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Nina Hoffman Speaks 9/4 in Eugene
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Story and title ideas are everywhere as you walk through life. Learn to collect story sparks and idea triggers, and how to use memory fishing in your own experience pool to catch unique shiners you can build stories around.  Learn, also, to explore mindsets  and perspectives other than your own to give your writing added breadth and depth. Explore collision ideas.


Over the past thirty years, Nina Kiriki Hoffman has sold adult and YA novels and more than 250 short stories. Her works have been finalists for the World Fantasy, Mythopoeic, Sturgeon, Philip K. Dick, and Endeavour awards. Her first novel, The Thread that Binds the Bones, won a Stoker award in 1994, and her short story "Trophy Wives" won a Nebula Award in 2009.  Nina does production work for the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. She teaches a short story writing class through her local community college, and she works with teen writers. She lives in Eugene, Oregon.



We'll be featuring an ice-breaker activity each month during Social Time from 6:30-7:00. September. Come early, grab a snack, and chat with other members.


About Our Monthly Mid-Valley Chapter Meetings & Speaker Series Meeting Date & Schedule
  • First Thursday of the month (unless it conflicts with a holiday, usually Sept. and/or Jan.) from September-May. No meetings in December, July or August.
  • 6:30-7:00 p.m., Social Time and Refreshments
  • 7:00-7:15 p.m., News, Upcoming Events and Member Announcements
  • 7:15-8:30 p.m., Speaker
  • 8:30 p.m., Drawing for Free Gift
  • 8:30-9:00 p.m., Questions and Book Signing

Chapters meetings are free to members of Willamette Writers and full-time college students, suggested $10 donation for non-members.


Meeting Location

Unless noted otherwise, all meetings are held at Tsunami Books, 2585 Willamette St., Eugene, OR 97405 (location and directions)




Reminder -   Dues for Willamette Writers memberships will increase to $45 for individuals, $20 for students, and $65 for families per year on September 1st, 2014. We put out notices earlier in the year, but if your mental notes are like mine, you need a reminder. 

We know how much our members have appreciated us keeping our dues the same for the past 22 years. (Yes, that's right! Since 1992-over two decades ago!) The new rates are similar to--even still lower than--other writing groups in the area and nationally. They simply reflect inflation and an increase in the basic operating costs that go into providing you with the best writing organization and community that we can. 

And it's a great deal. With those yearly dues you get your amazing member benefits: the informative monthly newsletter, attendance at monthly member meetings for free, priority in registrations for workshops and reservations at the Writing House, and a discount for the Willamette Writers Conference every August and entering the Kay Snow Writing Contest in the spring. You can post book and event news, a link to your website, blog or video to the WW website. Even more valuable, you get to connect with other writers in a large and diverse community through the website, meetings and other gatherings. And there are more improvements in the works!

And just in case you feel caught off guard, you can still pay the old rate in person at member meetings in September in Portland, Salem, Corvallis, Eugene, Central Point or Newport. (Sorry, not by mail or on-line.)

Thank you so much for your continued membership!


Jenny Schrader, President



Willamette Writers has begun a new Author Series. The series uses Google+ to connect an author with WW office manager Bill Johnson. The short interviews (approx 15 minutes) are then posted to YouTube. To sign up, email

Once the technical issues are resolved, these author sessions will be live on Google+ with an audience invited to attend, as well as recorded and posted on YouTube. 

Our first interview is with Courtney Pierce, author of three novels, Stitches, Brushes, and Riffs, that all use magic realism to tell stories about dealing with mortality and finding new adventures in retirement.

Find the interview on YouTube,� 

To find Courtney's books, visit Amazon

Courtney Pierce is a fiction writer and lives in Milwaukie, Oregon, with her husband and bossy cat. After a twenty-year career as an executive in the Broadway entertainment industry, she returned home to finally write the stories that burned inside her. Courtney writes for baby boomers. Her trilogy of magical realism, Stitches, Brushes, and Riffs, follows a couple on their enlightened (and sometimes wild) journey through life's third act.  


Look for her next novel, The Executrix, which is due out in 2015.


Follow Courtney on her website:



 Member Books

Travel. Destiny. Beer. Three wanderers in India battle their hearts and their destinies as an awakened evil prepares to destroy all life. Forever the Road, the third Rucksack Universe book, is available worldwide in e-book and trade paperback from Anthony St. Clair and Rucksack Press.

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Cover design credit: Bonnie Donaghy Rose.


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Print Your Book  
Wednesday, September 17, 2:30 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive

This two-hour class offers an introduction to the many self-publishing resources available online. Whether you have written a book you want to print and sell widely, or you want to print just a few copies of a family history or recipe collection, self-publishing is now easier and more affordable than ever. Intermediate computer and Internet skills required. Free. Information: 541-682-5450 or
Intro to Blogging

Thursday, September 18, 1:30 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive

Create your own blog with the free website Blogger. Plus an introduction to RSS and Google Reader, tools that deliver automatic updates from your preferred online sources for news, opinion, entertainment, and more. Internet experience and e-mail account required. Free. Information: 541-682-5450 or
More September Events



For a listing of E-Book Review and Promotion Websites visit the WW Bulletin Board

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Novel Plotting: Get Ready for Nano

Whether you're a plotter or a pantser, this fast-paced plotting workshop gives you more than a mere outline. You'll learn how structure works as the framework of your story, and you'll get tools to plan out your novel ahead of time or guide your story discovery as you go.

 *Week 1: Structure, Narrative Arcs, and Charter Development; Plotting ACT I
*Week 2: The Long Middle, Story Problems, and Subplots; Plotting ACT II
*Week 3: Knock-out Endings: Plotting ACT III
*Week 4: Fixing Plot Holes & Problems, Themes, Fast First Drafts, & NaNo Survival Tips Details

Tuesdays from 6:00-9:00 pm

4 Weeks: 30 September; 7, 14, 21 October 2014

Cost: $165

Location: The Stellaria Building, 150 Shelton McMurphey, Eugene (near Skinner Butte)

Instructor: Daryll Lynne Evans Presented by Wordcrafters in Eugene Register at: