First Timers

For many first timers, attending a writing conference can be an overwhelming maze of education sessions, author signings, and meet and greets. Here are a few tips to help you navigate the Chuckanut Writers Conference.

What to wear

We are booksellers, writers, and publishers and we salute your personal fashion sense and originality. So, dress in your own personal style! We suggest wearing comfortable shoes. Overall, this is a casual event. We advise dressing in layers as you never know what kind of weather you’re going to get in June in Bellingham.

Check out the schedule (coming soon) ahead of time

  • Review the event schedule and session descriptions and create a personal agenda. It’s always a good idea to have a backup list too.
  • Stay on top of last-minute schedule changes by subscribing to receive email notifications
  • Check out the list of attending authors

Wear your badge at all times

Your badge is your pass into the event, so please wear it at all times. It’s also a nice way to learn your name.

Plan to attend “Getting the Most Out of Your Conference”

Our conference will kick off with a talk from Paul Hanson, owner of Village Books, and Cami Ostman, owner of The Narrative Project, on getting the most out of the conference. This will be held in the auditorium on Friday, June 28, at 9:00 a.m. Meet fellow first timers and get the scoop on how to best navigate the conference.

Come to the reception!

Celebrate the return of the Chuckanut Writers Conference at the Faculty Reading and Conference Reception. This event will be held on Friday, June 28 at 7:00 p.m., in the Hotel Leo ballroom.

Make sure to network

According to Chuckanut Writers Conference veterans, the opportunity to meet fellow writers and interact with the presenters is one of the most valuable parts of the event. Don’t be shy! Introduce yourself and be ready to exchange contact information. Bring business cards and/or one-sheets about your work-in-progress, plus a pen and paper, and swap business cards with everyone you meet. For easy reference and recall later, make a note on the card about what was discussed.


Pace yourself, drink lots of water, and have fun! And don’t forget to bring a pen or pencil… and maybe an extra for a friend.

Have questions?

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Village Books
1200 11th Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
(360) 671-2626