coast Redwoods Writers’ Conference, Sept.19-20,2014 The wait is finally over! The North Coast Redwood Writers’ Conference registration is open! Details about each workshop can be found at www.ncrwc.org. For up to date information and more information about each presenter, please “Like” our site on facebook. The Conference will be on September 19 and 20, 2014 and costs $95, which includes Friday night and all day Saturday. There will be a continental breakfast, catered lunch and three separate times to experience our presenters. Their workshops range from poetry, biography, young adult, publishing and honing your craft. There will also be a panel discussion and readings by some presenters on Friday night. Our keynote speaker, Lawson Fusao Inada, is a former Poet Laureate for the State of Oregon and a beloved professor.  Inada has never had a desire to publish collections for the sake of publishing, rather, he published when he felt he had something substantial to say. And every collection says something important. He will also be the focus of our first presenter profile on the facebook page.   Join us at the North Coast Redwoods Writers’ Conference, where great ideas come to grow.

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Wordcrafters & Wine on Wednesdays

WWW Kicks Off with Kathleen Kerr Introducing WWW: Wordcrafters & Wine on Wednesdays! Want to chat with the editor of a publishing company? Find out the inner workings and secrets of getting published?  Wordcrafters & Wine on Wednesdays presents Kathleen Kerr, senior editor of Harvest House publishers. July 16, 7-9pm at Territorial Vineyards and Wine Co, 907 W. 3rd St., Eugene Kathleen Kerr presents “Grace Before I Dip the Pen in the Ink” What makes a book distinctly Christian? How does faith inform the writing process? What are the unique needs of the Christian market—and how can you fill those needs? Come ready to discuss, wonder, and converse about the spiritual vocation of the writer. Kathleen Kerr grew up around books, and when she got old enough she decided to try making them herself. She is a senior editor at Harvest House Publishers and is a frequent speaker at conferences around the country. Previously, she was an acquisitions editor at Zondervan Publishing House. Kathleen lives with her husband and daughter in the Pacific Northwest, where she can often be found hiking, writing, and creating chaos in the kitchen. 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.

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2014-2015 Meeting Schedule & Speaker Series

All Eugene meetings are on the first Thursday of the month (except January 2015, which meets the 2nd Thursday) 2014 4 September 2014 activity: What We Learned at the WWC14 talk: Nina Kiriki Hoffman 2 October 2014 activity: Plotting Questions to Ask Yourself while Planning Your Current Book talk: Jimmy Edgeworth 6 November 2014 activity: Learn about NaNoWriMo (not an official NaNoWriMo event) talk: Cidney Swanson “Making Sense of POV in the Middle Grade and YA Novel” December 2014–no meeting 2015 8 January 2015 (2nd Thursday!) activity: Writing Group Speed Dating talk: Ron Burley “The Business of Writing” 5 February 2015 activity: Acknowledge Last Year’s Writing Accomplishments & Set Writing Goals for 2015 talk: Cai Emmons 5 March 2015 activity: fifteen minutes of ??? talk: Nora Profit “Little Known Writing Blunders That Could End You Up in the Writing Slush Pile” 2April 2015 activity: What We Learned at the Wordcrafters Conference talk: Elizabeth Engstrom 7 May 2015 Author Panel: Kids, Career, & Chaos – How Writers Get Writing Done June 4, 2015 2nd Annual Authors Gala–writers and their readings   About Our Monthly Mid-Valley Chapter Meetings & Speaker Series Meeting Date & Schedule 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. 6:30-7:00 p.m., Activity, Social ,and Refreshments 7:00-7:15 p.m., News, Upcoming Events, and Member Announcements 7:15-8:30 p.m., Speaker 8:30 p.m., Drawing for Free Gift 8:30-9:00 p.m., Questions and Book Signing Cost Chapters meetings are free to members of Willamette Writers and full-time college students, suggested $10 donation for non-members. Meeting Location Unless noted otherwise, all meetings are held at Tsunami Books, 2585 Willamette St., Eugene, OR 97405 (location and directions)

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Wordcrafters Summer Creative Writing Camps

Wordcrafters Summer Creative Writing Camps combine a love of words and a love of the outdoors. Write around Alton Baker Park. Work with a new visiting author each day. Explore different aspects of genre and writing craft. Challenge yourself technically and artistically through daily guided writing workshops. Present your work to family and friends; Friday, guests are invited to hear campers read from their work. To register, go to wordcraftersineugene.org Monday–Friday 11-15 August, 2014 Alton-Baker Picnic Structure Middle School: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm (entering grades 6-8 in Fall 2014) High School: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm (entering grades 9 and above in Fall 2014) Reading receptions, Friday, MS 11:00 am to Noon/ HS 3:00–4:00 pm Snacks and writing journals will be provided Wear clothes appropriate to the weather Meet our visiting authors here Limited to 12 participants each camp Cost $125. Scholarships available* *Scholarships:Wordcrafters in Eugene is happy to offer two partial scholarships of $75 for our High School and Middle School Summer Creative Writing Camps. To apply, please write a brief statement (500 words or less) describing why you want to take this class and detailing your financial need for a scholarship. Email your statement and info to registration@wordcraftersineugene.org. Please include the following information with your statement: First and Last Name Address Phone Email School/Grade you’ll attend in Fall 2014

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