Save the Date

This year’s conference will be completely online once again, and we’ll be offering all of our programming via Zoom. We’ll have workshops, Master Classes, pitching and critiques, and Zoom games aplenty. Everything for you to connect with your community, develop your craft, and expand your career as a writer!

There will be plenty of announcements and communications to come, but for now, mark your calendars and get ready join us!

Our 2021 Willamette Writers Online Conference Presenters 

Daniel José Older Headshot
Heidi W Durrow Headshot

We are beyond excited to share with you that the Willamette Writers Conference will once again be hosted online via Zoom, July 29th-August 1st, 2021. Registration will open May 1. 

This year, we’re making it even easier for you to pitch to your selected agents without having to worry about missing out on workshop programming, by offering pitching and critiques July 29th and 30th, and our workshops and panels on July 31st and August 1st. 

Our keynotes this year will be NYT best-selling Young Adult and Sci-Fi author, Daniel José Older, and PEN/Bellwether Prize winner for socially engaged fiction and Portland-born author, Heidi W. Durrow. 

We thank you for being part of our community, and can’t wait for you to join us this summer! Here’s who we have confirmed so far to join us. We’ll be adding to the list in the coming weeks!

Master Classes

Fonda Lee | Award winning science fiction and fantasy author

Hallie Ephron | NYT bestselling author of domestic suspense

Kate Gray | Poet, writer, and writing coach

Pam Houston | Author, teacher, speaker

Jeremy Townley | Fiction, translations, and essay writer

Industry Professionals

Rachel Bell | Overcup Press

Angelina Chen | Literary Manager | Energy Entertainment

Jennifer Chen Tran | Literary Agent | Bradford Literary Agency

Lori Galvin | Literary Agent | Aevitas Creative

Sasha Henriques | Associate Editor | Penguin Random House

Andrea Hurst | Literary Agent | Andrea Hurst Associates

Fiona Kenshole | Literary Agent | Transatlantic Agency

Kat Kerr | Literary Agent | Donald Maass Literary Agency

Iwalani Kim | Associate Agent | Sanford J. Greenburger Associates

Natalie Kimber | Literary Agent | The Rights Factory

Laura Mazer | Literary Agent | Wendy Sherman Associates

Jim McCarthy | Literary Agent | Dystel, Goderich, & Bourret

Brent Paxton | Manager | Kreativ Media Partners

David Pomerico | Executive Editor | HarperCollins 

Paige Terlip | Associate Agent | Andrea Brown Literary Agency

Acclaimed authors and teachers

Susan DeFreitas | Author and editor

Kerrie Flanagan | Author, editor, consultant

Susan Kelly | Amazon best-selling fiction author

Carol Saller | Author and editor- the Chicago Manual of Style

Eric Witchey | Award winning author

Science Fiction, Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult

Ines Johnson | Paranormal Romance author

Amber Keyser | Author, activist, advocate for young adults

Kara Lockharte | Romance author

Cat Rambo | Award winning sci fi and fantasy writer

Addie Woolridge | Romance author


Tehlor Kay Mejia | Author, poet, editor

Mindy Nettifee | Poet and artist educator

Crime, Mystery, Forensics

Jennifer Dornbush | Screenwriter, author, forensic specialist

Short Fiction

Alissa Hattman | Writer and teacher

Nonfiction writers and coaches

Melissa Hart | Award winning nonfiction and middle grade author

Nonprofit writers organizations

Write Around Portland

Registration opens May 1!

We will share much more in the next few weeks about the workshops and events you’ll enjoy this year, so stay tuned! It’s going to be a fantastic celebration of writers and writing!