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, online. No meetings in August when we head to the Willamette Writers Conference.

Monthly meetings are open to all writers 18 and older. Meetings are free and open to the public. 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) and to support our community of writers.

Upcoming Meeting

Portland: Write Your Way to Meaning with Armin Tolentino

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October 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Willamette Writers HQ
1336 NW Flanders
Portland, OR United States

Willamette Writers Portland

Presents Writing Your Way to Meaning

with Armin Tolentino

Come and join us at our first in-person meeting at our new headquarters downtown: 1336 NW Flanders, Portland (Masks required). On Tuesday, October 4th at 7:00 PM, Clark County Poet Laureate Armin Tolentino will be speaking to us on Writing Your Way to Meaning. A writing practice that focuses on language and play (rather than simply "finishing the manuscript") can lead to surprise, wonder, and revelation for the author and reader alike. Join Armin Tolentino in a conversation where we'll share tips on how to explore the unknown and unlock our imaginations. Join us at 1336 NW Flanders: the new Headquarters for Willamette Writers. See you there!

About Armin Tolentino

Armin Tolentino is the author of the poetry collection We Meant to Bring It Home Alive (Alternating Current Press). He earned an MFA at Rutgers University-Newark and his writing has appeared in journals including Rigorous, Gobshite Quarterly, Portland Magazine, and Pontoon Poetry. He serves as poet laureate for Clark County, WA, and in this role facilitates free generative writing workshops. For more info visit www.armintolentino.com.

About your chapter meetings

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!

Masks required

Willamette Writers continues to require mask-wearing at our in-person, indoor meetings. If you are unable to mask, we invite you to join us at one of our online Chapter Meetings. Here is a link to our policies.

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About the Meetings

Portland Chapter Willamette Writers Square 2022The 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. If you are interested in writing, or have been publishing for years, join your local chapter meeting this month. Here are the details.

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.