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Film/TV Offerings for the 2017 Willamette Writers Conference

The Film/TV offerings at this year’s 48th Annual Willamette Writers Conference represent an exciting mix of new faces and courses with conference favorites and opportunities to pitch scripts and books to Hollywood dealmakers. Top Screenwriting Instructors at Willamette Writers Conference With a new book coming out, local screenwriting champion Cynthia Whitcomb will teach “The Heart of the Story” in addition to a class on dialogue. For his first time participating in the conference, Doug Richardson, renowned educator and screenwriter of Hollywood blockbusters such as Die Hard 2, Bad Boys, Money Train, and Hostage will teach classes on “Turning Your Novel Into a 3-Act Structure” as well as how to navigate a career in Hollywood in his class “Swimming with Sharks.”…

Ellen Urbani’s Tips for a Successful Author Reading

Today, we’re bringing you a post from Ellen Urbani who was our closing keynote at the 2016 Willamette Writers Conference. In 2015, Ellen Urbani toured the South with her novel Landfall (Forest Avenue Press, 2015). The tour brought in overflow crowds and pushed Landfall up on the bestseller lists. Upon her return to Portland, Ellen had another successful book event for Landfall, this time at Powell’s City of Books where she spoke to an overflow crowd of 280. Here’s what she has to share about author readings. Ellen Urbani’s Approach to Author Readings Here’s the truth about author readings: I often find them terribly boring. I realize this is, perhaps, a soul-scarring admission–for what author willingly admits to being bored by the lifeblood of one’s profession? But I think…

Willamette Writers Member News

Heather S. Ransom’s Going Green is a Willamette Writers Success Story

Heather S. Ransom, member of Willamette Writers and a middle school science teacher, is already receiving glowing praise for her debut YA novel, Going Green. Though the novel tackles issues like the debate about GMOs, citizens filming acts of police brutality, and political extremism, it’s also a fun, fast-paced, coming-of-age adventure. Ransom won the Pitch…

Volunteer with Willamette Writers

We’re committed to helping writers at all levels connect with their communities, hone their craft, and advance their careers. We’d love your help! Volunteer opportunities range from random one-hour assignments to a year-long commitment and are available in different locations, including many at the comfort of your own home.  Interested? Great! Click, learn more, and sign…

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Portland: First Page Critique Session

April 27 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Lombard Pub, St
Portland, OR 97217 United States
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On Thursday, April 27, from 6-8 p.m., USA Today bestselling author Linda Needham and literary agent Rachel Letofsky will be live-critiquing manuscript first pages at the Lombard Pub. Fourteen slots available on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign up here. The event is free and open to all writers. This event previews two of our over…

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Corvallis: “Poems in Between: The Poetry Writing Process” with Henry Hughes

April 27 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Corvallis First Presbyterian Church, Dennis Hall, 114 SW 8th St.
Corvallis, OR 97333 United States
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Henry Hughes will discuss his poetry writing process, beginning with early morning drafting and continuing with rewriting and revising between the duties and events of the day. “I keep poem drafts with me all day,” Hughes says. “And when there’s some time between things, I take them out and work on them.” He’ll also talk…

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Eugene: Salli Slaughter and George Mason of Authors Road

May 4 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tsunami Books, Eugene, 2585 Willamette St.
Eugene, OR 97405
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On Thursday, May 4, 2017, at Tsunami Books in Eugene, Willamette Writers hosts Salli Slaughter and George Mason, who will present "Tales from the Authors Road." Join us! Tales from The Authors Road Discover the art of the interview with Salli Slaughter and George Mason of Authors Road. For four years, Salli and George have driven around America video meeting and…

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Southern Oregon Willamette Writers Hosts Fonda Lee

May 6
Central Point City Hall Council Chambers, 140 S. Third Street
Central Point, OR
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Southern Oregon Willamette Writers in Central Point meets on the first Saturday of the month. Monthly Membership Meeting 9:30-noon & Workshop 1:30-4:30 p.m. at Central Point City Hall Council Chambers. No meetings July, August & December.   Please understand that schedules can change and we do our best to keep you informed. Interested? Join us! All writers welcome. Click here to learn…

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Salem: Tex Thompson will Present

May 17 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Salem Public Library, 585 Liberty St SE
Salem, OR 97301 United States
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Willamette Writers Salem meetings occur on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Salem Public Library. No meetings July, August & December. Details to be announced, so mark your calendar and check back later. Please understand that schedules can change and we do our best to keep you informed. Interested? Join us! All…

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Willamette Writers Newport Monthly Meeting – Details TBA

May 21 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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We meet on the 3rd Sunday of the month September-June; No meeting in December.
Newport Public Library, 35 NW Nye Street
Newport, OR 97365
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Willamette Writers Oregon Coast in Newport meets on the third Sunday of the month, 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Newport Public Library. No meetings July, August & December. Details to be announced, so mark your calendar and check back later. Please understand that schedules can change and we do our best to keep you informed. Interested? Join us! All writers welcome. Click…

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Willamette Writers Corvallis Monthly Meeting

May 27 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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We meet on the fourth Monday of each month. No meeting in August and December.
Corvallis First Presbyterian Church, Dennis Hall, 114 SW 8th St.
Corvallis, OR 97333 United States
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Willamette Writers on the River (WWotR) in Corvallis meets on the fourth Monday of the month, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church. No meetings August. Details to be announced, so mark your calendar and check back later. Please understand that schedules can change and we do our best to keep you informed. Interested? Join us! All writers…

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