Young Willamette Writers – For Writers in Middle and High School

Young Willamette Writers are young people who love to write.

Young Willamette Writers welcomes any students who are in middle or high school. 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 online, via Zoom. If the CDC and Oregon Healthy Authority deem it safe to do so, our Portland and Southern Oregon YWW groups will reconvene in-person in September, 2021.

Young Willamette Writers monthly meetings are free of charge.

Why join YWW?

  • Monthly workshops with published authors!
  • Submissions to the Young Willamette Writers yearly journal!
  • Opportunity to attend the Willamette Writers Conference in Portland in August!

Upcoming Events

Hybrid: Young Willamette Writers

October 1 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Beaverton City Library 12375 SW 5th St, Beaverton, OR 97005

Young Willamette Writers and Katherine Quevedo

Katherine Quevedo on the art of speculative poetry.

About Katherine Quevedo

Katherine Quevedo was born and raised near Portland, Oregon, where she works as an analyst and lives with her husband and two sons. Her poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Rhysling Award, received an honorable mention in the Helen Schaible International Sonnet Contest, and been longlisted for the Kingdoms in the Wild 2022 Poetry Prize. Her debut mini-chapbook, The Inca Weaver’s Tales, is forthcoming from Sword & Kettle Press. Her poems have appeared in Triangulation: Energy, Honeyguide Literary Magazine, Heroic Fantasy Quarterly, Coffin Bell, NonBinary Review, Sidequest, and elsewhere. Her speculative fiction appears in various anthologies, magazines, and podcasts. Find her at www.katherinequevedo.com. Hybrid event on October 1, 2022, 11:00am-12:00pm Virtual via Zoom and In-person - Sign up for the Zoom link or come in-person at Beaverton City Library 12375 SW 5th St, Beaverton, OR 97005

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About your chapter meetings

Willamette Writers meetings are open to all writers, 18 and up. Young writers are encouraged to join our Young Willamette Writers meetings. Guests are welcome to make a donation to help support the cost of the meeting (we believe in paying our speakers for their time and skills). This meeting is run by volunteers. We look forward to seeing you there!

Masking

Willamette Writers continues to require mask-wearing at our in-person, indoor meetings. If you are unable to mask, we invite you to join us at one of our online Chapter Meetings. Here is a link to our policies.  

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YWW Southern Oregon

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October 15 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Young Willamette Writers Southern Oregon

Young Willamette Writers are young people who love to write.

Young Willamette Writers welcomes any students who are in middle or high school. 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 online, via Zoom. If the CDC and Oregon Healthy Authority deem it safe to do so, Southern Oregon YWW groups will reconvene in-person in September, 2022. Young Willamette Writers monthly meetings are free of charge.

About your chapter: 

Young writers are encouraged to join our Young Willamette Writers meetings. We meet the first Saturday of the month, September to June (unless otherwise indicated).  Any high school or middle-grade writers are welcome to join us. Sign up for our email list at: http://eepurl.com/hRubBf A registration link will be sent to our email list before our next meeting. Please send questions to yww@willamettewriters.org

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The People Who Make Young Willamette Writers Happen

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.

Frances Lu-Pai Ippolito - Portland Young Willamette Writers Chapter Chair

Frances Lu-Pai Ippolito photoFrances Lu-Pai Ippolito is a writer, judge, and mother. When she’s not spending time with her family outdoors in the Pacific Northwest, she’s crafting short stories in horror, sci-fi, fantasy, or whatever genre-bending she can get away with.

Her stories have appeared in Nailed Magazine, Buckman Journal’s Issue 006, and will be included in upcoming anthologies. Her work was also featured in the Ooligan Press Writers of Color Showcase 2020 in Portland, Oregon. In her free time, she serves as a first reader for magazines, volunteers for her writing communities, and has a particular interest in mentoring youth and young writers. She’s a member of the Horror Writers Association, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and Northwest Independent Writers Association.

She can be found at www.francesippolito.com.

Debby Dodds  - Portland Young Willamette Writers Chapter Chair

Debby Dodds is the author of the novel Amish Guys Don't Call. Named a BEST YA OF 2017 by Powell’s Books,  it was featured in Random House’s Better with Books: Diverse Books to Ignite Empathy. She was awarded a 2021 Fellowship to MVICW.

Debby has had over 25 short stories and essays published in anthologies including the NY Times best-selling My Little Red Book (Twelve/ Hachette) and in The Sun Magazine. She has her BFA from NYU and MFA from Antioch University. She teaches Creative Writing classes and actively volunteers both through the AVID youth program and the Oregon speakers council.

As an actress, she wrote and performed in stage shows at both Disneyland and Disney World and screamed in B-horror films.

Heather Ransom - Southern Oregon Young Willamette Writers Chapter Chair

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.

Find out more: on her website heathersransom.ink; on Facebook @heathersransom; on Twitter: @heathersransom.