Why join YWW?
- Monthly workshops with published authors!
- Discussions & networking with writing industry professionals!
- Opportunity to attend the Willamette Writers Conference in Portland in August!
Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read." - Groucho Marx
Young Willamette Writers are young people who love to write.
Young Willamette Writers welcomes any students from 13 to 18 years old. Some of our YWW have entered and won contests such as the Kay Snow Writing Award and a National Scholastic Writing Award. Some have been published in magazines such as American Girl and Stone Soup. Some are taking their first steps in writing.
Young Willamette Writers currently offers programming in two locations: Portland and Southern Oregon (Central Point).
The cost of becoming a member of Young Willamette Writers is $20.00 per year and monthly meetings are free of charge.
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Young Willamette Writers Meetings
Young Willamette Writers are invited to attend monthly Young Willamette Writers meetings in their area (there are no meetings in July or August. Check your local chapter for any December events).
Meetings are for kids aged 13 to 18 years of age.
Portland has an excellent meeting that is held at the same time and place as the adult Willamette Writers meetings on the first Tuesday of the month from September through June. We meet from 7 – 8 p.m. at The Old Church in downtown Portland at SW 11th and Clay.
Central Point Meeting:
Meets the first Saturday of each month in Central Point. Meetings are held from 10 a.m. until noon in the Central Point Library - 116 South 3rd Street, Central Point, OR 97520. This meeting serves the region from Grants Pass to Ashland and is for kids aged 13 to 18 years of age.
There are no upcoming events at this time.
The People Who Make Young Willamette Writers Happen
Stephanie Raffelock, Youth Programs Director
Stephanie Raffelock is an overly caffeinated, type-A personality, and novelist on the verge. A graduate of Naropa University’s program in Creative Writing and Poetics, Stephanie worked an internship at The Boulder Daily Camera and has penned articles for The Aspen Times, Quilters Magazine, Care2.com and Nexus Magazine. She currently writes a bi-monthly column for SixtyandMe.com, and is a regular contributor to The Rogue Valley Messenger.
As the Director of Youth Programs for Willamette Writers, Stephanie is committed to creating innovative learning environments that will stimulate and encourage young writers to experiment, express and play as they learn the elements of writing craft.
In addition to her position as the Director of Youth Programs for Willamette Writers, she is also a board member of Southern Oregon University's Friends of the Hannon Library.
A committed a student of story; Stephanie practices community outreach by teaching creative writing to marginalized populations that include incarcerated individuals. She enjoys literary representation by Dystel, Goderich and Bourett in New York City.
Photo Credit: Tina Bolling
Contact the Program Director
Do you have questions or comments about the program? Would you like to volunteer with, present to, or support Young Willamette Writers? Please email the program director.
Young Willamette Writers Program Leaders
Each group of Young Willamette Writers is lead by a program leader who is in charge of building the program, publicizing events, communicating with the program members to help them make the most of their program membership.
Teresa Klepinger - Portland Young Willamette Writers Program Leader
Teresa Klepinger believes a dose of imagination can improve just about anything. Her love of storytelling began with “Genie” bedtime stories told by her father, continued through years of teaching elementary school, and stays close to her heart today. She has published Cliffhanger Writing Prompts, and Story-Writing Sandwich Prompts with Scholastic Teaching Resources, and writes picture books, all with the imagination at the heart of the story.
Teresa first connected with the Portland Young Willamette writers when she brought her daughter and a car-load of friends to meetings. Eventually she took over the program and has served as its leader for over five years. She never gets tired of witnessing the students’ imaginations soar, whether they’re writing a scene, a story, or a script.
Teresa lives in Sherwood where she enjoys the company of a creative husband, two imaginative daughters, and one, um, dog.
You can find out more about Teresa Klepinger on Facebook here.
Heather Ransom - Southern Oregon Young Willamette Writers Program Leaderd
A science teacher for twenty-five years, Heather has worked with thousands of young adults. In class, studying current innovations, they imagine together what their futures might hold, telling stories about world-changing advances in science and technology. This has been the birthplace for Heather’s YA science fiction novels, Going Green (3/2017), Greener (7/2018), and Back to Green (2019).
But Heather’s love of storytelling began much earlier with her mother describing incredible, fanciful adventures. Here, Heather became the character. She fell in love with being immersed in a world feeling so real she never wanted to leave. This is what Heather hopes to bring to her readers.
Besides teaching and writing, Heather enjoys spending time with her dream man, Marv, and their two amazing kids, Danielle and Marvin. Living in Grants Pass, Oregon, she loves playing in the beautiful outdoors and helping at their local businesses, a pizza pub and cigar shop.
Young Willamette Writers Blog Posts and Updates
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At our next Young Willamette Writers meeting, young adult author Cat Winters will join us to discuss crafting mysteries. Cat Winters is a critically acclaimed, award-winning author of four novels for teens: In the Shadow of Blackbirds, The Cure for Dreaming, The Steep and Thorny Way, and Odd & True. She is also the author…Read More
Spring holds in its hand the promise of what is possible. I’ve been watching the news, watching young people find their voice and take a stand. They are the hope of spring– young, new, filled with the ideals of possibility that some adults seem to have forgotten. Tears easily come to my eyes when I…Read More
Happy February. What are your writing this month? Are you working on a short story or a novel? Essays or book reports? Valentine’s Day month is a good time for poetry. Writing takes on many forms, and growing as a writer means trying all of them to see what sparks your passion. Even though I…Read More
YWW’s at the Conference The Young Willamette Writers closed out the summer spectacularly when six members spent a day at the Willamette Writers Conference on August 12. They attended four workshops ranging from world-building in science fiction and fantasy, to creating characters with memorable internal conflict. They had informal across-the-table conversations with four fantastic VIP’s…Read More
On August 12, seven Young Willamette Writers members will attend the Willamette Writers Conference, ready to hit the ground running. These great young writers took the extra step over the last year to join our membership program. They have attended at least four meetings during the last school year, have worked on their skills with…Read More
Come join Willamette Writers at Barnes & Noble, Clackamas Town Center for our Holiday Book Fair to support Books for Kids on December 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. You can meet and greet several local authors and help support Willamette Writers and its Book For Kids Program with every book you buy, in the store or online.…Read More