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.
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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
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.comRead More
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.Read More
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)Read More