Willamette Writers Portland Chapter

Willamette Writers Chapters are local writing communities where writers improve their craft and acquire the career skills required in today’s publishing world.

Our Portland speaker meetings have 65 to 100 attendees. They are held the first Tuesday of each month at the historic Old Church in downtown Portland, 1422 SW 11th Ave. Fellowship begins at 6:30 p.m., the meeting starts at 7 and ends at 8. Book signings, silent auctions, or other events are held in the back room after the meeting until 8:30 p.m.

The Young Willamette Writers’ meeting for grades 5 to 10 takes place in an adjacent room.

The speaker meetings are free to Willamette Writers members and full time students. Guests are asked for a $5 donation. Information on speakers is posted below. Join us on MeetUp to receive meeting updates, and follow us on Twitter @wilwrite.

Speaker schedules can change and we do our best to keep you informed. Questions? Email pdx@willamettewriters.org

Upcoming Meeting

Spoken Word: Igniting Your Personal Story from Within with Portland Story Theater

What is the process that awakens the heart voice? How do you, as a writer, get in touch with the story that is calling to you? On January 2nd, from 6:30-8:30PM at the Old Church, Lynne Duddy and Lawrence Howard, founders of Portland Story Theater, will show you how to ignite your personal story from within.

Storytelling

Lynne Duddy and Lawrence Howard teach people intentional storytelling, where the process all starts with learning how to tell stories improvisationally by being resourceful and using the power of spontaneity. Their approach focuses on trusting the story and speaking extemporaneously from the heart. This lecture explores the possibility of creating your story orally before writing it down.

About Lynne Duddy

LYNNE DUDDY is a narrative artist who has been described by/The Oregonian/as “raw, revealing, vulnerable.” She has a deep commitment to elevating storytelling as a professional performance art form and has an inexhaustible amount of creative energy that she channels into evangelizing about story and the importance it plays in our lives.

About Lawrence Howard

LAWRENCE HOWARD is a storyteller who moved to Portland from New York City more than 30 years ago. Best-known for his Armchair Adventurer series, Lawrence has created more than a dozen original solo shows. He will be performing POLAR OPPOSITES at The Old Church and Concert Hall on Friday, January 6, 2018.

Critique Groups Around Portland

Please visit this page for information about critique groups and other writers groups in the Portland area; you can also submit your own group through that page.