At Willamette Writers, we are all about writers!

We are happy to announce that you can save the date -- August 5-7, 2022 -- for the annual Willamette Writers Conference! If you're filling out your new calendar, pencil us in for a virtual and in-person conference. We can't wait to see you in 2022.

As a non-profit educational organization, Willamette Writers is committed to helping writers connect with their communities, develop their craft, and expand their career. Our chapter meetings are open to everyone! We are here to help you!

My willamette writers story: Holly Manno

“I’m a writer.”  We all covet these words, and daily call them into being.

But how do we wind our way through the labyrinthine steps to become all we yearn to be?  Write, we’re told.  And write we do.  With long days at the keyboard, or with pen and paper in hand, we find our solitary way.  We hone our craft.  We create.  We give characters and stories, life.  It can be a lonely pursuit.  What do we do when we need an infusion of community and inspiration?  That’s where Willamette Writers (WW) comes in.

We recently asked members to share how WW made a difference in their careers.   Portland author Holly Manno, with five books and a poetry collection to her credit, recalls a transformational encounter.

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.


All Writers Welcome!

Members & Full-Time Students Attend for Free!

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: Coffee at your Kitchen Table

January 18 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Good morning, writer! Join us online for coffee and conversation at 8AM on Tuesday mornings. Click the link to join us: After registering, you’ll receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. See you soon!

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…

Online: Coffee at your Kitchen Table

January 22 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Good morning, writer! Join us online for coffee and conversation at 10AM PST on Saturday mornings. All are welcome! Click the link to join us: After registering, you’ll receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. See you soon!

Online: Open Mic Night

January 24 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Willamette Writers on the River in Corvallis & Coast Chapters OPEN MIC NIGHT! Join Willamette Writers on the River in Corvallis and the Coast Chapters online at 6:30 PM on Monday, January 24 for our first Open Mic of 2022. Does the audience sigh? Do they gasp? Do they laugh outright? Does the page read…

Online: Brian W. Parker on Diversity in Sci-Fi & Fantasy World Building

February 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Diversity in Fantasy & Sci-Fi World Building A discussion on how to include culture and equity in your world build The worlds of fantasy and sci-fi have suffered from a lack of diversity for many decades, despite the wonderful contributions of authors like Gene Roddenberry, Octavia Butler, N.K. Jemisin and Ursula K. LeGuin. This problem…

Young Willamette Writers With Ryane Nicole Granados

February 5 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Young Willamette Writers Join Ryane Nicole Granados     Our next Young Willamette Writers virtual meeting is on February 5, 2022. We’re so excited to have Ryane Nicole Granados join us! About Ryane Nicole Granados Ryane Nicole Granados is a Los Angeles native whose writing finds its roots in her love of community and her…

Screenwriters Happy Hour

February 9 @ 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




Your writing community NEWS

Member News: Journal Publication — The Floor Above

The Floor Above: The Writers’ Mill Journal Volume 9 was published on November 21. Robin Layne contributed 1 short fiction story, Losing Our Religion; 1 short memoir, Math Anxiety; and 2 poems, The Deserted House and From the Valley of the Smoke (which placed 3rd in a Writers’ Mill monthly contest in 2020). She was…

Member News: Writing Program — The Forge

The Forge is a 10-month online writing program starting in January of 2022. Here at the Forge, you bring the fire — your love of creative writing — and we help shape you into the writer you want to be: confident, keen, and committed to a writing community. Through bi-weekly meetings and individual mentorships, we’ll…

Member News: New Release — 25¢ a Cup

25¢ a Cup: Finding Paris in India by Brian Thomas released on November 7. Brian Thomas’ dream was to write and photograph in the bohemian Paris of the late 1920s, the city loved by Ernest Hemingway, Henry Miller, and the photographer, Brassaï. While Paris had no place in 2020 for aspiring artists, Thomas had found…

Member News: New Release — Writer’s Guide to Medicine

Comas and blood loss and morgues, oh my! Hillsboro author Natalie Dale, MD, is pleased to announce that the first volume of her Writer’s Guide to Medicine series was published by Ranunculus Press on December 4th, 2021. Available in Kindle, Nook, and paperback. From injuring your character to depicting scenes set in the morgue, let…

Member News: New Release — Touch the Sky

Touch the Sky by Jean Rover was recently released. Something’s amiss in Oregon’s backcountry. A teacher spots a scruffy stranger loitering near the Forest Lake grade school, and there’s a young boy missing in a neighboring county. Then eight-year-old Cody Benson, on an outing with his grandfather in the Big Bat Wilderness area, vanishes. Ken…

Member News: Author Event — Nancy Lane at Eugene Public Library

Nancy Lane, author of Pretty Chrysanthemum and Other Stories, will present her book and insights into writing and finding a publisher at the in-person author talk on December 9, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. Join Nancy in the Bascom-Tykeson Room on the library’s first floor. The library address and phone number are: 100 W. 10th Avenue,…

Member News: New Release — All That Crumbles

All That Crumbles: A Cascadian Earthquake Novel is One Second After, but without the gun violence. Earthquakes are the greatest ghost stories ever told. They are suddenly everywhere around us, unseen but for the destruction they cause. As a CERT volunteer, Bridget Good hopes this story inspires you to get 2-Weeks-Ready. There is a ghost…

Member News: New Release — Pearl Harbor’s Final Warning

Valarie J Anderson’s Pearl Harbor’s Final Warning published on August 29th. On 7 December 1941, Washington sent a message to its Pacific outposts about a potential Japanese attack. All but Pearl Harbor received it in time to prepare. New information from the archives of George Street, District Manager of RCA-Honolulu, exposes the fatal flaws that…

Member News: New Release — The Sagebrush Hotel Tontine

The Sagebrush Hotel Tontine, the newest novel by Lawrence Powers, writing as L. Wade Powers, was published on 18 October by Luminare Press of Eugene. A fortune in bullion shared by a small town group of amateur poker players, a touch of romance and a bit of murder, set in northeastern California.

Member News: New Release — Oro de Tontos

Willamette Writers Member Tom Larsen’s Short story Oro de Tontos (Translation: “Fool’s Gold”), featuring Ecuadorian P.I. Wilson Salinas, appears in the November / December issue of “Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine.” Tom is the 2020 Winner of the Black Orchid Novella Award, presented by the Nero Wolfe Society.

Writing Resources from Willamette Writers

Pitching with Confidence – Part Two

By Kate Ristau

Be Yourself. It’s a corny phrase, “Be Yourself.” But it works.

FiLMLaB Podcast Episode 3: Copyright

By Willamette Writers Portland

FiLMLaB’s third podcast deals with copyright; a brief discussion with screenwriter Randall Jahnson, WW Visual Media Director Ruth Witteried, and attorney and FiLMLaB co-founder, Stefan Feuerherdt. [soundcloud url=”” params=”color=00cc11&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_artwork=true&visual=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]

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…

WW News

Author Cohorts

Join your author cohort this fall! Author cohorts will meet online for weekly write-ins, check-ins, and workshops during the month of November. After the cohort, you will be connected with a published mentor to help you continue along your author journey. Reserve your spot now – $99 for Willamette Writers members, and $199 for guests.…

We are proud to announce the speakers at the 52nd Annual Willamette Writers Conference on July 29 – August 1, 2021!

Writing Advice from Zoraida Córdova

by Mari Hotchkiss An unusual career path. As a young child in Ecuador, Zoraida Córdova grew up listening to her grandmother’s stories that were filled with magic and wonder. At six years old, she immigrated to the United States with her mom and grandma, causing her to abandon her love of stories. “I stopped reading.…

Literary Agents at the 2020 Willamette Writers Conference Register now for our 2020 Conference, and meet these agents, along with other top notch industry professionals. You can register for a pitch or critique, and share your work with these pros. They are excited to hear from you. At the conference, you can join them in…

C.C. Humphreys, Best-Selling Author of Historical Fiction, Joins the Willamette Writers Conference

Chris “CC” Humphreys, author of ten historical novels, is joining the 2020 Willamette Writers Conference.

TV Development and Production with Grant Rosenberg

Grant Rosenberg, an accomplished film creator, will be joining the Willamette Writers Conference this August

We are proud to announce the speakers at the 51st Annual Willamette Writers Conference on July 31 – August 2, 2020!

Willamette Writers Authors at the Portland Book Festival

We are proud to be supporting these Willamette Writers member authors at this year’s Portland Book Festival on November 9th!   9AM-9:30AM  Dede Montgomery  Sue Fagalde Lick  Sharleen Nelson  Tasche Laine  9:30AM-10AM  Kerry Blaisdell  Kay Jennings  Phillip Kenney  Deni Starr  10AM-11AM  Paula Butterfield  Charley  Descoteaux  Marilyn McDonald  Holly Manno  11AM-12PM  Mazarine Treyz  Marilynne Eichinger  Rick George  Jo Sparkes  12PM-1PM  Ruby Lee Cornelius  Holly Manno  Bob Ferguson  Kim Hester  1PM-2PM  Anne Hendren  Jeff Stookey  R. Gregory Noakes  Heather Ames  2PM-3PM  Dawn Prochovnic  Julie  Dawn…

FiLMLaBtv 2019 Writer’s Room The 2019 winning script is “Stripes,” written by Alexandra Keister. Keister, an executive assistant and screenwriter, has written two feature-length screenplays, both romantic comedies, and a handful of short screenplays that range from dark sci-fi to the classically uplifting my-dog-is-dead story. She graduated from Oregon State University in 2012 with a BA…

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…