Willamette Writers Salem Chapter

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

The Salem Chapter offers monthly meetings and occasional workshops. Meetings are normally held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Salem Public Library (Central Library, Anderson Room B).

You can join a monthly meeting even if you’re not a member (see details below). Read on to learn about us, 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

Salem Meeting: “What Novelists Can Learn From Screenwriters” with Cynthia Whitcomb

On Wednesday, September 20th from 6:30-8:30 p.m. (talk begins at 7 p.m.), Cynthia Whitcomb will present to our chapter at the Salem Public Library (Anderson Room A), 585 Liberty St SE.

A few of the many things novelists can learn from screenwriters are Three Act Structure, Subplots, Dialogue, How to Combine Right Brain and Left Brain strengths. Set ups and Payoffs. Visual symbols.

Cynthia Whitcomb is a playwright, screenwriter, and author. She has sold over 70 feature-length scripts, 30 of which have been produced, 7 of them at the acclaimed UCLA Film School. Her work includes Buffalo Girls; Selma, Lord, SelmaI Know My First Name is Steven; and Mark Twain and Me. She has been nominated for many awards, including the Emmy, the Edgar, WGA and the Humanitas.  Her new book The Heart of the Film came out May 2017, on writing love stories in screenplays.  She teaches screenwriting courses twice a year through Willamette Writers. She has a new screenwriting class beginning Sept. 23 in Wilsonville.

For more: willamettewriters.org/salem/ or email salem [at] willamettewriters.org.


About the Salem Chapter Meetings

Unless otherwise stated…

When and Where

We meet on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Salem Public Library (Central Library, Anderson Room B).

Meeting Format

6:30-7 pm:         social time, including news and member announcements*
7-8:30 pm:         speaker’s presentation followed by Q&A and book sales/signing

* We have snacks, but if you want coffee or water, please bring it with you.

Cost

Free for members of Willamette Writers (all chapters). Free for full-time students under 22 years old. Guests of Willamette Writers members pay $5. Non-members pay $10 to attend meetings.


Connect with the Salem Chapter

We think writers are awesome!

  • Join our meetings and workshops if you’re a writing enthusiasts from the Salem area, if you happen to be in the area, or if you are interested in a specific topic/speaker.
  • Like our Facebook Page to keep in touch.
  • Explore our blog and subscribe to it to receive notifications of new posts about local events and opportunities by email.
  • Join our mailing list to learn what’s coming up next for the chapter.
  • Find a local critique group or announce your group.
  • Contact us privately if you have a specific inquiry or an announcement to share with the chapter.

All writers welcome. Join us!


Willamette Writers Salem Updates

Member News: Seal of Secrets: A Novel of Mystery and Suspense by William J. Cook

Willamette Writers member William J. Cook has just self-published a new novel, Seal of Secrets: A Novel of Mystery and Suspense.
There is something strange about Jack Wallace, the man Chloe Denhurst has hired to do odd jobs around her house. He never talks about himself, never mentions a family or friends. She sees sorrow in his eyes, and something else, something sinister. When his past comes back to haunt him, Chloe’s own life and the life of her daughter are put in jeopardy. As the mystery deepens, Chloe gets pulled into a vortex of deception and murder.
Find out more and connect with William J. Cook on his website, his author page on Amazon, and on Facebook.

Authors: Use a Logline to Describe Your Book (screenwriters have been using them for years…)

Do you have a logline for your story? Screenwriters have been using loglines to sell their scripts for years. Authors can use them too.

LoglinesWait, what’s a logline?

A logline is the shortest good response to the prompt: “tell me about your book.”

Here is the definition from Wikipedia:

“a logline is a brief summary of a television program, film, or motion picture often providing both a synopsis of the program’s plot, and an emotional “hook” to stimulate interest.”

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