Young Willamette Writers

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.

Portland Meeting:  Young Willamette Writers are invited to attend YWW meetings in their area. 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 pm 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 10:00am 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.

The cost of becoming a member of Young Willamette Writers is $20.00 per year and monthly meetings are free of charge. (There are no meetings in July or August. Check your local chapter for any December events.)  Click here to print out the registration form.

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 love the novel format and it’s my favorite writing form, I write articles for a local paper in my area too. It’s a completely different style of writing, but I enjoy it and I find that it helps to “tighten” my prose. Maybe in February you can experiment with a new form of writing. Try your hand at something new whether it’s poetry or blogging.

You are always welcome to reach out to me and share your views or ask me questions.

You can find me, Stephanie at:

YWW’s  welcome 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.

What’s New? February, 2018

Fun Stuff for February!

Author Quote of the Month: “Humans are wired for story.  We hunt for and respond to certain specific things in every story we hear, watch or read — and they’re the same specific things, regardless of genre.”  ~Lisa Cron~ author of Story Genius

Writing Prompt of the Month:  Should schools teach you how to be happy? Or should they only focus on academics?

Writing Advice for February: The thing I most want to stress is that different writers’ brains need different things. A lot of people will tell you: write a fast draft, then make it better. This is the way to write a book. Well, it’s a way. It might work for you, but if it doesn’t, don’t force it. My brain requires me to edit as I go and fix problems as they arise. I need to be able to connect with the story and love it on a sentence level every step of the way. It might sound crazy, but hey, some of us are crazy! “Process” is about managing our particular crazy as best we can, so you need to understand what your brain needs in order to do this thing, and then cater to it.

Laini Taylor~ author of Strange the Dreamer.

Submissions Wanted: Each year, YWW puts out a journal of writing from its members. Do you have a short article, essay or poem that you’d like to see in print? Publish your piece in our yearly Young Willamette Writers Journal. Please submit your work to: All submissions must contain your name and an email address where we can reach back to you,

Until next time, write on . . .