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 — Phantom Cove

Kay Jennings announces that Phantom Cove, book 5 in her mystery/thriller series, released on November 17, 2022. Phantom Cove is part of the Port Stirling Mystery series set on the rugged southern Oregon coast, and follows Police Chief Matt Horning and his colleagues. While the local cast of characters continue and their relationships evolve, each…

Member News: Critique Group — Deni Starr

Anyone interested in being part of a mystery writers critique group either in person or via zoom, please contact Deni Starr at Find out more about author Deni Starr here.

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:…

Writing Resources from Willamette Writers

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…

Hollywood is Looking For Your Book

By Maren Anderson

by Maren Bradley Anderson I am pitching my novels at the Willamette Writers Conference this year, but maybe not to the people you expect. I am pitching to literary agents and editors, of course, but I’m also pitching many projects…

Willamette Writers Conference Networking Opportunities

By Benjamin Gorman

So you’re planning on going to the Willamette Writers Conference, eh? Well, before you go, you need to know the most important rule: You do not talk about the Willamette Writers Conference! No, wait, that’s something else. The first rule…