Registration now open for Chuckanut Writers Conference, June 22-23

Registration is now open for the second annual Chuckanut Writers Conference to be held June 22-23 at Whatcom Community College’s scenic campus.  The conference with the theme Inspiration into Action is a joint venture of Whatcom’s Community Education program and Village Books of Bellingham.

Aligned with the organizers’ shared vision of giving back to the community, the intensive craft-focused, cross-genre symposium is designed to inspire writers of all experience levels by spotlighting both talented authors who are distinguished writing teachers, and respected agents who will share industry insights and hear pitches.

Register by May 15 for the early bird rate of $229.  After May 15, the rate will be $259.   To register, visit the conference website at  A portion of conference proceeds will benefit the College’s Writing Center.

This year’s stellar teaching faculty members are Alice Acheson, Sherman Alexie, Erica Bauermeister, Sheila Bender, Wendy Call, Oliver de la Paz, Samuel Green, Christina Katz, Laurel Leigh, Priscilla Long, Frances McCue, Naseem Rakha, Nancy Rawles, Betty Scott, Oona Sherman, Kate Trueblood and Storme Webber.  Literary agents Elizabeth Kracht, Vickie Motter and Elizabeth Wales round out the roster.  Author Jeremy Voigt, 2011 inaugural conference faculty, will be the 2012 emcee.

The conference begins 9 a.m. Friday June 22 with featured speakers and multiple breakout craft sessions, and will extend through an early evening of faculty readings, a book signing, and a reception.  The program will continue Saturday June 23 with a full day of author sessions, panels and an additional book signing.  The Chuckanut Writers Conference will conclude Saturday evening with concurrent open mics for conference attendees at venues in Bellingham’s historic Fairhaven district.

Village Books will present a pre-conference event Thursday June 21 with author Terry Tempest Williams (location TBD).  The event is included in the conference fee.

The Chuckanut Writers Conference was launched in 2011 to strengthen connections among WCC’s talented Community Education writing faculty, the region’s strong base of published authors, and aspiring writers seeking inspiration and education. More than 180 people attended last year.  Participants applauded the excellence of the curriculum and faculty, and overwhelmingly encouraged conference organizers to repeat the event.

For more information about the Chuckanut Writers Conference, including sponsorship and internship opportunities, contact Whatcom’s Community and Continuing Education at (360) 383-3200 (9 a.m.-5 p.m. PST weekdays), “friend” the conference on Facebook, visit the conference website at, or send an email to


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