Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Summer Workshops with Anthea Sharp and Bill Johnson

Write On The River presents

A SUMMER WORKSHOP WEEKEND

“FOCUS ON FICTION”

Saturday, June 23 from 9:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. at Wenatchi Hall on the Wenatchee Valley College campus

FULL DAY: $85 (only $70 for WOTR Members) Register by June 10 for a $10 discount!
Free passes available for WVC Staff and students. Interested? info@writeontheriver.org
Includes two 3-hour classes, an (optional) writing critique and a box lunch

Friday Night Special! Meet the presenters!

A Book For All Seasons presents a reception, book signing and Q&A at the Leavenworth Public Library at 6:30 Friday June 22.
Bill Johnson and Anthea Sharp are two past WOTR conference presenters, both highly-praised, who are eager to engage Wenatchee and north central Washington writers for a full day of “focus on fiction.”

“Nailing Narrative Tension”

“When a character is blocked from resolving a compelling issue of human need, that character will be in a state of tension. The more powerfully a character’s tension is transferred to an audience, the more that audience will be caught up in a story, and the more will be their relief at its culmination. The goal of this workshop is to guide writers to recognize narrative tension in popular novels and stories and to learn how to create that key element, typically embodied by a main character, at the beginning of their own stories.”
Bill Johnson has taught writing around the United States, and most recently an online workshop on narrative tension for Pennwriters. He has produced videos on storytelling for OregonWritersSpeak and is web master of Essays on the Craft of Dramatic Writing. He is a playwright with a recent production in Brighton, England. Bill’s workbook, A Story is a Promise and The Spirit of Storytelling, explores principles of dramatic, engaging writing using reviews of popular movies, books and plays. Author Carolyn J Rose said, “Bill’s work made me take a longer look at what matters to readers at the emotional core. I feel my characters are deeper and more memorable because of what I learned.”

“Writing to Market – it’s not what you think!”

“As storytellers, we’re moved to write by what inspires us. But at some point, the reader enters the equation: friends and family, an agent or editor, the reading public. We all want to craft a compelling book that resonates with readers, and this workshop will give you the tools you need to take your writing to that next level. We’ll dive deeply into story arc, genre expectations (including memoir, nonfiction, and literary fiction as well as the “standard” genres), and how to engage and delight readers while staying true to your own voice and story.”

Growing up on fairy tales and computer games, Anthea Sharp has melded the two in her award-winning Feyland series. She is a USA Today bestselling, award-winning author of YA Urban Fantasy. Anthea now makes her home in sunny Southern California, where she writes, hangs out in virtual worlds, plays the fiddle with her Celtic band Fiddlehead, and spends time with her family. Her books have won or placed in the PRISM, the Maggie, the National Reader’s Choice Award, the Write Touch Reader’s Award, the Heart of Excellence, and the Book Buyer’s Best contests. She also is a RITA-nominated author of historical romance under her pen name, Anthea Lawson.

Check-in at Wenatchi Hall opens at 8:00 a.m. Feel free to step in and out of ongoing workshops
for your critique appointment. Lunch is an informal box lunch in the atrium or outside

ONE-ON- ONE WRITING CRITIQUE (OPTIONAL)

If you would like to schedule a 20-minute personal writing critique session with either one of the presenters, please submit your manuscript directly to them by email, as an attachment. Send up to 10 pages in Times New Roman 12-point font, double spaced. Indicate whether it’s fiction or non-fiction (Johnson can also accept scripts) and whether it’s the start of a longer work or an excerpt.

Be prepared to exit the workshop and re-enter after your critique.

Send your manuscript by June 10 to:
Bill Johnson: bjscript@teleport.com OR Anthea Sharp: antheasharp@hotmail.com

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Interview with New York Times Bestselling author Laini Taylor

Join Willamette Writers for an interview with New York Times Bestselling author Laini Taylor. Monica Hay will be asking Laini about her craft and her experiences as an author. We'll also be taking questions from the audience. Laini will be signing her books after the interview at 8:00.

About Laini Taylor:
Laini Taylor is a young adult fantasy author. Her newest title, Strange the Dreamer, was selected as a 2018 Michael L. Printz Honor Book and is the winner of the 2018 Oregon Book Award in Young Adult Literature. She's the author of several books, including the Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy, and Lips Touch: Three Times. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, illustrator Jim Di Bartolo, and their daughter.

About the Portland Chapter:
We invite you to join the Willamette Writers Portland chapter meeting to find your community, develop your craft and expand your career.

Willamette Writers Chapters are local writing communities where writers improve their craft and acquire the career skills required in today’s publishing world.

Our Portland speaker meetings have 65 to 100 attendees. They are held the first Tuesday of each month at the historic Old Church in downtown Portland, 1422 SW 11th Ave. Fellowship begins at 6:30 p.m., the meeting starts at 7 and ends at 8:15. Book signings, silent auctions, or other events are held in the back room after the meeting until 8:30 p.m.

The Young Willamette Writers’ meeting for ages 13-18 takes place in an adjacent room.

The speaker meetings are free to Willamette Writers members and full-time students. Guests are asked for a $5 donation. Join us on MeetUp to receive meeting updates, and follow us on Twitter @wilwrite.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Willamette Writers on the River Hosts Literary Agent Chip MacGregor

Willamette Writers on the River is pleased to host:
The World of Writing, Publishing, and Agents
Presented by Chip MacGregor
Monday, April 23th, 6:30-8:30
First Presbyterian Church, Alison Room
Corner of 9thand Monroe
Corvallis, OR
(Use 9thStreet parking lot entrance)
 
What is the role of an agent in today’s changing publishing climate, and how does a writer go about finding one? What does a healthy author/agent relationship look like? Come hear from our expert, Chip MacGregor, who has been a successful literary agent for almost 20 years. MacGregor is also an author and understands the Catch 22 an author faces:  “Publishers won’t talk to me unless I have an agent but agents won’t talk to me until I’m published!” Bring your questions and begin to create a realistic plan for finding and working with a literary agent who is a good fit for you, and figure out what “success” means to your writing career.
  
Chip MacGregoris the president of MacGregor Literary, Inc. He has been working in the publishing industry for more than three decades, made his living as a freelance writer and editor for several years, and was formerly a publisher with Time-Warner Book Group. MacGregor began working as an agent twenty years ago, has represented nearly a thousand titles, and the authors he represents have been on every major bestseller list. He has an undergraduate from Portland State University, a master’s from Biola University, did his doctoral work at the University of Oregon with post-doc work at Oxford University. A well-known speaker at writing conferences and via online writing sites, MacGregor lives on the Oregon coast.
  
Willamette Writer on the River is the Corvallis Chapter of Willamette Writers. This event is free to members and full-time students. Guests of members pay $5; visitors pay $10, no one is turned away.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

What Do Agents Want? Meet Literary Agent Laura Bradford




Have you ever wondered what agents want? This is the talk for you. Join Willamette Writers to hear Laura Bradford, founder of Bradford Literary Agency, discuss what agents look for in writers, and ways you can make yourself a writer agents want to work with.

About Laura Bradford

Laura Bradford established the Bradford Literary Agency in 2001. She considers herself an editorial-focused agent and takes a hands-on approach to developing proposals and manuscripts with her authors for the most appropriate markets. During her own misadventures as a writer, Laura came to understand the importance of having a friendly but critical eye on your side, a career strategist in your corner and a guide who can lead you through the travails of publication.

Her recent sales include books placed with Penguin Random House, Grand Central, Harlequin, Kensington, Simon and Schuster, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Sourcebooks, Hyperion, and many others. She continues to actively build her client list and is currently seeking work in the following genres: Romance (historical, romantic suspense, paranormal, category, contemporary, erotic), urban fantasy, women’s fiction, mystery, thrillers, young adult, upper Middle Grade as well as some select non-fiction.
She is a member of the Association of Authors’ Representatives (AAR) and Romance Writers of America, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and she is an RWA-recognized agent.

About Willamette Writers

Willamette Writers Chapters are local writing communities where writers improve their craft and acquire the career skills required in today’s publishing world.

Our Portland speaker meeting has 65 to 100 attendees. They are held the first Tuesday of each month at the historic Old Church in downtown Portland, 1422 SW 11th Ave. Fellowship begins at 6:30 p.m., the meeting starts at 7 and ends at 8:15. Book signings, silent auctions, or other events are held in the back room after the meeting until 8:30 p.m.

The Young Willamette Writers’ meeting for ages 13-18 takes place in an adjacent room.

The speaker meetings are free to Willamette Writers members and full-time students. Guests are asked for a $5 donation. Join us on MeetUp to receive meeting updates, and follow us on Twitter @wilwrite.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Willy Vlautin at Broadway Books March 7th

We are thrilled to welcome Willy Vlautin back to Broadway Books, reading from his fifth novel, Don't Skip Out on Me, on Wednesday, March 7th, at 7 pm.
 
The novel tells the story of Horace Hopper, of half-Paiute, half-Irish heritage, who has spent most of his life on a Nevada sheep ranch but dreams of something bigger. Mr. and Mrs. Reese, the aging ranchers who took him in after his parents abandoned him, treat him like the son they always wanted. But Horace feels as if he doesn’t truly belong on the ranch, or anywhere. Believing that he needs to make a name for himself, Horace leaves behind the only loving home he has ever known for Tucson, where he aims to prove his worth as a championship boxer.
 
Horace struggles to adapt to his new life in the city and grows more and more isolated, withdrawing into himself as he struggles with the pain of his boxing injuries and his loneliness. An instrumental soundtrack by Richmond Fontaine, which perfectly evokes the spirit and setting of this stunning and heartbreaking new novel, will be available for download.

Vlautin is both writer and musician. His previous books all tell stories of hard-scrabble characters presented with heart and generosity by the author.
 
He is the author of four previous novels: The Motel Life, Northline, Lean on Pete (which won both the Oregon Book Award for Fiction and the Reader's Choice Award) and The Free (which was a finalist for the OBA Fiction prize and won the Reader's Choice Award).
 
Vlautin founded the band Richmond Fontaine in 1994. Now retired, the band achieved critical acclaim at home and across the UK and Europe. In 2014 he formed The Delines with singer Amy Boone. Born and raised in Reno, Nevada, he now lives in Scappoose, Oregon.
 
 This event is open to the public. Broadway Books is located at 1714 NE Broadway.  www.broadwaybooks.net
 

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Author Susan Hill Long Speaks to Willamette Writers PDX Chapter

Willamette Writers Portland Chapter

On March 6th (doors at 6:30), author Susan Hill Long will be joining the Portland Chapter.

About Susan Hill Long

Susan Hill Long is a children’s book author. Her recent books include THE MAGIC MIRROR: CONCERNING A LONELY PRINCESS, A FOUNDLING GIRL, A SCHEMING KING, AND A PICKPOCKET SQUIRREL (available May 10, 2016), and middle grade novel WHISTLE IN THE DARK. Her awards include Bank Street Best Books, Oregon Book Award–the Eloise Jarvis McGraw Award for Children’s Literature, and the Katherine Paterson Prize. You can find out more about her at http://susanhilllong.com/

About the Portland Chapter

We invite you to join our Portland chapter meeting to find your community, develop your craft and expand your career.
Willamette Writers Chapters are local writing communities where writers improve their craft and acquire the career skills required in today’s publishing world.
Our Portland speaker meetings have 65 to 100 attendees. They are held the first Tuesday of each month at the historic Old Church in downtown Portland, 1422 SW 11th Ave. Fellowship begins at 6:30 p.m., the meeting starts at 7 and ends at 8:15. Book signings, silent auctions, or other events are held in the back room after the meeting until 8:30 p.m.

The Young Willamette Writers’ meeting for grades 5 to 10 takes place in an adjacent room.
The speaker meetings are free to Willamette Writers members and full time students. Guests are asked for a $5 donation.

Join us on MeetUp to receive meeting updates, and follow us on Twitter @wilwrite.

Speaker schedules can change and we do our best to keep you informed. Questions? Email pdx@willamettewriters.org

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Learn About TV Writing from F.J.. Pratt

Willamette Writers Portland Chapter


On February 6th (doors at 6:30), TV writer F.J. Pratt will be joining the Portland Chapter to talk about writing.

About F.J. Pratt

F.J. Pratt has been a television comedy writer for twenty-five years, starting on the writing staff for network shows including “Frasier,” which won an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy; “Ellen,” the “coming out” season; and ABC’s “Less Than Perfect.” For three years, he was the Executive Producer/Showrunner of “Sullivan & Son” on TBS. F.J. has developed shows for ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, CW, Dreamworks, Imagine Entertainment, and Disney. For the past five years, F.J. has been an adjunct professor at the John Wells Division of Writing for the Screen & Television at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, and now F.J. has agreed to lend his talents to become FiLMLaB’s first “showrunner.”

About the Portland Chapter

We invite you to join our Portland chapter meeting to find your community, develop your craft and expand your career.
Willamette Writers Chapters are local writing communities where writers improve their craft and acquire the career skills required in today’s publishing world.
Our Portland speaker meetings have 65 to 100 attendees. They are held the first Tuesday of each month at the historic Old Church in downtown Portland, 1422 SW 11th Ave. Fellowship begins at 6:30 p.m., the meeting starts at 7 and ends at 8:15. Book signings, silent auctions, or other events are held in the back room after the meeting until 8:30 p.m.

The Young Willamette Writers’ meeting for grades 5 to 10 takes place in an adjacent room.

The speaker meetings are free to Willamette Writers members and full time students. Guests are asked for a $5 donation. Join us on MeetUp to receive meeting updates, and follow us on Twitter @wilwrite.

Speaker schedules can change and we do our best to keep you informed. Questions? Email pdx@willamettewriters.org