Thursday, April 25, 2019

Finding Gold in your Story Setting with Rosanne Perry


Tuesday, May 7, 2019
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Developing the setting of your story can make the character voices sharper, the action more vivid, and the plot complications more realistic. But how do you create a deeper and more vibrant world Join us on May 7th at First Congregational Church in downtown Portland at 7PM (doors open at 6:30PM) for a workshop with author Rosanne Parry. This workshop will cover ten techniques for researching and writing a compelling setting for your story.

About Rosanne Parry

Rosanne Parry is the author of six middle grade novels. The most recent are Last of the Name and A Wolf Called Wander, published by Learner and Harper Collins. Rosanne is a part-time bookseller at Annie Blooms, and is the captain of the League of Exceptional Writers, a free mentoring workshop for young avid readers and writers, sponsored by the Oregon SCBWI and Powells Bookstore. She writes in a treehouse in her backyard. Find out more about Rosanne here.

About the Portland Chapter
The Portland Chapter of Willamette Writers meets the first Tuesday of the month at the First Congregational Church in downtown Portland.

Members are free, guests are asked for a $5 donation. Writers ages 18 and up are invited to attend.

The Willamette Writers annual conference is August 2-4th at the Portland Sheraton Hotel. For more information visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/willamette-writers-conference-tickets-52826413224

Willamette Writers has chapters in Portland, Vancouver,
Eugene, Corvallis, Salem, Newport, and Southern Oregon (Central Point).

Young Willamette Writers for students 13-18 holds meetings in Portland and Southern Oregon.

Southern Oregon, https://willamettewriters.org/southern/
Mid-Valley, https://willamettewriters.org/mid-valley/
Salem, https://willamettewriters.org/salem/
Newport, https://willamettewriters.org/newport/
Corvallis, https://willamettewriters.org/corvallis
Vancouver, https://willamettewriters.org/vancouver/
Young Willamette Writers, https://willamettewriters.org/young-willamette-writers/

Elizabeth Lyon on Style and Voice

Friday, February 22, 2019

Willamette Writers Happy Hour at Portland Center Stage


Join Willamette Writers on Tuesday, March 5th at 6:30pm for a special Happy Hour before Tiny Beautiful Things. This event will feature a conversation with the Director of Tiny Beautiful Things, Rose Riordan, and the Assistant Director, Jennifer Rowe. They will have a conversation about transitioning Tiny Beautiful Things from story/novel onto the stage and host a short Q&A with guests.

This event is FREE and open to the public.

If you would like to join us for the show at 7:30PM, you can purchase a discounted ticket with the code WILLAMETTE at https://www.pcs.org/events/happy-hour-with-willamette-writers-rose.

NOTE: DIFFERENT MEETING LOCATION

Location: Portland Center Stage at the Armory
128 NW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

For more information about Willamette Writers, visit http://www.willamettewriters.org

The Willamette Writers annual conference is August is August 2-4th at the Portland Sheraton Hotel. For more information visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/willamette-writers-conference-tickets-52826413224

Willamette Writers has chapters in Portland, Vancouver,
Eugene, Corvallis, Salem, Newport, and Southern Oregon (Central Point).

Young Willamette Writers for students 13-18 holds meetings in Portland and Southern Oregon.

Southern Oregon, https://willamettewriters.org/southern/
Mid-Valley, https://willamettewriters.org/mid-valley/
Salem, https://willamettewriters.org/salem/
Newport, https://willamettewriters.org/newport/
Corvallis, https://willamettewriters.org/corvallis
Vancouver, https://willamettewriters.org/vancouver/
Young Willamette Writers, https://willamettewriters.org/young-willamette-writers/

Monday, January 28, 2019

Poet Laureate to speak at Peace Corps Writers

Our special guest will be Kim Stafford, Oregon's 9th Poet Laureate

He is a poet and essayist having published many articles and several books including; Having Everything Right: Essays of place and 100 tricks Every Boy Can Do. He is the founding Director of the NW Writing Institute at Lewis & Clark University. As Poet Laureate he travels throughout the state of Oregon. “Poetry is our native language,” says Stafford. “We begin with imaginative experiences as children and lyric language can be a can be a realm of delight throughout life." 

This event is open to Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, friends, and the public. 

Guests may bring refreshments to share. 

Expect a writing exercise or two.
 
Tuesday 2/19, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm - Writers Workshop – 318 SW Palatine Hill Rd (big yellow church) in Portland. Hosted by Mimi Sanders. Contact Mimi for details, mimisandersart@hotmail.com


Thursday, January 24, 2019

Visual Storytelling, Clark Kohanek, February 5th, PDX



Writers employ story structures, plot designs and character arcs to explore, examine and reveal their creations. Directors, Art Directors and Cinematographers use similar tools that parallel these structures, designs and arcs, to express their vision. We’ll examine aspects of their craft as it pertains to writing and explore the psychological dimensions of symbol, analogy and metaphor in relation to visual subtext, in context, to content.

Clark Kohanek is a freelance illustrator, storyboard artist, writer and director. Clark has worked for a variety of advertising agencies, production companies and studios over the last 22 years. (i.e. Weiden&Kennedy, Universal Studios, Anonymous Content, Dark Horse, Disney, Jerry Bruckheimer, Tim Robbins, Bryan Singer to name a few.) Clark’s 2012 micro-budget sci-fi film called CONTAINED opened a door to 20th Century Fox – Bad Hat Harry, which paved the way for action sci-fi THE 37TH PARALLEL, an elevator pitch that turned into a 2015 studio pitch tour to SONY, DREAMWORKS, UNIVERSAL, LEGENDARY, LIONSGATE, MGM, to name a few. Clark recently completed - JUNKIES - an animated horror-comedy being pitched to Sony later this month. Clark currently works and lives in Portland, Oregon though travels teaching visual storytelling and screenwriting workshops at various writing conferences throughout the year.

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This meeting is Tuesday, February 5th at the new Willamette Writers PDX chapter location: The First Congregational United Church of Christ in downtown Portland (1126 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97205).

This meeting is free to members of Willamette Writers and full time students under 25, and $5 for guests, including MeetUp guests.

For more information about Willamette Writers, visit
willamettewriters.org

For more information about Clark, visit
https://clarkkohanek.wordpress.com/https://clarkkohanek.wordpress.com/

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Mike Rich Speaks to Third Thursday in Portland January 17th

Please join us for this month's Third Thursdays with the ISA, January 17, at the Northwest Film Center. Our guest speaker is celebrated screenwriter, Mike Rich!

Details and registration link are below. We hope you can make it!

Mary Andonian and David Poulshock

Register now: https://www.networkisa.org/modules/events/individual/view/ttportland

Your chance to meet award-winning screenwriter, MIKE RICH. Screenwriting credits include: Finding Forrester, The Rookie, Secretariat, Cars 3, and The Nativity Story. Mike recently published his first novel, The Skavenger's Hunt.


Plus, our 11/15 ISA event DOOR PRIZES include:
A signed copy of Mike Rich's new book, THE SKAVENGER'S HUNT.
One free hard copy of the book, Screenwriting Tribe by Daniel John Carey.
One free script entry to NEW MEDIA FILM FESTIVAL.

WHEN: Thursday, January 17th - 7pm

WHERE: NW Film Center Office & Classrooms and South Park Restaurant*
NW FILM — 934 SW Salmon, Portland OR, 97205 (10th & Salmon NOT Whitsell Auditorium)
SOUTH PARK — Each event begins at NWFC then migrates across the street to South Park.

Special Guest Mike Rich
Mike Rich's screenwriting breakthrough came in 1998 when his script "Finding Forrester" was honored by the prestigious Nicholl Fellowship competition. Within weeks it was picked up by Columbia Pictures and was a holiday season release just two years later, starring Sean Connery and directed by Gus Van Sant. Mike's second screenplay "The Rookie," starred Dennis Quaid and Rachel Griffiths, resulting in both a commercial and critical success for Disney in 2002. The following year, Mike wrote the script for "Radio," starring Ed Harris, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Debra Winger.

He has been a contributing writer on "Miracle," "Eight Below," and "Invincible."  Mike's works also include "The Nativity Story” and “Secretariat,” a Disney film which was released in 2010. In 2017, for the first time in his writing career, he worked in animation, writing the screenplay for Pixar’s Cars 3. And just last year, he wrote his first novel: a middle-grade book titled “Skavenger’s Hunt.”

Monday, December 24, 2018

Creating Narrative Tension in a Novel or Script



A short video by Bill Johnson about how to create and sustain narrative tension in a novel, screenplay, or play. A story that lacks narrative tension risks being episodic, a series of events that fail to have dramatic or emotional impact. Bill is available to teach a narrative tension workshop online and to review manuscripts. Originally this video was created for an online class taught by Bill Johnson for Pennwriters. 

For more information about Bill, visit his website at http://www.storyispromise.com