Wednesday, December 21, 2022

A Publishing Primer for Anxious Authors by Laura Stanfill

Laura Stanfill has always worried about her authors’ worries, as the publisher of Forest Avenue Press. But in 2022, when her debut novel came out with Lanternfish Press, she had to navigate those fears and bumps in the road as the creator of original work, not just as a champion of someone else’s project. She’ll talk about common misperceptions about the publishing industry and anxiety-inducing situations as a way to breathe, laugh and shake off the things we can’t control as authors. Bring your questions and concerns to this interactive conversation.

Laura Stanfill is the publisher of Forest Avenue Press and the author of Singing Lessons for the Stylish Canary (Lanternfish), Powell’s best book of 2022. She has won two Oregon Literary Fellowships for publishing and was awarded the inaugural Independent Book Publishers Association scholarship to the Yale Publishing Course. She believes in building a literary community at the local level as a way to subvert the scarcity model of publishing.

Join us to kick off 2023 with Laura Stanfill on January 3rd @ 7:00 pm at Willamette Writers Headquarters at 1336 NW Flanders St, Portland OR. Laura is the author of Singing Lessons for the Stylish Canary and was a keynote speaker for the WW convention this past summer.

This will be a hybrid meeting, in person and on Zoom. We welcome you to join us by following the instructions below and using this link to register for the event.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9712005385?pwd=Y2YwRTRqSUs1T3F0NkJ6cno0S0hjZz09

Meeting ID: 971 200 5385
Passcode: 1965

About your chapter meetings
Willamette Writers meetings are open to all writers, 18 and up. 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!

Young writers are encouraged to join our **Young Willamette Writers **meetings. Sign Up! Any high school or middle-grade writers are welcome to join us.

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MASKING: Willamette Writers continues to require mask-wearing at our in-person, indoor meetings. If you are unable to mask, we invite you to join us at one of our online Chapter Meetings.

Here is a link to our policies.

### Zoom Details

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Once you are logged in to your own personal zoom account, register for the meeting with the link provided above.

On the day of the meeting, log into your Zoom account and then click the link zoom sent you in your email when you registered with the link above. If you are logged into your personal zoom account, you can also click the link above and register again if you need to. If you have not done this before, we encourage you to try logging in a half hour before the meeting begins. We had to change our meeting access because of a few inappropriate guests, but we want to continue to keep our meetings open to the public.

To learn more about the Portland chapter of Willamette Writers, visit https://willamettewriters.org/event/portland-a-publishing-primer-for-anxious-authors-by-laura-stanfill/

To learn more about Willamette Writers chapters in Salem, Hillsboro, Corvalis, Eugene, Newport, and Medford, visit http://www.willamettewriters.org

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!

For more information about the festival, visit https://literary-arts.org/about/programs/portland-book-festival/

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

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.

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0odeGupjMjG9117CttZFpQwsJ4vw-KuA2o

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwsdeGvqTssGNFeDaHIUVjYWwf8Un-jUDqW 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.

How to join us

Register in advance for this meeting:

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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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!