Update 10: Gary Cole and CoHo Productions are producing a COVID-19 relief fundraiser performance based on his novel Black Box and offering a LITPDX discount on tickets, see the upcoming events from the calendar. Black Feast is offering free Love Letter Care Packages with vegan, gluten-free deserts for Black folks in Portland, which you can RSVP for here or support via steps on their website. A national coalition of arts grantmakers have put together the Artist Relief for artists across mediums facing financial emergencies due to COVID-19. Shade Literary Arts is organizing a fundraiser for a Queer Writers of Color Relief Fund. You can apply for the funding through this survey link.

We stand with Black Lives Matter and those protesting for equality and reform. We will continue to amplify marginalized voices, and welcome all, their ideas, their events, and their words. Our words here are not enough, but we wanted to say we support you and will continue to do so through our actions.

Prior relief and support funds for small businesses and artists: NACF’s Native Arts Emergency Support Project, Portland Small Business Relief Fund, Portland Area Artist Emergency Relief Fund, RACC’s  Emergency Artist Relief Fund, RACC’s page for relief resources (and updated here), RACC’s COVID-19 relief Support Beam, Literary Arts’ Booth Emergency Fund for Writers, and Oregon Humanities’ emergency funding for organizations.

Gov. Kate Brown’s “stay at home” order still largely remains in effect for Portland area businesses and gatherings (though other counties have some limitations lifted). See also this FAQ from OPB. Until the order is completely lifted for Multnomah county, you can assume all in-person readings and events have been cancelled.

For details regarding specific events please contact the organizers or venues. If you are an organizer or venue and would like to reach out to us please feel free to contact us or submit an event using our submission form. We’d love to hear from you!

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Willamette Writers Online Conference

July 31 @ 7:00 am - August 1 @ 5:00 pm

$249 – $349
Online, N/A, Portland, OR 97207

Pitch agents.
Sit down with producers.
Sharpen your manuscript with industry pros.

You can do all this from the comfort of your own home, July 30 – August 2, 2020!

Featuring keynote speakers Cheryl Strayed, Pete Souza, Mitchell S. Jackson, Zoraida Córdova, Rosanne Parry, and more!

With over 80 virtual workshops, as well as night events, critiques, and gatherings, you’re sure to find your community, develop your craft, and expand your career this year.

Whether you’re a poet, a screenwriter, a novelist, or a techie, you’ll find your home at our annual conference.

What’s that? You’re a memoirist? You’re going to love our classes on voice and style, taught by New York Times Bestselling Authors.

Newbie? Great! Come learn with us!

Published 80 books? We’re here for you too, with advanced tracks on publishing and building your platform.

Join our community. Share your story and launch your career this August.

Find out more at willamettewritersconference.org.


Portland, OR 97207


Willamette Writers