An organization for published and aspiring writers.


Willamette Writers' goal is to provide and encourage a creative environment and support system for current and aspiring writers. Since its beginning in 1965, Willamette Writers has provided meeting places for the exchange of ideas and information and has initiated programs designed to help writers increase skills related to the craft of writing. Both published, self-published, screenwriters and aspiring writers are invited to join. Dues are $45 a year. Need help writing a novel? A screenplay? Promoting a self-published novel? This is a good group to join.

Cynthia Whitcomb offers an introduction to the group on YouTube.

Jeff Baker, book reviewer for the Oregonian On Tuesday, March 3rd, at the Old Church in downtown Portland at 7 pm, Willamette Writers welcomes Jeff Baker, The Oregonian's book editor and friend to writers everywhere. As the Sunday Arts and Entertainment editor and the book editor at The Oregonian in Portland, Jeff assigns and edits news and feature articles on arts and culture in Portland. He writes feature and book reviews, assigns and edits freelance reviews, and writes an arts and books blog.

Jeff plans to share his insights into the world of book publishing, the large and the local, and the transformation of print to digital. Better yet, Jeff will speak on the arcane art of writing a book review, and will have review copies of books to give away.

Read more in Peter Field's column.

For information about our meetings in Portland, Eugene, Central Point, Salem, Corvallis, and Newport (Oregon Coast) including meeting times, speakers and locations, check out our meetings page.

Check out our workshop schedule. Eric Witchey offers a Building Story from Attitude (a day-long seminar) on April 18th at the WW Writing House.


Our FiLMLaB Competition is now accepting entries! Please check out the FiLMLaB blog for all of our latest updates.

All of our contests are now open!

Along with FiLMLaB, we're accepting entries for the Kay Snow Awards and our Kate Herzog Writing Scholarship.

Also, our new literary journal, The Timberline Review, is accepting submissions. Willamette Writers members are not charged a reading fee, so submit now for our Summer 2015 edition!


If you weren't able to attend our 2014 conference, check out these wonderful photos taken by Malcolm Manness. More about Malcolm.

Donate to the Chryl Ann Julia Scholarship

The family and friends of Chryl Ann Julia, a long time member and supporter of Willamette Writers, would like to honor her memory by establishing a scholarship in her name. Please help by donating here.

Willamette Writers' Cynthia Whitcomb House Available for Writers!
Photo of Willamette Writers Dream House, a place for one day writing retreats The Willamette Writers' Cynthia Whitcomb House is located just off Highway 43 (Willamette Drive/Pacific Highway) and is a short walk from bus route 35.

Click on this flier for directions to find the house.

Our Writing House is now accepting online reservations. Members can rent a room for a 14 hour period for $10. It's a deal! Click on the link to see a schedule that runs for three months and sign up for a room or rooms, or call 503-305-6729 to learn more.

The house comes with wireless internet.

The house is a great opportunity for writing groups to rent all six rooms and have the house for a one day writing retreat or a working retreat for a writing organization.

Willamette Writers is the largest writers' organization in Oregon and one of the largest writers' organizations in the United States. It is a non-profit, tax-exempt Oregon corporation led by volunteers. Elected officials and directors administer an active program of monthly meetings, special seminars, workshops and conferences. Willamette Writers annual conference brings together speakers, literary agents, and film producers to help members find new opportunities for getting published, self-published, and produced.

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For the latest news about Oregon writing events, including workshops, readings, writing resources, and book releases, sign up for the Willamette Writer's e-newsletter. If you sign up for multiple cities, you'll get announcements with duplicate information.

Visit our archive of email announcements for news about literary events around the Pacific Northwest.

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Meet other writers at the WW MeetUp page.

A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit.
~ Richard Bach