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Sponsor the 2014 Kate Herzog Scholarships

To apply for a 2014 scholarship please forward:

1. Original, unpublished writing sample of less than 1000 words, typed, double-spaced. The sample should be titled, but should not include any information about the author. Writing published in school publications is eligible. Any topic. Fiction and poetry also accepted.

2. A cover letter with contact information that includes the title of the writing sample, and a paragraph that includes information about the student's goals as a writer.

3. Letter of recommendation from an instructor in the current academic year.  
Submit all materials to the following address:
    Kate Herzog Scholarship  
    Willamette Writers  
    2108 Buck St  
    West Linn, OR 97068
In previous years, student entries have ranged about one third fiction, one third essays, one third memoirs, and some poetry. Letters of recommendation have generally run one to two short paragraphs. Long letters are not necessary.

Dates to Remember
    Application Deadline March 27th, 2014 (post mark deadline; must be in the mail by the 27th) 
    Finalists Will Be Announced June 30, 2014 
    Scholarships Will Be Awarded August 2nd, 2014




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Bill Johnson continues his series of author videos with a video about the inner life and demons of Franz Kafka. Oregon Writers Speak also features videos by Eric Witchey, Karen Azinger, and Elizabeth Lyon.

Member Books
Leigh Goodison's young adult novel, Wild Ones, will be released in paperback in April. After the death of her mother, 16-year-old Breeze Jordan struggles to find her place between foster families and eventually, the infamous Stark School, a state-run school for troubled teens. Unfortunately, just when Stark begins to feel like home, Breeze realizes life has other plans. To learn more about Wild Ones and how it came to be written, visit http://leighgoodison.wordpress.com/2014/03/09/wild-ones/  Currently available on Kindle.

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

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On Monday, March 17, the winners of the 27th annual Oregon Book Awards will be announced at the Gerding Theater in downtown Portland. The Ceremony will be hosted by award-winning author Luis Alberto Urrea  and will include special guests Scott Poole and Slater Smith.

The Ceremony is close to selling out, but a few tickets are still available.

For more info, visit Literary Arts. 


If you're interested in finding others writers to meet, check out the WW MeetUp page and find communities of writers meeting for lunch, at movies, or just around town.

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Fiction Workout Weekend  
Jennie Shortridge

April 5th and 6th


Jennie Shortridge Having problems with motivation and shaping up (your writing)? Come re-energize with this two-day fiction workout led by bestselling author Jennie Shortridge at the Willamette Writer house in West Linn, Oregon. The weekend will include instructions for dreaming a story, encouragement to write what only you can write, actual writing time to put new ideas into practice, and a unique set of skills, exercises, and writing tips to keep you on track once you get home. 

Day One: Passionate Drafts 

- Trust Your Voice
- Tell the Emotional Truth
- Discover Your Story and Characters
- Write, Dream, Write

Day Two: Smart Revisions 

- Follow the Story Structure - Turn Up the Volume - Write the Beginning Last - Edit, Revise, Edit 

And more . . . 

Note: This workshop is appropriate for all writing levels. Bring the project you are working on, or one you would love to begin, and your choice of writing implements.


9 - 4 both days, with one hour lunch on your own 

WW members early-bird pricing before March 15th - $195. After March 15th, $220 

You can register for this class by mailing a check to Willamette Writers' Cynthia Whitcomb House, calling 503-305-6729 and registering over the phone, or by paying with a credit card. The workshop is held at the Willamette Writers' Cynthia Whitcomb House is at 2108 Buck St, West Linn, OR 97068.


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