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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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.

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WW Events

Tuesday Coffee at your Kitchen Table

October 4 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Good day, 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!

Portland: Write Your Way to Meaning with Armin Tolentino

October 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Willamette Writers Portland Presents Writing Your Way to Meaning with Armin Tolentino Come and join us at our first in-person meeting at our new headquarters downtown: 1336 NW Flanders, Portland (Masks required). On Tuesday, October 4th at 7:00 PM, Clark County Poet Laureate Armin Tolentino will be speaking to us on Writing Your Way to…

Salem Chapter Meeting

October 5 @ 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.…

Online: The Write Place Productivity Meeting

October 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 other. How to join…

Saturday Coffee at your Kitchen Table

October 8 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Good day, writer!   Join us online for coffee and conversation at 10AM on Saturday mornings.   Click the link to join us: After registering, you’ll receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.   See you soon!

Beaverton: Horror Author Meet & Greet

October 8 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Are you feeling the need for a fresh grimoire for this season of scares? Perhaps you’re on the hunt for an autographed tome of horrors? Then come and join us at Jan’s in Beaverton this October for a SPOOKY book sighting and signing Celebrate the season of scary with your own pile of books that…

Online: Learn to Make Graphics with Canva

October 9 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Join your Southern Oregon Chapter Online Have you ever wanted to make graphics for your newsletter or social media? Wondered about an easy way to create posters or flyers? Join Willamette Writers Southern Chapter online to learn about making graphics using Log-in to Canva beforehand to make a FREE account, and you can follow…

Hybrid Eugene: Critique Groups with J.C. Geiger

October 11 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Willamette Writers Eugene Presents Critique Groups, Reimagined with J.C. Geiger Online and In-person A critique group can be the emotional and professional cornerstone of a writer’s life. But how do you get it right? Does academia have it figured out – or is there a secret key to unlock the magic tonic that makes the…




Your writing community NEWS

Members News: New Release – 1 Last Betrayal

Award-winning author Valerie J. Brooks’ new thriller, 1 Last Betrayal, number three in her Angeline Porter Trilogy, has just hit the bookstores and garnered rave reviews. Heather Gudenkauf, NYTimes bestselling author of The Weight of Silence and The Overnight Guest, writes, “The explosive third installment in the Angeline Porter Series brings the heat, intrigue, and…

Member News: New Release — Flyboy and the Light-Speed Rangers

Wayne Edward Hanson’s new novel, Flyboy and the Light-Speed Rangers, has just released. Ambrose Biggle — weeding his artichokes one afternoon — was hit by lightning. He floundered in what appeared to be warm snow, struggling to put white thoughts together as strange ideas leaked in. One of those ideas became the Biggle Drive –…

Member News: New Release — Frigg’s Journey to Anasgar

Vancouver author Deb Cushman is excited to announce the release of her debut children’s middle-grade novel Frigg’s Journey to Anasgar available September 8, 2022. Frigg’s Journey to Anasgar is the first book of an exciting new middle-grade fantasy series, Chronicles of Nadavir, that will follow a group of magical friends on journeys of adventure and…

Member News: Award Winner — H. W. “Buzz” Bernard

H. W. “Buzz” Bernard was awarded a Gold Medal by the Military Writers Society of America (MWSA) for his novel When Heroes Flew: The Shangri-La Raiders. The award was presented August 27 at the MWSA’s annual conference held this year in New Orleans, Louisiana. The novel is set against the legendary Jimmy Doolittle bombing raid…

Member News: New Release — Seal Rock Sound

Sue Fagalde Lick, co-founder of Willamette Writers’ coast chapter, has published Seal Rock Sound, the sequel to her novel Up Beaver Creek. PD is back! Both novels take place on the central coast between Newport and Waldport. PD Soares survived the death of her husband, relocation to Oregon, and the disasters that occurred shortly after…

Member News: New Release — Darts and Flowers

Dean Backus’ novel Darts and Flowers is a new release from Torchflame Books. When Zack Standish heads to his first day of junior year at Watson Academy, he’s stunned that his childhood best friend Josh has returned to Seattle. He’s even more shocked when Josh reveals he’s gay, and has his eyes set on Brian,…

Member News: New Release — Hawkeye Ridge

Author G. D. Covert extends a huge thanks to Kathy Saviers and the Willamette Writers. A recent revision of Covert’s novel Hawkeye Ridge is now available. Kathy’s encouragement and guidance helped move Hawkeye Ridge and the upcoming series to a more professional look. Other books in the series follow soon. U.S. Navy SEAL Lt. Commander…

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,…

Writing Resources from Willamette Writers

Authors: Use a Logline to Describe Your Book (screenwriters have been using them for years…)

By Orit Ofri

Do you have a logline for your story? Screenwriters have been using loglines to sell their scripts for years. Authors can use them too. Wait, what’s a logline? A logline is the shortest good response to the prompt: “tell me about your book.” Here…

Pitching with Confidence- Marvin Baker’s Story

By Kate Ristau

Screenwriter Marvin Baker knows how to tell a story.

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…