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2017 Chuckanut Writers Conference
Bellingham, WA | Whatcom Community College | Friday & Saturday June 23 & 24

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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June 22*-24, 2017(*Preconference events on June 22)

2016 Program Overview | Whatcom Community College

Click here for a printable pdf of the 2016 conference schedule!

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.

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Sara Donati

Sara Donati is the pen name of Rosina Lippi. Rosina grew up in a working-class neighborhood on the northwest side  of Chicago. She spent longer periods of time in Austria and on the East Coast before going home to finish an undergraduate degree at the University of Illinois. She then went on to get a…

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Erik Larson

Erik Larson is the author, most recently, of Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania, which he describes as a non-fiction maritime thriller. He is the author of four previous New York Times bestsellers, including In the Garden of Beasts, which hit #1 and remained on the hardcover list for 35 weeks. It has…

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Elaina Ellis

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…

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