The 2021 Willamette Writers Conference was held online from July 29 to August 1. The conference featured workshops, panels, pitch sessions, critiques, and Zoom games for poets, fiction writers, nonfiction writers, and translators. The faculty included poet Kate Gray, fiction writers Heidi W. Durrow, Hallie Ephron, Fonda Lee, Daniel José Older, and J. T. Townley, and fiction and nonfiction writer Pam Houston. Participating publishing professionals included publicist Rachel Bell (Overcup Press), editor David Pomerico (HarperCollins), and agents Angelina Chen (Energy Entertainment), Jennifer Chen Tran (Bradford Literary Agency), Lori Galvin (Aevitas), Andrea Hurst (Andrea Hurst and Associates), Fiona Kenshole (Transatlantic Agency), Kat Kerr (Donald Maass Literary Agency), Iwalani Kim (Sanford J. Greenburger Associates), Natalie Kimber (Rights Factory), Laura Mazer (Wendy Sherman Associates), Jim McCarthy (Dystel, Goderich, and Bourret), Brent Paxton (Kreativ Artists), and Paige Terlip (Andrea Brown Literary Agency). The cost of the conference was $374 ($299 for Willamette Writers members; membership is $57 and can be purchased with registration). The cost of an optional six-hour master class was $274 ($199 for Willamette Writers members). Agent pitch sessions cost $25. Manuscript critiques cost $75. The registration deadline was July 22. Visit the website for more information.
Willamette Writers Conference, 5331 South Macadam Avenue, Suite 258, PMB 215, Portland, OR 97239.