Willamette Writers Conference

“Transform Your Writing Life” is the theme for this year’s conference in downtown Portland, Oregon — mark 3-7 August 2022 on your calendar.

You can register or learn more about the conference that will feature keynote speakers Mark Oshiro and Laura Stanfill.

Plus: thirty-two in-person professionals presenting, as well as fifteen sharing their knowledge virtually.

It’s a great opportunity, especially for writers in the northwest US.

High School Students – Harriman Time!

Join other high school students 31 July – 6 August 2022 for an intensive week of imaginative writing with professionals in Idaho’s finest outdoor classroom, Harriman State Park. 

  • Experience nature’s beauty and solitude first-hand.
  • Explore your thoughts, feelings, and ideas.
  • Open yourself to new writing styles.
  • Join a community of writers your age.
  • Try watercolor painting, storytelling, or paper making.
  • Ride horses, meet moose, and watch trumpeter swans.
  • Explore the trails and meadows of Idaho’s finest outdoor classroom.
  • Read your work to an appreciative audience.
  • And publish your finished work (or works) in Henrys Fork Journal.

Guiding writers and staff, as of date of this post, include:

  • Christian Winn
  • Nichole LeFavour
  • Dwayne Blackaller
  • Sherry Briscoe
  • Jessica Holmes
  • Daniel Hidalgo
  • Kara Hidalgo
  • Kate Baray

Transform your writing life

Online and in-person, 5-7 August 2022, the Willamette Writers Conference for 2022 is open for pre-registration on the conference website.

Whether on your own computer, or at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown Portland, you’ll find workshops, keynotes, critiques and pitches, all aimed at helping you take that next step in your writing life.

Over 50 industry professionals will be joining us to share their expertise and knowledge of the publishing industry.

Strengths-based Writing

Calendar this date: Saturday, 2 April 2022. Zoom room opens at 12:30 with speaker’s presentation starting at 1 p.m. MT.

Surely, you’ve heard someone say, “this is how I found success with my writing” (or even, “you should do X to be successful as a writer”) and it may have made you want to try that tactic or that strategy. But will it work for you? Anyone can say, “this worked for me” and they may say, “it might not work for you” but they can’t tell you why. Becca can tell you why. Come to this presentation about using your Strengths in writing, and how you can become a better decision-maker in your writing career.

Becca Syme is Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach with a Master’s Degree in Transformational Leadership and a decade and a half of coaching. She’s coached more than 5000 individual writers in how to become the version of themselves that will find success in their writing career. Becca writes fiction and nonfiction and lives in the mountains of Montana where it is always winter and never Christmas.

Coeur du Bois (RWA’s local chapter) welcomes visitors to up to two free visits (before joining). To register and get the Zoom link, visit this page.

Your Writing Career

Past – Present – Future is a three-part seminar, part of the Sisters in Crime SinC Into Great Writing series, during which they’ll discuss the topic from different angles. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (MT) on Saturday, 5 March 2022.

Free to Sisters in Crime members. $25 for non-members.

The seminar includes three panels:

  • Things I Wish I’d Known: Jennifer J. Chow, Jennifer Hillier, Ausma Zehanat Khan , moderated by Wanda M. Morris
  • Publishing in the Present Tense: Michelle Addo, Jenny Chen, Samantha Fabien, moderated by Kellye Garrett
  • Structures for Success: Gigi Pandian, Alex Segura, moderated by Sandra S.G. Wong

Registration required. Read more about it.

Choose the Right Plot

Award-winning author Madeline Dyer will present a free presentation on “The Art of Narrative Structures: How to Choose the Right Plot for Your Story,” to be followed by a Q&A session. This is slated for Wednesday, 2 March beginning at noon (MT). (You must register to get the link.)

During this talk, you’ll learn a variety of narrative structures — so you can easily choose the right plot for your story. You’ll learn an array of options, including everything from the 3 act structure to the Hakawati. If you’ve ever wondered how to structure a full length book, this lecture is for you.

Preregistration is required.

Ms. Dyer writes YA thrillers, YA dystopians, poetry, personal essays, and memoir. As Elin Annalise, she writes adult contemporary and romance, featuring asexual characters. And as Elin Dyer, she writes YA fantasy, YA urban fantasy, and YA paranormal romance.

She also teaches six-week courses on narrative structures, YA dystopian novels, and several other topics.

Plotting issues?

Are you a visual thinker? Do you have an outlining process, but you just don’t enjoy it? Are you disorganized or a repentant panster? Join us as author, editor, book coach, and the education lead for Plottr, Troy Lambert, shares how using this software can help you craft better stories faster, avoid plot holes before they happen, and even create a robust and powerful series bible.

Join the Coeur du Bois (local RWA chapter) as their guests for this free online presentation on Saturday, 5 Feb., at 1 p.m. MT.

Register beforehand at https://forms.gle/G5AZKUiDZGGbbQE98

Troy Lambert is a freelance writer, author, and blogger who lives, works, and plays in Boise, Idaho with the love of his life and three very talented dogs. Passionate about writing dark psychological thrillers, he is an avid cyclist, skier, hiker, all-around outdoorsman, and a terrible beginning golfer. https://troylambertwrites.com/events-conferences-and-more/