46th Annual Conference

Willamette Writers

Portland, Oregon | August 7th-9th, 2015

TELL YOUR STORY

For authors and screenwriters, whether professional or aspiring, seeking to advance their writing careers.

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FEATURED WORKSHOPS

Learn from writing instructors teaching offerings that range from introductory to advanced craft.

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Other Worlds Cluster

More and more writers, and readers, are playing in the imaginary playground of the “other” worlds of science fiction, fantasy, and historical fiction. This year we too are exploring those landscapes with craft workshops aimed at enhancing the skills a writer needs to effectively immerse the reader into their worlds.

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Self-Publishing Crash Course

During this exciting time of transition and evolution in book publishing, an author has more options available than ever before. If self-publishing is your chosen path or if you would just like to know more, we bring you this interactive and enlightening series.

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Web Series Frontier

The entryways to Hollywood are changing, and so are the success models for writers of visual media. One exploding opportunity: The web series. Walk through exciting ways of leveraging technology and a changing business landscape to get your work produced and out to the viewing public.

Writers come to the Willamette Writers Conference to learn more about writing, to become inspired, to gather as a community and to pitch their ideas, scripts and manuscripts to the professionals who can help bring success. The Conference is committed to promoting the careers and creativity of our writers.

FEATURED BUYERS

Well-known agents, editors, managers, producers and consultants looking for the next hot property.

 

Renee C. Fountain

Renee C. Fountain

Gandolfo, Helin & Fountain Literary Management (GH Literary)

A publishing industry veteran, a reviewer for Kirkus and New York Journal of Books, and a book scout for The CW Network with an almost decade-long tenure at major houses such as Harcourt Brace and Simon & Schuster. With more than ten years of licensing and branding experience, she has been involved in creating book related merchandise including iconic favorites such as Raggedy Ann and Nancy Drew; as well as brokering film and television options.

MORE ABOUT RENEE IN OUR PITCH MARKETPLACE

Danielle Marshall

Danielle Marshall

Editor for Lake Union Publishing

Danielle acquires contemporary and historical fiction. Recent acquisitions include: Miramont’s Ghost, a Gothic historical: Wreckage, women’s fiction with a thread of suspense; The Quaker Cafe, a cozy small town contemporary, and The Towers of Tuscany, a historical.  Since joining Amazon Publishing in 2012, she has worked on both the marketing and editorial sides of the business.  Danielle is looking for fiction that will appeal to mature readers or book clubs, and that have a distinct and memorable voice.

MORE ABOUT DANIELLE IN OUR PITCH MARKETPLACE

Shari Smiley

Shari Smiley

Manager of Literary and Book, The Gotham Group

Prior to joining The Gotham Group, Shari spent 19 years at CAA and has operated her own business, The Smiley Group. She is best known for negotiating the studio deal with Fox for Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, which David Fincher directed with Ben Affleck, and for selling the Cheryl Strayed memoir Wild, starring Reese Witherspoon. She also brokered the Lauren Weisberger book The Devil Wears Prada. Smiley’s strength is selling source material for film and television.

MORE ABOUT SHARI IN OUR PITCH MARKETPLACE

NEW THIS YEAR

Join us for new events created with you in mind.

FEATURED FACULTY

Some of the best–and best-known–professionals in the business.

Larry Brooks

Larry Brooks

Storyfix

Larry Brooks is the author of six critically-acclaimed thrillers, and the guy behind storyfix.com, one of the fastest-growing and most respected writing sites on the internet.  His latest novel is Deadly Faux, released by Turner Publishing, who will also be publishing his four prior novels as trade paperbacks within months following the Deadly Faux release, and will be releasing another new novel, The Seventh Thunder in April 2014.

Brooks was born and raised in Portland, Oregon.  He graduated with a degree in marketing communications from Portland State University, where he attended in the off-season during a five-year run as a professional baseball player in the Texas Rangers organization.

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Jennifer Lauck

Jennifer Lauck

NYT Bestseller

Jennifer Lauck is the New York Times Bestselling author of four memoirs, including Blackbird.  She is a Senior Fellow at The Attic Institute where she teachings fiction and non-fiction, and also consults on independent projects with novelists and memoirists.

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Randall Jahnson

Randall Jahnson

Screenwriter

As a screenwriter, Randall Jahnson has logged more than 25 years in the trenches of Hollywood, delivering scripts for both the large and small screens; in both studio and independent realms; in genres from horror to historical.

His feature credits include The Doors (as “J. Randal Johnson”), DudesThe Mask of Zorro, and Sunset Strip, plus episodes of the HBO cable TV series Tales from the Crypt. He also wrote Gun, an epic Western video game, which was voted Best Story at the 2005 IGN Video Game Awards.

Drawing from his decades of professional experience, Jahnson teaches privately in the Portland, Oregon area. He conducts individual critiques as well

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