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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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Alice Acheson

Alice B. Acheson draws on decades of working with large and small publishers, negotiating book contracts, selling subsidiary rights, and editing and publicizing books.  She won a Literary Market Place Outside Services Award for Advertising, Promotion, and Publicity, and numerous titles she publicized landed on The New York Times bestseller list (four simultaneously). A frequent…

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Claire Dederer

Claire 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 The Atlantic, Vogue, The New York Times, The Nation, Slate, and many other publications. She has served as writer-in-residence in the MFA program at Old Dominion…

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Stephanie Kallos

Stephanie Kallos spent twenty years in the theater as an actress and teacher of voice, speech, and dialects before turning her full time attention to writing. Her short fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and twice received a Raymond Carver Award. Her first novel, Broken for You, received the PNBA and Washington State…

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