"World Builder" Luke Ryan

The 2014 Conference is proud to welcome back dynamic speaker and attendee favorite, Luke Ryan, CEO of The Alchemists Entertainment Group. Luke will present several workshops, and will be available to take pitches on film projects.

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Stephany Folsom

Screenwriter Stephany Folsom's script made both the Black List and the Hit List last year, and she's teaching and speaking at the 2014 conference.

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Program Updates

So You Want To Write…

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So you want to write YA fiction? Mysteries? Children’s? For businesses? Don’t know how to get started? Can’t quite get your foot in the door? Not sure what the market is looking for? We’ve got the solution. Or at least a lot of insight and answers for your questions. Daily in the Weidler Room, we’ll have panels of experts in their fields available for discussion and Q&A…

Lit Updates

A Sad Cancellation

Unfortunately, agent Susan Schulman has had an emergency and will not be able to attend the conference. She sends her apologies, especially to those writers who had pitches scheduled with her. She was very much looking forward to visiting Portland and the Willamette Writers Conference. Everyone who had a pitch scheduled will be refunded or rescheduled with a different agent, and you will be contacted…

Film Updates

Events Updates

Pitch For the Prize!

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Thursday, July 31st 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Cascade Ballroom (Second Level of DoubleTree Hotel at Lloyd Center) ($5 to pitch, free for attendees to listen and learn!) Think you have what it takes to wow the pros? Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to get feedback from our consultants before you pitch them for real! “Pitch For…

Join Us at the Willamette Writers Gala Awards Banquet!

Sweet Thunder by Ivan Doig, Winner of the LIfetime Achievement Award at the Willamette Writers Gala Award Banquet

Quite honestly, I feel like the Willamette Writers Gala Awards Banquet never gets the acknowledgment it should. Even more honestly, I’ve only attended the banquet since I started with Willamette Writers a few years ago, so my experience is limited, but the experiences that I’ve had have been more than worthwhile. Yes, the banquet costs extra.…