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: Brian W. Parker on Diversity in Sci-Fi & Fantasy World Building

February 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Online
Portland, OR United States

Diversity in Fantasy & Sci-Fi World Building

A discussion on how to include culture and equity in your world build

The worlds of fantasy and sci-fi have suffered from a lack of diversity for many decades, despite the wonderful contributions of authors like Gene Roddenberry, Octavia Butler, N.K. Jemisin and Ursula K. LeGuin. This problem has seen some major strides in recent years, and yet some authors are still unsure of how to be more inclusive in their storytelling. There are some tricky issues of cultural appropriation and respecting the unique experiences of underrepresented groups in world-building; I would like to share my work from my book, The Wonderous Science, to illustrate how these issues can be tackled in creative ways. From researching and using historic elements to ground characters, to adding diverse settings, we’ll discuss how to communicate with readers from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds.

Join your Portland and Salem chapters online on Wednesday, February 2nd, from 7:00 to 8:30PM for this discussion with Brian W. Parker.

About Brian W. Parker

Author, Illustrator, and Creator of the Fantastical, Brian grew up in Alaska, then Mississippi, and has always been in love with storytelling in every medium. He earned a BFA in graphic design & illustration and an MA in writing & publishing, and now spends his days working in youth publishing (so cool, right?) through his company, Believe In Wonder, which he co-owns with his wife. He is the author of Crow in the Hollow, You Can Rely on Platypi, and co-author of Obi The Changeling, The Epic of Nicholas the Maker, and The Wonderous Science.

How to join us

Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAsd-itqDIqHtwDUDCns2BC7idouuT2dyOg After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

About your chapter

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.