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Willamette Writers Authors at the Portland Book Festival!

Stop and see our member authors!

On November 9, 2019, our Willamette Writers Member Authors will be signing their books and greeting their fans at the Portland Book Festival. The festival, sponsored by Literary Arts, features authors from across the country, from non-fiction to science fiction and beyond.

We are proud to welcome these authors to table 64: Dede Montgomery, Sue Fagalde Lick, Sharleen Nelson, Tasche Laine, Kerry Blaisdell, Kay Jennings, Phillip Kenney, Deni Starr, Paula Butterfield, Charley Descoteaux, Marilyn McDonald, Holly Manno, Mazarine Treyz, Marilynne Eichinger, Rick George, Jo Sparkes, Ruby Lee, Cornelius Holly Manno, Bob Ferguson, Kim Hester, Anne Hendren, Jeff Stookey, R. Gregory Noakes, Heather Ames, Dawn Prochovnic, Julie Dawn, Steven Mayfield, Mary Bauer, Donnie Horn, Elizabeth Mitchell, Molly Tinsley, J.S. James, Larry Levine, Chris Patchell, Valarie Anderson, Laura Lee Scott, James Martin, Debby Dodds, Gail Oberst, and Rand Bishop.

It's sure to be a fantastic day of words and writing! Please stop by and meet our authors, say hi, and ask them questions about their books. They would love to share their writing journey with you. You can find our full schedule here.

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Willamette Writers Author Signing: Holly Manno

Holly Manno will be signing books at booth 64 at the Portland Book Festival on November 9th. As Holly says: The worlds between pages have long been a respite for me. After a long career in technology, I lost my job and decided to follow my passion. I imagined writing a book and completed my…

Willamette Writers Author Signing: Laura Lee Scott

Laura Lee Scott will be signing books at booth 64 at the Portland Book Festival on November 9th. Laura Lee Scott has worked as a pro writer, ghostwriter, editor, publisher, and graphic designer for over 25 years, and has authored three empowering, award-winning picture books: THE SANTA SWITCH, A TRIP FOR MRS. CLAUS, and ONE…

Willamette Writers Author Signing: Dede Montgomery

Dede Montgomery will be signing books at booth 64 at the Portland Book Festival on November 9th. Dede Montgomery is a 6th generation who actively blogs in “Musings about Life in Oregon.” Dede was a 2019 Oregon State Capitol Foundation Speaker Series presenter, sharing her 2017 memoir, MY MUSIC MAN stories on Oregon’s February 14…

Willamette Writers Author Signing: Kerry Blaisdell

Kerry Blaisdell will be signing books at booth 64 at the Portland Book Festival on November 9th. Kerry Blaisdell is the author of The Dead Series, including DEBRIEFING THE DEAD—2019 Royal Palm Literary Award for Best Published Fantasy, RONE Award for Best Long Paranormal, HOLT Medallion Literary Award for Best Paranormal & Best First Book,…

Willamette Writers Author Signing: Tasche Laine

Tasche Laine will be signing books at booth 64 at the Portland Book Festival on November 9th. Tasche Laine has worked as a journalist, teacher, and book editor. She is the author of the 2018 International Book Award winner for Readers’ Favorite, Closure: based on a true story, and its sequel, Chameleon. She grew up…

Willamette Writers Author Signing: Marilynne Eichinger

Marilynne Eichinger will be signing books at booth 64 at the Portland Book Festival on November 9th. Marilynne Eichinger, entrepreneur, and director of hands-on science museums graduated Magna Cum Laude in Anthropology from Boston University and with an MA in psychology from Michigan State University. She founded Impression Five Science Museum in Michigan served as…

Willamette Writers Author Signing: Steven Mayfield

Steven Mayfield will be signing books at booth 64 at the Portland Book Festival on November 9th. Steven Mayfield is a past recipient of the Mari Sandoz Prize for Fiction and author of the upcoming novel, Treasure of the Blue Whale (Regal House Publishing, Spring 2020). His short fiction has appeared in Event, The Black…

Willamette Writers Author Signing: Heather Ames

Heather Ames will be signing books at booth 64 at the Portland Book Festival on November 9th. A Miami detective unjustly accused of accepting bribes takes his half-brother’s socialite girlfriend as an unlikely partner when his brother is found beaten to death in the Everglades. A trail of convoluted clues leads him on a journey…

Willamette Writers Author Signing: Donnie with Walter W Cole/Darcelle

Donnie Horn with Walter W Cole/Darcelle will be signing books at booth 64 at the Portland Book Festival on November 9th. Donald l Horn aka Donnie is a playwright, author, director, historian, producer and founder of triangle productions! a theatre company. He has written twelve books including his autobiography Crumbs of Love; the sequel, Pinch…

Willamette Writers Author Signing: Marilyn Catherine McDonald, ma

Marilyn Catherine McDonald will be signing books at booth 64 at the Portland Book Festival on November 9th. Marilyn has been a professional writer since 1967. She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees while freelancing and raising eight children. Then, as a single parent she returned to the work force or the first time in…

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Tigard: November Write-ins

November 15 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Come write with us! Are you deep into NANOWRIMO (National Novel Writing Month)? Or need to get a few words in? Join us at a write-in this November. There are many write-ins around the state for those who are putting their nose to the grindstone for NANOWRIMO (find out more here: nanowrimo.org). Tigard Write-in Our…

YWW Southern Oregon: Jadie Jones

November 16 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
It’s Not Just the Hero’s Journey: How to Craft a Villain to Believe In Our next meeting at the Library in Grants Pass (200 NW C St, Grants Pass, OR 97526) from 10:30 am – noon will be held on Saturday, Nov. 16th. We’ll continue meeting there on the third Saturday of the month at…

Newport: How to Write a Mystery with Ron Lovell

November 17 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
How to Write a Mystery Gleneden Beach author Ron Lovell, author of the Thomas Martindale and Lorenzo Madrid mystery series, will take time off from “who done it” to show “how he does it” at the Nov. 17 meeting of Willamette Writers coast chapter. The free workshop takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. at…

Vancouver: Writing Your Passion with Stephanie Feldstein

November 18 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writing Your Passion Don’t just write what you know – write what you love. We all have hobbies, curiosities, and passions beyond the page. These things are more than just what we do when we’re not writing. They’re the pieces that create the puzzle of who we are and what motivates us. Instead of seeing…

Corvallis: Poetry of Place, and Handling Submissions with John Sibley Williams

November 25 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Poetry of Place, and Handling Submissions Please join us on November 25th, from 6:30-8:30PM at our Willamette Writers on the River Chapter Meeting! In the first part of the program, Williams will address poetry of place with a discussion of how natural and constructed landscapes affect our identities and shape our writing. This workshop will…

Portland: Book and Bake Sale

December 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Join us for our First Annual Book and Bake Sale! Network with authors and get your books signed as you enjoy a sweet treat during our holiday gathering. Cookies, cupcakes, pies, and cakes are encouraged. All proceeds from the bake sale support our chapter programming. Are you a WW member author? If you are a…

On Writing from Willamette Writers

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

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…

Author Marketing – Notes from WW Portland Meeting with Tex Thompson

By Amy Foster Myer

The June 6th Willamette Writers meeting was a wonderful time to be in community with one of my very favorite presenters from last year’s conference, Tex Thompson. The presentation focused on how writers can promote and market themselves, a topic…

Jessica Morrell Meeting Notes 2017 04 Willamette Writers PDX

Why Characters Do What They Do – Notes from WW Portland Meeting with Jessica Morrell

By Amy Foster Myer

This contributed piece brings notes from Willamette Writers Portland’s April 4th, 2017 Meeting with author and editor Jessica Morrell by member Amy Foster Myer. Enjoy! Having seen Jessica Morell present at the 2016 Willamette Writers Conference, I can tell you she…

Ellen Urbani’s Tips for a Successful Author Reading

By Willamette Writers

Today, we’re bringing you a post from Ellen Urbani who was our closing keynote at the 2016 Willamette Writers Conference. In 2015, Ellen Urbani toured the South with her novel Landfall (Forest Avenue Press, 2015). The tour brought in overflow crowds and pushed Landfall up on…

The Willamette Writers Conference

2019 Willamette Writers Conference Pitch Professionals We are proud to announce the industry professionals accepting pitches this year at our 50th annual Willamette Writers Conference. You will find a list of all our current industry professionals here. We are welcoming a fantastic group of agents, editors, manager, and producers, and the list will continue to…

Julie Whipple Book Signing at Powells

Julie Whipple will be reading and signing copies of her new book, Crash Course Join Julie Whipple at Powell’s downtown flagship store on West Burnside on Monday, August 20 at 7:30 (http://www.powells.com/book/-9780692070406#product_details) and award-winning audiobook narrator Heather Henderson for a special performance of excerpts from the book. Long-time Portland residents vividly recall the crash of…

HOW TO WIN THE SUBMISSION WAITING GAME

We’re excited that Erick Mertz is a member of the faculty at the upcoming Willamette Writers Conference. Erick is a Portland-based ghostwriter and fiction/memoir manuscript consultant. Over the last five years as a full-time freelancer he has written manuscripts for a variety of clients. In a blog he posted this past December, he shares advice…

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

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 pass around war stories on Facebook. Penny-a-word assignments, clients who don’t pay, disdain for our…

Open Mic Night at the Willamette Writers Conference

Open Mic night started at the Willamette Writers Conference in 2013, when I mentioned to the conference chair that I attended a really fun Open Mic Night at another writing conference. This launched us into a talk about how we could make one for Willamette Writers and how we could make it even better than…

What’s New at the Willamette Writers Conference

Welcome to our 2018 Conference! This year, our theme for The Best Three Days in Writing is “Celebrating Diverse Voices in Writing.” The whole team is really looking forward to what we’ve got in store for you all this August 3rd -5th. As you know, the conference has grown and changed much over its 49-year…

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…

Writing Through the Tough Times by Julie Fast

All writers come to a point where it feels impossible to write another word. This happened to me with one month left before I had to turn in the manuscript for my first book. I felt overwhelmed with the idea of making the book perfect. All of it had to flow. It had to be…

New Conference Opportunity for Members: Sell Your Books at the Consignment Booth

Thanks for checking out this opportunity. We are finalizing the details and should have them for you this week. In the meantime, please let us know you’re interested by completing the short form below or via this link (same form, use whatever works better for you). We will let you know when we have more…

New Opportunity at Conference: Author Headshots

For the first time ever, the 2017 Willamette Writers Conference will have a professional photographer at the conference to take author headshots. A limited number of slots will be offered Friday and Saturday afternoon, so book your slot before they are all taken. Why Do Author’s Need Headshots? Last year’s conference keynote speaker Jane Friedman…

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Willamette Writers Authors at the Portland Book Festival

We are proud to be supporting these Willamette Writers member authors at this year’s Portland Book Festival on November 9th!   9AM-9:30AM  Dede Montgomery  Sue Fagalde Lick  Sharleen Nelson  Tasche Laine  9:30AM-10AM  Kerry Blaisdell  Kay Jennings  Phillip Kenney  Deni Starr  10AM-11AM  Paula Butterfield  Charley  Descoteaux  Marilyn McDonald  Holly Manno  11AM-12PM  Mazarine Treyz  Marilynne Eichinger  Rick George  Jo Sparkes  12PM-1PM  Ruby Lee Cornelius  Holly Manno  Bob Ferguson  Kim Hester  1PM-2PM  Anne Hendren  Jeff Stookey  R. Gregory Noakes  Heather Ames  2PM-3PM  Dawn Prochovnic  Julie  Dawn…

FiLMLaBtv 2019 Writer’s Room The 2019 winning script is “Stripes,” written by Alexandra Keister. Keister, an executive assistant and screenwriter, has written two feature-length screenplays, both romantic comedies, and a handful of short screenplays that range from dark sci-fi to the classically uplifting my-dog-is-dead story. She graduated from Oregon State University in 2012 with a BA…

Willamette Writers Authors Sign Books at The Portland Book Festival

by Ari Mathae Willamette Writers, the Portland literary community, and book lovers near and far will meet again Saturday 10, 2018, for the largest celebration of books in the Pacific Northwest: The Portland Book Festival. The event starts at 9 A.M. at the Portland Art Museum and continues there and at other neighboring venues in the…

Member News: Mary Andonian & David Poulshock launch ISA Third Thursdays

Mary Andonian & David Poulshock launch ISA Third Thursdays Members Mary and David are launching the local chapter of the International Screenwriters Association(ISA). It’s a monthly mixer for screenwriters on Third Thursdays, where you can mingle with fellow screenwriters, meet film and television industry professionals, and win door prizes — including a free Willamette Writer’s…

How To Happily Write A Query Letter

We’re excited that Bill Kenower is a member of the faculty at the upcoming Willamette Writers Conference. Bill is the author of Fearless Writing: How to Create Boldly and Write With Confidence and Write Within Yourself: An Author’s Companion. In a blog he posted this past June, he shares his perspective on how he learned…

HOW TO WIN THE SUBMISSION WAITING GAME

We’re excited that Erick Mertz is a member of the faculty at the upcoming Willamette Writers Conference. Erick is a Portland-based ghostwriter and fiction/memoir manuscript consultant. Over the last five years as a full-time freelancer he has written manuscripts for a variety of clients. In a blog he posted this past December, he shares advice…

Attend FiLMLaB.tv workshops and get all the value without even attending!

Attend FiLMLaB.tv workshops and get all the value without even attending! Well, not really. Eventually you’ll have to “attend.” But thanks to space-age technology, Willamette Writers is presenting two valuable workshops online that you will be able to access 24/7 AND multiple times right up until the conference. That means that even if you’re not…

Ten Tips for Writing an Effective Pitch

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 should be one or two lines covering the most exciting thing about your book. However,…

Willamette Writers is Sponsoring Write to Publish

We are delighted to contribute to this year’s Write to Publish conference with Ooligan Press to help writers, agents, and publishers alike get more familiar the ins and outs of the industry! What: A one-day conference demystifying the publishing industry When: April 21, 2018 9:00 am – 6:00 pm Where: George C. Hoffmann Hall 1833…

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…