46th Annual Conference
Portland, Oregon | August 7th-9th, 2015
Learn from writing instructors teaching offerings that range from introductory to advanced craft.
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.
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.
Well-known agents, editors, managers, producers and consultants looking for the next hot property.
Literary Manager/Producer at The Gotham Group
With a primary focus on children’s & family entertainment he works with numerous New York Times best-selling authors and illustrators as well as Oscar, Emmy, Caldecott, and Newbery award winners. Gamarra has also served as a consultant for Teen Magazine, National Geographic‘s TV series Hollywood Science, and MANswers on Spike TV. Dr. Gamarra received his BA from Vassar College, an MA from NYU and an MA/PhD from Emory University.
Editor for Lake Union PublishingDanielle 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.
Manager of Literary and Book, The Gotham GroupPrior 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.
NEW THIS YEAR
Join us for new events created with you in mind.
Some of the best–and best-known–professionals in the business.
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.
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.
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”), Dudes, The 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
50TH ANNIVERSARY GALA
After a half century of supporting aspiring and published writers, it’s time to party! Join us for a “moveable feast” of Portland-style cuisine, music with Latin Jazz band Pérola and free beer courtesy of Widmer Brothers Brewing.