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
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…Read More
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 KeptRead More
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.comRead More
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/libraryRead More