Young Willamette Writers – For Writers in Middle and High School

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!

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 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.

Upcoming Events

Young Willamette Writers With Ryane Nicole Granados

February 5 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Portland, OR United States

Young Willamette Writers Join Ryane Nicole Granados


Our next Young Willamette Writers virtual meeting is on February 5, 2022. We're so excited to have Ryane Nicole Granados join us!

About Ryane Nicole Granados

Ryane Nicole Granados is a Los Angeles native whose writing finds its roots in her love of community and her belief that Black motherhood is an act of social justice. She is inspired to write stories of survival that magnify the marginalized while also unearthing the splendor of second chances. Recently named the 2021 Established Writer and Individual Arts Fellow by the California Arts Council, her work has been featured in various publications including Pangyrus, The Manifest-Station, The Nervous Breakdown, The Atticus Review, and LA Parent Magazine. Her storytelling has also been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and showcased in KPCC’s live series Unheard LA. Our Young Willamette Writers meetings are always free. 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: A registration link will be sent to our email list before our next meeting.

About your chapter

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!

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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

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; on Facebook @heathersransom; on Twitter: @heathersransom.