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Meet your 2021 Conference Keynotes & Faculty!

Celebrated authors Heidi W. Durrow and Daniel José Older join us for this year's conference. They're eager to share their stories with you, so plan on connecting with your community, developing your craft, and expanding your writing career with us this summer. Get excited and be sure to mark your calendars for May 1st, when registration for the online conference opens up.

At Willamette Writers, we're all about our members:

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.

 

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2020 Conference Feedback

Wow! What an amazing online conference!

We had the best time at the 51st annual Willamette writers conference. From our keynotes, to our workshops, to our networking and community events, it was a weekend we will never forget. And it was all online! Thank you to all of our volunteers, faculty, and industry professionals who made the weekend possible.

Catch up with us on Twitter: @Wilwrite

That’s a wrap!

One of the best conferences in the world…

“This is truly one of the best conferences in the world. The fact that Willamette Writers pulled this off during Covid is remarkable.”  —April Eberhardt, agent

Pulled out all the stops…

Awesome, fun, inspiring…

…it was awesome, fun, inspiring and looking forward to seeing each and every one of you again. You are a wonderful group and this was a fantastic intro to the Willamette Writers. See you next time! —Cheers, Rosemary (writing as RD Fiori)

Resonant with the warmth of community…

Thank you! The conference was a great experience, resonant with the warmth of community. Terrific speakers, master classes, and workshops! WW did a fantastic job of creating safe, inviting virtual spaces. Looking forward to upcoming offerings and future volunteering. —Cheers, Greta

Three poems, a short story and a submission…

Classy, well run conference…

As always, thank you all for putting on a classy, well run conference with excellent speakers!! It has definitely been worth my time!!  —Karen, Ashland, Oregon

Another knockout conference…

I just wanted to thank everybody at Willamette Writers for another knockout conference. I’ve been going for 20+ years, and it’s always interesting, entertaining, and enlightening. Thanks especially to the folks who had to deal with Zoom’s… everything. I caught a bit of behind-the-scenes Zoom wrangling Sunday morning, and I’m very glad it was you…

Beyond grateful…

Amidst the pandemic, bright spots can be few and far between. When we find those moments of connection and grace, we hold them close. I am beyond grateful to attend the 51st Willamette Writers Conference this weekend from my home in Austin. Three days with fellow writers, all of us sharing our stories and struggling…

Excellent job all around

Thank you for everything! I couldn’t believe it was the first time you’ve done it all virtually because everything was so smooth. Excellent job all around. Couldn’t have been better! Scott

Great, great conference…

Excellent conference!  You guys are the best! …Thanks again for a wonderful job and a great, great conference.  —Paul

Magic…

Amazed by everything I learned at WilWrite20…

member news

Member News: New Release — Fester, by Crawford Smith

Welcome to Fester, Pennsylvania. Population: weird. Chief Constable Billy Snyder keeps the town in line, enforcing the law with an iron fist while he runs his own lucrative scams on the side. He serves as guard dog for the elite Top Hats, descendants of Fester’s original settlers, who for centuries have been keeping a dark…

Member News: Author Talk with Nancy Lane

Nancy Lane, author of Pretty Chrysanthemum and Other Stories, will present her story collection via Zoom at the Jackson County Library. Join Nancy on Sunday, June 27, from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Pacific Time, to learn how these stories, which remind readers how family is at the core of human experience, connect to the…

Member News: New Release — The Point of Vanishing

Maryka Biaggio’s third novel, The Point of Vanishing, was published by Milford House Press May 2021. When historical novelist Maryka Biaggio stumbled across the story of child prodigy writer Barbara Follett in 2011, she decided she had to write a novel about her — an account that would make sense of her enigmatic life. But…

Member News: Believe wins 2021 Eric Hoffer Book Award

Corvallis author Julie Mathison has won the 2021 Eric Hoffer Award for Best Middle Reader and First Horizon Award with Believe, published under her author imprint, Starr Creek Press. The Hoffer Award is one of the largest international awards recognizing salient writing and the spirit of small, independent and academic presses. Set in 1980, Believe…

Member News: New Release – The Choice of Men

The Choice of Men, a novel by WW member Samantha Waltz that explores the struggles of a gay Mormon man, is now available. Heber Averil has his first sexual experience on his mission to pre-World War II France —with a man! His demanding conscience compels him to follow the mandates of the church and deny…

Member News: New Release — Bad Mommy, Bad Writer

On June 8, Kim Cooper Findling releases her memoir about raising a writing career alongside the kids. Bend, Oregon – The pandemic made working from home while caring for small children all too real for many parents. Growing a career alongside the kids is at once impossibly difficult, positively hilarious, and just rewarding enough to…

Member News: Audiobook Release — Save Your Life with the Phenomenal Lemon

Save Your Life with the Phenomenal Lemon (& Lime!) is an information-packed book about the wonders of lemons and limes and how they can help balance your pH, by Blythe Ayne, Ph.D. Balanced pH is of critical importance in today’s health environment. Learn about the amazing attributes of these modest little fruits. Our lives are…

Member News: Author Event – Lucy’s Blooms

Dawn Prochovnic just completed her first virtual book launch event for her latest picture book, Lucy’s Blooms, a multigenerational story about a young girl who learns from her grandmother about the enduring nature of love, the strength in rejecting labels, and the wisdom in standing with those who are different. The event is now available…

Member News: New Release – Don’t Be Sad When I’m Gone

Beatriz Dujovne’s new book, Don’t Be Sad When I’m Gone: A Memoir of Loss and Healing in Buenos Aires, was recently released. About the Author: Dr. Dujovne was born and raised in Buenos Aires, and has lived most of her adult life in the American Midwest and the Pacific Northwest. She received a license in…

Member News: New Release — The Ryzhkov Vendetta

The Ryzhkov Vendetta, an espionage suspense thriller by Barry L. Becker. Alexander Leonidovich Ryzhkov, a Russian oligarch and former general in the Russian Military Directorate (GRU), runs a covert operation in the Middle East, supplying a Saudi terrorist with four Russian nuclear suitcase bombs and a list of two American cities to target. A CIA…

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All Writers Welcome!

Members & Full-Time Students Attend for Free!

The Write Place: An Online Meeting for Productivity

June 24 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Join us at the Write Place each week, online. Discuss goal setting and productivity while encouraging, supporting, and connecting with other writers.

Online: Coffee at your Kitchen Table

June 26 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Make a pot and pour your cup! Join us for coffee at your kitchen table – a chance to meet new friends and share a cup with fellow writers. All are welcome.  

Summer Open Mic Night

June 28 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Join Willamette Writers on the River-Corvallis and the Coastal Chapters online at 6:30 on Monday, June 28 for our Summer 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? All genres…

Online: Coffee at your Kitchen Table

June 29 @ 8:00 am - 8:45 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!

Willamette Writers Annual Meeting (Members Only)

June 30 @ 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Join us online via Zoom, Wednesday June 30, at 6pm  Hello Willamette Writers members! Thank you for all of your support this past year. It’s been such a trying time for us all, and we wouldn’t have made it through without all of your support.  Please join us for our Annual Meeting on Wednesday, June 30th at 6:00pm. Meet other…

Willamette Writers Conference!

July 29 @ 8:00 am - August 1 @ 2:30 pm
Join us online for #WilWrite21 July 29-August 1, 2021 This year’s conference will be completely online once again, and we’ll be offering all of our programming via Zoom. We’ll have workshops, Master Classes, pitching, and Zoom games aplenty. Everything for you to connect with your community, develop your craft, and expand your career as a…

 

 

 

Writing Resources from Willamette Writers

Ellen Urbani’s Tips for a Successful Author Reading

By Willamette Writers Portland

Today, we’re bringing you a post from Ellen Urbani who was our closing keynote at the 2016 Willamette Writers Conference. In 2015, Ellen Urbani toured the South with her novel Landfall (Forest Avenue Press, 2015). The tour brought in overflow crowds and pushed Landfall up on…

Leading a Literary Life – Notes from WW Portland Meeting with Kevin Sampsell and Monica Drake

By Amy Foster Myer

Notes from the conversation between Kevin Sampsell And Monica Drake about leading a literary life at Willamette Writers Portland’s Monthly Meeting, February 07, 2017, by member Amy Foster Myer. In the month’s meeting in Portland, Kevin Sampsell and Monica Drake…

Don’t Wait! This Year is the Perfect Time to Become a Mentor

By Willamette Writers Portland

Do you mentor someone? What benefits of mentoring do you most enjoy? Have you ever thought of working with a young person in this way? Today, we’re delighted to share a blog post by long time member Stephanie Raffelock drawing from her…

DongWon Song at WilWrite Portland PDX Jan 2017 Photo Credit Gail Pasternack

Literary Agent DongWon Song on the A + B = Awesome Formula

By Amy Foster Myer

Notes from Agent DongWon Song’s Talk at Willamette Writers Portland’s Monthly Meeting, January 03, 2017, by member Amy Foster Myer. Willamette Writers launched 2017 with an excellent presentation and Q&A session in Portland with local agent DongWon Song, who agents for…

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.

WW News

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…

Member News: Mary Andonian & David Poulshock launch ISA Third Thursdays

Mary Andonian & David Poulshock launch ISA Third Thursdays Members Mary and David are launching the local chapter of the International Screenwriters Association(ISA). It’s a monthly mixer for screenwriters on Third Thursdays, where you can mingle with fellow screenwriters, meet film and television industry professionals, and win door prizes — including a free Willamette Writer’s…

Wilwrite20 — The Willamette Writers Conference

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…

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

2019 Willamette Writers Conference Pitch Professionals We are proud to announce the industry professionals accepting pitches this year at our 50th annual Willamette Writers Conference. You will find a list of all our current industry professionals here. We are welcoming a fantastic group of agents, editors, manager, and producers, and the list will continue to…

Julie Whipple Book Signing at Powells

Julie Whipple will be reading and signing copies of her new book, Crash Course Join Julie Whipple at Powell’s downtown flagship store on West Burnside on Monday, August 20 at 7:30 (http://www.powells.com/book/-9780692070406#product_details) and award-winning audiobook narrator Heather Henderson for a special performance of excerpts from the book. Long-time Portland residents vividly recall the crash of…

HOW TO WIN THE SUBMISSION WAITING GAME

We’re excited that Erick Mertz is a member of the faculty at the upcoming Willamette Writers Conference. Erick is a Portland-based ghostwriter and fiction/memoir manuscript consultant. Over the last five years as a full-time freelancer he has written manuscripts for a variety of clients. In a blog he posted this past December, he shares advice…

The 7 Things Writers Need to Make a Living by Sonia Simone

Written by SONIA SIMONE Reprinted with permission from Copyblogger.  If you’re a writer, you might have heard this most of your life: People don’t make a living writing. You should find something practical to do with your life. Smart, capable writers grimly pass around war stories on Facebook. Penny-a-word assignments, clients who don’t pay, disdain for our…

Open Mic Night at the Willamette Writers Conference

Open Mic night started at the Willamette Writers Conference in 2013, when I mentioned to the conference chair that I attended a really fun Open Mic Night at another writing conference. This launched us into a talk about how we could make one for Willamette Writers and how we could make it even better than…

What’s New at the Willamette Writers Conference

Welcome to our 2018 Conference! This year, our theme for The Best Three Days in Writing is “Celebrating Diverse Voices in Writing.” The whole team is really looking forward to what we’ve got in store for you all this August 3rd -5th. As you know, the conference has grown and changed much over its 49-year…