Our mission is to profoundly inspire your writing life. In support of this mission, we’ve gathered a renowned faculty and developed a dynamic program with an unwavering commitment to excellence. We invite you to take part in this unique event, one we hope you’ll remember for years to come.
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Whatcom Community College is a comprehensive two-year college serving over 12,000 students annually. Set on a 63-acre campus, considered by many to be the most picturesque in the state, WCC offers transfer degrees, professional technical training programs and Community & Continuing Education (lifelong learning) courses. The Community Education mission statement: We are sincerely dedicated to serving our community by offering quality lifelong learning experiences that are relevant, accessible, enjoyable, and enriching.
Founded in 1980 by Chuck and Dee Robinson, Village Books is a community-based, independent bookstore located in the historic Fairhaven district of Bellingham, Washington, where it has been awarded the Tourism Business of the Year by the members of the Convention and Visitors Bureau. Since 1980 it has been Whatcom County, Washington’s “Community Bookshop for Browsing.” 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 about 250 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.
2016 Program Overview | Whatcom Community College
The Chuckanut Writers Conference Pre-Conference events start on Thursday at 1:00 pm, with three Master Classes featuring faculty members Sara Donati, Elaina Ellis, and Robert Michael Pyle. The Chuckanut Radio Hour starts at 6:30 pm.
Conference check-in opens Friday at 9:00 AM. The conference begins at 10 AM with featured speakers and multiple breakout craft sessions, extending into an early evening of a reception with readings and signings by faculty author presenters. The program continues Saturday, June 25, with a full day of author sessions, panels, and an additional book signing. The conference concludes Saturday evening with concurrent open mics for conference attendees at venues in Bellingham’s historic Fairhaven district.
Plan to arrive by 9:30 AM (or earlier) to park, check in, receive conference materials, and proceed to Heiner Theatre for the Welcome/Opening Address beginning promptly at 10 AM.
Village Books Conference Bookstore will be open throughout the conference. As co-presenter of the Chuckanut Writers Conference, Village Books will be the exclusive on-site bookseller for the conference and will have titles by the faculty authors available for purchase. Village Books is a community-based, independent bookstore located in the historic Fairhaven district of Bellingham, where it has celebrated building community one book at a time since 1980.
Agent Pitch Sessions and Marketing Consultations will be scheduled concurrently with other sessions throughout the conference. Pre-registration for pitch sessions is required. There will be no sign-ups during the conference.
David Laskin writes narrative nonfiction books about the lives of ordinary men and women caught up in the grip of historical events beyond their control, be it catastrophic weather, war, mass migration or genocide. He has been awarded the Washington State Book Award four times for Partisans: Marriage, Politics and Betrayal Among the New York…
Bruce Barcott is a Guggenheim Fellow in nonfiction and the author of Weed the People: The Future of Legal Marijuana in America. A nationally recognized journalist, his features and cover stories have appeared in TIME, National Geographic, Rolling Stone, Outside, The New York Times Magazine, Mother Jones, and other publications. Barcott’s previous award-winning books include…
Elaina M. Ellis is the author of the poetry collection Write About an Empty Birdcage (Write Bloody Publishing). Passionate about the intersection of poetry, social change, and human connection, she is the curator of a series of cross-genre collaborative art events including “Poetry Apocalypse” with the Seattle Rock Orchestra and a member of the Artists…