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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.

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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: Jan Baross Reading at Salem Poetry Project

Jan Baross will be reading from her book of poetry, In Living Color, May 27th at the Salem Poetry Project.  Find out more

Member News: Debut Novel — Brushed Off

M. Lee Musgrave’s novel Brushed Off debuted on March 11, via Black Rose Publishing. An early review: “Who is killing artists in L.A.? TV art show host James Terra finds himself racing to help his homicide detective buddy unravel a puzzle as urgent as a splatter painting and as complex as an Escher drawing. Musgrave’s…

Member News: Debut Novel — The Wave

Kristen Crusoe’s debut novel The Wave, was launched March 25, 2021 by RedDoor Press in the UK, and will be followed by the US launch June 1, 2021. The Wave explores the emotional complexity of family life. Vulnerable and powerful, this story focuses on how suffering, self-realization and the power of love can heal even…

Member News: Author Event with Nancy Lane

Nancy Lane, author of Pretty Chrysanthemum and Other Stories, is featured in the March 13, 2021 virtual workshop, “The Writing Journey: Goals, process, craft” hosted by Josephine Community Library. Tackle goal setting, the process, and the craft of both writing and publishing and hear Nancy’s firsthand experience about her road to getting published! The free,…

Member News: Steven Mayfield to Appear on Book Spiel

Steven Mayfield and M. Allen Cunningham will discuss their novels, Treasure of the Blue Whale and Q & A on Book Spiel, January 27, 2021 at 4 PM PST. Treasure of the Blue Whale (Regal House) was included as one of Shelf Unbound’s 100 Notable Books of 2020. It was a finalist for the 2020…

Member News: Murder by The Sea Named Best Mystery

LezReviewBooks named Deni Starr’s Murder by The Sea Best Mystery for 2020. From Lex, the reviewer: “Like all good mysteries, this book had an exciting climax. Not to brag but I was very proud of myself for figuring out the mystery but damn the ending! It was so good! While it won’t be a surprise…

Member News: Book Release- Democracy in Silhouette: Poems

Democracy in Silhouette: Poems, a recently released book of poetry that examines the roles that everyday people, those in power, and corporations play in the struggle to protect democracy from autocracy, corpocracy, and complacency. This succinct collection of poems explores current events, history, tradition, progress, and beliefs while seeking solutions grounded in love and connection.…

Member News: Kirkus Names IVA a Top Indie Book

In the December 15th Issue of Kirkus Reviews, Mike Weedall’s book, Iva: The True Story of Tokyo Rose, documenting the story of Iva Toguri was named one of the top Indie reads of the year. Written as historical fiction, the story of this courageous woman has been getting national attention. Recently, the Ninth Circuit Court…

Member News: New Release by Larry Bradley

Eugene author Larry Bradley announced the release of Trials—Two cousins, cancer, and the doctors who fought to save their lives. In this narrative nonfiction, Bradley follows the personal journal of two sisters, each of whom had a son diagnosed with leukemia twenty years apart. The story of the two boys tracks perhaps the most miraculous…

Member News: WeScreenplay Winner

FilmLab alum Shaun Radecki won the 2020 WeScreenplay Shorts Contest judged by Oscar-nominated filmmakers for his original animated short, SQUISHED. He’s currently looking for animators and producing partners to help move this exciting project forward. If you or anyone else you know might be interested please feel free to get in touch! Get more info

Join a Meeting or a Workshop Near You

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

The Dialog of Reactions with Eric M. Witchey

April 19 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
One of the hardest things writers do is make the execution of all personal agendas in multiple character scenes believable. Too often, one or two characters drive the story forward while the others seem to wait for their turn. Like life, good fiction should be a little more messy than waiting for turns. In this…

Online: Coffee at your Kitchen Table

April 20 @ 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: Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYkcOipqDIqEtNDAKKfzghYtcMdOowN37BT After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Have a wonderful morning!

The Write Place: An Online Meeting for Productivity

April 22 @ 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

April 24 @ 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. To join the meeting, click this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85828271325?pwd=bzRQRTZsRlNVK3BxY2E2VFVJNjR0QT09

Tools for Querying Literary Agents

April 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
How do you approach literary agents to get your book published? Find out at the April 26 joint meeting of the Coast and Corvallis chapters of Willamette Writers. Presented via Zoom, the meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. If you’re ready to dive into the query trenches for literary agent representation, there are plenty of helpful…

YWW Portland Online: Blending History and Fantasy

May 1 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Blending History and Fantasy: Researching and incorporating historical details into your fantasy world Join the Young Willamette Writers on May 1 as we hear from author Lani Forbes, author of the Age of the Seventh Sun fantasy series. Lani used her knowledge of ancient Mesoamerican cultures in crafting her novels, even traveling to a cave…

Between Art and Commodity: Writing Upmarket and Literary Fiction

May 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Libbie Hawker, who also writes under the pen names Olivia Hawker and Libbie Grant, is a bestselling author of upmarket historical and literary fiction. Her presentation will include a discussion of what “literary” means, how to find a profitable niche as a stylistic writer, and why you shouldn’t be afraid to “write pretty” no matter…

Vancouver Online: Social Media: Mastering the Challenge

May 17 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Social Media: Mastering the Challenge with Lisa Catto With so many social media social media platforms available for authors, it can be challenging to decide where to dedicate our limited time. Social media strategist Lisa Catto will cover the core “pros and cons” of the major platforms to help you decide which are a good…

 

 

 

Writing Resources from Willamette Writers

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

Pre-Launch Machinations

By Willamette Writers Portland

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 Portland

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…

Get The Most Out of Your Book Event

By Willamette Writers Portland

Authors sometimes don’t do all they can do to get the most out of their book events. A small turnout can feel discouraging, but in fact, small readings are a great opportunity to connect personally to convert readers into loyal…

Screenwriting Tips

By Ruth Witteried

Willamette Writers encourages writers of all genres to enter the FiLMLaB Competition–even those who have never written a screenplay before. Screenwriting has generally accepted conventions and guidelines. Below are some valuable resources as well as links and screenwriting tips to make…

What Can You Learn From Oscar Shorts?

By Ruth Witteried

by Ruth Witteried It is not easy to find the Oscar Nominated Shorts on Comcast Pay Per View. I found them once, then they seemed to disappear from cable and the internet. In fact, they had been pulled from the…

Script to Screen Tips and Trips

By Ruth Witteried

by Ruth Witteried As the Willamette Writers kick off their second Script to Screen short screenplay competition, several writers have requested tips for creating successful entries, or at the very least that we share the ‘trips’ of previous submissions; the…

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…