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Willamette Writers Signing at Portland Book Festival

Join Our Willamette Writers Members at Portland Book Festival

Willamette Writers Member Authors will be signing their books at the Willamette Writers booths at this year's Portland Book Festival, formerly known as Wordstock. Join us at booth 39 and 40 to meet these fantastic authors:

9:00-10:30AM: L. Wade Powers, Philip Kenney, Linnie Thomas, Theresa Verboort, Julie Whipple, Teresa Klepinger

10:30AM-Noon: Greg Coodley, Cheryl Willis, Mary DeMocker, Mikko Azul, Riley Costello

Noon-1:30PM: Gretchen Van Lente, Jeff Stookey, Susan Ralphe, Marla Bowie, Leonide Martin

1:30-3:00PM: Robert Freedman, Antoinette Kennedy, Heather Ransom, C. LaVielle, Stevan Allred

3:00-4:30PM: Rosemary Lombard, Dami Roelse, Sharleen Nelson, LeeAnn McLennan, Kim Allred

4:30-6:00PM: Debby Dodds, Kerry Blaisdell, Sue Fagalde Lick, John Dover, Jack Estes, Benjamin Gorman

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Thank You for a Great Conference! 2019 Registration Now Open!

Join the Willamette Writers Conference - August 2-4, 2019

Our 50th annual conference (50!!!) will be a BLAST! Three full days of classes, workshops, keynotes, critiques, and events. We invite you to join us for a weekend of community as you develop your craft and expand your career on August 2nd-4th, 2019 in Portland, Oregon at the Airport Sheraton Hotel.

After a successful launch of Master Classes Day with industry professionals at our 2018 conference, we are doing it again in 2019. So stay tuned for details about opportunities to learn from top instructors in a small group setting.

We'll also be offering many options for one on one critique, including On the Spot Critiques and Advance Manuscript Critique. As always, we'll have a roster of agents, editors and film executives ready to hear about your project. Plus, we'll have our amazing community of PNW writers that you just can't find anywhere else. Join us!

Member News

Willamette Writers Author Signing: Teresa Klepinger

Teresa Klepinger will be signing books at booth 39 at the Portland Book Festival on November 10th. Teresa Klepinger believes a dose of imagination can improve just about anything. Her love of storytelling began with “Genie” bedtime stories told by her father, continued through years of teaching elementary school, and stays close to her heart…

Willamette Writers Author Signing: C. LaVielle

C. LaVielle will be signing books at booth 39 at the Portland Book Festival on November 10th. I began my grown-up life as a biologist because I was, and still am, fascinated by people, plants, and animals and what makes them tick. I became a wife, a mother, and a healer specializing in tarot divination,…

Willamette Writers Author Signing: Rosemary Douglas Lombard

Rosemary Douglas Lombard will be signing books at booth 39 at the Portland Book Festival on November 10th. Rosemary Lombard, former university teacher, editor, and naturalist, now independent interdisciplinary researcher in animal cognition, brings to her writing decades of surprise and delight exploring turtles’ cognitive potential. Award winner in creative nonfiction and poetry, she has…

Willamette Writers Author Signing: Riley Costello

Riley Costello will be signing books at booth 39 at the Portland Book Festival on November 10th. Riley Costello, an Oregon native, writes the popular lifestyle and fashion blog, sincerelyriley.com. Waiting at Hayden’s is her first novel and the first book where readers can watch scenes unfold and shop the characters’ clothes. Costello coined and branded this…

Willamette Writers Author Signing: Jack Estes

Jack Estes will be signing books at booth 39 at the Portland Book Festival on November 10th. Jack Estes is the author of the critically acclaimed Vietnam memoir, A Field of Innocence – Finalist for the Oregon Book Awards- and his equally powerful, recent novel, A Soldier’s Son. His articles and essays have appeared in…

Willamette Writers Author Signing: Mary DeMocker

Mary DeMocker will be signing books at booth 39 at the Portland Book Festival on November 10th. Mary DeMocker uses the arts to fight for a healthy future. Her book, The Parents’ Guide to Climate Revolution: 100 Ways to Build a Fossil-Free Future, Raise Empowered Kids, and Still Get a Good Night’s Sleep, features a…

Willamette Writers Author Signing: Cheryl M. Willis, Ed.D.

Cheryl M. Willis, Ed.D. will be signing books at booth 39 at the Portland Book Festival on November 10th. Temple University graduate, Cheryl M. Willis pursued her passion for Tap Dance writing the first doctoral dissertation on African American women tap dancers from the Swing Era. Recently, she published “Tappin At the Apollo: The African…

Willamette Writers Author Signing: John Dover

John Dover will be signing books at booth 39 at the Portland Book Festival on November 10th. Author and musician, John Dover, lives in Portland Oregon. He is the writer and creator of the Johnny Scotch series of novella’s and comics. He is also a contributor on several horror anthologies. As a musician, John considers…

Willamette Writers Author Signing: Jeff Stookey

Jeff Stookey will be signing books at booth 39 at the Portland Book Festival on November 10th. Growing up in a small town in rural Washington State, Jeff Stookey enjoyed writing stories. He studied literature, history, and cinema at Occidental College, and then got a BFA in Theater from Fort Wright College. In his 40s…

Willamette Writers Author Signing: Gregg Coodley M.D.

Gregg Coodley M.D. will be signing books at booth 39 at the Portland Book Festival on November 10th. Gregg Coodley M.D. is the author of 3 prior books. His first history, The Magnificent Losers: History’s Greatest Unsuccessful Reformers, Revolutionaries, and Fighters for Freedom and Justice, was published in 2017. Coodley graduated with a BA in…

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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All Writers Welcome! Members & Full-Time Students Attend for Free!

Salem: Five Ways to Ratchet Up the Tension in Your Story with Chris Patchell

November 14 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Five Ways to Ratchet Up the Tension in Your Story Meeting is on the second Wednesday, not the third. What’s the secret to writing a story that grips readers? Tension. Finding ways to ratchet up the ...

Newport: Free Poetry Workshop with Rachel Barton

November 18 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Rachel Barton Offers Free Poetry Workshop Looking for poetic inspiration? Corvallis poet Rachel Barton will get poets and non-poets writing at the Nov. 18 meeting of Willamette Writers Coast Chapter. ...

Corvallis: Writing a Play with Merridawn Duckler and Cristina White

November 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Nothing Dull: Writing a Play 11/26/2018 “Drama” said Alfred Hitchcock, “is life with the dull bits cut out.” In NOTHING DULL: Writing A Play, playwrights Merridawn Duckler and Cristina White w...

Southern Oregon: Monthly Meeting

December 1 @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Please join us for our Central Point monthly meeting! Put the date on your calendar. More information will be coming soon.Read more...

Portland: Poetry with Kim Stafford, Ars Poetica, and Free Range Poetry

December 4 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Join us for a night of Poetry Join us for a special event with Oregon Poet Laureate Kim Stafford, Tim Gillespie and Timothy Kerlin. This meeting is free and open to the public, and presented in partne...

Salem: Monthly Meeting

December 21 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Please join us for our Salem monthly meeting! Put the date on your calendar. More information will be coming soon.Read more...

Portland: Monthly Meeting

January 1, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Please join us for our Portland monthly meeting! Put the date on your calendar. More information will be coming soon.Read more...

The Willamette Writers Conference

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…

Hone Your Craft: The 2017 Conference Offers Opportunity for Advanced & Beginning Writers

As we’ve mentioned before, our schedule of educational programming includes 9 tracks of themed content from across the spectrum of what writers need to know and want to celebrate. Our Genre offerings for this year take up two of those tracks: one for beginners and novices, the other for intermediate and professional writers. And the…

Our News

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…

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…