Chuckanut Writers Conference June 24 and 25, 2011: Inspiration into Action

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Writers Tom Robbins, Jim Lynch, Gloria Burgess, Samuel Green, Alex Kuo, Nina Laden, Priscilla Long, Brenda Miller, Glenn Rockowitz and more will be featured at the inaugural Chuckanut Writers Conference, June 24 and 25, 2011. Located at Whatcom Community College’s scenic campus, the conference with the theme Inspiration into Action is a joint venture of WCC’s Community Education and Village Books of Bellingham. Writers can visit http://www.chuckanutwritersconference.com or contact WCC Community Education at 360‐383‐3200 to register. Entry fee will be $215 if registering before May 1, 2011 and $245 thereafter.

Whatcom County has such a rich literary tradition that it makes it the perfect place to have a writers conference.

Writers Tom Robbins, Jim Lynch, Gloria Burgess, Samuel Green, Alex Kuo, Nina Laden, Priscilla Long, Brenda Miller, Glenn Rockowitz and more will be featured at the inaugural Chuckanut Writers Conference, June 24 and 25, 2011. Located at Whatcom Community College’s scenic campus, the conference with the theme Inspiration into Action is a joint venture of WCC’s Community Education and Village Books of Bellingham. Writers can visit http://www.chuckanutwritersconference.com or contact WCC Community Education at 360‐383‐3200 to register. Entry fee will be $215 if registering before May 1, 2011 and $245 thereafter.

Aligned with WCC Community Education’s and Village Books’ shared vision of giving back to the community, the two‐day craft‐centered, cross‐genre conference is designed to welcome emerging and experienced writers, with a portion of the proceeds earned by the conference going to the Whatcom Literacy Council. Sponsorship opportunities are currently available. Contact conference chairperson Linda Howson at 360.383.3203 to inquire about becoming a sponsor of this inaugural conference.

“Whatcom County has such a rich literary tradition that it makes it the perfect place to have a writers conference. Those of us at Village Books are very pleased and proud to be able to partner with Whatcom Community College in bringing the Chuckanut Writers Conference to life. Over the years we’ve been part of a number of writers conferences and have seen how important they are in encouraging and supporting writers and in connecting them with those who can help them publish. We’re excited about the writers, agents and other presenters who will be involved here. This is turning out to be a first‐class conference and we look forward to it thriving and growing,” said Chuck Robinson of Village Books.

“With opportunities ranging from small, hands‐on writing workshops to one‐on‐one conversations with writers and agents, to readings/performances, this conference promises to be one of the best the Northwest will offer this summer,” said Alex Kuo of Anacortes, award winning author of Lipstick and Other Stories (Soho Press) and many more titles including the soon‐to‐be‐released The Man Who Dammed the Yangtze (due from Haven Books) and A Chinaman’s Chance: New and Selected Poems 1960–2010 (due from Wordcraft of Oregon). Kuo will lecture on Writing Across Cultures and also will be featured on the distinguished authors panel.

“With writers on budgets and students in mind, the conference is very reasonably priced. Just months ago our talented WCC Community Education writing instructors gathered to brainstorm how we could better serve our community—a region so rich with writers and readers, nationally and internationally recognized authors and active writing groups. At that meeting, the idea of hosting a writers conference featuring distinguished authors and agents was born, leading us to where we are today—inviting writers of all levels to join us on June 24th and June 25th, 2011 to experience all we have prepared for them,” said Linda Howson of Bellingham, conference chairperson and program specialist for WCC Community Education. The conference will launch at noon on Friday, June 24, with featured speakers, panels, multiple breakout craft sessions and pitch sessions, extending through an evening of readings by author presenters at WCC’s state‐of‐the‐art Heiner Theater. The program will continue Saturday, June 25, with a full day of author presenters and sessions, including additional readings and book signings. The conference will conclude with concurrent open mics for the participants at venues in Bellingham’s historic Fairhaven district.

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