Willamette Writers Southern Oregon

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

The Southern Oregon Chapter of Willamette Writers offers monthly meetings and workshops. Meetings and workshops are normally held on the first Saturday of the month, September through June at Central Point City Hall Council Chambers.  No meetings in December, July, or August. In August we head to Portland for 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.

New in February 2018: Willamette Writers Southern Oregon now offers meeting for young writers via Young Willamette Writers. Click here for details.

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

Upcoming Meeting

Successful Self Publishing- Patricia Marshall

March 3 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Central Point City Hall Council Chambers, 140 S. Third Street, Central Point

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Central Point City Hall Council Chambers, 140 S. Third Street, Central Point

“Six Steps to successful Self Publishing”

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   Free to members, $10.00 visitors

Whether you are undertaking all the publishing tasks yourself or engaging professional help, this talk will increase your understanding of the book-making process, from formatting book pages and creating an engaging cover to obtaining and ISBN, registering with Library of Congress, and getting your book on the market. By the end of this presentation, attendees will a clear idea of how to take control of the publishing process. From editing to meta-data, there are decisions and options, and choosing the right path will help you launch a successful book. The session will provide the tools to find, evaluate and engage professional help, if needed, and will include a list of resources to help on the path to exceptional and affordable self-publishing.

Mastering Metadata – How to Create Effective Metadata to Enhance Your Book Marketing Power.

1:30 - 3:30 p.m.   $25.00 for members, $30.00 for guests ($35 for whole day)

In this session, we’ll have a hands-on experience in creating, evaluating and using metadata to assist your book sales. It’s really not a scary process: We’ll start with a look at the basic elements and work our way through the subtitles of key words, book description and more. We’ll take an in-depth look at how to create back cover text, and participants are encouraged to submit book descriptions, back cover text, or key words in advance to evaluate in class, time permitting. This will be a fun, lively session, and you’ll leave with a much better understanding of this vital part of book marketing strategy. About The Speaker: Patricia Marshal is the owner of Luminare Press has helped hundreds of authors successfully navigate self-publishing. She has a thorough knowledge of the bookmaking process and enjoys sharing her knowledge, enthusiasm, and love of publishing with authors across the country.Patricia has a degree in journalism from the University of Oregon, an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Goucher College in Baltimore, and a certificate in Digital Journalism from Media Bistro in New York. She is a member of the Northwest Independent Editors Guild and the Eugene Chamber of Commerce, and is active in civic events. 

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About the Meetings

The Southern Oregon Chapter holds monthly meetings and workshops for writers in and near Central Point including writers from Ashland & Medford. We always look forward to meeting and seeing members from other chapters.

Unless otherwise stated...

Meeting & Workshop Time

Southern Oregon Willamette Writers meets on the first Saturday of every month from September through June, with no meetings in July, August and December.

Please remember that meetings may have to be rescheduled due to unforeseen circumstances. We will do our best to keep you updated. We look forward to seeing you at our chapter meeting!

Meeting Location

Meetings are held at:

Central Point City Hall Council Chambers
140 S. 3rd St.
Central Pt, OR 97502

Meeting & Workshop Day Format

The day begins with a morning presentation from 10 a.m. to noon (9:30 for networking) and afternoon workshops from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Meeting Cost

Monthly meetings at all the chapters are free for members of Willamette Writers.

Fees for Nonmembers to attend meetings (suggested donation):

  • Nonmember guests of Willamette Writers members pay $5.
  • Nonmember full time students with student ID pay $5.
  • All other nonmember adults pay $10.

Workshop Cost

The afternoon workshop is $25 for members and $30 for guests.

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 Southern Oregon Chapter is run by two co-chairs who together create a program to fit the needs and interests of the Willamette Writers members in Southern Oregon.

Sarah Anne Wager

Sarah Anne Wager has been writing stories since she was five years old. She received her BA in English from George Fox University in 2010 and joined Willamette Writers in 2012. In 2016 she stepped into the role of Co-chair of the Southern Oregon Chapter. Sarah lives in the Rogue Valley where she works, rides horses, plays with black powder, and slaves away on her steampunk and fantasy novels. Always striving for the day she will be published.

To learn more, connect with Sarah on Twitter @SrhAnneWgr.

Connect with the Chapter

We think writers are awesome!

  • Join our meetings and workshops if you’re a writing enthusiasts in Southern Oregon, 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 our Facebook Page and subscribe to our events to keep in touch.
  • Find a local critique/writers group or announce your own.
  • Visit our contact page if you have a specific inquiry or something you'd like to share with the chapter co-chairs.