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Across the state of Oregon, you will find a tightly knit community of writers who love working together to tell our stories and build our scenes: on paper, on the screen, and in front of the mic.

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Upcoming events (2)

Writing a Hallmark Movie with Randall Jahnson

1336 NW Flanders St

Everyone loves Hallmark movies but have you ever thought of writing one? Join us Tuesday, February 7th at 7:00 pm at 1336 NW Flanders St, Portland, OR when Randall Jahnson tells us the ins and outs of writing a script for the Hallmark Channel. Screenwriter Randall Jahnson recounts the thrills, chills, and spills of writing the original movie “A Nashville Legacy” (premiering February 26) for the prolific network. Randall will discuss working within the parameters of the iconic Hallmark brand and break down the development process from the initial pitch to the delivery of the final draft, including Hallmark’s requisite nine-act structure.

Q & A to follow.

Randall Jahnson has been a professional screenwriter for nearly 40 years. A graduate of the UCLA film school, he’s worked with such remarkable filmmaking talent as Steven Spielberg, Penelope Spheeris, Spike Lee, Brad Pitt, and the late Jonathan Demme. Among his credits are the punk rock Western Dudes, The Doors, The Mask of Zorro, and episodes of the classic HBO comedy-horror series, Tales from the Crypt. He also wrote the epic Western video game, Gun, which was voted Best Story at the 2005 IGN Video Game Awards. Most recently, he penned two episodes of S.O.Z.: Soldados o Zombies, a Spanish-language sci-fi-horror series from Amazon Studios plus an original movie, A Nashville Legacy, for the Hallmark Channel.

He grew up in Southern California watching reruns of The Twilight Zone and reading the short stories of Ray Bradbury. He lives in Oregon where he continues to write and teach screenwriting.

Occasionally, he drinks scotch with Bigfoot.

The meeting will be Hybrid so if you plan to attend via Zoom please read the Zoom details below and then register here:

https://willamettewriters.org/event/writing-a-hallmark-movie-with-randall-jahnson/

About your chapter meetings

Willamette Writers meetings are open to all writers, 18 and up. Guests are welcome to make a donation to help support the cost of the meeting (we believe in paying our speakers for their time and skills). This meeting is run by volunteers. We look forward to seeing you there!

MASKING: Willamette Writers continues to require mask-wearing at our in-person, indoor meetings. If you are unable to mask, we invite you to join us at one of our online Chapter Meetings. Here is a link to our policies.

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THE WHYS AND HOWS OF WRITING BOOK REVIEWS

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If we're authors ourselves, why review other authors' books? Author Karen Eisenbrey will tell us why (and how). Eisenbrey aims to review every book she reads, though she is not a professional reviewer. She will share what goes into a review and the benefits of this practice, not only for the authors reviewed but for herself as a writer and human being in community.

Zoom room will open early for networking and socializing.

PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED TO GET THE ZOOM MEETING LINK. For the preregistration link, go to https://willamettewriters.org/corvallis/.

Karen Eisenbrey writes fantasy and science fiction novels, as well as short fiction and the occasional poem or song if it insists. Published books include the Daughter of Magic fantasy trilogy: Daughter of Magic, Wizard Girl, and Death’s Midwife; the St. Rage garage-rock/superhero series: The Gospel According to St. Rage; Barbara and the Rage Brigade; and Far from Normal (co-written with LeeAnn McLennan). Watch for the hard sci-fi workplace rom-com/survival story Ego & Endurance in 2023.
You can find her at:
Website: https://kareneisenbreywriter.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KarenEisenbreyWriter
Twitter: @KarenEisenbrey
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/.../show/7577611.Karen_Eisenbrey
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/.../Karen-Eisenbrey/author/B00I2BEAO6
Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/karen-eisenbrey

Upcoming Corvallis Chapter Meetings:
Mar, Apr, May, June 2023, in person meetings, Corvallis Community Center, topics TBD (May is Open Mic)

Past events (175)

Literary Open Mic - Willamette Writers Corvallis

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