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Experiences at The Willamette Writers Conference

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“A writers conference can be an empowering and uplifting experience,” according to Scott Myers, a producer, writer, and assistant director. Myers presented at the Willamette Writers Conference this year, and said it was a “special experience.” He explains on his website about his conference experience that he met so many writers and old friends, and his classes were packed. His…

A Woman’s Place At Canby Film Fest

Another FiLMLaB Alum at Canby Film Fest!Every now and then we like to update you on what our FiLMLaB alums are doing; not just the writers who won our contest and got their script made, but the directors, actors and crew who helped to make it. Last week I told you about our 2014 alum,…

We’re heading to Wordstock Again

On Saturday, November 5th, Willamette Writers will be at Wordstock, Portland’s Book Festival, presented by Literary Arts. This year at our booth we’ll host about 20 Willamette Writers members who will be selling their books and representing our wonderful community. The response to the invitation to join us at Wordstock was overwhelming. We are glad to be able to offer opportunities that our members…

Join FiLMLaB At Canby Film Fest!

Do you ever wonder what our FiLMLaB alums have been up to, the writers, directors and actors? Well, one of them, 2014 winning writer Jon Dragt, has been busy in Canby, Oregon, volunteering on the board of directors for the Canby Public Library Foundation. A Willamette Writers member, Jon is helping to organize programs for…

FiLMLaB Heads To The Portland Film Festival

In case you missed it, FiLMLaB debuted its 2016 short film, INTERCEPT, at the Willamette Writers Conference earlier this month. We were pleased to have good turn out and an enthusiastic Q & A with the audience. But if you couldn’t make it to the debut, fear not, because this week FiLMLaB heads to the…

FiLMLaB 2016 At The WWC!

It’s nearly that time of year; half-way through summer when the seeds you sowed last spring are starting to bear fruit. Tomatoes are blushing, cucumbers are ready for pickling and green beans are weighing down the trellis. Or maybe you were sowing a different kind of seed? The kind that needs a fertile mind in…

Member Promoters of the 2016 Willamette Writers Conference

We would like to honor the Willamette Writer Member Promoters who have been helping us to spread the word about this summer’s Willamette Writers Conference. (To learn how you can become a Member Promoter, click here.) Please click on the links below and thank these supporters for their work on behalf of Willamette Writers by following…

Willamette Writers 2016 Conference – Member Promoter Opportunity

At Willamette Writers we always look for new ways to help support our members, and this year we wondered how we could highlight the authors, poets, playwrights, and screenwriters who make up Willamette Writers as we promote the Willamette Writers Conference. Then we were struck by an idea! We invite our members (YOU!) join our conference promotion…

Books for Kids Touches the Lives of Children in Need

Books for Kids logo - a program from Willamette Writers that delivers books to children

Willamette Writers’ Books for Kids program in partnership with Clackamas Barnes & Noble collected 3,541 new books and raised $1269.24 to purchase books for children in need. Thank you Barnes & Noble and all of the book-loving Willamette Writers supporters who helped us accomplish this feat! Barnes & Noble’s Holiday Book Fair and Book Drive…

Willamette Writers Conference Returning Faculty (Pt. Two)

Willamette Writers Conference Returning Faculty

Long time Willamette Writers member, author Anthony St. Clair has attended our conferences for years. In fact, I first met Anthony at the 2010 Willamette Writers Conference. He has many favorite returning faculty, and was kind enough to tell me about four of them: Susan DeFrieitas, William Hertling, Luke Ryan, and Eric Witchey. Discovering Core Character…