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RECENT NEWS


Member Events

Member Events

2019/2020 Quarterly Events Members come free to our quarterly events! Summer 2019 – Tales in the Mail Submission Party Date: Tuesday, July 9, 6-8 pm Event Details: Dust off that query letter and get those stories you’ve been meaning to send out in the mail (or via the internets)! We’ll ...
Writing Children’s & YA Literature to Build Empathy with Melissa Hart 

Writing Children’s & YA Literature to Build Empathy with Melissa Hart 

Learn how to craft characters that build empathy in young readers in this workshop with Melissa Hart.
Elevate Your Fiction: Craft & Critique Workshop

Elevate Your Fiction: Craft & Critique Workshop

Want to take your fiction up a notch? Hone your editor’s eye and improve your craft in style with Daryll Lynne Evans in this critique workshop. 
Time is Running Out: The Art and Craft of Mysteries & Thrillers

Time is Running Out: The Art and Craft of Mysteries & Thrillers

Looking for intrigue and suspense? Develop a fast-paced and marketable mystery or thriller in this workshop with John Reed. 
Prompt and Circumstance: Jumpstart your Creativity Using Writing Exercises with Jessica Cagle-Faber 

Prompt and Circumstance: Jumpstart your Creativity Using Writing Exercises with Jessica Cagle-Faber 

Ready to use writing prompts and exercises to jump your creativity? Sidestep perfectionism and get words on the page with Jessica Cagle-Faber. 
Closed Due to Inclement Weather-Tuesday, Feb 26

Closed Due to Inclement Weather-Tuesday, Feb 26

It’s snowing and icy! We’re staying home today! Tuesday, Feb 26th. We hope you’re snug at home, warm and dry with lots of chocolate and books! Write Dark, Write Noir has been rescheduled for March 26!
Telling Your Story: Navigating the Challenges of Personal Essay and Memoir

Telling Your Story: Navigating the Challenges of Personal Essay and Memoir

Ready to tell your story? Navigate the tricky terrain of true storytelling with this introductory nonfiction workshop with Bronwynn Dean.  
The Anatomy of the Thriller with John Reed

The Anatomy of the Thriller with John Reed

Join us for this free Springfield Public Library Workshop and get thrilled!
Bonus Content: Star Wars

Bonus Content: Star Wars

New Hope (1977) versus Phantom Menace (1999) The group dissects the science in Star Wars—New Hope against Phantom Menace—to see how each movie successfully deploys world building. How can a writer craft their world in a subtle, timeless way while still engaging the reader in the details of the world’s ...
AWP Night

AWP Night

AWP Writers Conference and Book Fair happens in Portland this year! Join us for AWP Night and get the inside scoop on how to make the most of your conference experience.
Interview with Nina Kiriki Hoffman

Interview with Nina Kiriki Hoffman

LATEST INTERVIEW: NINA KIRIKI HOFFMAN We may have fan-girled out a little bit talking to the amazing Nina Kiriki Hoffman! Over the past thirty-odd years, Nina Hoffman has sold adult and YA novels and more than 300 short stories.  Her works have been finalists for many major awards, and she has ...
Writing Scenes that Show Don’t Tell

Writing Scenes that Show Don’t Tell

Ready to do some scene writing? Join author Linda Clare for this free library workshop and Write Scenes that Show Don’t Tell. 
Winter Warmup Series

Winter Warmup Series

Just starting out with writing and not sure what you want to write? Looking for some variety in your writing repertoire?  Join us for the Winter Warmup Series. Take one, two, or take them all! From romance writing to noir writing to memoir, we’ve got a class for everyone.
10 Tips for Writing Your Memoir with Melissa Hart

10 Tips for Writing Your Memoir with Melissa Hart

  Writing a memoir? Join author Melissa Hart for this tip-filled workshop that will help answer your burning memoir-writing questions. Take this as a stand-alone class or as part of our Winter Warmup Series!
Music as Story Structure with Leah Velez

Music as Story Structure with Leah Velez

Harness the power of music in your writing! Join author Leah Velez in this workshop and discover how you can use your favorite song to structure your own story. Take this as a stand-alone class or as part of our Winter Warmup Series!
Your Own Hero’s Journey with Bronwynn Dean

Your Own Hero’s Journey with Bronwynn Dean

Write your own epic story! Join author Bronywnn Dean in this workshop and uncover your own hero’s journey in story form. Take this as a stand-alone class or as part of our Winter Warmup Series!
Write Dark, Write Noir with Valerie Brooks

Write Dark, Write Noir with Valerie Brooks

Come write dark! Come write noir! Join author Valerie Brooks in this writing workshop and get the 411 on writing noir. Take this as a stand-alone class or as part of our Winter Warmup Series!
Getting to Know You with Bill Cameron

Getting to Know You with Bill Cameron

Build Character from the Ground Up! Join Bill Cameron in this character writing workshop and learn techniques to know your characters better. Take this as a stand-alone class or as part of our Winter Warmup Series!
Romancing Your Story with Sarina Dorie

Romancing Your Story with Sarina Dorie

Looking to add some romance into writing? Join Sarina Dorie for this romance writing workshop for writers who love romance (and those who aren’t comfortable with it, but want to be!).  Take this as a stand-alone class or as part of our Winter Warmup Series!
Mystery Story Weekend with John Reed

Mystery Story Weekend with John Reed

Who doesn’t love a good whodunit? Spend a weekend with fourteen other suspects spinning a mystery in Eugene’s grand “Castle on the Hill” – The Shelton McMurphey Johnson House. February 1-3, 2019. Registration now open!
Fiction Fantastic Workshops for Young Writers!

Fiction Fantastic Workshops for Young Writers!

Write your own adventure with authors Cidney Swanson and Sallie Vandagrift — just in time for Fiction Fantastic! These workshops are free and open to the public and are a new part of our Fiction Fantastic Young Writers Contest. Special thanks to Barnes and Noble, Valley River Center for hosting ...
January Springfield Library Workshop: So You Want to Write a Memoir

January Springfield Library Workshop: So You Want to Write a Memoir

Ready to write your memoir? Join author Bronwynn Dean for this memoir writing workshop at the Springfield Public Library on January 14!
Fiction Fluency Seminars with Eric Witchey

Fiction Fluency Seminars with Eric Witchey

Write deeper, write faster, write better. Discover how readers internalize story in heart and mind with Eric Witchey’s Fiction Fluency Seminars. Register now!
Doing More For You–From Our New Office!

Doing More For You–From Our New Office!

Woop woop! We’re excited! We’ve found what will be a wonderful new home for Lane County’s literary hub. And it’s much more than an office. It’s an opportunity.
After NaNo, Now What? with Wordcrafters in Eugene

After NaNo, Now What? with Wordcrafters in Eugene

You wrote a novel in 30 days! Hooray! Bring that gem in the rough to the library and we’ll dive in to revision strategies to help you shape it into something truly beautiful. Join us for AFTER NANO, NOW WHAT?!
Rewire Your Mind, Reboot Your Writing with Michael Michel

Rewire Your Mind, Reboot Your Writing with Michael Michel

Learn how to bypass writer’s block and access the tools you need to realize long-lasting success. Join Michael Michel for this one day workshop.
Build a World, Write Stories In It with Nina Kiriki Hoffman

Build a World, Write Stories In It with Nina Kiriki Hoffman

Explore worlds of your own creation, where you make all the rules and direct fate in this six-week workshop with Nina Kiriki Hoffman.
Mind Matters: Creative Coaching For Writers with Michael Michel

Mind Matters: Creative Coaching For Writers with Michael Michel

Get twice monthly coaching to help to identify belief patterns that energize or halt progress on your goals. Find tools and strategies that make everything better — not just writing. Personal life, too! 
Fiction Fantastic 2019 – Young Writers Contest

Fiction Fantastic 2019 – Young Writers Contest

Are you ready to write your own adventure? Fiction Fantastic Young Writers Contest is now open!
Writing a Dynamic Paragraph — and Beyond! with Nina Kiriki Hoffman

Writing a Dynamic Paragraph — and Beyond! with Nina Kiriki Hoffman

Come write dynamic first paragraphs with Nina Kiriki Hoffman at this free library workshop, November 19!
NaNo Your WriMo with Wordcrafters!

NaNo Your WriMo with Wordcrafters!

Dust off those novel plans, writers! Get out those note cards! It’s time to finish that novel you’ve been dreaming about and we’re here to help!
NaNo Your Lunch Break

NaNo Your Lunch Break

Brown bag your lunch and get some words on the page during November with NaNo Your Lunch break! Join us from the comfort of your own home or desk for this virtual write-in just in time for NaNoWriMo. When: Tuesdays through November, 12-1:30 PM IMPORTANT: To join in the fun, ...
Come Write In for NaNoWriMo

Come Write In for NaNoWriMo

Want to write a novel in a month? Join Wordcrafters in Eugene for NaNoWriMo and Come Write In at the Springfield Public Library!
Ace Your App with Wordcrafters in Eugene!

Ace Your App with Wordcrafters in Eugene!

REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR ACE YOUR APP! Need help with your college entrance essay? Gain confidence and clarity in your writing with free one-on-one mentoring from professional writers and writing experts.
Plot Your Novel for NaNoWriMo with Wordcrafters in Eugene

Plot Your Novel for NaNoWriMo with Wordcrafters in Eugene

Plot Your Novel for NaNoWriMo with Wordcrafters in Eugene Whether you’re a plotter or a pantser, this fast-paced plotting mashup gives you more than a mere outline.
October Reading Like a Writer with Gina Ochsner

October Reading Like a Writer with Gina Ochsner

Join Gina Oschner as she discusses Tinkers by Paul Harding for October installment of Reading Like a Writer!
Advice from a Worldbuilding Junkie (& It’s Not About the Maps) with Fonda Lee

Advice from a Worldbuilding Junkie (& It’s Not About the Maps) with Fonda Lee

We’re kicking off Behind the Book: Fight or Flight and we want you to be there. Come party with us Friday, October 12 for this keynote & cocktail reception.
Behind the Book: Library Talk with Stephanie Kuehn

Behind the Book: Library Talk with Stephanie Kuehn

Join Stephanie Kuehn as she discusses what makes a thriller work at the Eugene Public Library on October 14.
Partner with Wordcrafters in Eugene

Partner with Wordcrafters in Eugene

In an age where local funding for the arts has plummeted, Wordcrafters in Eugene provides creative writing programs that offer students of all ages opportunities for academic and personal growth. We hold summer and no school day camps, sponsor an annual contest for young writers, bring national authors to schools, ...
Beginning to Intermediate Memoir with Bronwynn Dean

Beginning to Intermediate Memoir with Bronwynn Dean

Write your story. Begins Thursday,  10/18!
Your Own Hero’s Journey with Bronwynn Dean

Your Own Hero’s Journey with Bronwynn Dean

Record your own epic story through this guided class. Begins Tuesday,  10/16!
Support Wordcrafters in Eugene with a Be Writing Shirt!

Support Wordcrafters in Eugene with a Be Writing Shirt!

Buy a Be Writing Shirt and help Wordcrafters in Eugene continue to bring quality literary programming to writers of all ages in the greater Eugene area from now until September 12.
Free Library Workshop!

Free Library Workshop!

Come to the Springfield Public Library on September 10th!
Get Your #BeWriting Shirt Free – This Week Only!

Get Your #BeWriting Shirt Free – This Week Only!

Register for Behind the Book: Fight or Flight this week and get a free Be Writing shirt! See the styles below! For more info on Behind the Book: Fight of Flight click here. Ready to register? Click here.  Promotion runs August 17-August 24. Use the code BTB18FREETEE at checkout.  Ladies ...
September Reading Like a Writer with B.A. Brock

September Reading Like a Writer with B.A. Brock

Join B.A. Brock on September 19 for a discussion of Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
Behind the Book 2018: Fight or Flight

Behind the Book 2018: Fight or Flight

Join authors Fonda Lee, Stephanie Kuehn, J.C. Geiger, and Bill Cameron for our 2018 Conference, Behind the Book: Fight or Flight. Registration now open!
Troubleshooting Your Novel with Tex Thompson

Troubleshooting Your Novel with Tex Thompson

Pack up your manuscript and bring into the shop for a can-do one-day story intervention with Tex Thompson! September 8 & 9.
Free Library Workshop with Linda Clare

Free Library Workshop with Linda Clare

Your Character Alive  Whenever your character acts, speaks, thinks, or feels, readers gain valuable info into the character’s motives, wants, and needs. We’ll concentrate on scene writing to take the character you’ve built and send them out into the fictional world. There, they can interact with others, speak, act, think, ...
August Reading Like a Writer with Danuta Pfeiffer

August Reading Like a Writer with Danuta Pfeiffer

Join Danuta Pfeiffer August 15 as she discusses The Davinci Code by Dan Brown
Wordcrafters in Eugene Receives Grant for Fiction Fantastic 2019!

Wordcrafters in Eugene Receives Grant for Fiction Fantastic 2019!

We are delighted to announce that we have received a Lane Arts Council & City of Eugene Award grant to continue our 2019 Fiction Fantastic Young Writers Contest. The Community Arts Grant Program is funded by the City of Eugene Cultural Services Division and administered by Lane Arts Council and ...
Step into Stories Unveiled

Step into Stories Unveiled

The Step into Stories panels have been installed and we are over the moon. What a wonderful event celebrating with the City of Eugene, Glimmer Technology, and the authors of the published stories. What a privilege to be a part of such a wonderful display of public art. To listen ...
July Reading Like a Writer with John Reed

July Reading Like a Writer with John Reed

Join John Reed on July 18 as he discusses The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald When: July 18 – from 7:00-9:00 pm > Free and open to the public (suggested donation $5) > Bring your own beverage (attendees under 21 will not be permitted to drink alcohol) Where: Shelton ...
A Birthday Letter from Molly Martin

A Birthday Letter from Molly Martin

Dear Friends, Wordcrafters in Eugene is having a birthday party! Help toast five years of offering writers opportunities to strengthen our craft and develop communityand your birthday gift will help build more! I consider myself a Wordcrafters’ poster child. I’ve taken advantage of the many opportunities Wordcrafters provides to connect ...
Free Library Workshop with Linda Clare

Free Library Workshop with Linda Clare

Your Character’s Point of View  Point of View (POV) in fiction can be tricky. This workshop helps you learn how to be consistent in POV, how to switch POV, and how to decide which of your characters will tell your story. We’ll use role playing and exercises to learn the ...
Congratulations to Eric Witchey!

Congratulations to Eric Witchey!

A new fantasy genre—the afterlife fantasy—is born in Eric Witchey’s novel Littlest Death: A Labyrinth of Souls Novel.  2018 IPPY Book Awards Silver Medal – Fantasy Fiction 2018 International Book Awards Winner – Visionary Fiction Finalist – Fantasy Fiction Finalist – Cross-Genre Fiction Finalist – Best New Fiction In her quest for respect, a young grim reaper consumed with pride  ...
Be Write In – June

Be Write In – June

Want to connect with writers AND get some writing done? Try our new virtual write-in, Be Write In!. Writer Joanna Bartlett will be hosting this online butt-in-chair time on Tuesdays  from 1PM-2:30PM. June Be Write In dates: June 5, 12, 19, & 26. We’ll check-in briefly at the beginning to ...
Wordcrafters is Having a Birthday!

Wordcrafters is Having a Birthday!

Join us for a birthday bash and celebrate 5 years of helping writers strengthen their craft and develop community!
Free Library Workshop with Linda Clare

Free Library Workshop with Linda Clare

Your Character’s Inner World  A writer must know the Main Character’s inner motivations, attitudes, and desires. We’ll write letters from your character to you to help guide you into your character’s inner world, where personality traits, shortcomings, and quirks help create a memorable fictional character. Learn your character’s most burning ...
Camp NaNoWriMo for Teens!

Camp NaNoWriMo for Teens!

 Got what it takes to write a novel in a month? Join Wordcrafters Camp NaNoWriMo for a month of novel madness in July!
From Walden to Wild, an exploration of nature and travel writing

From Walden to Wild, an exploration of nature and travel writing

From Walden to Wild, an exploration of nature and travel writing This four-week class will introduce nature and travel writing basics just in time for you to record your summer adventures. We will look at examples of classic and contemporary works in both areas, including travel blogs, and develop and ...
June Reading Like a Writer with Valerie Brooks

June Reading Like a Writer with Valerie Brooks

Join Valerie Brooks  on June 20 as she discusses The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
Novel Beginnings

Novel Beginnings

Want to write a novel but you’re not sure where to start? Maybe you’ve started a few but they’ve run out of juice 20, 50, or even 100 pages in and you’re not sure what went wrong? This workshop will guide you through the messy process of creating a novel. ...
Building Your Story with John Reed

Building Your Story with John Reed

Learn about the Three C’s: The Clock, the Crucible, and The Contract with author John Reed. Registration for this workshop open now!
Summer Craft Six Pack with John Reed

Summer Craft Six Pack with John Reed

Join John Reed this summer with six craft classes that will help you take your writing from draft to publishable. Register for individual classes or the entire series now!
Fiction Fantastic!

Fiction Fantastic!

Come celebrate the winners of the Young Writers Short Fiction Contest and join us for a keynote from author Melissa Hart on Friday, June 1 at Barnes and Noble!
Interview with Mikko Azul

Interview with Mikko Azul

We were inspired to write after our talk with Mikko Azul about her novel The Staff of Fire and Bone! She shared her inspiring writing journey and the details of her richly detailed story world. Mikko Azul wrote her first book in second grade, proudly scribbling the cover with crayons ...
Be Write In – Virtual Write-Ins

Be Write In – Virtual Write-Ins

Want to connect with writers AND get some writing done? Try our new virtual write-in, Be Write In!. Writer Joanna Bartlett will be hosting this online butt-in-chair time on Tuesdays  from 1PM-2:30PM through the end of summer! We’ll check-in briefly at the beginning to share our writing goals for the ...
May Reading Like a Writer with Cai Emmons

May Reading Like a Writer with Cai Emmons

Join Cai Emmons on May 16  as she discusses Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill at the Shelton McMurphey Johnson House.
Words & Worlds Camp for Young Women

Words & Worlds Camp for Young Women

Registration is open for Words and Worlds: Writing and Performance Camp! REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.
Explorers Camp for Middle School Writers

Explorers Camp for Middle School Writers

Registration is open for Explorers Creative Writing Camp! Join us July 23-27, 2018 and combine your love of words with your love of the outdoors.
Mastering the Author Reading (Spring 2018)

Mastering the Author Reading (Spring 2018)

Mastering the Author Reading In this fun and supportive three-hour workshop, author and professional speaker Melissa Hart shows how to captivate your audience the moment you step up to the microphone to give a reading of your work.
Book Launch: Survivor’s Club by M.K. Martin

Book Launch: Survivor’s Club by M.K. Martin

  April 21: Join the celebration!  Food, drink, prizes, A BOOK! What’s not to love? Come for mixing and mingling, drinks and dinner! Where: Steelhead Brewing Company 199 E 5th Ave #1, Eugene, OR 97401 When: Mixing and mingling at 6pm, Enticing book sample and signing at 7pm.
Free Library Workshop Series with Linda Clare!

Free Library Workshop Series with Linda Clare!

Hone your character writing skills with Linda Clare with a FREE workshop series at the Springfield Public Library. Workshops run May through August.
Free Library Workshop with Linda Clare

Free Library Workshop with Linda Clare

Your Character’s World  Get to know your fictional character and the world they live in. Whether you love to write contemporary, historical, fantasy or sci-fi, your character is the centerpiece of any story. Linda shows you tips for researching, assembling a unique character from a blend of real-life persons, and ...
Interview with Heather Ransom

Interview with Heather Ransom

We had the great privilege of talking to Heather Ransom about her young adult sci-fi novel Going Green (and we get to hear Heather read from the opening of the book for us!). Heather Ransom is a science fiction writer and educator. When not teaching middle school science, Heather enjoys ...
Interview with Jeff Wheeler

Interview with Jeff Wheeler

Talking with Jeff Wheeler was so inspiring! We took a deep-dive into his creative process, including the surprising inspiration for The Queen’s Poisoner! (Plus he reads us a bit from the beginning.)
April Reading Like a Writer with J.C. Geiger

April Reading Like a Writer with J.C. Geiger

Join J.C. on April 18  as he discusses A Manual for Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin at the Shelton McMurphey Johnson House.
Interview with Cidney Swanson

Interview with Cidney Swanson

What a blast talking with Cidney Swanson! Daryll Lynne is a big fan of the Ripple series, and James is focused on indie publishing, so Cidney hits that sweet spot of great stories and successful self-publishing. We cover a lot of ground in this interview. Bonus—Cidney reads from her newest ...
Spring 2018 Classes

Spring 2018 Classes

Get ready to spring into writing. From memoir, to author reading, to fiction, we’ve got something for everyone. Register now!
Fiction Workshop (Spring 2018)

Fiction Workshop (Spring 2018)

Fiction Workshop Fiction Workshop is designed to help you stay on track with your writing and receive valuable feedback to improve your craft and style. Critiquing others’ work will help you hone your editor’s eye and help uncover some of your own writerly tics. Each week we’ll discuss a reading ...
Memoir Workshop (Spring 2018)

Memoir Workshop (Spring 2018)

Memoir Workshop You’ve started your memoir – now what? Continue developing your craft and gain valuable feedback in this workshop-style format. You’ll be applying the lessons that you’ve learn in this course to your manuscript. Through craft discussion and critique, we’ll  explore the nuances of scene building, dialogue, and story ...
Elements of Memoir (Spring 2018)

Elements of Memoir (Spring 2018)

  Elements of Memoir Do you have a personal story to tell, but want to know more on how to distill the most important parts into a compelling tale? In this class we will examine contemporary pieces in the memoir genre and help you learn how to identify what works ...
Enter the Science Fiction Fantasy Giveaway!

Enter the Science Fiction Fantasy Giveaway!

We are getting excited for the Sci-Fi/Fantasy Story Weekend just around the corner! This week we are giving away one shared room tuition for the Sci-Fi/Fantasy Weekend as well as three book bundles that include a copy of February’s Reading Like a Writer novel (Red Rising by Pierce Brown) and March’s ...
Science Fiction Fantasy Story Weekend 2018

Science Fiction Fantasy Story Weekend 2018

Science Fiction/Fantasy Story Weekend April 13-15, 2018 (SOLD OUT) Gather together with fourteen other writers in a beautiful riverfront resort for a weekend of science fiction and fantasy writing. From high fantasy sword and sorcery, to the dark realms of Twilight Zone-ish work, to elves, gnomes, and trolls of all ...
Nonprofit High School

Nonprofit High School

We are excited to announce that Wordcrafters in Eugene will be a participating nonprofit in the Nonprofit High School Program. WHAT IS NONPROFIT HIGH SCHOOL? NONPROFIT HIGH SCHOOL is not a high school! It’s a collaborative internship program created by four different nonprofit organizations in Lane County: The Shelton McMurphey Johnson House; ...
Interview with Eric Witchey

Interview with Eric Witchey

We had so much fun talking with Eric about many things, but especially about his new novel Bull’s Labyrinth. (Eric reads the whole first chapter—so, so good!) Eric Witchey has sold more than a hundred short stories in many genres to publications like Clarkesworld, Writers of the Future, Writer’s Digest, ...
March Reading Like a Writer with Sarina Dorie

March Reading Like a Writer with Sarina Dorie

On March 21, join Sarina Dorie as she discusses The Magicians by Lev Grossman for the March Reading Like a Writer!
Young Writers – Submit Your Work for the 2018 WITS Anthology

Young Writers – Submit Your Work for the 2018 WITS Anthology

 Young writers! Submit to the 2018 WITS Anthology. Submission window is March 1-August 15!
Fiction Fluency Seminar 2: Character Lives, Desires, and Conflicts

Fiction Fluency Seminar 2: Character Lives, Desires, and Conflicts

  Learn to develop clear character agendas for all characters on and off stage. Discover the importance of backstory and how to use it ever, ever so sparingly. Finally, explore and practice various types of conflict and how to present them alone and simultaneously to keep the reader up all ...

Write Your Own Mystery! Writing Workshops for Young Writers

A Creative Writing Workshop Inspired by Lemony Snicket’s “The Composer is Dead” Come write a “Whodunit” mystery story with Wordcrafters in Eugene and a Eugene Symphony musician!
Interview with Bill Cameron

Interview with Bill Cameron

We had the great privilege of talking to mystery writer Bill Cameron about his new young adult mystery thriller Property of the State (and we get to hear Bill read for us!). Bill Cameron is the author of the Skin Kadash mysteries: County Line, Day One, Chasing Smoke, and Lost ...
OUT LOUD Student Poetry Slam & Workshop

OUT LOUD Student Poetry Slam & Workshop

Students ages 14-20, we welcome you to compete in our student poetry slam!
Q&A with Eric Witchey: Part 7

Q&A with Eric Witchey: Part 7

This is a part of a seven part Q&A with Eric Witchey, interviewed by M.K. Martin. To see the introduction to this craft talk series click here. To read Part 6 click here. M.K. Martin: Editing – For some writers editing can range from daunting to boring. What can writers learn from ...
Q&A with Eric Witchey: Part 6

Q&A with Eric Witchey: Part 6

This is a part of a seven part Q&A with Eric Witchey, interviewed by M.K. Martin. To see the introduction to this craft talk series click here. To read Part 5 click here. M.K. Martin: Many writers are very resistant to plotting, planning, etc. preferring to fling themselves into the stream of ...
Q&A with Eric Witchey: Part 5

Q&A with Eric Witchey: Part 5

This is a part of a seven part Q&A with Eric Witchey, interviewed by M.K. Martin. To see the introduction to this craft talk series click here. To read Part 4 click here.   M.K. Martin: Often stories, especially short stories, are rejected because they fall apart at the climax or shortly ...
Q&A with Eric Witchey: Part 4

Q&A with Eric Witchey: Part 4

This is a part of a seven part Q&A with Eric Witchey, interviewed by M.K. Martin. To see the introduction to this craft talk series click here. To read Part 3 click here M.K. Martin: What’s your favorite scene someone else wrote and why? Eric Witchey: Again, hard question. Too many ...
Free Library Workshop Series with John Reed!

Free Library Workshop Series with John Reed!

Thriller writer and master teacher John Reed will lead a three-month series of writing workshops at Springfield Library!
Q&A with Eric Witchey: Part 3

Q&A with Eric Witchey: Part 3

This is a part of a seven part Q&A with Eric Witchey, interviewed by M.K. Martin. To see the introduction to this craft talk series click here. To read Part 2 click here. M.K. Martin: What is your favorite scene that you wrote and why? Eric Witchey: Wow I have no ...
Q&A with Eric Witchey: Part 2

Q&A with Eric Witchey: Part 2

This is a part of a seven part Q&A with Eric Witchey, interviewed by M.K. Martin. To see the introduction to this craft talk series click here. To read Part 1 click here.  M.K Martin: How do you use character(s) to drive the story? Eric Witchey: This is a hard ...
Q&A with Eric Witchey: Part 1

Q&A with Eric Witchey: Part 1

This is a part of a seven part Q&A with Eric Witchey, interviewed by M.K. Martin. To see the introduction to this craft talk series click here. M.K. Martin: Several of the Fiction Fluency Seminars,  for example “Characters are what they do” and “Character lives, desires, & conflict” focus on ...
Q&A with Eric Witchey: an Introduction

Q&A with Eric Witchey: an Introduction

Wordcrafters is pleased to present a series of craft articles to supplement our Fiction Fluency Seminars lead by noted author and instructor, Eric Witchey. This series is a taken from Eric’s interview with author and Wordcraftian, M.K. Martin. Eric’s insightful classes are a popular staple of writing conferences and workshops ...
February Reading Like a Writer with Kristin J. Ammerman and Justin Tindel

February Reading Like a Writer with Kristin J. Ammerman and Justin Tindel

February 21 – Kristin J. Ammerman and Justin Tindel discuss Red Rising by Pierce Brown
2018 YWC Story Sparks

2018 YWC Story Sparks

Young writers, are you looking for some inspiration for the 2018 Young Writer’s Short Fiction Contest? Check out our Story Sparks to get the fire started with your narrative tale! Teachers, want some resources to inspire your students for the contest and beyond? See accompanying worksheets and prompt slides for ...
Literary Mixer @Sam Bond’s Brewing

Literary Mixer @Sam Bond’s Brewing

Join us February 20, 2018 at Sam Bond’s Brewing (the Foundry) for a Literary Mixer. Have a beer, connect with other writers, and shoot the literary breeze. For every pint purchased from 6-10 PM, $1 will be graciously donated by Sam Bond’s to Wordcrafters in Eugene to support our community ...
Fiction Fluency Seminar 1: Characters Are What They Do

Fiction Fluency Seminar 1: Characters Are What They Do

Take a deep dive into the development of character psychology, sociology, and physiology; then learn to translate these abstract concepts into concrete character behavior and narrative on the page. You will walk away with a deeper sense of how character perceptions, behaviors, and dialog cause the reader to feel the ...
Free Library Workshop with Eric Witchey!

Free Library Workshop with Eric Witchey!

Make ’em Laugh; Make ’em Cry: Emotion-driven Fiction Whether long or short, every good story’s success hinges on its ability to evoke emotion in the reader. Of course, if the reader is to feel because of the story, the characters in the story must demonstrate their emotions. Award winning author ...
Wordcrafters Day 12 – A “Sense” of Urgency

Wordcrafters Day 12 – A “Sense” of Urgency

For the twelfth day of Wordcraftmas, WITS Coordinator and Eugene Poetry Slam maven, Jorah LaFleur shares on using the five senses in your writing with short timed activities. We hope it inspires you! About Jorah LaFleur: Jorah is a writer/performer who performs on stage as a spoken word poet, actor, emcee, ceremonial officiant, and ...
Wordcrafters Day 11 – Double Trouble: Put Your Setting to Work

Wordcrafters Day 11 – Double Trouble: Put Your Setting to Work

You’ve got strong characters having knock-down, drag-out arguments in exotic locals, while a pack of lions lurks just outside of camp, yet it feels like your scenes are a littleone-dimensional. An instant fix is to have more than one kind of conflict going on at a time. Have characters arguing ...
Wordcraftmas Day 10 – Writing Voodoo: Themes, Symbols and Metaphors

Wordcraftmas Day 10 – Writing Voodoo: Themes, Symbols and Metaphors

When we craft stories, essays or memoir, the “deeper” elements are the last thing on our minds. At least they should be. Concentrate on getting the story down, however rough around the edges. My opinion is that if you write the story deeply and honestly, the metaphors, themes, symbols (all ...
Wordcraftmas Day 9 – A Bubble off Plumb

Wordcraftmas Day 9 – A Bubble off Plumb

All right, intrepid writerati – riddle me this: How come stage actors and TV/movie people always have to put makeup on, even when they’re not supposed to look like anybody but themselves? Exhibit A: Carson Daly, borrowed from this article If you said “well, because those stage lights make them ...
Fiction Fluency Seminars with Eric Witchey

Fiction Fluency Seminars with Eric Witchey

Wordcrafters in Eugene is excited to present this unique fiction seminar series with award-winning author and celebrated teacher Eric Witchey.
Register for Winter Classes

Register for Winter Classes

  Make your winter a writerly one. Whether you are a novice or veteran writer, our winter classes with help you grow in your writing. Join us!
Wordcraftmas Day 8 – Listen To Your Story

Wordcraftmas Day 8 – Listen To Your Story

  Last year I wrote a 70,000 word novel that I fell in love with. I loved the high concept, the world, and most of all, the characters. When I wrote the last sentence mid-December, I felt triumphant. Armed with feedback from trusted critique partners, I knew what I had ...
Wordcraftmas Day 7 – Life is a Practice

Wordcraftmas Day 7 – Life is a Practice

For the seventh day of Wordcraftmas, Michael Michel shares brief exploration of mindsets that form our practices around the things we love, which then inform the results we produce. We hope it inspires you! About Michael Michel: Michael helps people go for what they’re passionate about. He has worked with ...
Wordcraftmas Day 6 – Rounding Out Characters Through Social Status

Wordcraftmas Day 6 – Rounding Out Characters Through Social Status

Flatman and Ribbon may work well as characters in a kid’s joke (think superheroes, steamroller), but reader-grabbing prose calls for multi-dimensional characters. One often overlooked way to develop more interesting characters is by showing how social status affects feelings, thoughts, and behavior. In real life, an individual’s status is fluid, ...
Wordcraftmas Day 5 – Shattering Moments

Wordcraftmas Day 5 – Shattering Moments

Do you have a moment in your life that changed you forever?  When the doctor started with, “I’m sorry to tell you…” When you saw the plus sign on the pregnancy test… When your best friend realized you lied. Now let me ask you, does your character have a moment ...
Wordcraftmas Day 4: The Unexpected Skill

Wordcraftmas Day 4: The Unexpected Skill

As you develop your main characters, you’ll probably put a lot of effort into working out the skills they require, whether it’s a spy’s tradecraft, the roping and horsemanship of a rodeo rider, the knowledge of ingredients a pastry chef requires, the facility with numbers and reading trends of a ...
Wordcraftmas Day 3: The #1 Mistake Authors Make (That Has Nothing To Do With Their Writing)

Wordcraftmas Day 3: The #1 Mistake Authors Make (That Has Nothing To Do With Their Writing)

After working in the marketing industry for over a decade, and with authors for the last five years, I’ve picked up a few things behind the scenes. One of those things I’ve learned is the importance of treating your writing like a business, and you’re the brand. Your book is ...
Wordcraftmas Day 2: Trust Me, I’m an Editor

Wordcraftmas Day 2: Trust Me, I’m an Editor

“Silence your inner editor!” First draft – you’re bouncing from the highs of inspiration to the depths writer’s block and back. The last thing you need is the nagging voice of self-doubt reminding you that your character has smiled seventeen times on this page alone or that the passive voice ...
Wordcraftmas Day 1: Three Keys to Successful Self Publishing

Wordcraftmas Day 1: Three Keys to Successful Self Publishing

Whether your dream is to print on demand, produce a beautiful e-book, or both, self-publishing is a fantastic way to get your work out into the world. Here are three basic keys to successful self-publishing: Understand and conform to self-publishing standards and reader expectations. Print on Demand books are published ...
The Twelve Days of Wordcraftmas

The Twelve Days of Wordcraftmas

This holiday season join Wordcrafters in Eugene for The Twelve Days of Wordcraftmas.
January Reading Like a Writer with Michael Copperman

January Reading Like a Writer with Michael Copperman

Join us January 17, 2018 for Reading Like a Writer with author Michael Copperman as he discusses  Never Let Me Go by Kazou Ishiguro
Free December Workshop at Springfield Library!

Free December Workshop at Springfield Library!

After NaNoWriMo: Now What? You wrote a novel in 30 days! Hooray! Bring that gem in the rough to the library and we’ll dive in to revision strategies to help you shape it into something truly beautiful. We’ll also talk about strategies to keep writing through the year.
NaNoWriMo Parallel Play with Sarina Dorie

NaNoWriMo Parallel Play with Sarina Dorie

  Join local author Sarina Dorie for Parallel Play NaNoWriMo Write-In at the Wordcrafters Workshops. Whether you’re working on a brand new novel or kneed deep in revision, you’re welcome to write with us. Bring your favorite snack to share and something to write with. Space is limited to seven writers. ...

2018 Young Writer’s Short Fiction Contest Now Open!

Tell Us Your Story! Whatever your story is, we want to read it! Submit it to the 2018 Young Writers Short Fiction Contest!
Book and a Beer

Book and a Beer

  Do you love books? Do you love beer? Celebrate #givingtuesday with Wordcrafters in Eugene and Falling Sky Brewery at our Book and a Beer event.
Ace Your Application – College Essay Event

Ace Your Application – College Essay Event

Ace Your Application: College Mentoring Day Need help on your college entrance essay? Gain confidence and clarity with your writing with a free one on one mentoring from professional writers and writing experts hosted by Wordcrafters in Eugene.
Free November Workshop at the Springfield Public Library!

Free November Workshop at the Springfield Public Library!

Wordcrafters in Eugene in partnership with the Springfield Public Library will be hosting a free November workshop — You: The Most Important Story You’ll Ever Write taught by Micheal Michel. This workshop is most appropriate for teens and up. About this workshop: Imagine for a moment what it would be ...
Come Write In for NaNoWriMo!

Come Write In for NaNoWriMo!

Want to write a novel in a month? Join Wordcrafters in Eugene for NaNoWriMo and Come Write In at the Springfield Public Library.
November Reading Like a Writer with Bill Cameron

November Reading Like a Writer with Bill Cameron

Join us November 15 with author Bill Cameron as he discusses All the Rage by Courtney Summers! New location! Shelton McMurphey Johnson House, 303 Willamette Third Wednesday of the Month from 7:00-9:00 pm Bring your own beverage (attendees under 21 will not be permitted to drink alcohol) Free and open ...
Free October Workshop at the Springfield Library!

Free October Workshop at the Springfield Library!

WHAT A CHARACTER Bringing realistic characters to life on the page is one of the most challenging—and rewarding—things you can do as a fiction writer. Flat, stock characters bore readers, while complex, flawed, and not-always-predictable ones intrigue. We will discuss traits that make people (and other members of the cast) ...
October Reading Like a Writer with Patsy Hand

October Reading Like a Writer with Patsy Hand

  Join us October 18 for author Patsy Hand discussing The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware! New location! Shelton McMurphey Johnson House, 303 Willamette Third Wednesday of the Month from 7:00-9:00 pm Bring your own beverage (attendees under 21 will not be permitted to drink alcohol) Free and ...
Your Voice Matters: Spoken Word Showcase

Your Voice Matters: Spoken Word Showcase

Join Wordcrafters in Eugene and celebrate powerful youth voices. Students from greater Eugene area schools will have the opportunity to perform spoken word poetry created during their week with teaching artist Myrlin Hepworth. The event will be at Barnes and Noble, Eugene on Friday, October 20. Signups for students interested ...
September Reading Like a Writer with Eliot Treichel

September Reading Like a Writer with Eliot Treichel

Join us September 20 for Eliot Treichel presenting Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin! New location! Shelton McMurphey Johnson House, 303 Willamette Third Wednesday of the Month from 7:00-9:00 pm Bring your own beverage (attendees under 21 will not be permitted to drink alcohol) Free and open to the public (suggested ...
Fall into Writing with Wordcrafters!

Fall into Writing with Wordcrafters!

Fall into writing with Wordcrafters this autumn and explore the craft of personal narrative, short prose, nonfiction, and novel plotting.
Call for Submissions: Step Into Theater

Call for Submissions: Step Into Theater

  Wordcrafters is excited to partner with the City of Eugene to make local writing a (semi)permanent fixture of downtown Eugene—literally! Step Into Theater is a series of (very!) short plays exhibited in the stairwells of Overpark Garage.
Free September Workshops: Step into Theater

Free September Workshops: Step into Theater

Want some help honing your story writing craft before you submit for Step Into Theater? Come to a playwriting workshop at the Springfield or Eugene Public Libraries! It’s open to the public and totally free. (For information on the Step Into series – visit us online atwordcraftersineugene.org/stepinto) This workshop will ...

Free August Workshop at Springfield Library!

Six Steps to Successful Self-Publishing Patricia Marshall, owner of Luminare Press in Eugene, will share take you through the self-publishing process to make your book a success! She’ll lead an informative discussion that will cover publishing, book design, book distribution and more. Bring your questions! Monday, August 14, 5:30-7:30 pm ...

Step into Stories Workshops

Join us Monday or Tuesday for the Step into Stories workshops with Bruce Holland Rogers. Visit us on Facebook for more event details. Monday, July 17 at the Springfield Public Library or Tuesday, July 18 at the Eugene Public Library.   About Bruce Holland Rogers: Bruce has published fiction in a ...

Announcing Step into Poetry Selections

Wordcrafters in Eugene is delighted to announce the winners of the Step into Poetry contest. We had 56 poets submit over 90 poems for selection. A special thanks to all who submitted their work and to our wonderful judges. Follow us on Facebook for information on the installation of these works in ...
New Speaker Series: Reading Like a Writer!

New Speaker Series: Reading Like a Writer!

Reading Like a Writer It’s Wine on Wednesday with a twist! We’re moving to the beautiful Shelton McMurphey Johnson House with an inspiring new speaker series.

Conference 2017: The Mechanics of Murder!

A conference for readers and writers of crime stories, mysteries, thrillers, police procedurals, and crimes of passion.
Dialogue Dos and Don’ts

Dialogue Dos and Don’ts

University of Oregon MFA candidates, Nicky Gonzalez and Ndinda Kioko, talked about what dialogue should be doing and shared tips and tricks to help identify when it isn’t working and how to fix it. “You Talkin’ To Me?” Dialogue Dos and Don’ts By M. K. Martin What is dialogue? On ...

Free May Workshop at Springfield Library!

Show and Tell: Make Body Language Work for Your Story Most writers are familiar with the mantra, “Show, don’t tell.” Seems easy, right? But how to show a character is angry, happy, confused, in love without telling the reader? In face to face conversations, we rely heavily on body language ...
Interview with Nina Kiriki Hoffman

Interview with Nina Kiriki Hoffman

Between attending the annual Writers of the Future gala in Hollywood and preparing to lead an intrepid band of writers during the upcoming Sci-Fi/Fantasy Story Weekend retreat Nina Kiriki Hoffman has been very busy lately. She was able to find some time to discuss some of the aspects of her process and ...

New Novel Camp for Teens!

Teen Novel Incubator Camp June 26-30, 2017

Free April Workshop at Springfield Library!

Take a poetic deep dive into place as we compose poems that celebrate or otherwise consider the experience of living in the Springfield/Eugene area–past, present, or future! Monday, April 17th, 5:30 pm-7:30 pm Springfield Public Library, 225 5th Street Free and open to the public Presenter Eric A. Johnson These ...

2017 Summer Camps Are Open!

Young Writers Creative Writing Summer Camps July 10-14, 2017  
Writing to Promote Marginalized Voices

Writing to Promote Marginalized Voices

NEW! Half-Day Nonfiction Workshop In this polarizing political climate, there’s plenty a writer can do to ensure that underrepresented people and groups get their voices out into the world. This workshop will walk you through three genres–literary essay, profile, and social commentary–and look at how professional writers empower those from ...
Young Writers Fiction Contest Winners

Young Writers Fiction Contest Winners

Congratulations, Young Writers! Wordcrafters is pleased to announce the results of the 2017 Young Writers Fiction Contest!
Celebrate Young Writers with Ice Cream

Celebrate Young Writers with Ice Cream

We are thrilled that so many talented young writers entered our fiction contest. Come meet our winners! When: Friday, March 3 at 5 PM Where: Red Wagon Creamery  
Free March Workshop at Springfield Library!

Free March Workshop at Springfield Library!

Ways of Seeing Sharpen your language and descriptions in poetry and prose. In this workshop we will focus on ways to create surprising language and images. Through various writing exercises you will have the opportunity to practice methods of gathering images and sensory details through memory and direct observation. With ...
Free February Workshop at Springfield Library!

Free February Workshop at Springfield Library!

You Talkin’ to Me? Does your dialogue feel flat, repetitive, or too artificial? Do you find yourself generally shying away from dialogue? Say no more. Even the most acclaimed of writers struggle with dialogue. But dialogue is what brings a story to life. It deepens our characters, moves the story ...
Free January Workshop at Springfield Library!

Free January Workshop at Springfield Library!

Bridging Poetry and Prose What is the difference between poetry and prose?  What are the benefits of either? Are something ideas better suited to one or the other? How do you move your prose to poetry or your poetry to prose?  You will leave this workshop with one piece of ...
New NonFiction Class! Writing to Promote Marginalized Voices

New NonFiction Class! Writing to Promote Marginalized Voices

Nonfiction Workshop In this polarizing political climate, there’s plenty a writer can do to ensure that underrepresented people and groups get their voices out into the world. This workshop will walk you through three genres–literary essay, profile, and social commentary–to study how professional writers tell other people’s stories, and to ...

Growing into a Writer’s Life

This inspiring day will help you: Connect with your bigger artistic and life purpose Make time for what matters & become a prioritizing pro Create a clear plan so you know exactly what to do next Get to know & find your true fans and perfect clients     WORKSHOP ...
Special Gift for Wordcrafters Supporters

Special Gift for Wordcrafters Supporters

 We made a book! With the assistance of Luminare Press, we’ve created a beautiful gift for Wordcrafters donors. For a contribution of $50 or more, we’ll send you, or the writer of your choice, this beautiful 8×10 writers notebook – containing more than a hundred lined pages, with inspirational quotes ...

Free December Workshop @ Springfield Library!

AFTER NANO, NOW WHAT?! You wrote a novel in 30 days! Hooray! Bring that gem in the rough to the library and we’ll dive in to revision strategies to help you shape it into something truly beautiful. (Didn’t finish your nano novel but want to come learn some revision strategies ...

Free November Workshop @ Springfield Library!

RAISE YOUR STAKES! What makes a story gripping? Which plots are compelling rather than corny? How does a writer keep readers on the edges of their seats? This fiction workshop will focus on tension in stories: how to establish it, build it, and resolve it. Monday, November 21, from 5:30-7:30 ...

Let’s NaNo for WWW in November!

  Join us the 3rd Wednesday of the month for stimulating conversation and wine! Each month will feature a different professional writer, agent, or editor to talk about the business and craft of writing. Get yourself a glass of vino and pull up a seat! WWWs are free to the ...

Come Write In with Us for NaNoWriMo!

Are you a WriMo? Come Write with Us! We’re hosting Write-Ins at Springfield Library each Saturday in November from 1:00-3:00 pm. Snacks, word games, writing sprints, and more! Springfield Library, 225 5th Street, Springfield. Free and open to the public. (Not a WriMo? Come Write In anyway!)   What’s NaNoWriMo? ...
Podcast Interview with Cidney Swanson

Podcast Interview with Cidney Swanson

What a blast talking with Cidney Swanson! Daryll Lynne is a big fan of the Ripple series, and James is focused on indie publishing, so Cidney hits that sweet spot of great stories and successful self-publishing. We cover a lot of ground in this interview. Bonus—Cidney reads from her newest ...
Podcast Interview with Eric Witchey

Podcast Interview with Eric Witchey

We had so much fun talking with Eric about many things, but especially about his new novel Bull’s Labyrinth. (Eric reads the whole first chapter—so, so good!) Eric Witchey has sold more than a hundred short stories in many genres to publications like Clarkesworld, Writers of the Future, Writer’s Digest, ...
Check Out the New Podcast!

Check Out the New Podcast!

Welcome to Sentence to Paragraph, a monthly podcast on the space between wordcraft and the writer’s life.

Lisa Alber joins us for WWW in October!

Join us the 3rd Wednesday of the month for stimulating conversation and wine! Each month will feature a different professional writer, agent, or editor to talk about the business and craft of writing. Get yourself a glass of vino and pull up a seat! WWWs are free to the public ...

Celebrate Wine and Words with Us!

Get Your Creative Juices Flowing (and maybe your grape juice, too)

Don’t miss Ghost Story Weekend

Ghost Story Weekend October 28-30, 2016 Everybody loves a good ghost story! What better place to craft a spooky story than deep in the woods with fourteen other writers at a beautiful Cascades mountain resort? Learning the basics of short story structure, enjoy group speculation on what scares us, and ...

Free September Workshop @ Springfield Library!

Wordcrafters @ Springfield Library Monday, September 19th, 5:30-7:30 pm, free Whether you’re a plotter or a pantser, this fast-paced plotting mashup gives you more than a mere outline. Using Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey, 3-act structure, and a screen-writing card trick, you will learn how structure works as the framework of ...

Eric Witchey joins us for September WWW!

Join us the 3rd Wednesday of the month for stimulating conversation and wine! Each month will feature a different professional writer, agent, or editor to talk about the business and craft of writing. Get yourself a glass of vino and pull up a seat! WWWs are free to the public ...

New Fall Classes and Workshops!

Just in time for Fall! New classes and workshops to jump-start your writing! Learn more here.

Free August Workshop @ Springfield Library!

Wordcrafters at the Springfield Library Whip up a World, Follow with Stories with Nina Kiriki Hoffman Monday, August 29, 5:30-7:30, FREE Springfield Public Library, 225 N 5th St, Springfield Let’s come up with a shared world together, then pinpoint places to set stories on it.  These will be fantasy or ...

WWW is on Summer Break!

We’re taking August off to go play! See you in September!

Empower Girls to Find & Share Their Stories!

Wordcrafters is partnering with SIRENS to create this special writing and performing camp to empower girls to find and share their stories through poetry, story-telling, and performance. Write around Alton Baker Park. Explore different aspects of writing and performing. Campers will: Create Personal Fables Find Stories in Songs Explore Character ...

Matthew Lowes joins us for July WWW!

Join us the 3rd Wednesday of the month for stimulating conversation and wine! Each month will feature a different professional writer, agent, or editor to talk about the business and craft of writing. Get yourself a glass of vino and pull up a seat! WWWs are free to the public ...

The Best Part of Summer is Camp!

Who’s got the coolest camp counselors?!

Free July Workshop at Springfield Library!

Flash Fiction Monday, July 25, 5:30-7:30, FREE Springfield Public Library, 225 N 5th St, Springfield Sudden fiction, flash fiction, micro fiction, the short-short story…whatever you call them, these slim compositions pack a lot of story into just a few words. In spite of their small size, short shorts give you ...

Free June Workshop at Springfield Library!

Wordcrafters at the Springfield Library Fundamentals of the Short Story with Eliot Treichel Monday, June 20, 5:30-7:30, FREE Springfield Public Library, 225 N 5th St, Springfield This class will examine the building blocks of short fiction–including language, dialogue, point-of-view, scene, and structure–and get you on your way to writing your ...

Carola Dunn joins us for WWW in June!

Join us the 3rd Wednesday of the month for stimulating conversation and wine! Each month will feature a different professional writer, agent, or editor to talk about the business and craft of writing. Get yourself a glass of vino and pull up a seat! WWWs are free to the public ...

Memoir with Melissa Hart!

Part 1: Finding Your Story 4 Tuesdays: July 5, 12, 19, and August 2 from 6:00-8:00 pm (no class July 26) Wordcrafters Workshop, 438 Charnelton, Suite 102 $165 Ready to start writing your memoir? Part one of this workshop led by local memoirist Melissa Hart teaches participants how to choose a ...

Last Advancing Craft Class for Spring!

Tools for Strengthening Craft and Revising Fiction You’ve learned the foundations of writing–character, plot, point of view, setting–but how do you take your writing from rough draft to publishable? This series of six craft classes is designed to give you tools to deepen your understanding of craft and help you ...

New Class! Building Scenes

Tools for Strengthening Craft and Revising Fiction You’ve learned the foundations of writing–character, plot, point of view, setting–but how do you take your writing from rough draft to publishable? This series of six craft classes is designed to give you tools to deepen your understanding of craft and help you ...

Lauren Kessler joins us for May WWW

Join us the 3rd Wednesday of the month for stimulating conversation and wine! Each month will feature a different professional writer, agent, or editor to talk about the business and craft of writing. Get yourself a glass of vino and pull up a seat! WWWs are free to the public ...

Creative Writing Summer Camps Are Open!

Words & Worlds Creative Writing & Performing Camp Wordcrafters is partnering with SIRENS to create this special writing and performing camp to empower girls to find and share their stories through poetry, story-telling, and performance. Write around Alton Baker Park. Explore different aspects of writing and performing. Campers will: Create ...

New Class: Structure & Plot

Tools for Strengthening Craft and Revising Fiction You’ve learned the foundations of writing–character, plot, point of view, setting–but how do you take your writing from rough draft to publishable? This series of six craft classes is designed to give you tools to deepen your understanding of craft and help you ...

New Class! Writing Effective Dialog

Tools for Strengthening Craft and Revising Fiction You’ve learned the foundations of writing–character, plot, point of view, setting–but how do you take your writing from rough draft to publishable? This series of six craft classes is designed to give you tools to deepen your understanding of craft and help you ...

New Craft Class! Character Development

Tools for Strengthening Craft and Revising Fiction You’ve learned the foundations of writing–character, plot, point of view, setting–but how do you take your writing from rough draft to publishable? This series of six craft classes is designed to give you tools to deepen your understanding of craft and help you identify and correct ...

May Poetry Workshop at Springfield Library

Upcoming Workshops: Poetry: Where Song Meets Story Monday, May 2, 2016, 5:30-7:30 pm A poetry workshop that will investigate both the narrative and the musical qualities of poems, focusing on particular craft techniques, including rhyme, meter, metaphor, image, and any other relevant technique or angle we can use to engage ...

Build Your Platform Without Losing Your Mind

Wordcrafters presents a two-part class on marketing for writers with Kristin Ammerman. We, as writers, have bought into the notion that building your platform is a mysterious black hole that sucks all your creative time and energy. Don’t believe it! Kristin Ammerman is a marketing consultant who works with several ...

Young Writers Fiction Contest 2016 Winners

Wordcrafters is pleased to announce the results of the 2016 Young Writers Fiction Contest! Nine finalists from were presented with awards at the kick-off of the “Be Writing” Conference by keynote speaker and bestselling author Jacquelyn Mitchard. Congratulations to the following young writers: Elementary School 1st Place — When A ...

Poetry Workshop at Springfield Library

  Next Workshop: Tuning the Metaphor Monday, April 11, 2016, 5:30-7:30 pm with Leah Gomez and Tia North Shine the rust off of boring clichés, rewire images till they roar to life, and put a new coat of paint on an old classic. In this workshop, we will learn to construct ...

Cai Emmons joins us for WWW in April!

Join us the 3rd Wednesday of the month for stimulating conversation and wine! Each month will feature a different professional writer, agent, or editor to talk about the business and craft of writing. Get yourself a glass of vino and pull up a seat! WWWs are free to the public ...

Check out our new classes and workshops!

Wordcrafters In Eugene is more than a conference, more than a retreat. It’s a community brought together to celebrate all aspects of literature. We read in the rain, we write by the river, we gather together wherever possible in small and large groups to celebrate our literary heritage. Wordcrafters in ...

Don’t Miss Science Fiction/Fantasy Story Weekend!

Science Fiction/Fantasy Story Weekend 25-27 March 2016 Gather together with fourteen other writers in a beautiful riverfront resort for a weekend of science fiction and fantasy writing. From high fantasy sword and sorcery, to the dark realms of Twilight Zone-ish work, to elves, gnomes, and trolls of all imagination, each ...

Kristin Ammerman joins us in March for WWW!

Join us the 3rd Wednesday of the month for stimulating conversation and wine! Each month will feature a different professional writer, agent, or editor to talk about the business and craft of writing. Get yourself a glass of vino and pull up a seat! WWWs are free to the public ...

New Workshop: 3-D Characters – From Flat to Fascinating

  Upcoming Workshops: 3-D Characters: From Flat to Fascinating Monday, February 22, 2016, 5:30-7:30 pm with Claire Luchette and Leah Velez Do your characters sometimes feel flat? Are you looking for ways to make them more interesting? In this workshop, we will focus on using the outside world to reflect ...

An Evening with NYT Bestselling Author Jacquelyn Mitchard

Wordcrafters is pleased to bring best-selling author Jacquelyn Mitchard to Eugene for a series of writing events, including a free talk open to the public titled “Writing To Save Your Life.” The talk will be held on March 4 at the UO Baker Center Downtown, 975 High Street, at 7 pm, and will ...

Miriam Gershow joins us in February for WWW!

Join us the 3rd Wednesday of the month for stimulating conversation and wine! Each month will feature a different professional writer, agent, or editor to talk about the business and craft of writing. Get yourself a glass of vino and pull up a seat! WWWs are free to the public ...

Cai Emmons joins us for WWW in February!

Join us the 3rd Wednesday of the month for stimulating conversation and wine! Each month will feature a different professional writer, agent, or editor to talk about the business and craft of writing. Get yourself a glass of vino and pull up a seat! WWWs are free to the public ...

New Classes for 2016!

Registration & Info: Building Your Story Mastering the Elements of Craft

Craft Workshops at Springfield Library

  Upcoming Workshops: 3-D Characters: From Flat to Fascinating Monday, February 22, 2016, 5:30-7:30 pm with Claire Luchette and Leah Velez Do your characters sometimes feel flat? Are you looking for ways to make them more interesting? In this workshop, we will focus on using the outside world to reflect ...

A special WWW Reception at our new home!

January only, WWW will take place at Wordcrafters new home, 480 Charnelton, Eugene Join us the 3rd Wednesday of the month for stimulating conversation and wine! Each month will feature a different professional writer, agent, or editor to talk about the business and craft of writing. Get yourself a glass ...

Be Awesome! Support Wordcrafters when you buy books!

Double your awesome and support the Wordcrafters Book Fair!! This weekend, when you buy books at the Eugene Barnes & Noble or online, Wordcrafters will get a percentage of the sales! You’ll be helping us bring creative writing to Lane County schools, creative camps for young writers, and more! How ...

Eliot Treichel joins us for WWW in November!

7-9 at the Territorial Winery Tasting Room, 907 W 3rd Ave Join us the 3rd Wednesday of the month for stimulating conversation and wine! Each month will feature a different professional writer, agent, or editor to talk about the business and craft of writing. Get yourself a glass of vino ...

New Class: Make ‘Em Laugh, Make ‘Em Cry

Emotional-Thematic Story Telling A custom, four-week fiction writing course for Wordcrafters in Eugene. Award-winning writer Eric Witchey will lead this hands-on, four week craft intensive. The seminar will use short fiction as the delivery vehicle, but all techniques demonstrated are applicable to novel development. Each participant will fully develop one ...

October Writing Prompt

Write what scares you.

Alan M. Clark joins us for WWW in October!

7-9 at the Territorial Winery Tasting Room, 907 W 3rd Ave Join us the 3rd Wednesday of the month for stimulating conversation and wine! Each month will feature a different professional writer, agent, or editor to talk about the business and craft of writing. Get yourself a glass of vino ...

Plotting Workshop at the Springfield Library!

  Preregistration is required. Call 541-726-3766 to reserve your spot!

It’s writing season! Check out our new fall classes!

Novel Plotting: Get Ready for NaNo Our most popular class! Whether you’re a plotter or a pantser, this fast-paced plotting mashup gives you more than a mere outline. You will learn how structure works as the framework of your story, and you’ll get tools to plan out your novel ahead ...

Nina Kiriki Hoffman joins us for WWW in September!

7-9 at the Territorial Winery Tasting Room, 907 W 3rd Ave Join us the 3rd Wednesday of the month for stimulating conversation and wine! Each month will feature a different professional writer, agent, or editor to talk about the business and craft of writing. Get yourself a glass of vino ...

Jeff Geiger joins us for WWW in August!

7-9 at the Territorial Winery Tasting Room, 907 W 3rd Ave Join us the 3rd Wednesday of the month for stimulating conversation and wine! Each month will feature a different professional writer, agent, or editor to talk about the business and craft of writing. Get yourself a glass of vino ...

Free Writing Workshop: Let’s Make a Scene!

Let’s Make a Scene! Writing Workshop (Pre-registration is required; space is limited) Tuesday, 4 August 2015 from 5:30-8pm in the Springfield Library Meeting Room 225 5th Street (inside City Hall), Springfield To register: Please call  541.726.3766 or stop by the Springfield Library. Scenes are the basic building blocks of a story. Examine the elements ...

Sarina Dorie joins us for WWW in July!

7-9 at the Territorial Winery Tasting Room, 907 W 3rd Ave Join us the 3rd Wednesday of the month for stimulating conversation and wine! Each month will feature a different professional writer, agent, or editor to talk about the business and craft of writing. Get yourself a glass of vino ...

July Teen Novel Writing

Young Writers Summer Camp NaNo Hey, Teens! Got what it takes to write a novel in a month? Join Wordcrafters Camp NaNo for a month of novel madness in July!!

New Class: Creating Believable Characters with John Reed

Wordcrafters is excited to announce a new class in partnership with University of Oregon Academic Extension. Learn how to create riveting, believable characters with a master novelist in this 4-week, hands-on class! With a mix of lecture and writing exercises, both in class and at home, you’ll explore all the ...
Creative Writing Summer Camps

Creative Writing Summer Camps

Wordcrafters Summer Creative Writing Camps combine a love of words and a love of the outdoors!

WWW

Join us the 3rd Wednesday of the month for stimulating conversation and wine!

Michael Janover joins us for WWW in June!

7-9 at the Territorial Winery Tasting Room, 907 W 3rd Ave Join us the 3rd Wednesday of the month for stimulating conversation and wine! Each month will feature a different professional writer, agent, or editor to talk about the business and craft of writing. Get yourself a glass of vino ...

Jerry Oltion joins us for WWW in May!

7-9 at the Territorial Winery Tasting Room, 907 W 3rd Ave Join us the 3rd Wednesday of the month for stimulating conversation and wine! Each month will feature a different professional writer, agent, or editor to talk about the business and craft of writing. Get yourself a glass of vino ...

Novel Plotting: Bone Up on Story Anatomy in May!

People, like novels, come in every shape and size, yet no two are exactly alike. But peel back the cover—the skin—and you’ll find that everyone has a remarkably similar skeleton that gives us our shape and structure. Novels, whatever the genre, also share a skeletal framework of story structure. In ...

Patricia Marshall joins us for WWW in April!

Join us this month at the Hilton for a pre-conference event! 7-9 at the Territorial Winery Tasting Room, 907 W 3rd Ave Join us the 3rd Wednesday of the month for stimulating conversation and wine! Each month will feature a different professional writer, agent, or editor to talk about the ...

Next Event: SciFi/Fantasy Weekend

Elves, and Robots, and Sorcery, oh my! Nina Kiriki Hoffman will take us deep into the realm of sorcery and swords, lasers and spaceships for a weekend of science fiction and fantasy writing in beautiful Blue River, Oregon. Join us! Sign up for SciFi/Fantasy Weekend here.

Nancy Holder joins us for WWW in March!

Join us this month at the Hilton for a pre-conference event! 7-9 at the Eugene Hilton, 66 E 6th Ave. Join us the 3rd Wednesday of the month for stimulating conversation and wine! Each month will feature a different professional writer, agent, or editor to talk about the business and craft of ...

Announcing Teachers as Writers Institute

We’re so excited to share some big news! Wordcrafters is hosting the Teachers as Writers Institute as part of the 2015 Conference! The Institute is a collaboration with the Oregon Writing Project at the University of Oregon, and offers participating teachers graduate credit through University of Oregon as part of ...

Ann Simas joins us for February WWW!

Join us at our new venue! 7-9 at Tap & Growler, 207 East 5th Avenue, Eugene  Join us the 3rd Wednesday of the month for stimulating conversation and wine! Each month will feature a different professional writer, agent, or editor to talk about the business and craft of writing. Get yourself ...

No-School Creative Day Camps!

Need something for kids to do on the upcoming teacher in-service day? Announcing No-School Creative Camps! Wordcrafters is collaborating with Lane Arts to bring area students a day of art and writing. Young creatives will work with a professional artist and writer as they explore different aspects of craft and ...

Young Writers Short Story Contest Now Open!

Do You Love To Tell Stories? If you love to write, we’ve got a contest for you! Submit your stories to the Wordcrafters Young Writers’ Short Story Contest, sponsored by the University of Oregon Bookstore. Winners will be presented at the 2015 Wordcrafters Conference in March. Who Can Participate? All ...

Bruce Holland Rogers joins us for WWW in November!

7-9 at Territorial Vineyards Tasting Room, 907 W 3rd Ave, Eugene Join us the 3rd Wednesday of the month for stimulating conversation and wine! Each month will feature a different professional writer, agent, or editor to talk about the business and craft of writing. Get yourself a glass of vino ...

Treat! Early Bird Conference Pricing until 5 November 2014

Because we have received several requests and we want to extend the Halloween spirit, our treat for interested writers is we are extending the Early Bird Conference Price until 5 November 2014 for the 2015 Wordcrafters Conference!

Early Bird Registration Ends 31 October!

Sign up now for the 2015 Wordcrafters in Eugene Conference!   Conference details here.  

Next Event: Ghost Story Weekend!

Goblins and ghouls abound in a weekend of ghastly writing and grisly tales! Eric Witchey leads us deep into the woods for a weekend of ghost story writing in Blue River, Oregon. Join us! Sign up for Ghost Story Weekend here!

Ron Burley joins us for WWW in October!

WWW: Wordcrafters & Wine on Wednesdays 3rd Wednesday of every month 7-9 at Territorial Vineyards Tasting Room, 907 W 3rd Ave, Eugene Join us the 3rd Wednesday of the month for stimulating conversation and wine! Each month will feature a different professional writer, agent, or editor to talk about the ...

Sophia Bennett joins us for WWW in September

WWW: Wordcrafters & Wine on Wednesdays 3rd Wednesday of every month 7-9 at Territorial Vineyards Tasting Room, 907 W 3rd Ave, Eugene Join us the 3rd Wednesday of the month for stimulating conversation and wine! Each month will feature a different professional writer, agent, or editor to talk about the ...

Novel Plotting: Get Ready for NaNo

4 Weeks: 30 September; 7, 14, 21 October 2014 Get ready for NaNo! Whether you’re a plotter or a pantser, this fast-paced plotting mashup gives you more than a mere outline. You will learn how structure works as the framework of your story, and you’ll get tools to plan out ...

Peter Brown Hoffmeister joins us for WWW in August

WWW: Wordcrafters & Wine on Wednesdays 3rd Wednesday of every month 7-9 at Territorial Vineyards Tasting Room, 907 W 3rd Ave, Eugene Join us the 3rd Wednesday of the month for stimulating conversation and wine! Each month will feature a different professional writer, agent, or editor to talk about the ...

WWW Kicks Off with Kathleen Kerr

Introducing WWW: Wordcrafters & Wine on Wednesdays! Want to chat with the editor of a publishing company? Find out the inner workings and secrets of getting published?  Wordcrafters & Wine on Wednesdays presents Kathleen Kerr, senior editor of Harvest House publishers. July 16, 7-9pm at Territorial Vineyards and Wine Co, ...

Get Ready for Summer!

Our Creative Writing Camps are the perfect way for Young Writers to beat summer doldrums! Wordcrafters Summer Creative Writing Camps combine a love of words and a love of the outdoors. Write around Alton Baker Park. Work with a new visiting author each afternoon. Explore different aspects of genre and ...

Spring Update

Here at Wordcrafters World Headquarters, we’re busy putting together a punch list of exciting new programs for the year! Teen Summer Creative Writing Camp? Check. More Toast to Kesey Events? Check. Ghost Story Weekend? On-going writing workshops? Check and Check! We’ll be rolling out our upcoming events soon. In the ...

Next Event: SciFi/Fantasy Weekend!

Elves, and Robots, and Sorcery, oh my! Nina Kiriki Hoffman will take us deep into the realm of sorcery and swords, lasers and spaceships for a weekend of science fiction and fantasy writing in beautiful Blue River, Oregon. Join us! Sign up for SciFi/Fantasy Weekend here.

Student Short Story Competition

Wordcrafters announces the first short story competition for students sponsored by the University of Oregon Bookstore. All elementary, middle, and high school students in students in Lane County, Oregon are eligible whether they attend public, private, or home school. The contest review panel will select three winners from each academic ...

Myrlin Hepworth and Teen Poetry!

. Poet and Performance Artist Myrlin Hepworth will hold two poetry workshops for teens at the Wordcrafters Conference in Eugene March, 2014. Details are still forthcoming, but at this writing it appears that he will hold a workshop for middle school kids and one for high schoolers, to be followed by ...

Terry Brooks will be at the conference!

Bestselling fantasy author Terry Brooks will be speaking at the Wordcrafters in Eugene Conference in March, 2014. The author of many New York Times bestselling books, beginning with The Sword of Shannara series, Terry has much to share about writing, designing a series, crafting characters and more.

YA workshop with author Cidney Swanson

YA author Cidney Swanson will hold a 3-hour workshop on August 9, from 9am-noon on Friday, August 9, followed by a half-hour of “Ask Me Anything.” If you’re writing for the Young Adult market, this is a hands-on workshop you shouldn’t miss. Space is limited. Register here.

Elizabeth George to Speak at the Conference

Elizabeth George, known for her Inspector Lynley British crime novels, is scheduled to be a keynote presenter and teacher at the 2014 conference. Most of Elizabeth’s books have been filmed by the BBC and air regularly on PBS’s Mystery. Elizabeth knows the craft of fiction, and is generous in sharing ...

Susan Wiggs to Speak at Conference

New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs will be a Retreat Leader and key presenter at the March, 2014 Wordcrafters In Eugene Writers Conference. Susan brings great enthusiasm and energy, not to mention extraordinary experience and wisdom to her classes and talks. To be in a retreat with Susan is ...

Writers Conference March 7, 8, 9, 2014

It’s official! The inaugural Wordcrafters In Eugene Conference will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 7, 8 and 9, 2014 at the Eugene Hilton.  We are planning to have many amazing activities, including speakers, classes, workshops, hands-on editing services with professionals in the industry, and more! The two retreat ...
Place

Place

The chances it will be raining in Eugene are high. And that’s just fine; we’re not here for the tan.
Writing Festival and Master Class Retreat

Writing Festival and Master Class Retreat

Each year, writers gather in Eugene for Be Writing, a one day festival of writing, learning, and inspiration.
Programs

Programs

All year long, Wordcrafters coordinates small and large gatherings for writers seeking an active writer’s life.
People

People

Wordcrafters encompasses all writing genres, but our flagship writing festival–BE WRITING–in March, 2016 will focus on fiction.
Purpose

Purpose

Through Wordcrafters’ programs and our flagship conference, the essentials of craft merge with the inspiration that grows out of a savvy, supportive community.