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

July Events at Eugene Public Library

July 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>. Who the F*#% Is Linda Chorney?! Tuesday, July 8, 6:00 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive Join singer/songwriter and TED Talk speaker Linda Chorney for an evening based on her book “Who the F*#% Is Linda Chorney?!” Chorney made history as the first independent artist without a label, publicist, or manager to be nominated for a Grammy, an honor she earned by launching an unprecedented online campaign. Chorney explains, “The gatekeepers of the industry were not happy, and did what they could to undermine my nomination and career. But they didn’t know who they were dealing with.” Nominated for Best American Album for “Emotional Jukebox,” this talented and funny underdog delivers an entertaining show of music, reading, and real-life stories. As Chorney says, “Just because it happened to you, doesn’t make it interesting. But sometimes, putting it to music does.” Free. Information: 541-682-5450 or www.eugene-or.gov/library<http://www.eugene-or.gov/library>. Teens: Write Poetry Wednesday, July 9, 2:00 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive Thursday, July 24, 2:00 p.m., Bethel Branch Library, 1990 Echo Hollow Road Teens: join Carter McKenzie for a surprise-filled adventure in poetry writing. This  workshop will be held at the Downtown Library on Wednesday, July 9, 2:00 p.m., and at the Bethel Branch on Thursday, July 24, 2:00 p.m. Free. Information: 541-682-8316 or www.eugene-or.gov/library. Intro to Blogging Thursday, July 10, 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<http://www.eugene-or.gov/library>. Summer Reading Book Sale Saturday, July 12, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive Book lovers: choose from thousands of popular, gently-used novels and mysteries perfect for summer reading. Each book is priced at just $1.00.The sale is a fundraiser by the volunteer Friends of Eugene Public Library to support Eugene Public Library programs. Admission and parking are free. Information: 541-682-5450 or www.eugene-or.gov/library<http://www.eugene-or.gov/library>. The Art of Berta and Elmer Hader Thursday, July 17, 6:00 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive Berta and Elmer Hader, the Caldecott winning…

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A Reading Set to Music by Janet Fisher Sat 21 June

Book Reading (set to music!) and Signing at Tsunami Books, Saturday, 21 June, 5:00-7:00 pm Janet Fisher’s A Place of Her Own: The Legacy of Oregon Pioneer Martha Poindexter Maupin. ‘ Areading set to music provided by Don Fisher on trumpet and Patty Wilgus on piano. In my book the Civil War played heavily in Martha’s life during her years in Lane County. So for this Lane County event, I want to bring a touch of that Civil War era into my presentation. Using the two great songs from opposing sides of the conflict, “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” for the North, and “Dixie” for the South, Don and Patty will surround my spoken lines with song, as we dramatize a thread of story from the book. For more information, go to: http://janetfishernovels.com/ Visit Janet’s blog at: http://janetfisherbooks.wordpress.com/ After leaving home at a young age and defying her parents to marry the dashing Garrett Maupin, Martha Maupin’s future became bound up with some of the most extraordinary events in antebellum American history, eventually leading to her journey to a new life on the Oregon Trail. After Garrett Maupin died in 1866, leaving her alone on the frontier with their many children, Martha Maupin was torn between grief and relief after a difficult marriage. Lone mothers had few options in her day, but she took charge of her own dream and bought her own place, which is now one of the few Century Farms in Oregon named for a woman. A Place of Her Own is the story of the author’s great-great-grandmother’s daring decision to buy that farm on the Oregon frontier after the death of her husband–and story of the author’s own decision to keep that farm in the family. Janet Fisher’s journey into the past to uncover her own family history as she worked to keep the property interweaves with the tales from her ancestors’ lives during the years leading up to the Mexican-American War in the East and her great-great-grandmother’s harrowing journey across the Oregon Trail with her young family and finally tells the tale of Martha’s courageous decision to strike out on her own in Oregon. This book will hold special appeal for Oregon Trail buffs and the many people in this country whose ancestors took that terrible trek, as well as others interested in American history of that period. Janet Fisher grew up on the farm her great-great grandmother Martha bought almost 150 years ago. After earning a master’s in journalism with honors from the University of Oregon, she taught college writing and wrote freelance for newspapers. She lived and worked in San Francisco, Kalispell, Montana, and other places, including several cities in Oregon, showing a trace of the Maupin wanderlust. Two of her historical novels were Pacific Northwest Writers Association contest finalists. She recently returned to Martha’s farm along the Umpqua River in southern Oregon and became the second woman to own and operate this family treasure.

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Lunch with an Author at The Book Nest

The Book Nest presents Lunch with an Author most weeks on Thursday or Friday Mark your calendar for these lunches and go here for more information about upcoming author lunches. RSVP (not required but helpful) at AmandaBird@airpost.net. Thurs., June 26, noon: Pamela Wible, MD, local physician and author of Pet Goats and Pap Smears, a collection of stories from her personal practice.  http://www.idealmedicalcare.org/blog/  Thursday, July 10, noon: Jeannie St. John-Taylor, author of How to Be a Praying Mom and many other books for kids and adults in a variety of genres. http://www.jeanniestjohntaylor.com/  Thursday, July 17, noon: Dorcas Smucker, Register Guard columnist and author of Ordinary Days: Family Life in a Farmhouse. http://dorcassmucker.blogspot.com/   Thursday, July 24, noon: Colette Tennant, accomplished poet and professor of English literature and creative writing at Corban University. http://www.mainstreetrag.com/CTennant.html   Book Nest is located inside Indulge! Antiques, 1461 Mohawk Blvd, Springfield, OR 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.         Birdsbooks.wordpress.com

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Sat, 21 June: Summer Solstice Reading & Book Signing

Local Authors Donating to St.Vincent de Paul’s Join our chapter co-chair Valerie Willman along with six local Oregon authors for a reading and book signing!! Book Signing Presented by St. Vincent de Paul Saturday, June 21st 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. St. Vincent de Paul at River Road/Division Street Location Meet and support local Oregon authors while shopping for great deals at your favorite thrift store. 15% of all book sales go back to SVDP. Refreshments, too! Leandra Martin~~author of 5 science fiction/fantasy YA novels (along with Bonnie Wasson, cover artist) Dan Armstrong~~author of adult historical fiction and international thrillers Kirk Toncray~~non-fiction author of Behind the Signs: a journey through homelessness Valerie Willman~~non-fiction author of Smell the Blue Sky: young, pregnant, and widowed C.Edwin Fender~~author of adventure novels Carola Dunn~~author of 24 mysteries and 32 Regency romance books Mike Pungecar~~author of non-fiction WWII biography A Promise Kept

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New Poetry Critique Group: Eugene Poetry Society

Looking for a poetry critique group? Eugene Poet Society looks for members who share the desire to create and grow as poets via constructive feedback. Anyone with a serious interest in improving on their craft, as well as helping others to do so, are encouraged to join.  Membership is free. We are interested in all types of poetry. Find out more at poetrypavillion.com    

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Downtown Eugene Public Library to Reduce Sunday Hours

Starting July 6, the Downtown Eugene Public Library will be open on Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Previously, the Downtown Library opened at 10:00 a.m. on Sundays. The reduction in open hours is one of the cost-saving measures taken to balance the City of Eugene budget for the coming year (FY15). The plan was developed by the Budget Committee, proposed by City Manager Jon Ruiz, and approved by the City Council on Monday, June 9. The new budget’s effects on Eugene Public Library services are: Bethel Branch will remain open; Sheldon Branch will remain open for one year while options for future funding are explored; and the Downtown Library will be open fewer hours on Sundays. Hours at the Library’s Bethel and Sheldon branches, and all outside book returns, will not change. Open hours at the Bethel and Sheldon branches were previously reduced as part of the 2012 budget. According to Library Director Connie Bennett, “The decision to reduce these particular hours at the Downtown location was based on an analysis of patterns of public use. Our goals included ensuring as much access as possible to library services, and best using tax dollars to meet community needs in a fiscally sustainable manner.” For more information, contact Eugene Public Library at 541-682-5450 or www.eugene-or.gov/library<http://www.eugene-or.gov/library>. Eugene Public Library 541-682-5450 www.eugene-or.gov/library

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First Annual Author Celebration & Reading a Great Success!

We had so much fun hearing from our members’ books at the first annual Mid-Valley Author Celebration and Reading last Thursday, 5 June! We heard so many great stories by our readers and encourage you to check them out! Many thanks to our readers for sharing their stories with us and for their generosity in giving away books for the drawing. (We wanted to win them all for ourselves!) Many thanks as well to our attendees for supporting our members and for supporting our Books for Kids program with many delightful children’s books. We’re taking a pile of books to the Relief Nursery this week! Our readers and their books: Terry and Tiffany Jacobs – Mermaid Drowning JS Bird – The Boy Who Painted Fire Janet Fisher – A Place of Her Own: The Legacy of Oregon Pioneer Martha Poindexter Mary E. Lowd – Otters In Space Randi E. Golub – Mr. Smarty Pants: The Remarkable Life of a Blind Cat Named Jimmy Jet A. Lynn Ash – The Route from Cultus Lake: A Woman’s Path to a Solo Camping Lifestyle Bill Cameron – County Line Anthony St. Clair – Home Sweet Road      

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1 June: Book Launch for A PLACE OF HER OWN by Janet Fisher

Eugene author Janet Fisher announces the launch of her first book,  A Place of Her Own: The Legacy of Oregon Pioneer Martha Poindexter Maupin. Event details: Elkton, Oregon, at the ECEC library Sunday, 1 June,  at 1:00 pm Future events include a reading at Tsunami Books, Saturday, 21 June, 5:00-7:00 pm For more information, go to:  http://janetfishernovels.com/ After leaving home at a young age and defying her parents to marry the dashing Garrett Maupin, Martha Maupin’s future became bound up with some of the most extraordinary events in antebellum American history, eventually leading to her journey to a new life on the Oregon Trail.  After Garrett Maupin  died in 1866, leaving her alone on the frontier with their many children, Martha Maupin was torn between grief and relief after a difficult marriage. Lone mothers had few options in her day, but she took charge of her own dream and bought her own place, which is now one of the few Century Farms in Oregon named for a woman. A Place of Her Own is the story of the author’s great-great-grandmother’s daring decision to buy that  farm on the Oregon frontier after the death of her husband–and story of the author’s own decision to keep that farm in the family. Janet Fisher’s journey into the past to uncover her own family history as she worked to keep the property interweaves with the tales from her ancestors’ lives during the years leading up to the Mexican-American War in the East and her great-great-grandmother’s harrowing journey across the Oregon Trail with her young family and finally tells the tale of Martha’s courageous decision to strike out on her own in Oregon. This book will hold special appeal for Oregon Trail buffs and the many people in this country whose ancestors took that terrible trek, as well as others interested in American history of that period. Janet Fisher grew up on the farm her great-great grandmother Martha bought almost 150 years ago. After earning a master’s in journalism with honors from the University of Oregon, she taught college writing and wrote freelance for newspapers. She lived and worked in San Francisco, Kalispell, Montana, and other places, including several cities in Oregon, showing a trace of the Maupin wanderlust. Two of her historical novels were Pacific Northwest Writers Association contest finalists. She recently returned to Martha’s farm along the Umpqua River in southern Oregon and became the second woman to own and operate this family treasure.

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Available Now: Two WESPIRTECH Novels by Mary Lowd

Mary Lowd has released two short anthologies of space opera short stories — Welcome to Wespirtech and Beyond Wespirtech. They’re available from Smashwords, Kindle, and other e-book retailers around the web. Welcome to Wespirtech: A Collection of Short Fiction At the Western Spiral Arm Planetary Institute of Technology, the best scientists from around the galaxy push at the bleeding edge of technology. Sometimes their experiments get away from them… Sometimes they run into conflicts with each other… Sometimes they’re drawn out into the glittering galaxy around them. Welcome to Wespirtech! This collection of short fiction includes, “Slug Time,” “Einray and the Biologist,” “My Words Like Silent Raindrops,” “The Nebula Was Empty,” “Of Behemoths and Bureaucrats,” “Daisy Chaining,” “The Faithless, the Tentacled, and the Light,” and “The Genetic Menagerie.” Get it at Smashwords Get it at Kindle Beyond Wespirtech: A Collection of Short Fiction The glittering galaxy around Wespirtech is filled with exciting aliens and foreign colonies, long forgotten by the Human Expansion. Read about canine aliens and their dying sun, sentient trees, and a planet where all the colonists are conjoined twins… Beyond Wespirtech! This collection of short fiction includes, “Rekindle the Sun,” “Life with the Tumblers,” “The Parable of Two Queens,” “Apples in Aruba,” “Emmanuel and the Cannibals,” “The Ambi-Cognitive Man,” and “Little Sandy Starstrong and her Faithful Robot Dogs.” Get it at Smashwords Get it at Kindle The above information can also be found on Mary’s website: http://marylowd.com/anthologies.html

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Exciting Summer Reading at Eugene Public Library!

June 2014 – book-lover and writerly events at Eugene Public Library All events FREE. Summer Reading for All Ages at Eugene Public Library Starting June 1, continuing all summer. 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>. Writer McKenzie Funk: “Windfall: The Booming Business of Global Warming” Thursday, June 5, 6:00 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive Journalist McKenzie Funk will give a talk based on his book “Windfall: The Booming Business of Global Warming,” which explores the climate change crisis through the eyes of those who view it as a business opportunity. Global warming’s physical impacts include three broad categories: melt, drought, and deluge. Funk spent the last six years traveling the world to profile entrepreneurs who see in each of these forces a potential windfall. According to The New Yorker, “Funk’s take on global-warming profiteering is as entertaining as it is disturbing.” Environmental writer Elizabeth Kolbert says the book is “smart, daring, and darkly funny.” On their Best Books of the Month list for January 2014, Amazon’s Neal Thompson wrote, “Like a mashup of Michael Lewis and Mark Twain, Funk is an intrepid investigator and a lively, smart writer. From eco hedge funds to dam building to desalination plants, he shows how climate change is creating new opportunities and a potential boon for cowboy entrepreneurs. This is the rare book that’s both important and highly readable.” McKenzie Funk is a journalist whose work has appeared in Harper’s, National Geographic, Rolling Stone, GQ, Outside, and the New York Times. A National Magazine and Livingston Award finalist and the winner of the Oakes Prize for Environmental Journalism, he was a Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan, where he studied economics and system thinking. Free. Information: 541-682-5450 or www.eugene-or.gov/library<http://www.eugene-or.gov/library>. Mike Pungecar: “The Promise Kept” Friday, June 6, 5:00 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive In recognition of the 70th anniversary of D-Day, a talk by Mike Pungercar about his book “The Promise Kept: A story of Life and Death in the 91st Bomb Group and in the Eighth Air Force in World War II.” His talk, like the book, is illustrated with many historical photographs. “The Promise Kept” tells the story of WWII airmen who flew in bombers, unpressurized, wearing heated suits and oxygen masks for hours at altitudes where temperatures fell to 50 below zero. He says, “Thousands of young Americans served in World War II, and…

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