Welcome to Willamette Writers Salem

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.

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

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.


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

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