At Willamette Writers, we are all about writers!

Submissions are now open! Willamette Writers invites you to submit to our two programs, the Timberline Review and Kay Snow Awards. The theme this year is DREAM. We are looking for poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, screenplays and more. New this year, if you submit to the Timberline Review, your piece is automatically entered into the Kay Snow Awards! Find out more.

Chocolate: A Willamette Wriers Fundraiser

Join Willamette Writers for an afternoon of chocolate on November 20th from 2-4PM at 1336 NW Flanders Street, Portland. Get your tickets here. From deep, dark chocolate to sweet, fresh white, you'll taste your way through our favorite confection, all while supporting Willamette Writers programming. Space is limited. Get your ticket for a delicious afternoon.

Note: Any donation over $25 is tax-deductible and supports writers across Oregon and Southwest Washington.


Attendees at the Willamette Writers Conference Photo: Gail Pasternack
We started our weekend with The Writer's Fair! Photo: Catherine Trevison
SFWA joined us at the Writer's Fair! Photo: Gail Pasternack
Sean Parker filming the evening events Photo: Gail Pasternack
Kicking off the workshops with Networking Roundtables
Literary Agents Anissa Dorsey and Ismita Hussain Photo: Gail Pasternack
Workshops in full swing at the Willamette Writers Conference Photo: Gail Pasternack
Conference registration coordinator Mark Teppo and Executive Director Kate Ristau Photo: Gail Pasternack
Keynote speaker Laura Stanfill Photo: Gail Pasternack
Friends at the Willamette Writers Conference Photo: Gail Pasternack
The Timberline Review Launch Photo: Catherine Trevison
Volunteers at the Willamette Writers Conference
Mark Oshiro at the Willamette Writers Conference Photo: Gail Pasternack
The Writer's Fair Photo: Catherine Trevison
The Conference Book Table with Jo Bartlett and Kate Ristau Photo: Karen Phillips
Volunteer coordinators April Roa and Max Baker rejoice with the end of the final hybrid session

What did you think of #wilwrite22?

"Had such an amazing time talking about being a debut author, kidlit, and moving through writers block at the #wilwrite22 conference. What a wonderful place to get inspired and build your writing community! Already looking forward to next year!"

- Sonja Thomas, author & presenter

"The Willamette Writers Conference is one of the best I've had the pleasure of speaking at. The sense of community and support among the attendees and staff made the experience enjoyable from beginning to end."

- Vinnie Kinsella; publisher, author & presenter

"This is the friendliest, more supportive conference I know."

- Melissa Hart, author & presenter

"Willamette Writers is such a terrific resource for writers at all levels of their career. From the big summer conference to the regular meetings, the organization provides such a safe and welcoming community. We all need a place to belong that will encourage us to grow and thrive as creators -- I'm so glad Willamette Writers is here to be that place!"

- Wendy N. Wagner, author & presenter

The Writer's Fair Photo: Catherine Trevison

Want to be more involved? Become a member!

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.

Post your writing news free:  on our website, in our weekly Dispatch email, in our quarterly Newsletter, and on our social media. We want to celebrate YOU!

Join today!

We’d love for you to be part of the community.


WW Events

Online: Kicking off 2022 with Russell Nohelty

January 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Kicking off 2022 with a Bang! with Best Selling Author Russell Nohelty Now that 2021 is almost over, people everywhere are thinking about New Year’s resolutions. Have you thought about your writing goals for 2022? Maybe finishing your book? Or even starting your book? Join us on ZOOM January 4, 2022, at 7:00 pm as…

Online: The Write Place Productivity Meeting

January 6 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Looking for writers in all the wrong places? Maybe you need The Write Place. Join us at The Write Place each week, online. Discuss goal setting and productivity while encouraging, supporting, and connecting with other writers. We will share our rejections, sales, and other market news so that we can inspire and learn from each…

Young Willamette Writers – Katie Bennett

January 8 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
  Young Willamette Writers with Katie Bennett Join Us! Please join us online for our Young Willamette Writers meeting this January 8, 2022, at 10 AM with playwright and performing artist Katie Bennett. Our Young Willamette Writers meetings are always free.  We meet the first Saturday of the month, September to June (unless otherwise indicated).  Any…

Online: Writing Sex Scenes with Karelia Stetz-Waters

January 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Let’s Get It On The Page: Writing Sex Scenes to Excite and Entice Your Readers Perhaps you snuck a peek at your grandma’s romance novels and giggled at the over-the-top metaphors. Maybe your writing group said you could use a sex scene but you’re mortified by putting it on the page. Maybe you write erotica…

Online: Screenwriters Happy Hour

January 12 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Join us for Screenwriters Happy Hour! All are welcome! Join us to network with your colleagues and touch base with old friends. Sign up below to receive log-in details to join the conversation. See you there! Sign up to receive log-in information * indicates required Email Address * First Name Last Name

Online: The Write Place Productivity Meeting

January 13 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Looking for writers in all the wrong places? Maybe you need The Write Place. Join us at The Write Place each week, online. Discuss goal setting and productivity while encouraging, supporting, and connecting with other writers. We will share our rejections, sales, and other market news so that we can inspire and learn from each…

Online: Finding The Mystery In The Heart Of Your Novel with Kelly Garrett

January 17 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Finding The Mystery In The Heart Of Your Novel   Every book is a mystery, but not every novel is a whodunit. What can you learn from analyzing a traditional mystery to add depth to your story, regardless of genre? We’ll look at the building blocks of a classic mystery, from clues to red herrings,…

Online: The Write Place Productivity Meeting

January 20 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Looking for writers in all the wrong places? Maybe you need The Write Place. Join us at The Write Place each week, online. Discuss goal setting and productivity while encouraging, supporting, and connecting with other writers. We will share our rejections, sales, and other market news so that we can inspire and learn from each…




Your writing community NEWS

Member News: New Release — Doc Talk

From the author of the Writer’s Guide to Medicine series comes Doc Talk: Medical Slang & Terminology for Writers, a reference guide to medical phrases, terminology, and slang. Need to incorporate medical terminology into your story? Want to write the authentic voice of a doctor or nurse? Look no further. In Doc Talk, physician and…

Member News: Editing Service — Caviar

A message from David MacNamera, the founder of Caviar Reviews and Editing: Are you tired of seeing some of your books receive one-star reviews with no written justification? Sick of shallow reviews from ‘review exchanges’ that just seem to be written with info off of your book cover and one or two pages of your…

Member News: New Release — Hide Your Light

Hide Your Light is a paranormal suspense novel from The Wild Rose Press, by Stacy Johns writing as Penny Arrow. Since she was a teen, Robin Fox has been tormented by painful glimpses of the future, never enough to prevent disaster. Back then, her gift painted a target on her back, and she fled a…

Member News: New Release — Deep Canyons

Deep Canyons, Book 2 in Nan C Ballard’s science fiction western series, is available for pre-order and will launch on November 22. In Deep Canyons, Lee Vawn-Cory still hasn’t come to terms with her ordeal three years earlier. She has split from Seth Reilly. Now she joins a trek on horseback to explore an unsettled…

Member News: New Release — Where We Call Home

Reconnect with the natural world through essays that blend science and prose. In her debut work, Where We Call Home: Lands, Seas, and Skies of Pacific Northwest, Portland-based journalist and Willamette Writers member Josephine Woolington sheds light on diverse flora and fauna of the Pacific Northwest, from the coastal tailed frog to yellow-cedar. Through interviews…

Member News: Author Event — Suzanne Parry at Powell’s

Local author Suzanne Parry will discuss her debut historical novel, Lost Souls of Leningrad, in conversation with Laura Stanfill and Suzy Vitello, at Powell’s City of Books on Thursday, November 10 at 7 pm. Equal parts World War II epic, family saga, and love story, this compelling tale is both a testament to human resilience…

Member News: New Release – Found

This Fall 2022, what was lost is Found: Ten years after the drowning death of her daughter in the Colorado, Eleanor Clay subsists finding corpses for Bristlecone Springs PD, until the day she finds three-year-old Lizzie, living but left-for-dead in a culvert under the railroad tracks. This crime unspools to a series of brutal kidnappings…

Member News: New Release – Only This Step

Philip Kenney’s book of haiku poems, Only This Step, will release in February 2023. Readers of Only This Step will find that these poems open the mind to new ways of seeing and experiencing. In an introductory essay to haiku, former United States Poet Laureate Billy Collins wrote this about the nature of this form:…

Member News: Press Acquisition — Brighter Than Her Fears

Creative James Media, a small press located in Pasadena, Maryland, announced it has signed author Lisa Ard for her debut adult standalone historical fiction novel. Brighter Than Her Fears will release in January 2024. Her previously published children’s books include Fright Flight, Dream Team, and the Kay Snow award finalist Saving Halloween. Find out more.

Members News: New Release – 1 Last Betrayal

Award-winning author Valerie J. Brooks’ new thriller, 1 Last Betrayal, number three in her Angeline Porter Trilogy, has just hit the bookstores and garnered rave reviews. Heather Gudenkauf, NYTimes bestselling author of The Weight of Silence and The Overnight Guest, writes, “The explosive third installment in the Angeline Porter Series brings the heat, intrigue, and…

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…