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.
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.
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
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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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