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Jenny Schrader
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I grew up in Kansas (yes, I'm a real farmer's daughter), but moved to Portland to attend Reed College in the 90s, so I figured I'm a true Oregonian now. Especially since I married a Portland native. I spend much of my time writing, gardening, taking care of my "farm" (one dog, one cat, and the chickens), doing far too much knitting, traveling (though never enough) and working for the fabulous glass artist Roger Thomas at +Roger Thomas Glass. Although it's not really working. Most of it is making sure he's not watching YouTube videos of cats and theremin players while he's supposed to be in the studio throwing glass around. I write young adult novels (nothing published yet, but fingers crossed!). The first is an alternate reality novel about a girl jester who gets involved with intrigue at court, discovers a conspiracy against her king, and works with the king's youngest son to save the day. I'm something of an expert on jesters now - the joke being that out of the 12 experts on jesters in the world, I'm number 13. The second novel I'm working on takes place in the 1920s. It's about a girl who becomes an airmail pilot in order to discover what's happened to her brother. Research is definitely one of my favorite aspects of writing, so I've become something of an expert on the fledging airmail program, too. It's amazing. Now if only I could get my pilot's license...
I grew up in Kansas (yes, I'm a real farmer's daughter), but moved to Portland to attend Reed College in the 90s, so I figured I'm a true Oregonian now. Especially since I married a Portland native. I spend much of my time writing, gardening, taking care of my "farm" (one dog, one cat, and the chickens), doing far too much knitting, traveling (though never enough) and working for the fabulous glass artist Roger Thomas at +Roger Thomas Glass. Although it's not really working. Most of it is making sure he's not watching YouTube videos of cats and theremin players while he's supposed to be in the studio throwing glass around. I write young adult novels (nothing published yet, but fingers crossed!). The first is an alternate reality novel about a girl jester who gets involved with intrigue at court, discovers a conspiracy against her king, and works with the king's youngest son to save the day. I'm something of an expert on jesters now - the joke being that out of the 12 experts on jesters in the world, I'm number 13. The second novel I'm working on takes place in the 1920s. It's about a girl who becomes an airmail pilot in order to discover what's happened to her brother. Research is definitely one of my favorite aspects of writing, so I've become something of an expert on the fledging airmail program, too. It's amazing. Now if only I could get my pilot's license...

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Willamette Writers Conference 2016 - Registration is open!

Registration for the Willamette Writers Conference 2016 is now open! And I want to tell you that this is the best conference ever. I know I say that every year, but, honestly,…
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A Modern Jester (from the 80s...)

[sh_dropcap style=”theme” dropshadow=”false” color=”foreground”]T[/sh_dropcap]his is from back in the day when it was OK to mock the “other” party without fear of causing a serious breakdown in government or death threats. (Yes. It’s true. I’m calling…
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I love Katie! She's so sweet and funny!
+Katie Michels had no idea what she was getting into when director +Christopher Alley asked her to star in the first FiLMLaB project. Brave, brave, Katie. 
#scriptchat, #writing  
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I had such a great time with the Mid Valley Chapter of +Willamette Writers on Thursday. Thank you, +Valerie Willman and +Cai Emmons! Fantastic interview and reading.
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Yum! Empanadas for dinner.
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Introducing Ruth Witteried & location update for FiLMLaB meeting Jan 6th.

Have you met Ruth Witteried, the Executive Producer of the FiLMLaB Competition yet? (I should note that the featured image is NOT of her…) Then this video is the perfect way to get her insight into the Willamette Writers’ FiLMLaB, as well as getting some…
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Yes. That's me playing a violin/fiddle. This cracks me up so bad for some reason. Maybe I'm just holidazed and easily amused...
Just a few familiar faces from the #FiLMLaB  family: Producers +Stefan Feuerherdt +Bill Johnson +Ruth Witteried ; Willamette Writers President, +Jenny Schrader and 2014 FiLMLaB winner, Jon Dragt--wishing you a very happy holiday and feliz navidad!
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Woot! A short #screenwriting competition where your screenplay could get MADE INTO A MOVIE!

How cool is that? 
If you're in the Portland Metro area and are interested in learning a little something about short form screenwriting, join screenwriter +Randall Jahnson, Director +Martin Vavra and 2014 #FiLMLaB winner +Jon Dragt  for a 2 1/2 hour intensive on January 10th. A mere $15 for +Willamette Writers members, $20 for nonmembers. #screenwritingtips   http://willamettewriters.com/1/Willamette_Writers_Workshop_FiLMLaB.php
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Can't say enough about this program. So it should speak for itself. :)
On Tuesday, January 6th, at the Old Church in downtown Portland, Willamette Writers presents a special program devoted to FiLMLaB 2015. 

FiLMLaB, now in its 4th year, already boasts an award-winning short film from year one, Alis Volat Propriis, by Portland writer, Haley Isleib. FiLMLaB Coordinator and Exec. Producer Ruth Witteried picks up the gauntlet in 2015 with her eye on even greater glory for a new short film production. Ruth has invited filmmaker Martin Vavra and 2014's winning writer, Jon Dragt, to take the walk of fame across the Old Church stage and answer questions you haven't even thought of yet. 

If you missed this year's screening of Jon's Unwelcome Guests at the August conference, fear not. We'll view this super fun short at the meeting and also, if time allows, the world premiere of an additional FiLMLaB video.

The 2015 FiLMLaB contest winner will see their short film debuted at the Willamette Writers Conference in August at a free event that will be open to the public. Getting the chance to see your work come to life on the big screen is priceless, but there are many other perks to winning, not the least of which is the opportunity to work with a director and be on set while your story is filmed. Check the FiLMLaB Blog at http://willamettewriters.com/wwfilm/ for the latest information on contest rules, script limitations and guidelines, or on Facebook at FiLMLaB, and Twitter @WWFiLMLaB.

Read more in Peter Field's column.
http://www.willamettewriters.com/1/PMeetingColumn.php
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