Next meeting, Oct. 4: Christina Katz presents “The Writer’s Workout: Whip Your Literary Ambitions Into Shape”

Christina Katz

Next Meeting: Oct. 4, 2012

“The Writer’s Workout: Whip Your Literary Ambitions Into Shape”

Presented by Christina Katz

Learn about and explore the 5 workouts that will stretch your mind and inspire your bottom line. You’ll learn…

  • How to write better
  • How to pitch yourself better
  • How to find your specialties
  • How to grow your creative career over the years
  • Self-promotion strategies every writer must master

Bring paper or your laptop, and come ready to brainstorm!

Christina Katz is author of The Writer’s Workout, Get Known Before the Book Deal, and Writer Mama. A “gentle taskmaster” over the past decade to hundreds, Christina’s students go from unpublished to published, build professional writing career skills, and increase their creative confidence over time.

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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 the summer)
  • 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
  • 8:30-9:00 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 (Find it on Google Maps)


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We’ve moved!

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Next meeting: Apr. 5: Elizabeth Lyon presents “Quick Fixes for Fantastic Fiction and Moving Memoir”

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Available Now… LEONTARI: A POLEMIC ROMANCE, by A.M. Brosius

Imagine yourself in a world where the Fourth Crusade and sack of Constantinople led to a revolution in what we now call mainland Greece. The society that arose out of that revolt is unlike any other in Europe: pagan, libertine, consciously inter-dependent yet insisting on individual rights, the people of the Hellenic Commonwealth and Polity are a self-made experiment in self-governance.

Here you will meet, among others: Master Xenos, a great swordsman who teaches at the Red Warrior Skolo, a school like no other; his assistant, Spathos Nikos; and their newest student, Eleni Vlaportini, who has come to Athens to learn the way of the sword. A Romance in the original sense of the word: a story about errantry and swordplay. An adventure set in the 13th Century: love, sex and the way of the sword; and the coming of age of the greatest swordswoman in the Hellenic Commonwealth.

Leontari: A Polemic Romance by A.M. Brosius – available now


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Word! New Eugene Writing Group

Shut up and write!

You know the feeling. You need to write, but you have trouble making the time. A lot of other writers know exactly how you feel. That’s why they’ve started a new Eugene writing group, and are hosting events where writers can sit down, shut up, and get some writing done.

Word! A Eugene Writers Community meets Sundays starting Mar. 25 with their “Shut Up & Write” writing times. Come ready to write!

Learn more & RSVP »

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Free Writers Workshop for Sexual Assault Survivors

Sexual Assault Support Services (SASS) presents a free Writers Workshop for Survivors on March 24 and March 31. The workshops culminate in the Annual Poetry of Survival Reading, held at Tsunami Books on April 22.

These free Creative Writers Workshops are open to sexual assault survivors of all genders and abilities. Come and try new ways to take back your story and power through creative writing. Share your poetry, lyrics, personal essays, dramatic monologues, or short stories with other creative survivors like you in a safe, confidential support group setting.

Registration is required, and space is limited.

Writers Workshop Dates

Register for one or both:

  • Saturday, March 24, 2:00-4:00 pm
  • Saturday, March 31, 2:00-4:00 pm

To register, contact Shanta Kamath, SASS Support Group Program Co-ordinator at (541) 484-9791, ext. 312, or email her at

Writers can also share their poetry at SASS’s Annual Poetry of Survival Reading. The reading will be held April 22 at 4:00 pm, at Tsunami Books, Eugene.

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Author Road Interview: Lawson Inada

Oregon Poet Laureate 2006 – 2010

Poet Lawson Inada, Oregon’s 5th poet laureate, proceeded Oregon’s current poet laureate, Paulann Peterson. Lawson is a Sensei, born in Fresno, California in 1938, and 4 years later he and his family were confined to concentration camps until the end of World War II. After the war and following his college career, he began teaching poetry at Southern Oregon University in 1966. In 2006 he was named Oregon’s poet laureate and won the Willamette Writers Lifetime Achievement Award.

Watch this Authors Road Interview: Lawson Inada, Poet

About Authors Road

The Authors Road is a journey of discovery. We are writers, artists, parents, travelers and documentarians, and along with our dog, Ella, a truck named “Rocinante Tres” (after Don Quixote’s horse and John Steinbeck’s camper-truck), and an RV named “Hardscribble House II” (after the home of an old friend, writer Hugh Mulligan), we are on the road. We are doing this because we are avid readers and writers, love to travel, and are curious about the dynamic changes in today’s writing and publishing scene. And we are doing this to honor one of America’s greatest natural resources — its writers. Learn more at

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