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There's still time to register for the June 24 and 25 Chuckanut Writers Conference

Post Date:06/14/2016 2:04 pm

Bellingham, Wash. – There's still time to register for the sixth annual conference Chuckanut Writers Conference, which takes place Friday and Saturday, June 24 and 25 at Whatcom Community College. Registration fee is $279; student rates available. Cost for pre-conference events and optional sessions vary. Learn more and register at

This intensive craft-focused, cross-genre symposium is designed to inspire writers of all experience levels through workshops led by talented authors, meetings with respected agents and publishing consultants, as well as author readings and book signings. It is a joint venture between WCC’s Community & Continuing Education program and Village Books of Bellingham.

This year’s faculty includes keynote speakers Roberto Ascalon and Claire Dederer. Ascalon, winner of the 2013 Rattle Poetry Prize, is a poet, writer, arts educator and spoken-word performance artist. Dederer is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir “Poser,” which has been translated into 11 languages. She has written essays, criticism and reported pieces for national publications, including The Atlantic, Vogue, The New York Times, The Nation and Slate. Other faculty members include New York Times bestselling author Erik Larson, former Washington state poet laureate Elizabeth Austen, nationally recognized journalist Bruce Barcott, and award-winning author Stephanie Kallos. 

The Chuckanut Writers Conference is also offering three pre-conference master classes the afternoon of Thursday, June 23. Registration is still open but space is limited and classes will fill quickly. For an additional fee ($75-95), intermediate and advanced writers will have the opportunity to work more closely with select conference faculty. Author Sara Donati will show writers how to develop a voice for reluctant characters. Poet Elaina Ellis will share how to trust intuition and develop bravery in revisions. And author Robert Michael Pyle will lead a creative non-fiction master class that explores the intersection of science and imagination.

To register and see the full line-up of faculty, visit the conference website at or contact Community & Continuing Education at 360.383.3200 or

About Whatcom: Whatcom Community College is a regionally and nationally accredited two-year college with an accomplished faculty and staff who serve 11,000 students annually. On its campus in Bellingham, Wash., and through online courses, Whatcom offers transfer degrees, professional and technical training programs, as well as basic education, job skills, and Community & Continuing Education classes. For more information, visit

About Village Books: Founded in 1980, Village Books is a community-based, independent bookstore located in the historic Fairhaven district of Bellingham, Wash.  Its mission is “building community, one book at a time,” which it does daily through a dedicated staff, by collaborating with numerous community organizations and through its Literature Live author event series, through which it hosts more than 250 authors each year. Supporting and co-presenting the Chuckanut Writers Conference fits perfectly with Village Books’ mission.

Contact: Mary Vermillion, Whatcom Community College PIO, 360.383.3310,


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