Willamette Writers Portland

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

Portland Chapter monthly meetings have 70 to 100 attendees. Meetings are normally held the first Tuesday of each month at the First Congregational Church at 1126 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97205. No meetings in August when we head to the Willamette Writers Conference.

Monthly meetings are open to all writers 18 and older. Members attend for free.  Read on to learn about our chapter, and join our mailing list to keep in touch.

Become a Willamette Writers Member today to enjoy membership benefits (like free meetings) and to support our community of writers.

Upcoming Meeting

Online: Pitching with Grant Rosenberg

PDX July Meeting with Grant Rosenberg
July 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Are you getting ready to pitch your work at the Willamette Writers Conference, or want to know more about the pitch process? Join us at the Portland Chapter meeting online, July 5th at 7PM with producer and screenwriter, Grant Rosenberg. After 40 years in television, Grant knows how to pitch ideas for television. He's taken pitches as a studio executive and has pitched his own ideas, both for television series and feature films. He's seen pitches succeed and he's seen them fail, and he has tips to make your pitch shine. We'll discuss how pitching works at the Willamette Writers Conference, then get down to work with Grant, as he explores how to pitch to agents, managers, and producers too. Join us for this online interactive workshop that will help you understand how to pitch your own ideas for the screen, no matter what your genre. Grant Rosenberg Photo

About Grant Rosenberg

Grant Rosenberg has been involved in television and feature film development and production for forty years.  The first part of his career was spent as an executive at NBC, Paramount Television and The Walt Disney Studios.  In the second part of his career, Grant transitioned to hands-on writing and producing. During his tenure at Paramount, Grant was involved in the production of such hits as CHEERS, FAMILY TIES and MACGYVER, as well as the development of the miniseries SHOGUN and WINDS OF WAR. As Senior Vice President of Network Television at Disney, Grant was involved in all phases of development for series and laid the groundwork for the revitalization of the Disney television division. Grant eventually transitioned from the executive ranks to the producing side and spent 25 years as a writer/showrunner on one hour dramatic series. His credits include LOIS & CLARK, STAR TREK: TNG, MACGYER, THE OUTER LIMITS, EUREKA, LOST GIRL and BITTEN. These days, Grant is a novelist.  His first book, a thriller entitled GIDEON, was published in 2020.  He is currently completing the second book in the GIDEON trilogy.

Join us on Zoom

Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAtdemrqD8pGdR1KALeicXEXiUuz7DPDr0m After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

About your chapter meeting

Willamette Writers meetings are open to all writers, 18 and up. Young writers are encouraged to join our Young Willamette Writers meetings. Guests are welcome to make a donation to help support the cost of the meeting (we believe in paying our speakers for their time and skills). This meeting is run by volunteers. We look forward to seeing you there!

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About the Meetings

The Portland Chapter holds monthly meetings for writers in the Portland metropolitan area. Members from other chapters are always welcome as are writers new to Willamette Writers.

Unless otherwise stated...

Meeting Time

The Portland Chapter meets on the first Tuesday of each month except for August when we head to the Willamette Writers Conference.

Meeting Location

All meetings are currently held online.

Meeting Format

  • 6:30-7:00 p.m., Meeting Setup, Signup, Fellowship and Refreshments
  • 7:00-8:15 p.m., News and Announcements followed by the Program
  • 8:15-8:30 p.m., Book signings, silent auctions, or other events in the back room

Meeting Cost

Monthly meetings at all the chapters are free for members of Willamette Writers. Fee for nonmembers to attend meetings at the Portland chapter meetings is $5 (suggested donation).

Thank you for your support!

Would you like to be a speaker?

We are always looking for new speakers from around the region and around the country. Do you have a topic of interest to present to writers in our region?

Please contact us for scheduling and details. 

The Chapter Co-Chairs

The Portland Chapter is run by two co-chairs who together create a program to fit the needs and interests of the Willamette Writers members from the Portland area.

Bill Johnson

Bill is author of A Story is a Promise and The Spirit of Storytelling, a writing workbook; and web master of Essays on the Craft of Dramatic Writing, www.storyispromise.com. His plays have been produced around the US, Mexico, and England.
Visit Bill's website, storyispromise.com and follow him on Facebook @bjscript and on Twitter @bjscript.


Katana Redbird

Katana began her writing journey five years ago. She has two short stories published in a new anthology, The Phone. Katana joined Willamette Writers in 2017.




Connect with the Chapter

  • Join our meetings and workshops if you’re a writing enthusiasts from the Portland area, if you happen to be in the area, or if you are interested in a specific topic/speaker. All writers 18 and older welcome. Join us!
  • Follow Willamette Writers on Twitter , and on Facebook where you can subscribe to our events.
  • Join us on MeetUp to receive meeting updates
  • Join our chapter's mailing list to receive updates by email.
  • Contact us if you have a specific inquiry or something you'd like to share with the chapter co-chairs.

Volunteer with the Chapter

Are you a local writer and want to be more involved with the Portland Chapter? Volunteer!

How would you like to be involved? Get in touch and let us know how you’d like help.