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Bill Johnson is an author, editor, teacher, story analyst, produced playwright, and office manager of Willamette Writers, a non-profit writer's group.


I wrote fiction for many years and always hit a certain ceiling until I met David Morgan, a literary agent who had studied with Lagos Egri. David opened my eyes to a deeper understanding of the craft of storytelling. As a teacher, I find that many writers struggle because while they believe what they are doing is the same as published authors. By teaching people to recognize the mechanics of how popular stories are told, I try and help them transfer that understanding to their writing.

I'm a produced playwright, and I find theater to be one of the most primal forms of storytelling.

I've done film work for hire, and have worked for Neal McDonough and Billy Snowden. I've also done script work on several low-budget films.

Follow me on Twitter @bjscript


Birth Place: Portland, OR USA

Accomplishments: Author, A Story is a Promise & The Spirit of Storytelling.
Several produced plays.
I've worked on several films.
Office manager, Willamette Writers.


A Story is a Promise & The Spirit of Storytelling
Bill Johnson writes about the problems associated with an author unconsciously creating characters to act out the author's issues.

A Story is a Promise Available on CreateSpace
Bill Johnson introduces his new web site on YouTube where Oregon Authors will speak about their books, plays and screenplays.

Essays on the Craft of Dramatic Writing!
A website that explores storytelling through reviews of popular movies, books, and plays.

Willamette Writers
I'm office manager of Willamette Writers, a non-profit arts group in the Pacfic Northwest with 1,600 members. I also help organize the annual Willamette Writers conference, that in 2008 will be August 1-3 at the Portland Airport Sheraton Hotel.

Additional information

I'm currently exploring how the emotional states and feelings of a storyteller impact his or her character choices.

Contact Information

2108 Buck St 
West Linn   OR   97219   USA

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