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April 2020

Online Book Club: Howards End

April 13, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Join us for an online book club! We will be reading Howards End, which was adapted for Portland Center Stage by playwright, Caroline Hewitt. Caroline will be joining us to discuss her adaptation. The book club meets online, and is free and open to anyone! You don't have to finish the book, but be prepared…

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May 2020

Eugene Online: Bill Cameron on World-building

May 7, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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May 7, 2020 @ 6:30-8:30pm World-building in the Real World: Strategies for Fictionalizing the World We Live In World-building isn't just for science-fiction and fantasy. It's just as important for fiction set in our everyday world. I'll discuss strategies and potential pitfalls when using the settings we know (or want to know) in our fiction.…

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October 2020

Center In The Storm: How To Focus, Create & Complete Creative Work No Matter What

October 12, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Is your home office being overrun by kids, pets and chores? Are you struggling to balance work schedules with the demands of your family? If so, join the Southern and Eugene chapters as we present Patricia Morrison with a discussion on how to be creative and live in the real world. This ZOOM meeting requires…

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Writing Personal Essays During a Pandemic with Melissa Hart

October 26, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Writing Personal Essays During a Pandemic  Everyone seems to be writing their COVID experience these days, but how do you write something that stands out from the crowd? Eugene author Melissa Hart will help answer that question as the guest speaker at a joint online meeting of the Coast and Corvallis chapters of Willamette Writers…

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November 2020

Vancouver Online: Using Poetry to Heighten Your Prose

November 16, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Using Poetry to Heighten Your Prose with Armin Tolentino Is this a muffin or a cupcake? Poetry and fiction are both subject to the same conundrum of taxonomy. But if you're writing short stories or novels, are you considering what techniques and ingredients in the recipes of poetry can help make your work shine? Poet…

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January 2021

Corvallis Online: Crafting the Stand-Alone Book Excerpt

January 25 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Crafting the Stand-Alone Book Excerpt: the What, Why, When, and How Willamette Writers on the River-Corvallis and the Coast Chapter will host C. Lill Ahrens' presentation about stand-alones on Zoom at 6:30 PM on Monday, January 25, 2021. A “stand-alone” is an excerpt edited to stand alone as a fiction or memoir short story. Years…

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April 2021

Southern Oregon/Eugene Online: Mysteries Revealed: Structure, Series, and Marketplace

April 12 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Mysteries Revealed: Structure, Series, and Marketplace USA Today bestselling author, Sara Rosett, will be joining us for a virtual workshop, “Mysteries Revealed: Structure, Series, and Marketplace.” Learn how to structure a cozy mystery, as well as tips on what to consider when planning a series. Discover firsthand the difference between writing historical and modern mysteries,…

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May 2021

YWW Portland Online: Blending History and Fantasy

May 1 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Blending History and Fantasy: Researching and incorporating historical details into your fantasy world Join the Young Willamette Writers on May 1 as we hear from author Lani Forbes, author of the Age of the Seventh Sun fantasy series. Lani used her knowledge of ancient Mesoamerican cultures in crafting her novels, even traveling to a cave…

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Between Art and Commodity: Writing Upmarket and Literary Fiction

May 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Libbie Hawker, who also writes under the pen names Olivia Hawker and Libbie Grant, is a bestselling author of upmarket historical and literary fiction. Her presentation will include a discussion of what “literary” means, how to find a profitable niche as a stylistic writer, and why you shouldn’t be afraid to “write pretty” no matter…

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Vancouver Online: Social Media: Mastering the Challenge

May 17 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Social Media: Mastering the Challenge with Lisa Catto With so many social media social media platforms available for authors, it can be challenging to decide where to dedicate our limited time. Social media strategist Lisa Catto will cover the core "pros and cons" of the major platforms to help you decide which are a good…

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June 2021

YWW Online: Eric Witchey Talks About Character: Because Why? In Order To…

June 5 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Eric Witchey Talks About Character: Because Why? In Order To... The Young Willamette Writers welcomes award-winning author Eric Witchey to our meeting on June 5. Eric will be talking about a great way to give depth to the characters we write about. Here is his description of the workshop: If a character buys a candy…

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