At Willamette Writers, we are all about writers!

Registration is now open! Transform your writing life this August 5-7, 2022, in-person at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and online. Our 53rd Annual Conference is sure to be a wonderful weekend full of workshops, critiques, queries, and connections. With over 50 industry  professionals in-person and online, you'll have the support you need to take that next step in your writing life. Register today and join us this August.

Writing books, resources, and advice

Writing Advice from Willamette Writers

Looking for books, writing advice, or connections? We are here to help! Our Vancouver Chapter met in June and compiled a list of writing books, resources, advice, and more! Click here for a detailed list of books to pick up this weekend.

Conference Keynotes

Mark OshiroMark Oshiro (they) is the award-winning author of the young adult books ANGER IS A GIFT (2019 Schneider Family Book Award) and EACH OF US A DESERT, both with Tor Teen, as well as their middle grade books THE INSIDERS and YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE, DAVID BRAVO with Harper Collins. They are also the co-author (with Rick Riordan) of the upcoming PERCY JACKSON novel centered on Nico di Angelo and Will Solace. When not writing, they are trying to pet every dog in the world. Find out more about Mark at 

Laura Stanfill Once upon a time, Laura Stanfill (she/her) lived in a New Jersey house filled with music boxes, street organs, and books. She grew up to become the publisher of Forest Avenue Press and the author of the novel SINGING LESSONS FOR THE SYLISH CANARY (Lanternfish Press). Her work has appeared in Shondaland, The Rumpus, Catapult, The Vincent Brothers Review, Santa Fe Writers Project, and several print anthologies. Find out more about Laura at[/caption]

All Writers Welcome!

As a non-profit educational organization, Willamette Writers is committed to helping writers connect with their communities, develop their craft, and expand their career. Our chapter meetings are open to everyone! We are here to help you!

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A community of writers supporting and learning from each other. We strive to provide members with everything they need to thrive—community support, networking opportunities, continuing education, inspiration, publicity, and much more.
Here’s all you get for just $57 a year:

Willamette Writers Membership benefits:

Weekly Chapter Meetings: with talks and inspirational, educational presentations on the craft and business of writing from leaders in the writing world

Online Coffee Hours: socialize with other writers twice a week

  The Write Place: weekly productivity meeting, an opportunity for mutual support and accountability towards achieving your writing goals

The Timberline Review literary journal: free submissions and discounted subscriptions or copies

WilWrite Conference: early registration and discount on our acclaimed yearly writers conference

Kay Snow Writing Awards: Discounted submissions to our writing contest

FilmLab Contest: discounted submissions to our filmmaking contest

Critique groups: We help connect members to critique groups for various genres.

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WW Events

YWW Southern Oregon

September 3 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Young Willamette Writers Southern Oregon Young Willamette Writers are young people who love to write. Young Willamette Writers welcomes any students who are in middle or high school. Some of our YWW  have entered and won contests such as the Kay Snow Writing Award and a National Scholastic Writing Award. Some have been published in magazines such as American…

Portland Chapter Meeting

September 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
About the Portland Chapter Meetings The Portland Chapter holds monthly meetings for writers in the Portland metropolitan area. Members from other chapters are always welcome as are writers new to Willamette Writers. Unless otherwise stated… Meeting Time The Portland Chapter meets on the first Tuesday of each month except for August when we head to the…

Salem Chapter Meeting

September 7 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Willamette Writers Salem Chapter The Salem Chapter offers monthly meetings and occasional workshops. Meetings are normally held on the 1st Wednesday of the month, 6:30-8:30 p.m. About the Meetings Unless otherwise stated… When and Where All meetings are currently held online. Cost Monthly meetings at all the chapters are free for members of Willamette Writers.…

Eugene Chapter Meeting

September 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Eugene Chapter Meeting Meeting Time The Eugene Chapter offers monthly meetings on the 2nd Wednesday of the month. Meeting Location At the present time, meetings are being held online. Meeting Cost Willamette Writers meetings are open to all writers, 18 and up. Guests are welcome to make a $5 donation to help support the cost of the…

Vancouver Chapter Meeting

September 19 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
About the Meetings The Vancouver Chapter holds monthly meetings for writers in the Vancouver metropolitan area. Members from other chapters are always welcome as are writers new to Willamette Writers. Unless otherwise stated… Meeting Time The Vancouver Chapter meets on the third Monday of each month except for December and August. Meeting Location The Vancouver…

Coast Chapter – Willamette Writers in Newport

September 24 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
About the Meetings The Coast Chapter holds monthly meetings for writers near Newport. We always look forward to meeting and seeing members from other chapters. Unless otherwise stated… Meeting Time The Coast Chapter meets on the fourth Saturday of each month from September through June, with no meetings in July, August and December. In August…

Corvallis Chapter Meeting

September 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
About the Meetings Willamette Writers on the River offers monthly meetings normally held on the fourth Monday of each month. No meeting in August when we head to Portland for the Willamette Writers Conference. No meeting in December due to proximity of holidays. In March, June, and September, we use our meetings for open mic readings.…

Online: Publishing for Underrepresented Authors with Ooligan Press

October 14 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
How to: Publishing is a casual class hosted by Ooligan Press teaching underrepresented authors about publishing so that they can begin their writing careers on the right foot! The publishing industry has a long history of problems with author diversity and this class is Ooligan Press’ way of showing that we stand to create equity…




Your writing community NEWS

Member News: New Release — Writer’s Guide to Medicine Vol. 2

The second volume of the Writer’s Guide to Medicine series, Illness & Injury, by Natalie Dale, MD, is here! Published by Ranunculus Press, the anticipated second volume launched on July 31, 2022. Volume 2: Illness & Injury is packed with straightforward, practical, and sometimes hilarious advice that will transform your writing about medicine from a…

Member News: Author Event — Character Transformation Masterclass with Eric Witchey

On Friday, August 5th, Eric Witchey will be teaching a Master Class at Willamette Writers Conference 2022. The topic is character transformation. Participants will walk away with an understanding of character resistance to change, reaction to epiphany, how resolution of cognitive dissonance demonstrates theme, and a set of executable tools for managing these crucial elements…

Member News: New Release — Dark Secrets

When light shines on something, it casts a shadow. This novel is about the shadow cast on a family and a country when light shines on its past. Lena Larsson, a young American student and aspiring writer, at the Sorbonne in Paris, was raised by her domineering Swedish Grandmother, Helga, and her stoic seamstress mother,…

Member News: Short Story Publication — El Chico Maravilla

Check out Tom Larsen’s new short story, “El Chico Maravilla,” featuring Ecuadorian police captain Ernesto Guillén in the July / August issue of Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. Read what happens when Capitán Guillén finds himself set up to take the fall for a murder.

Member News: Author Event — Bookselling with Author Event Network

Sell your books at the NW Garage event in Vancouver on 7/2/2022, with the Author Event Network. This is a member announcement, and not a Willamette Writers event. Find info below from member Andrew Sweet: Want to sell some books? At AEN, we’ve been successful selling at non-author events like festivals and the like. The…

Member News: New Release — Of the Forest

Linda Ferguson’s new chapbook, Of the Forest, was the second-place winner of The Poetry Box Annual Chapbook Prize 2021 and is available at Annie Bloom’s Books and The Poetry Box. A story of three siblings, a spouse, and a surname, Of the Forest weaves poems that hint of danger while also celebrating love… and the…

Member News: New Release — Dark Sand

Book #4 in the Port Stirling Mystery series, Dark Sand, released in March from author Kay Jennings. Police chief Matt Horning thought life in Port Stirling, Oregon was returning to normal after the earthquake. He was dead wrong. One of the world’s leading geologists, British Lord Phineas Stuart, has gone missing in this classic whodunnit.…

Member News: New Release — Kaleidoscope

Tiffany Dickinson has released Kaleidoscope, a middle-grade novel set in Portland in 1980. This coming-of-age historical novel is a warm and funny read starring Tabby, a bi-racial 12-year-old, and her eclectic group of friends. While navigating the typical 7th grade stressors of friends, family, and boys, Tabby struggles to determine who she really is as…

Member News: New Release — Blood Sapphire’s Revenge

Book publisher Epigraph announced the release and worldwide availability of Blood Sapphire’s Revenge — the new military thriller novel by author Dr. Bruce Farmer in eBook, audiobook, softcover and hardcover formats. Mixing questions of faith and existential fate with an exploration of resiliency, human struggle and fortitude in the face of extreme pressure, Blood Sapphire’s…

Member News: New Release — The Model Spy

Maryka Biaggio’s The Model Spy was released by Sunbury Press March 2022. The Model Spy is based on the true story of Toto Koopman, who spied for the Allies and Italian Resistance during World War II. Largely unknown today, Toto was arguably the first woman to spy for the British Intelligence Service. Operating in the…

Writing Resources from Willamette Writers

Experts Weigh In: 10 Crucial Screenwriting Mistakes

By Willamette Writers Portland

Experts Weigh In: 10 Crucial Screenwriting Mistakes Lee Jessup, a member of our screenwriting faculty at the upcoming Willamette Writer’s Conference and the author of Breaking In: Tales from the Screenwriting Trenches and Getting It Write: An Insider’s Guide To A…

The 7 Things Writers Need to Make a Living by Sonia Simone

By Willamette Writers Portland

Written by SONIA SIMONE Reprinted with permission from Copyblogger.  If you’re a writer, you might have heard this most of your life: People don’t make a living writing. You should find something practical to do with your life. Smart, capable writers grimly…

Ten Tips for Writing an Effective Pitch

By Willamette Writers Portland

By Alyssa Schaffer and Joanna Szabo Pitching your manuscript can be one of the more intimidating aspects of the writing process, so we’ve collected a few essential tips to help you prepare your next pitch. Start with a hook. This…

What Agents Want – Tips from Meeting with Literary Agent Laura Bradford

By Jennifer Zaczek

At the April 4 Willamette Writers meeting, attendees got to hear from Laura Bradford, founder of Bradford Literary Agency, about what agents look for in writers. Here are some key takeaways from the presentation. Are You Someone Agents Want to…

Turn Bad Writing Days into Good Ones

Turn Bad Writing Days into Good Ones

By Amy Foster Myer

The November 7th meeting of Willamette Writers brought William Kenower, teacher of the Fearless Writing Series, to the Old Church to share his perspectives for building up a strong writing life while keeping the topics that interest and engage us…

C. Lill Ahrens Tightens Writing

C. Lill Ahrens’ Tighty Writey Game

By Willamette Writers Portland

by C. Lill Ahrens The old saying, “Can’t see the forest for the trees” can be a metaphor for wordy writing. Too many extra words obscure the view of your story. In contrast to “cutting,” (the deletion of an entire…

WW News

In Her Cultish YA Novels, Kelly McWilliams Blends the Personal and the Historical

To author Kelly McWilliams, writing is about asserting valuable truths. With her 2020 novel, AGNES AT THE END OF THE WORLD, she “felt [she] needed to send a message into this world:  a message about feminism and patriarchy and how we can survive oppression.” That sense of survival and hope is key to both of…

Writing Advice from Willamette Writers

By Rebekah Postupak In June, the Vancouver Willamette Writers chapter met online to share favorite writing books, conference tips, and goals for the summer. We’ve compiled those terrific ideas to share with the rest of Willamette Writers. Some of these books and ideas are likely very familiar to you, but we hope you find a…

Willamette Writers Annual Membership Meeting

We welcome members to join us at our Annual Membership Meeting on Thursday, June 30, 2022, from 6:30pm – 7:30pm Pacific Time. Members will be sent a link in their email to participate in this meeting (via Zoom, as authorized by the Board of Directors). Members will be invited to vote on the slate of…

Author Cohorts

Join your author cohort this fall! Author cohorts will meet online for weekly write-ins, check-ins, and workshops during the month of November. After the cohort, you will be connected with a published mentor to help you continue along your author journey. Reserve your spot now – $99 for Willamette Writers members, and $199 for guests.…

We are proud to announce the speakers at the 52nd Annual Willamette Writers Conference on July 29 – August 1, 2021!

Writing Advice from Zoraida Córdova

by Mari Hotchkiss An unusual career path. As a young child in Ecuador, Zoraida Córdova grew up listening to her grandmother’s stories that were filled with magic and wonder. At six years old, she immigrated to the United States with her mom and grandma, causing her to abandon her love of stories. “I stopped reading.…

Literary Agents at the 2020 Willamette Writers Conference Register now for our 2020 Conference, and meet these agents, along with other top notch industry professionals. You can register for a pitch or critique, and share your work with these pros. They are excited to hear from you. At the conference, you can join them in…

C.C. Humphreys, Best-Selling Author of Historical Fiction, Joins the Willamette Writers Conference

Chris “CC” Humphreys, author of ten historical novels, is joining the 2020 Willamette Writers Conference.

TV Development and Production with Grant Rosenberg

Grant Rosenberg, an accomplished film creator, will be joining the Willamette Writers Conference this August

We are proud to announce the speakers at the 51st Annual Willamette Writers Conference on July 31 – August 2, 2020!