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Serendipity and Synchronicity at FiLMLaB 2014

How has the FiLMLaB 2014 experience been so far? The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of serendipity and synchronicity. One of the first things I was told at the first production meeting was that now that I’d won the contest, we can pretty much do whatever we want to make as good a…

Keynote Speaker – Diana Gabaldon

The keynote speaker for the 2014 Gala Awards Banquet is Diana Gabaldon. From her bio and recent press release: DIANA GABALDON is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the wildly popular Outlander novels—Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn, The Fiery Cross, A Breath of Snow and Ashes, An Echo in the…

New Six Word Story Contest!

  Crack eggs on heads? Sure. Oops! – Teresa Klepinger This time the theme is in celebration of Beverly Cleary’s birthday on April 12th. Submit your Beverly Cleary inspired story to our Six Word Story Contest. The top twelve winners will be announced at the Portland member meeting on April 1st at The Old Church. We’ll be tweeting…

FiLMLaB Open House

On Sunday, February 9th, 2014, from 2-5 pm, Willamette Writers and Ampersand Productions will host an Open House at the Cynthia Whitcomb House for Writers. This will give all of our screenwriters a chance to visit the site where the FiLMLaB Script to Screen Competition will be filmed. You’ll have an opportunity to explore the individual writing…

Three New Things in FiLMLaB

We had two pieces of good news this weekend from FiLMLaB AD Tony Forsyth. Item #1: the little film that could, Alis Volat Propriis, was accepted into the Mt. Hood Independent Film Festival November 8-10 in Hood River, Oregon. You will remember Alis from previous columns as our 2012 FiLMLaB experiment and more recently as OIFF’s 2013 Best…

She Flies With Her Own Wings

The question I get most about Alis Volat Propriis, the FiLMLaB/Ampersand production directed by Christopher Alley, is how the finished film compares to the script I wrote. If you scroll down in this blog and read the post by 2013 winner Barbara Thomas, you know the FiLMLaB Script-to-Screen process is, like any good collaboration, not…

2012 FiLMLaB A Winner at OIFF

by Ruth Witteried If you follow FiLMLaB or Willamette Writers on Facebook, then you already know that our 2012 FiLMLaB short, Alis Volat Propriis (written by Haley Isleib) was accepted into the Oregon Independent Film Festival in Portland and Eugene. To add to that good news, we found out last week that it wasn’t just…

Summer Delivers

This summer we delivered over 1000 books to Campfire Columbia in preparation for their fall programs.  But when we heard that they were running summer programs we offered an additional two hundred books on the spot which they were delighted to receive.  They promptly put them to good use and kids started receiving books within…

A Winner Weighs In On FiLMLaB

A Winner Weighs in on FiLMLaB by Barbara Thomas First, I’d like to thank Ruth Witteried for the opportunity to blog about my conference experience. It’s a second draft, so to speak, of all the not-terribly-eloquent things I said during the Willamette Writers Conference. Throughout the weekend I was asked “How does it feel to watch…