Young Willamette Writers – For Writers Ages 13-18

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 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.

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 Meeting:

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 First Congregational Church in downtown Portland at 1126 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97205.

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.

Upcoming Meetings

YWW Portland: Writing For Radio with Ben Coleman

September 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Writing For Radio with Ben Coleman

There's more to writing for radio than banging a script together and finding a microphone (although having a microphone helps). First, you have to pitch a bunch of ideas, workshop the good ones with other writers, and then craft a script that suits both your actors and the audience they're performing to. Veteran Live Wire Radio sketch writer Ben Coleman will walk you through each part of the creative process, concluding with a performance of a sketch put together by the group over the course of the hour.

About Ben Coleman Writing For Radio with Ben Coleman

Ben Coleman is a critically acclaimed writer originally from and currently residing in Portland, Oregon. A film critic and feature writer for the Portland Mercury and the Seattle Stranger, he's covered everything from a horror film festival on top of a mountain to how to survive a solar eclipse. He's also the co-writer of The Long Con, a 10 issue graphic novel from Oni Press about the end of the world and how it relates to a comic convention. Ben is a former sketch writer for Live Wire Radio and cast member in Atomic Art's beloved theatrical Star Trek TOS adaptation Trek in the Park where he played such memorable Trek personalities as Helmsman Hadley, Arne Darvin, and Guard #2.

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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.

Teresa Klepinger - Portland Young Willamette Writers Program Leader

Teresa KlepingerTeresa 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.

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