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Our News provides useful information about Willamette Writers, upcoming events in the writing and publishing world, and Pacific Northwest updates for writers.

Join Our Giveaway – You May Win a Copy of the Timberline Review

In case you didn’t notice, we’re all about our Holiday Book Fair at Barnes & Noble these days. It’s going to be fun, packed with some of the most awesome local authors, and it supports our Books for Kids program. So how can we not adore it? We want to make sure YOU join in the fun. So we’re adding a…

Barnes & Noble Supports Books For Kids

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

This Holiday season, the Clackamas Barnes & Noble will be hosting a Book Drive for Books For Kids. From November 1st-December 31st, customers at the Clackamas Barnes & Noble, located at 12000 SE 82nd Ave in Clackamas, may purchase books at the registers to give to Books For Kids. Last year, Barnes & Noble donated nearly 1.5 million books…

Timberline Review featured in the Review Review

“We Just Want to Publish the Best Work That Comes Our Way.” So begins an article in The Review Review. The article features The Timberline Review, our new literary review, which is currently open to submissions until October 15. In the article, interviewer Sandy Ebner asks: You publish writers from all over the country, and the…

2015 Conference Wrap-Up

The 46th Annual Willamette Writers Conference is over. Months of planning and organizing went into three fantastic days that went by far too quickly, but were well worth the lack of sleep. There’s too much to put into just one article. I realize that. But it was such a great weekend that I had to…

Lifetime Achievement Award Winner – Tom Robbins

Author Tom Robbins wins Willamette Writers Lifetime Achievement Award 2015

In 2001, Tom Robbins won our Distinguished NW Writer Award. With the publication last year of his memoir, Tibetan Peach Pie, the Willamette Writers board felt it was finally time to award him our Lifetime Achievement Award as well. Because, as everyone knows, the memoir makes the man. OK. Not really… What makes Tom Robbins the…

Distinguished NW Writer – Brian Doyle

The Plover by Brian Doyle

The winner of the 2015 Distinguished NW Writer Award is Brian Doyle. This award recognizes noteworthy Northwest authors who have distinguished themselves by exceptional written work in various forms. Mr. Doyle is the author of several heartfelt and beautifully written novels, as well as many essays and poems. He is the editor of the Portland Magazine at the University of Portland, gives headlong inspirational talks about…

Up and Coming Award Winner – Fonda Lee

Author Fonda Lee

Our Up and Coming Award winner for 2015 is author Fonda Lee. The Willamette Writers board chose Fonda because she represents the best of emerging talent, and is an author who has already demonstrated amazing skills in the craft of writing. Fonda is also a conference success story who first pitched her novel at the 2013 conference. She…