Friday, November 4, 2022

Willamette Writers at Portland Book Festival

Such a great evening at the Book Market with Literary Arts at the Portland Book Festival! Thank you, Willamette Writer's authors, for sharing your books at the #PDXBookFest!

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Saturday, May 14, 2022

Playwright Kwik Jones on Writing, Staging, and Getting Plays Produced

Playwright Kwik Jones will speak to the Portland Chapter of Willamette Writers about his process of writing, staging, and getting his work performed and produced. The meeting is Tuesday, June 7th, at 7-8:30 pm via Zoom.

Kwik has been writing, directing, and producing plays for twenty-eight years. Developing plays such as: A Strange Seed, Forgotten Soul, Voices, Black Like me, Jupiter is Stormy, Spotlight, The Code, Puzzle Dream, Conversations, Organ, L.U.S.T, Both Sides of the Fence, Sweet Mother Jones, Memphis Bound, Water Boyz and many more.

Awards and honors are such: The Portland Civic Theater Guilds New Play Award, for his play Cat Napper. A finalist for the Downtown Urban Arts Festival in New York City for his plays Memphis Bound and Water Boyz which was also selected as a finalist for the PNMC New Play Readers Series Festival. He was named a semifinalist for the Lanford Wilson Festival for the play The Closet Pigeon. Recently his play A Strange Seed was chosen as one of the six finalists in The Portland Civic Theater Guilds New Play Award and just recently became a semifinalist at the 2022 National Playwrighting Conference.

Currently he is working on a new play, We Act, which he has been commissioned to write for the upcoming book (ed. Jose Casas and Tiffany Trent) Every Great Dream: Visioning African American Theater for Young Audiences, which will be published by Dramatic Publishing. Also currently commissioned by The Robey Theater in Los Angeles, California for another new work Man’s Favor Devil’s Plan. Along with being 1 out of 16 playwrights commission to write a BIPOC Superhero plays that will be published on Dramatic Publishing.

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Monday, March 21, 2022

Stretch Before You Snap

Join Brent Smith, D.C. with Pain-Free Tips While Writing Fatigue and pain often plague those who sit or stand for a good portion of their day. Join Brent Smith, DC as he shares some simple tips on workstation set-up, stretching, and exercises. Each individual is different, and these tips are not meant to diagnose or treat any conditions and do not replace the advice of a competent physician. Join your Portland and Salem chapters online on Tuesday, April 5, from 7:00-8:30pm. About Brent Smith, D.C. Brent E. Smith, DC, has been in Chiropractic practice since graduation with a Doctorate in Chiropractic from the University of Western States in 2001. He specializes in Applied Kinesiology. He is a member of both the State and National Chiropractic Organizations as well as the International College of Applied Kinesiology. He is licensed in the State of Oregon. Dr. Smith resides in South Salem with his wife of twenty years and their two children. In his free time, he relishes spending time with his family. Their family activities include vegetable gardening, camping, and fishing. He also likes to run and has successfully completed two marathons and the Hood to Coast relay. In his youth, he earned a second-degree black belt in martial arts and attained the Eagle Scout award through the Boy Scouts of America. Currently, Dr. Smith enjoys honing his public speaking skills with Toastmasters, practicing his Spanish and Chinese speaking skills, playing the piano, and is recently learning to play the Organ. How to Join Us Register in advance for this meeting: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. You will need to log-in to Zoom before you click the link we email you. About your chapter Willamette Writers meetings are open to all writers, 18 and up. Young writers are encouraged to join our Young Willamette Writers meetings. Guests are welcome to make a donation to help support the cost of the meeting (we believe in paying our speakers for their time and skills). This meeting is run by volunteers. We look forward to seeing you there!

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Diversity in Fantasy & Sci-Fi World Building

The worlds of fantasy and sci-fi have suffered from a lack of diversity for many decades, despite the wonderful contributions of authors like Gene Roddenberry, Octavia Butler, N.K. Jemisin and Ursula K. LeGuin.

This problem has seen some major strides in recent years, and yet some authors are still unsure of how to be more inclusive in their storytelling. There are some tricky issues of cultural appropriation and respecting the unique experiences of underrepresented groups in world-building; I would like to share my work from my book, The Wonderous Science, to illustrate how these issues can be tackled in creative ways.

From researching and using historic elements to ground characters, to adding diverse settings, we’ll discuss how to communicate with readers from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds.

Join your Portland and Salem chapters online on Wednesday, February 2nd, from 7:00 to 8:30PM for this discussion with Brian W. Parker.

About Brian W. Parker

Author, Illustrator, and Creator of the Fantastical, Brian grew up in Alaska, then Mississippi, and has always been in love with storytelling in every medium. He earned a BFA in graphic design & illustration and an MA in writing & publishing, and now spends his days working in youth publishing (so cool, right?) through his company, Believe In Wonder, which he co-owns with his wife. He is the author of Crow in the Hollow, You Can Rely on Platypi, and co-author of Obi The Changeling, The Epic of Nicholas the Maker, and The Wonderous Science.

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About your chapter

Willamette Writers meetings are open to all writers, 18 and up. Young writers are encouraged to join our Young Willamette Writers meetings. Guests are welcome to make a donation to help support the cost of the meeting (we believe in paying our speakers for their time and skills). This meeting is run by volunteers. We look forward to seeing you there!

Thursday, October 28, 2021

Understanding the Symbolic Halo in Paintings and How It Relates to Creativity

I'd mentioned a band of energy around my skull and a friend asked for a fuller explanation. This explanation comes from my years of experiencing my energy body and what I did to effect changes to it. I was born with this awareness. I didn't know until my early twenties that others didn't share this experience.


When you see Christian paintings with halos, the halos are symbolic of a band of energy that goes around the crown of the skull.

Think of the spine as a 220 volt current, and the body 110. In the arms and legs you have a strong lines of current. Same for chest and back.

The restrictions in the flow of energy in the body are a reflection of and embodiments of the patterns of thought on the mental landscape.

The muscles tend to hold those restrictions, so when I did the bellows breathing, the muscles in my arm would spasm as that restricted flow opened up.

Took a year of doing bellows breath 3 to 4 hours a day to open the various restrictions in energy flow around my body.

Depression is restrictions in the energy flow in the body that don't manifest as pain. When you are sick with the flu and have aches and pains, those are restrictions in the energy flow, but the restriction that cause depression don't manifest as physical pain.

When you had that experience of muscles of your back in spasms (when I touched your back to transfer energy), that extra current released some restriction and tension in those muscles. Now when you get to the head, there is a really tight band of energy that runs around the skull. It's supper strong, super intense, and very difficult to change the flow. When I did bellows breathing and managed to open that band slightly, the released force would throw me out a bed into a wall.

When I experience that flow now, it feels like a tight, metallic band.

Many years ago while in therapy I was doing five 12 step groups a week. Since there was a lot of quiet time, I would visualize a current of energy going from my spiritual eye back to the medulla and then back to the spiritual eye.

I basically did this for an hour a night, for six months. As time when on, I could feel the flow of energy.

Then one of those bands rolled on one side of my head. That's when I started to go into high moods of creativity, connecting to info in the universe, not in my mind.

11 weeks later the other side rolled, and my states of intense creativity and connection to a deeper understanding coming in from outside my mind continued.

11 weeks later, the tight bands of energy around my face opened up.

This was all accompanied by my getting my brain re circuited, a very odd and strange process. Think skull being drilled and ants walking on skull. But when those new circuits opened, I could stay in a high mood as I taught.

The work I'm doing now is to again open that band around my crown.


My friend asked me about how this relates to her experience of Satori, an expansion of consciousness and feeling connected to the wider universe.

Yes you can experience Satori, and hold on to the experience, and experience it again, but at some point you return to the mind, the energy body that is an expression of the mind, and the body. And if the energy flow is restricted, that's what you return to.

When I was young, I thought deep meditation would make me great at relationships, but I was terrible. I was raised in a dysfunction environment and that was the mind and body I returned to when I wasn't meditating. The lessons I learned growing up where embedded in my mind. I needed therapy to start unlearning those lessons.


Bill Johnson is the author of a writing workbook, A Story is a Promise, available on Amazon and Smashwords. The ideas in the book came from his spiritual experiences.

Friday, October 22, 2021

CONTRACTS, COPYRIGHTS AND TAXES, OH MY! – What writers need to know about business

You pitched the book proposal–now the agent or publisher wants the manuscript. But what’s all this about contracts, copyright, invoices, and quarterlies? If it’s on the Internet, I can use it, right? Am I a business or a hobby? Should I incorporate? Why do I need social media, a website, and public speaking engagements when I only crave solitude and time to write? And why do I want a brand if I don’t punch cows?

Successful writers have split personalities. The creative side crafts great works. The other side takes care of business. Learn how to take care of business so you can continue to write the good stuff.

This is an intermediate/advanced level course for writers who have some publishing credits and are looking to prepare themselves to take their writing from being a hobby to being a business. Attendees will gain practical information about creating a writing life, selling their work and treating writing as a business.

Attendees will leave with a thorough handout. This meeting will take place online on November 2nd from 7:00 to 8:30.

About David Paul Williams

Years of freelance magazine writing lead to writing a book, Fly Fishing For Western Smallmouth (Stackpole Books 2014) which lead to more magazine writing, media presentations and teaching at writers conferences around the West. David is Department Editor of Flyfishing & Tying Journal, former Editor-In-Chief of Flyfisher, In The Field Editor of Washington-Oregon Game & Fish and Business Topics Editor of ArrowTrade.

When not writing or teaching, he is a practicing lawyer in Bellevue, Washington. He lives with the love of his life, a novelist and short story writer who inspired him to write.

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