At Willamette Writers, we are all about writers!

The 2022 Willamette Writers Conference was a wild success thanks to your help! With over 300 attendees, online and in-person, and 70 year-round volunteers, we celebrated a wonderful weekend of writing at our first hybrid conference! Scroll below for more pics, quotes, and stories about this year's Willamette Writers Conference (and save the date: August 2-6, 2023)!

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

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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.…

Corvallis: Fall Open Mic

September 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Corvallis: Fall Open Mic   Does the audience sigh? Do they gasp? Do they laugh outright? Does the page read smoothly for you? In other words, does your writing bring the audience into your experience successfully? Read for applause and explore the effectiveness of your creation. Or join us to listen and enjoy. The meeting…




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

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…