March 11, 2017
If you’re thinking about attending this year’s Chuckanut Writers Conference, Friday and Saturday June 23 and 24, 2017, registration is now open and early bird rates are in effect (you save $40). Visit the Chuckanut Writers Conference site for details, master class descriptions and a registration link.
February 25, 2017
At 10:00am, she will present The Surprise of Poetry: Concentration & Abandonment.
This workshop is intended to bring participants into that space where everything in language is up for grabs, into a greater state of uncertainty and unknowing. Garcia Lorca writes in his essay “Theory and Function of the Duende,” “Very often intellect is poetry’s enemy because it is too much given to imitation, because it lifts the poet to a throne of sharp edges and makes him oblivious of the fact that he may suddenly be devoured by ants, or a great arsenic lobster may fall on his head.” We will work on reaching a state of deep concentration and abandonment, that space from which the real surprises begin and with them the energy of poetry.
At 1:00pm, she will present Re-envisioning Fiction: Drafts Refocused, Reimagined
What happens after that first inspired draft of a story? This workshop will give authors ideas for refocusing, restructuring and further developing their drafts. We will run through a series of exercises that ask students to think about their drafts in ways that might not yet have considered. For example, what happens when you think about your story as a dream narrative or consider major world events that might be happening at the same time as your story? We will work on a series of writing prompts that allow students to flesh out scenes that might feel flat or dialogue that feels dull. If you have a draft, bring it along. But a draft is not necessary.
Both workshops will be held at St. James Presbyterian Church (upstairs), 910 14th Street, in Fairhaven. Sliding fee: one workshop $10 – 30 (you decide); both workshops: $15 – $45.
Space is limited and pre-registration is required. To register, email Carla Shafer at email@example.com, including your name and contact information along with the workshop(s) you wish to attend, or call 360-961-2320. Bring your registration fee on Saturday in cash or check along with writing materials.
In addition, Polly Buckingham will be reading from her latest book, The Expense of a View, on Friday, March 3, at 7:00pm at Village Books.
February 10, 2017
Is correspondence with politicians, local organizations, far flung friends, on your list right now? Need info about size and postage requirements when making your own postcards? Need supplies? Typewriters? Mindport’s Correspondence Club meets Saturday, February 11, 2017, 10:30am-12:30pm, 210 W. Holly St. in Bellingham. Bring your addresses and postage, they supply the rest!
February 8, 2017
Twelve of the issue’s authors will read: Luther Allen, James Bertolino, Douglas Cole, Victoria Doerper, Susan Chase-Foster, Stephanie Cosky Hopkinson, Paul Hunter, Ramon Ledesma, Laurel Leigh, Jim Milstead, Sara E. Simard, and Harvey Schwartz. The reading is free and copies of Clover will be available for purchase.
February 4, 2017
The 14th Annual Western Washington University (WWU) Children’s Literature Conference will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2017, 8:00am to 3:30pm on the WWU campus, Performing Arts Center. Registration is limited, but still open. The conference will feature four award-winning authors and illustrators as speakers: Laurie Halse Anderson, Matt Phelan, Christian Robinson, and Rita Williams-Garcia. For information on the conference, speakers, schedule and registration, visit the WWUCLC website and the event page on Facebook.
February 3, 2017
In case you missed it, there was a lovely article in the Bellingham Herald about Joe Nolting, a two-time Sue Boynton Poetry Contest winner, retired teacher and inspired distributor of books to kids who might not otherwise have them.
Kids Need Books! is a project of the Interfaith Coalition of Whatcom County. On the Interfaith Coalition Facebook page, they ask for your help: Donate a gently used/good quality children’s book, or purchase a new one, for Kids Need Books (KNB) program, and invest in the life of a child! KNB distributes at two local elementary schools to low income children throughout the year. Drop off book at the Interfaith Coalition, 910 14th Street, Bellingham, Washington.
According to the Herald article, Nolting hopes to distribute ten thousand books this year. Good work, Joe!
January 24, 2017
Back in November, we introduced the Bellingham Poem Booth. Now, after a successful Kickstarter campaign, it’s time to move forward with the restoration and the poems.
Whatcom County poets are invited to submit a poem to be displayed in the Poem Booth at the Community Food Co-op, downtown Bellingham, Washington. Writer of the winning poem will receive $25 cash prize and a $25 Community Food Co-op gift certificate. Runner-up poems will be posted on the Poem Booth website. New poems will be selected and displayed each quarter.
The suggested writing prompt: If you could call anyone, anywhere, any century (including this one), what would you say? Submission deadline: Friday, February 17, 2017, by midnight. See the complete guidelines on the Poem Booth blog.