Monthly Meetings

Our Portland speaker meetings have 65 to 100 attendees. They are held the first Tuesday of each month at the historic Old Church in downtown Portland, 1422 SW 11th Ave. Fellowship begins at 6:30, the meeting starts at 7 and ends at 8. Book signings, silent auctions, or other events are held in the back room after the meeting until 8:30 pm. The Young Willamette Writers’ meeting for grades 5 to 10 takes place in an adjacent room.

The speaker meetings are free to WW members and full time students. Guests of members are asked for a $5 donation, and non-members pay $10. Information on speakers is posted below. Join us on MeetUp to receive meeting updates, and follow us on Twitter @wilwrite.

For detailed information about meetings at our chapters, check out the websites for the Mid-Valley, Salem, the Coast, Southern Oregon, and Willamette Writers on the River in Corvallis.

Speaker schedules can change and we do our best to keep you informed. Questions? Email

September Meeting: How Art and Culture Engage and Empower

elizabeth woody

On Tuesday, September 1st, at the Old Church in downtown Portland, Oregon, poet Elizabeth Woody comes to the Willamette Writers meeting to talk about the transformative role of art and culture, and her relationship to the land through her tribal identity. About Elizabeth Woody — Poet, Artist & Educator Elizabeth Woody is an enrolled member…

Preparing Your Book to Launch

Ellen Urbani, author and speaker, talks about preparing your book to launch

On Tuesday, June 2nd, at 7pm at the Old Church in downtown Portland, Willamette Writers welcomes Portland author Ellen Urbani, who will talk with the membership about preparing your book for its coming out. Ms. Urbani is the author of Landfall, a work of historical fiction set in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, and the…

Why You Still Need An Agent (and Why An Agent Still Needs You)

Agent Chip MacGregor

On Tuesday, May 5th, at the Old Church in downtown Portland, Willamette Writers presents a special program with literary agent, Chip MacGregor, and best-selling author Leslie Gould. This member meeting starts early, so be sure to get there at 6pm! We’ll have snacks from local pie-slingers Hot Lips Pizza and provide conversation opportunities with Chip and Leslie. We’ll…

Why a Bad Attitude Is a Good Thing

Author and speaker Eric Witchey

by Eric Witchey

In a few, short weeks, I’ll be standing on the stage and speaking at Old Church again. The idea is terrifying, which seems to surprise people who know me because not only do I seem to love public speaking, I actually do love it. Sadly, my love of public speaking does nothing to keep me from being terrified beforehand. T