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The Timberline Review

Submissions are now open for the Fall/Winter 2018 Issue of The Timberline Review!

The Timberline Review is an all-volunteer literary journal operated by Willamette Writers. The theme for Issue #7 is: Rebirth. 

We are looking for pieces related to rebirth (physical, emotional, professional), renewal (of self, of goals, or of relationships), and restarting (especially after a failure or setback).

Member News

Member News: Release of “The Home” by L. Wade Powers

L. Wade Powers announces the release of his novel, The Home. The novel is set in the 1950s about a children’s institution (foster kids, orphans, kids of working parents). Aimed at a “new adult” and older audience, it relates the trials of preteens and young teens to emerging sexuality, dormitory violence and social relationships, but it…

Member News: Kristina Bak releases new book

From Here to Argentina: A Tango Love Story Released Tango, romance, life-or-death drama, and a little noir! Kristina Bak’s new novella, From Here to Argentina: A Tango Love Story, published by Luminare Press, is available on Amazon, or to order through your favorite independent bookstore. Kristina will be reading at Roundabout Books in Bend’s Northwest Crossing with…

Member News – Sherry Joiner Art Exhibit

Come join Sherry Joiner at the Ant Farm Cafe, Sandy, Oregon for her Art Exhibit Sherry Joiner, author of Sherry Goes Sane: Living A Life With Schizo-Affective Disorder, is exhibiting her paintings with NAMI Clackamas at the Ant Farm Cafe, 39140 Proctor Blvd. Sandy, Oregon, 97055. The exhibit begins the First Friday of October in…

Member News: Mollie Hunt launches CAT CALL, a Crazy Cat Lady Mystery #4

Mollie Hunt launches CAT CALL, a Crazy Cat Lady Mystery #4 at Another Read Through. What better way to celebrate a book whose hero is a dedicated cat shelter volunteer than to launch her latest tale during National Cat Day week? Mollie Hunt will be bringing out CAT CALL, her 4th Crazy Cat Lady cozy…

Member News: Brian K. Pinaire Releases New Book

Brian K. Pinaire releases THIS IS NOT YOUR FATHER’S FATHERHOOD Brian K. Pinaire has published THIS IS NOT YOUR FATHER’S FATHERHOOD, a comic memoir that offers a male perspective on raising children. In witty, insightful, and carefully integrated essays, Pinaire reflects on delivery room negotiations, paternity leave, work-life balancing, passive-aggressive daycare teachers, BabyBjorns, childproofing, children’s…

Member News: Michael R. Lane Books Available

Mortal Thoughts and Sandbox by Michael R. Lane As a teenager, Michael R. Lane only wrote when necessary. He had nothing against writing: he was – and is – an avid reader. He simply saw no need to write outside of satisfying his academic requirements. That was before he spent time with poetry. Poetry became his first creative…

Member News: Stephen John Walker Book Release

Stephen John Walker, an award-winning author and former Green Beret,announces the release of his newest book, Hotel San Blas: A Caribbean Quest. About the Book This is a story about a primitive three-room hotel resting atop a coral island on the north coast of Panama—no electricity, no running water, no telephone, and guests must bring their own…

Member News: Linda Atwell Book Release on September 26, 2017

Annie Bloom’s welcomes Oregon author Linda Atwell to read from her memoir, Loving Lindsey, on September 26, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. About the Book Linda Atwell and her strong-willed daughter, Lindsey–a high-functioning young adult with intellectual disabilities–have always had a complicated relationship. But when Lindsey graduates from Silverton High School at nineteen and gets a…

Member News: Johnny Scotch Book Release Celebration August 17

Books, comics, music, and more! Come celebrate the launch of “Danger in Bass Clef”, John Dover‘s debut novella in the Johnny Scotch world of Bridge City. Join John at the Starday Tavern, 6517 SE Foster Rd, Portland from 5 PM-8 PM, Aug 17th. “Johnny Scotch never thought that when he met Cass months back, she…

On Writing from Willamette Writers

Don’t Wait! This Year is the Perfect Time to Become a Mentor

By Willamette Writers

Do you mentor someone? What benefits of mentoring do you most enjoy? Have you ever thought of working with a young person in this way? Today, we’re delighted to share a blog post by long time member Stephanie Raffelock drawing from her…

DongWon Song at WilWrite Portland PDX Jan 2017 Photo Credit Gail Pasternack

Literary Agent DongWon Song on the A + B = Awesome Formula

By Amy Foster Myer

Notes from Agent DongWon Song’s Talk at Willamette Writers Portland’s Monthly Meeting, January 03, 2017, by member Amy Foster Myer. Willamette Writers launched 2017 with an excellent presentation and Q&A session in Portland with local agent DongWon Song, who agents for…

Jane Friedman in the Digital Age

By Maren Anderson

You’ve finished your book. It’s been a month, a year, a decade, but you’ve polished that baby, and now it sits gleaming on your desk begging to be shared with the world. What do you, author, do now? Send it…

What’s the Difference between One Genre and Another?

By Eric M. Witchey

Eric Witchey is presenting two talks at Willamette Writers in November, so we invited him to share some thoughts about writing with us. Check out Eric’s thoughts about genre, markets, literary fiction, and more.
What’s the Difference between One Genre and Another? The editor.
Lame joke? Not really.

Three Lessons for Being a Productive Writer (NaNoWriMo Advice)

By Maren Anderson

My writing career began with the birth of my daughter in 2007, which changed everything. For one, I suddenly had no time to myself. In a thunderclap, I realized that my time on earth is not infinite, and if I…

Willamette Writers Conference Networking Advice

By Benjamin Gorman

We’re all engaged in this art form that can be brutally isolating. So, no matter how difficult connecting with new people can seem, it’s important for writers to do. The Willamette Writers Conference gives us an opportunity to come together…

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Corvallis: Writing and Illustrating a Children’s Picture Book with Rob Broder

February 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Join us on Monday, February 26, 2018, 6:30-8:30 PM, at the First Presbyterian Church in Corvallis, (Allison Room, use 9th Street parking entrance) for a presentation about by Rob Broder. Writing a...

Eugene: “How to Destroy Your Novel in 10 Easy Steps” with Valerie Brooks

March 1 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
On March 1st, Valerie Brooks, will present: “How to Destroy Your Novel in 10 Easy Steps: Why good writing goes bad.” Ever wonder why your writing has derailed when you’ve tried so hard to learn ...

Successful Self Publishing- Patricia Marshall

March 3 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Saturday, March 3, 2018 Central Point City Hall Council Chambers, 140 S. Third Street, Central Point “Six Steps to successful Self Publishing” 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.   Free to members, $1...

Portland: Author Susan Hill Long

March 6 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
On March 6th (doors at 6:30), author Susan Hill Long will be joining the Portland Chapter. About Susan Hill Long Susan Hill Long is a children’s book author. Her recent books include THE MAGIC M...

Portland: Young Willamette Writers with Lee Fodi

March 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
At our Young Willamette Writers March meeting, Lee Fodi will join us via Skype to talk about creating believable worlds in our fiction writing. Lee was a huge hit at last year’s conference, and ...

Newport: Oregon Coast Chapter Meeting

March 18 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Details coming soon. Mark your calendar.Read more...

Salem: March 2018 Monthly Meeting

March 21 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Details coming soon. Mark your calendar: March 21, 2018!Read more...

Corvallis: WWotR’s Quarterly Reading

March 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
You wrote it… You sweated over it… Now read it aloud! at Willamette Writers on the River’s Spring Reading Sign up to read your own work to a live audience! Monday, September 25, 2017 6:30–8:30...

Our News

Randall Jahnson and FiLMLaB Screenwriting Workshop

Screenwriting Workshop Willamette Writers and FiLMLaB invite you to join us for an online screenwriting workshop with Randall Jahnson. Details Date: Saturday, April 21st Time: 12-2PM Cost: Free Open to the public This is an online workshop Click here to register. About Randall Jahnson Randall Jahnson has written more than 20 feature-length screenplays. Not all…

Help Support Young Writers

What a wonderful year. We started out with our chapter meetings across the state, joined together at our annual conference, and finished the year with a closer — and much larger — community of support and friendship. Every day, Willamette Writers members are developing their craft and expanding their careers. Today, we ask you to…

Share your Thanksgiving stories with us!

Happy Thanksgiving, Willamette Writers! Every year, we gather around the dining room table to eat delicious food and share stories with our family and friends. These stories matter; they sustain us when we are apart and connect us to each other across the miles. Today, let’s share our stories of joy and thankfulness. Let’s move…

FiLMLaB Adds Showrunner for its Web Series Project: FiLMLaB.tv

Willamette Writers and FiLMLaB are thrilled to announce that veteran network television writer and producer F.J. Pratt has agreed to helm this year’s program, an Episodic Storytelling LaB: FiLMLaB.tv! About FiLMLaB.tv Showrunner F.J. Pratt F.J. Pratt has been a television comedy writer for twenty-five years, starting on the writing staff for network shows including “Frasier,”…

Willamette Writers at Wordstock this weekend with David D. Levine

Willamette Writers Celebrate Wordstock with David D. Levine! Thousands of book lovers are expected to fill Portland’s park blocks for this year’s Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival on November 11th at the Portland Art Museum. They will revel in seeing the more than 100 authors who have come to present workshops, give readings and sign books.…

Join us for a meeting or write-in in November!

Happy November! We have a great month ahead of us at Willamette Writers. We’re kicking off the month talking about memoir in Eugene, and then Patricia Morrison will show us how to finish our projects. We will explore Fearless Writing in Portland with William Kenower, and also dive into improv with Marian Scadden. David Paul…

Willamette Writers is Going to the Ashland Literary Arts Festival

Willamette Writers is going to the Ashland Literary Arts Festival which will be held on Saturday, October 28th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the Hannon Library on the Southern Oregon University campus. Willamette Writers will have a table on the third floor, so be sure to come up and say hi. We’ll have ChocoLove bars (come…

FiLMLaB Screening at McMinnville Short Film Festival on Saturday, October 21st

The FilmLab staff has had a great summer, planning for our 2017-2018 contest (details to come!) and performing various ritualized rain dances in a battle against the heat. Now that the weather has cooled down (you’re welcome!), prime moving watching season is upon us. We wanted to let you know our latest film, INTERCEPT, written…

Experiences at The Willamette Writers Conference

“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…

Chapter Meetings – September 2017

Our chapter meetings will help you keep your writing goals — and maybe create new ones! If you’ve never been to a meeting, click the links below for full details. Here is what’s coming around the state in September. Portland: Landscape of Our Lives with Jenny Forrester Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017, 6:30-8:10 p.m. at the…