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The Timberline Review

Submissions are now open for the Fall/Winter 2018 Issue of The Timberline Review!

The Timberline Review is an all-volunteer literary journal operated by Willamette Writers. The theme for Issue #7 is: Rebirth. 

We are looking for pieces related to rebirth (physical, emotional, professional), renewal (of self, of goals, or of relationships), and restarting (especially after a failure or setback).

Member News

Member News: Release of “The Home” by L. Wade Powers

L. Wade Powers announces the release of his novel, The Home. The novel is set in the 1950s about a children’s institution (foster kids, orphans, kids of working parents). Aimed at a “new adult” and older audience, it relates the trials of preteens and young teens to emerging sexuality, dormitory violence and social relationships, but it…

Member News: Kristina Bak releases new book

From Here to Argentina: A Tango Love Story Released Tango, romance, life-or-death drama, and a little noir! Kristina Bak’s new novella, From Here to Argentina: A Tango Love Story, published by Luminare Press, is available on Amazon, or to order through your favorite independent bookstore. Kristina will be reading at Roundabout Books in Bend’s Northwest Crossing with…

Member News – Sherry Joiner Art Exhibit

Come join Sherry Joiner at the Ant Farm Cafe, Sandy, Oregon for her Art Exhibit Sherry Joiner, author of Sherry Goes Sane: Living A Life With Schizo-Affective Disorder, is exhibiting her paintings with NAMI Clackamas at the Ant Farm Cafe, 39140 Proctor Blvd. Sandy, Oregon, 97055. The exhibit begins the First Friday of October in…

Member News: Mollie Hunt launches CAT CALL, a Crazy Cat Lady Mystery #4

Mollie Hunt launches CAT CALL, a Crazy Cat Lady Mystery #4 at Another Read Through. What better way to celebrate a book whose hero is a dedicated cat shelter volunteer than to launch her latest tale during National Cat Day week? Mollie Hunt will be bringing out CAT CALL, her 4th Crazy Cat Lady cozy…

Member News: Brian K. Pinaire Releases New Book

Brian K. Pinaire releases THIS IS NOT YOUR FATHER’S FATHERHOOD Brian K. Pinaire has published THIS IS NOT YOUR FATHER’S FATHERHOOD, a comic memoir that offers a male perspective on raising children. In witty, insightful, and carefully integrated essays, Pinaire reflects on delivery room negotiations, paternity leave, work-life balancing, passive-aggressive daycare teachers, BabyBjorns, childproofing, children’s…

Member News: Michael R. Lane Books Available

Mortal Thoughts and Sandbox by Michael R. Lane As a teenager, Michael R. Lane only wrote when necessary. He had nothing against writing: he was – and is – an avid reader. He simply saw no need to write outside of satisfying his academic requirements. That was before he spent time with poetry. Poetry became his first creative…

Member News: Stephen John Walker Book Release

Stephen John Walker, an award-winning author and former Green Beret,announces the release of his newest book, Hotel San Blas: A Caribbean Quest. About the Book This is a story about a primitive three-room hotel resting atop a coral island on the north coast of Panama—no electricity, no running water, no telephone, and guests must bring their own…

Member News: Linda Atwell Book Release on September 26, 2017

Annie Bloom’s welcomes Oregon author Linda Atwell to read from her memoir, Loving Lindsey, on September 26, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. About the Book Linda Atwell and her strong-willed daughter, Lindsey–a high-functioning young adult with intellectual disabilities–have always had a complicated relationship. But when Lindsey graduates from Silverton High School at nineteen and gets a…

Member News: Johnny Scotch Book Release Celebration August 17

Books, comics, music, and more! Come celebrate the launch of “Danger in Bass Clef”, John Dover‘s debut novella in the Johnny Scotch world of Bridge City. Join John at the Starday Tavern, 6517 SE Foster Rd, Portland from 5 PM-8 PM, Aug 17th. “Johnny Scotch never thought that when he met Cass months back, she…

On Writing from Willamette Writers

Revision strategies

Revision Strategies with Maren Anderson

By Maren Anderson

Revision Strategies with Maren Anderson I just wrote “The End” on the first draft of a manuscript I’ve been picking at for months. My normal M.O. is to write a very fast, very bad first draft. But my revision strategies…

4 obstacles keeping you from your manuscript

4 Obstacles Keeping You from Finishing Your Manuscript

By Benjamin Gorman

4 Obstacles Keeping You from Finishing Your Manuscript Disclaimer – Before I can be slapped with the charge of hypocrisy, let me be the first to say that I have succumbed to all four of the manuscript impediments listed below. I…

Jill Kelly

Revise with Jill Kelly | Writing Tips and Tricks

By Kate Ristau

Willamette Writer member and writing instructor Jill Kelly knows how to revise. An award-winning author and editor and a former professor of grammar and literature, she’s helped hundreds of writers move their work to excellence. This month, she’ll be leading two…

How to Submit to Literary Journals

By Kate Ristau

At Poets and Writers Live in Portland, several literary journal editors offered their perspectives on how to submit to literary journals. Travis Meyer of the journal Poor Claudia got right down to business: “Put your name in the top right…

Ellen Urbani, author and speaker, talks about preparing your book to launch

Pre-Launch Machinations

By Willamette Writers

You wrote a book. It’s been acquired! Now what in the world do you do with yourself?
Every writer has heard the axiom that penning a book is only the first in a long run of hurdles, and if we’re honest with ourselves every last one of us has believed that must be a mendacious proposition. Writing is hard work.

Agent Chip MacGregor

Ten Words To Keep In Mind For A Writer’s Conference

By Willamette Writers

by Chip MacGregor As you begin preparing for this year’s Willamette Writers Conference, I’d like to suggest you keep ten words in mind… • READ. Don’t just show up and wonder who the speakers are. Read the blog of the…

Join a Meeting or a Workshop Near You

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

Salem: “Critique Groups – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” with Elizabyth Harrington

February 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
On Thursday, February 22nd from 6:30-8:30 p.m. (talk begins at 7 p.m.), Elizabyth Harrington will present to our chapter at the Salem Public Library (Anderson Room B), 585 Liberty St SE.   “Critiq...

Cynthia Whitcomb’s Screenwriting Class

February 24
From Idea to Completed Script Six Saturdays 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Feb. 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 Register here. Includes structure, scene cards, storyboards, set ups, payoffs, subplots, charact...

Corvallis: Writing and Illustrating a Children’s Picture Book with Rob Broder

February 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Join us on Monday, February 26, 2018, 6:30-8:30 PM, at the First Presbyterian Church in Corvallis, (Allison Room, use 9th Street parking entrance) for a presentation about by Rob Broder. Writing a...

Eugene: “How to Destroy Your Novel in 10 Easy Steps” with Valerie Brooks

March 1 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
“How to Destroy Your Novel in 10 Easy Steps: Why good writing goes bad” Presented by Valerie Brooks at Mid-Valley Chapter of the Willamette Writers March 1, 2018, 7:3—8 pm social hour, 8 pm pres...

Successful Self Publishing- Patricia Marshall

March 3 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Saturday, March 3, 2018 Central Point City Hall Council Chambers, 140 S. Third Street, Central Point “Six Steps to successful Self Publishing” 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.   Free to members, $1...

Portland: Author Susan Hill Long

March 6 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
On March 6th (doors at 6:30), author Susan Hill Long will be joining the Portland Chapter. About Susan Hill Long Susan Hill Long is a children’s book author. Her recent books include THE MAGIC M...

Newport: Oregon Coast Chapter Meeting

March 18 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Details coming soon. Mark your calendar.Read more...

Salem: March 2018 Monthly Meeting

March 21 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Details coming soon. Mark your calendar: March 21, 2018!Read more...

Our News

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…

FiLMLaB Adds Showrunner for its Web Series Project: FiLMLaB.tv

Willamette Writers and FiLMLaB are thrilled to announce that veteran network television writer and producer F.J. Pratt has agreed to helm this year’s program, an Episodic Storytelling LaB: FiLMLaB.tv! About FiLMLaB.tv Showrunner F.J. Pratt F.J. Pratt has been a television comedy writer for twenty-five years, starting on the writing staff for network shows including “Frasier,”…

Willamette Writers at Wordstock this weekend with David D. Levine

Willamette Writers Celebrate Wordstock with David D. Levine! Thousands of book lovers are expected to fill Portland’s park blocks for this year’s Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival on November 11th at the Portland Art Museum. They will revel in seeing the more than 100 authors who have come to present workshops, give readings and sign books.…

Join us for a meeting or write-in in November!

Happy November! We have a great month ahead of us at Willamette Writers. We’re kicking off the month talking about memoir in Eugene, and then Patricia Morrison will show us how to finish our projects. We will explore Fearless Writing in Portland with William Kenower, and also dive into improv with Marian Scadden. David Paul…

Willamette Writers is Going to the Ashland Literary Arts Festival

Willamette Writers is going to the Ashland Literary Arts Festival which will be held on Saturday, October 28th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the Hannon Library on the Southern Oregon University campus. Willamette Writers will have a table on the third floor, so be sure to come up and say hi. We’ll have ChocoLove bars (come…

FiLMLaB Screening at McMinnville Short Film Festival on Saturday, October 21st

The FilmLab staff has had a great summer, planning for our 2017-2018 contest (details to come!) and performing various ritualized rain dances in a battle against the heat. Now that the weather has cooled down (you’re welcome!), prime moving watching season is upon us. We wanted to let you know our latest film, INTERCEPT, written…

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…

Chapter Meetings – September 2017

Our chapter meetings will help you keep your writing goals — and maybe create new ones! If you’ve never been to a meeting, click the links below for full details. Here is what’s coming around the state in September. Portland: Landscape of Our Lives with Jenny Forrester Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017, 6:30-8:10 p.m. at the…