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Chuckanut Writers Conference early bird rate ends May 22. Register now!

Seventh annual conference held June 23 and 24 at Whatcom Community College

Post Date:05/16/2017 2:14 p.m.

Bellingham, Wash. – Thrifty writers, register for the Chuckanut Writers Conference by May 22 to secure the $239 early bird registration fee, a $40 discount on full-price registration. The seventh annual conference will take place Friday and Saturday, June 23 and 24 at Whatcom Community College. This year’s faculty includes “Boys in the Boat” author Daniel James Brown and 2017 Whatcom Reads author Jonathan Evison.

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. New to this year’s conference is editing consultations from editing expert Andrea Hurst.

To register and see the full line-up of faculty, including environmental writer Kathleen Dean Moore, political essayist Ijeoma Oluo and past and present Washington State Poets Laureate Elizabeth Austen and Tod Marshall visit or call 360.383.3200. The conference is a joint venture between WCC’s Community & Continuing Education program and Village Books of Bellingham.

About Whatcom: Whatcom Community College is a regionally and nationally accredited 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 and professional-technical degrees as well as basic education, job skills training, and community and continuing education classes. The College will offer a BAS degree in IT Networking, beginning fall 2017. Based on student outcomes, the Aspen Institute recognizes Whatcom as one of the top community and technical colleges in Washington and among the nation’s leading two-year colleges. The College is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017. For more information, visit

About Village Books: Founded in 1980 by Chuck and Dee Robinson and as of 2017 under new ownership and stewardship of Paul Hanson, Kelly Evert, and Sarah Hutton, Village Books is a community-based, independent bookstore with two locations: the flagship store is located in the historic Fairhaven district of Bellingham, Washington and its second location is in the historic Waples Mercantile Building in Lynden, Washington. Since 1980 it has been Whatcom County’s “Community Bookshop for Browsing.” Village Books has received many awards, including multiple Mayor's Arts Awards, the Tourism Business of the Year by the members of the Convention and Visitors Bureau, and was recently named one of five finalists for the Publishers Weekly Bookstore of the Year. The store was also honored as the 2008 Outstanding Philanthropic Small Business in Washington State. Village Books’ 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 over 350 authors each year. Village Books is excited to co-present the Chuckanut Writers Conference, and eager to help it prosper for many years to come.

Contact: Whatcom Community College PIO, 360.383.3310,

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