Author talk explores alternative writing tools

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When we think about writing, we usually think about pens and keyboards, but both present challenges for people with different abilities, including those suffering from repetitive strain injuries or arthritis, who have visual differences or who cannot sit for long periods of time. At the Oct. 20 meeting of Willamette Writers’ coast chapter, author Maren Bradley Anderson will present alternatives for writers beyond the keyboard or pen.

The meeting, from 2-4 p.m., takes place at the Newport Public Library. Admission is free, and all are welcome.

Anderson is a writer, teacher and alpaca rancher in Oregon. She is the editor of “The Timberline Review” and “PURE Insights” and has written plays for the Apple Box Children’s Theater. Her writing has appeared in “The Christian Science Monitor,” “Alpacas Magazine and “The Timberline Review.” She teaches at Western Oregon University. Her new novel “Sparks,” sex farce “Closing the Store” and alpaca ranch romance “Fuzzy Logic” are available online and through your local bookstore.

Willamette Writers is the largest writers' organization in Oregon and one of the largest writers’ organizations in the United States. The organization’s goal is to provide and encourage a creative environment and support system for current and aspiring writers. Since its beginning in 1965, Willamette Writers has provided meeting places for the exchange of ideas and information and has initiated programs designed to help writers increase skills related to the craft of writing. For more information, visit or Willamette Writers Coast Chapter’s Facebook page. 

Willamette Writers thanks the Anchor Pier Lodge, Sylvia Beach Hotel, Hallmark Hotel, and the Inn at Nye Beach for donating lodging for their authors and the Newport Public Library, co-sponsors, for providing a monthly meeting space.