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

Wordcrafters in Eugene: First Annual Conference, Mar. 7-9

The first annual Wordcrafters in Eugene Conference will be held March 7-9 at the Eugene Hilton. The first of its kind in Eugene, the Wordcrafters conference focuses on the craft of writing fiction. Conference highlights include keynotes, presentations and workshops from writers around the country, such as… Elizabeth George of the Detective Lynley series of crime novels Terry Brooks of the Shannara series of fantasy books Susan Wiggs of the Apple Orchard series of romantic novels Myrlin Hepworth, hip hop recording artist and performance poet Other conference highlights include: One-on-one help by professional writers in the Craft Lab Talks and Classes about the finer points of fiction by professional writers Dancing, Networking, and No-host bar at the Introvert’s Ball Informal brown bag lunch chat about NaNoWriMo Informal brown bag lunch chat with two newly-published first-time novelists Here is the full conference schedule. Learn more at wordcraftersineugene.org »

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Eugene DIVA’s A New Poetry Series Features Ce Rosenow, Standard Schaefer, and Maryrose Larkin, Feb. 8

DIVA’s “A New Poetry” series features Eugene poet Ce Rosenow and Portland poets Standard Schaefer and Maryrose Larkin in a presentation of their work at 7:30 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 8, 2014, at the DIVA Gallery, 280 W. Broadway, Eugene. Donations welcome. Ce Rosenow’s books and chapbooks include The Backs of Angels, Even If, North Lake, Pacific, A Year Longer, and Spectral Forms. She is one of 8 authors in Beyond Within: A Collection of Rengay, one of 4 authors in The Color of Water edited by Carolyn Hall, and co-editor of The Next One Thousand Years, The Selected Poems of Cid Corman with Bob Arnold. She is also the former President of the Haiku Society of America, former co-editor of Northwest Literary Forum and Portlandia Review of Books, and the publisher of Mountains and Rivers Press. Standard Schaefer is a poet, essayist, and fiction writer. His first book of poetry, Nova, was selected for the 1999 National Poetry Series and published by Sun & Moon Books. His second book, Water & Power, was published by Agincourt in 2005. Desert Notebook was published in Italy and the US in 2008 in limited editions. His poetry has been translated into Italian and anthologized internationally, most recently in Nuova Poesia Americana (Mondadori, 2005) as well as in Vol. 5 of The PIP Anthology of World Poetry of the 20th Century (Los Angeles: Green Integer, 2005). He has co-edited several literary and arts journals including Ribot, New Review of Literature, Rhizome and Or. His work has appeared in journals such as Carolina Quarterly, New American Poetry, Aufgabe, and Slope. He has taught writing and literature at Otis College of Art (Los Angeles)and California College of the Arts (San Francisco). His latest book of poems is The Notebook of False Purgatories (Chax Books 2013). He lives in Portland with his wife and daughter. Maryrose Larkin lives in Portland, where she works as a freelance researcher. She is the author of Inverse (nine muses books, 2006), Whimsy Daybook 2007 (FLASH+CARD, 2006), The Book of Ocean (i.e. press, 2007), DARC (FLASH+CARD, 2009), The name of this intersection is frost (Shearsman Books, 2010), Marrowing (Airfoil, 2010) and The Identification of Ghosts (Chax, 2013). Maryrose was a founder of Spare Room, a Portland-based writing collective, and is co-editor, with Sarah Mangold, of FLASH+CARD, a chapbook and ephemera poetry press. Maryrose received her MFA from Bard College’s Milton Avery Graduate School of Art. She keeps her friends close and her muses closer.

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Mary E. Lowd: 2013 Ursa Major Awards Open for Nominations

The 2013 Ursa Major Awards are open for nominations, and Mid-Valley member Mary E. Lowd seeks nominations for her book Otters In Space 2: Jupiter, Deadly. Awards are based on a popular vote, so anyone can participate. The Ursa Major Awards celebrate greatness in the realm of fiction featuring anthropomorphic animals. Learn more at www.ursamajorawards.org. Nominating fiction for the Ursa Majors is easy and only takes a minute. Just go to the following website and follow the instructions: www.ursamajorawards.org/nominations.htm. This year, Mary E. Lowd’s novel Otters In Space 2: Jupiter, Deadly is eligible in the Best Novel category. Here’s a summary: Spies! Jet packs! And a water-phobic feline surrounded by otters! IN SPACE! On her way back to Earth, Kipper the tabby cat finds her plans derailed when hostile vessels attack friendly otter ships orbiting Jupiter. The Jolly Barracuda flies to the rescue, dragging the hapless tabby even farther from home and embroiling her deep in the beginnings of an interplanetary war. Meanwhile, political turmoil on Earth forces Trudith, the dog goon turned bodyguard, into a serious moral quandary: how far will she go to protect her alpha cat? Soon every cat and dog on Earth is wondering… Will a cat be the next president? Will Kipper make it home? More information about “Otters In Space 2” » Ursa Major Awards Nominations »

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Free Literary Events at Eugene Public Library, February 2014

All events are free and open to the public. More information: 541-682-5450 or www.eugene-or.gov/library Ecopsychology: Understanding Our Need for Nature Tuesday, February 4, 6:00 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive Join writer and counselor Dr. Patricia H. Hasbach for a talk introducing the emerging field of Ecopsychology, which explores the relationship between people and nature. Hasbach is co-editor of the books Ecopsychology: Science, Totems, and the Technological Species and The Rediscovery of the Wild, and a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Ecopsychology. The premise of Ecopsychology is that human beings need nature for physical and psychological wellbeing. As a species, human bodies and minds came of age interacting with abundantly diverse and wild nature. In the modern, urban, technological society, however, most people are disconnected from the natural world. Ecopsychology addresses questions including: what are the costs of this change? How might we find our way back to a closer relationship with nature? Can our “ecological self” and our “technological self” be integrated into a healthy balance? How can we hope to conserve native habitats if we don’t know or care about them? What effect does screen-time and virtual worlds have on our sense of belonging and place? Patricia H. Hasbach, Ph.D. is a Licensed Professional Counselor and clinical psychotherapist with a private practice in Eugene and a faculty member at Lewis & Clark College and Antioch University Seattle. Her writing has also appeared widely, including in The Utne Reader and The New York Times Sunday Magazine. The Art of Berta and Elmer Hader Thursday, February 6, 6:00 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive Berta and Elmer Hader, the Caldecott winning author/illustrators of The Big Snow, were originally San Francisco artists, trained in a variety of art techniques, before they merged their talents into creating and illustrating works for children. Together, they published nearly 100 children’s books in the 1900s, as well as children’s pages in the popular magazines McCall’s and The Saturday Evening Post, paper dolls, and more. Famed in their time and since, their work earned them legions of fans and a place as significant figures in the Golden Age of Children’s Literature. Now, that work has been showcased in a new book, Berta and Elmer Hader: A Lifetime of Art. Join book compiler Karen Talley for a talk illustrated by a display of original works by the Haders. Print Your Book Monday, February 10, 5:30 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive This 2-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. Windfall Reading: Writers Henry Hughes and Jenny Root Tuesday, February 18, 5:30 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive The Windfall Reading Series this month features writers Henry Hughes…

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Free Literary Events at Eugene Public Library, December 2013

All events are free and open to the public. More information: 541-682-5450 or www.eugene-or.gov/library Print Your Book Sunday, December 1, 2:30 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive This 2-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. Family Fun: Stories from India Sunday, December 15, 2:30 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive Kids and family: Arun Toké of Skipping Stones Magazine entertains with tales from India. Free Digital Magazines Monday, December 16, 5:30 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive Eugene Public Library’s Zinio service offers free, cover-to-cover, current issues of best-selling magazines and journals for tablets, eReaders, computers, and phones. In this 2-hour class, learn how to access these magazines to read and download them to keep. Magazines are available on every topic, including writing (The American Poetry Review, The Writer, Poets & Writers). Basic computer and Internet skills required. Tween Scene Book Group Thursday, December 26, 4 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive This month’s book is Graphic Classics: Mark Twain, a collection of pieces by many artists, all based on the works of the brilliant author. For grades 4 through 6. Pre-register and pick up the book at the Children’s Center starting Dec. 1. Teen Book Group & Movie Thursday, December 26, 4 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive Read Stephen Chbosky’s beloved novel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, then get together to watch the movie. Plus snacks! For middle and high school ages. Visit the Downtown Teen Desk to pre-register and pick up your copy of the book starting Dec. 1.

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Free Literary Events at Eugene Public Library, November 2013

All events are free and open to the public. More information: 541-682-5450 or www.eugene-or.gov/library From Immigrants, to U.S. Citizenship, to the American Dream Saturday, November 2, 3:00 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive Author Robert Liebenau will give a talk about his family memoir, From Immigrants, to U.S. Citizenship, to the American Dream. In the Liebenau family, the dream of America was a powerful symbol of hope. Liebenau was born in a Displaced Persons’ Camp in West Germany, after his mother was liberated from Auschwitz and his father was liberated from a Hungarian/Russian forced labor camp. The book shares the family’s struggles and triumphs from their arrival at Ellis Island to their determination to succeed in their new country while still honoring their old-world values, including their rituals and traditions as Orthodox Jews. They learned an unfamiliar language and a new way of life, embraced what the U.S. offered, and eventually came to feel at home in America. Says the author, “this is the triumphant story of a family who was saved by the outstretched hand of Lady Liberty, and who became productive, responsible citizens in return.” Billy Collins Tuesday, November 5, 6:00 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive The United States Poet Laureate for 2001-2003, Billy Collins inspires both critical acclaim and extraordinary popularity. Collins considers humor “a door into the serious,” leading to poems that are funny, tender, quirky, moving, and profound observations of everyday life. Often heard on National Public Radio, Collins has been widely honored, including as the inaugural recipient of Poetry Foundation’s Mark Twain Prize for Humor in Poetry and winner of the 2013 Donald Hall-Jane Kenyon Prize in American Poetry. His latest book is Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems 2003-2013. Collins’ level of fame is almost unprecedented in the world of contemporary poetry; his readings regularly sell out. He has been dubbed “the most popular poet in America” by Bruce Weber in the New York Times, and praised by John Updike for writing “lovely poems… gently and consistently startling, more serious than they seem.” While Collins approaches his own work with a healthy sense of self-deprecation, calling his poems “domestic” and “middle class,” critic John Taylor says of his poems that “rarely has anyone written poems that appear so transparent on the surface yet become so ambiguous, thought-provoking, or simply wise once the reader has peered into the depths.” Collins served two terms as the U.S. Poet Laureate (2001-2003), was New York State Poet Laureate from 2004-2006, and has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. With books for sale and signing courtesy of Barnes & Noble. Andrea Hairston: Redwood and Wildfire Friday, November 8, 2:00 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive Join acclaimed theatre artist Andrea Hairston for a performance of sections from her new novel, Redwood and Wildfire, with Pan Morigan singing songs written based on lyrics from the book. Redwood and…

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2013 Douglas County Book & Author Fair, Dec. 14

Registration is open for a book and author fair at the Douglas County Library on Saturday, December 14. The Fair is open to Oregon authors, and spots are still available. “It’s a fun way to meet readers, and other authors and poets,” says Kristen James, an author based in Roseburg. More information available at www.douglascountybookandauthorfair.com and at the event’s Facebook page. For full details, download the 2013 Book and Author Fair Registration Packet (PDF) »

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Kristen James’ POINT HOPE Republished by Montlake Romance

Kristen James indie published her novel, POINT HOPE, in June 2013. Then Montlake Romance, an Amazon Publishing Imprint, made an offer. POINT HOPE was republished Oct. 22, 2013, and is available now. See the cover and description at Amazon.com » More info at www.writerkristenjames.com

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Portland Intuitive Writing Workshop, Nov. 16

Join Sara Wiseman, author and voice of the Ask Sara Radio Show, for a Nov. 16 writing workshop in Portland. Are you ready to delve into intuitive writing? Bring your journal or laptop and we’ll use spiritual intuition techniques plus writing to create a state of creativity, discovery, healing, karmic release and gratitude. Learn more: Portland Intuitive Writing Workshop, Nov. 16 »

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Terry and Tiffany Jacobs Release MERMAID DROWNING

Available Now: Mermaid Drowning, Terry Jacobs and Tiffany Jacobs Evelyn has a husband who adores her, three wonderful children, a fulfilling career, and a past which harbors a secret she denies even to herself. After ten years of a perfect marriage, Evelyn’s husband, Sam, discovers her secret within the pages of a forgotten journal. Overwhelmed by a sense of betrayal, he can no longer live with Evelyn and wants her out of his life. As Sam searches through Evelyn’s past, looking for a way to gain full custody of their three children, Evelyn must face her fears and a past of violence and death. Mermaid Drowning is a powerful story of family upheaval, but at its heart it is far more. It is a riveting and thought-provoking look into the lies we tell ourselves, what it means to be family, and a love that defies the bonds of death. About the Authors Terry and Tiffany Jacobs are a husband and wife writing team. They write mainstream fiction focusing on important social issues of our time. They spent their childhoods in Southern California’s San Fernando Valley, where they met and married. They moved to Northern California to raise their children, a daughter and two sons. They currently reside in Oregon’s Southern Willamette Valley, where they enjoy the lush forests, scenic beaches, and diverse ecology. They are working on their second novel. Excerpt from the Eugene Weekly’s Review “Living in seemingly effortless harmony…a couple and their three children are in for a rude awakening. Is an untold truth a lie? Mermaid Drowning is the story of a secret that shouldn’t matter–but does. Equally sentimental and riveting… Mermaid is a primer on tolerance, shaking you to your core in search of accountability for the words that some people put in God’s mouth.” — Adrian Black, Eugene Weekly Full review here »

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