are you signed up?

June 13, 2021

Chuckanut Writers Conference CWC logo in a white-outlined translucent box on a background of river rocks

If this is June, it must be time for the Chuckanut Writers Conference. Building on the success of the 2020 online conference, CWC will this year offer a full program of conference events on Zoom the week of June 21-27, 2021. See the full schedule and register online. There’s more on Facebook and you can view (and purchase) titles by faculty authors at Village Books.

If you’ve always wanted to attend the Chuckanut Writers Conference but just couldn’t swing it geographically, here comes your opportunity! CWC 2020 will be held online, Monday, June 22, 2020, through Thursday, June 25, with a faculty reading on the 26th and master classes on the 27th. See the complete schedule, faculty profiles, and registration information at CWC 2020.

be an early bird

February 25, 2020

Chuckanut Writers Conference

The tenth annual Chuckanut Writers Conference will be held at Whatcom Community College (plus a few outlier events) on Friday and Saturday, June 26 and 27, 2020. The 2020 conference faculty is now posted online, master classes (June 25) are listed, and registration is open, with early-bird rates through May 25.

be an early bird

April 12, 2019

Chuckanut Writers Conference

Registration is now open for the 2019 Chuckanut Writers Conference, June 21-22, at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, Washington. Register by May 21, 2019, and save $40. Have a look at the schedule and the master classes, meet the faculty, and sign up for an exciting weekend of writing.

be an early bird

May 2, 2018

Chuckanut Writers Conference

Now that it’s May, we can start planning for June… and that means it’s time to take advantage of early-bird pricing for the Chuckanut Writers Conference. Held in Bellingham at Whatcom Community College, CWC begins with Pre-Conference Master Classes on Thursday, June 21, 2018, and continues with a robust schedule of events on Friday and Saturday, June 22 and 23.

Once again, the conference offers an impressive faculty of writers in all genres as well as literary agents and publishers.

Registration is open now, with early-bird registration ending May 22, 2018.

Chuckanut Writers Conference

This is a guest post by Amberly Baker.

Have you made any fun plans for summer? Are you looking to spend time in one of the most beautiful regions of the country? This year, do something inspiring and fulfilling, and engage with a huge community of writers at the Chuckanut Writers Conference on Friday and Saturday, June 23-24, 2017, at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, Washington.

An annual craft-centered writing conference, Chuckanut is an amazing opportunity for all writers, whether you’re local or visiting, have published three novels or are writing on napkins in rare quiet moments. The conference offers a weekend of breakout sessions and keynote addresses, taught by some of the finest writers our area has to offer. For an additional fee, attendees can register for pre-conference master classes, agent pitch sessions, marketing consultations and editing consultations. You can find the full line up on the website.

And today, Monday, May 22, is the last day for Early Bird Registration! If you register today, you’ll receive the $239 rate, a savings of forty dollars. You can register online, by phone, or by mail; for more information, visit the registration information section of our website, here. But don’t wait, this deal is good through today only!

I am so excited to share this amazing opportunity with you. This conference is a great experience, one that draws attendees back year after year. Tara Fort, an attendee of last year’s conference, said, “Perfect amount of speakers, sessions, and attendees. I feel inspired and not overwhelmed. I am looking forward to 2017!” We are too. We’ll see you at the conference!

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Amberly Baker is a student in Western Washington University’s Creative Writing program, and works at a small bookstore. When she is not reading or writing, she enjoys playing Animal Crossing, knitting, and is obsessed with her cats.

Take a trip with the Chuckanut Writers Conference at a special screening of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas at the Pickford Film Center on Thursday, April 20, 2017.

The reception starts at 6:30pm, so bust out your aviators and Hawaiian shirts and join CWC for a night of special Hunter S. Thompson-themed writing prompts, activities, and refreshments, and escape into the wild world of this cult classic. Make sure to sign up for the raffle for your chance to win a special Fear and Loathing gift pack!

Admission is $10.75 general, $7.50 for Pickford members, and $8.00 for students.

Details on Facebook.

early bird

March 11, 2017

Chuckanut Writers Conference 2014If 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.

Chuckanut Writers Conference

This is a guest post by Helen Pendergast.

“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” Vincent Van Gogh

What are the top five things on your bucket list? Is one of them to start sharing your story again? Well, luckily, the Chuckanut Writers Conference is back: a two-day event held at Whatcom Community College over the weekend of June 24-25, 2016. This conference brings together a wide range of writers and authors from all over the Northwest, with the aim of giving skills and tools to anyone at any level of experience with writing.

This year’s faculty is made up of nineteen incredible authors, agents, and publishing consultants who are offering a diverse chain of breakout sessions, author readings, pitch sessions, master classes, and keynote addresses. With so much happening, it’s going to be a jam-packed literary extravaganza!

We are rounding the corner on our sixth year, and are excited to see not only familiar faces, but new ones as well. A past conference attendee, Jordan Kubichek, had this to say about the experience: “I have attended this conference for the past four years. The information is always new and invaluable.”

If you want to get productive and creative this summer, I definitely recommend getting your feet wet and jumping straight into Bellingham’s literary community; we are family here, and we would like to make you a part of it! Together, as a writing community, we can write great things.
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Helen PendergastHelen Pendergast is a recent graduate from WWU; she received her Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing and is continually intrigued to meet new people all over the world in hopes to understand more about their stories. She is a poet, a lover of reading, and loves to be out in nature, preferably a thick grove of trees. It might surprise you but she is an avid billiards player too.

profiling poets

May 28, 2015

Clover: A Literary Rag

In case you missed it, The Bellingham Herald has a lovely profile by Dean Kahn featuring writer/editor Mary Elizabeth Gillilan, who is the visionary behind Clover: A Literary Rag and the Independent Writers’ Studio. Volume 9 of the admirable Clover will be released during the Chuckanut Writers Conference, with in-store sales (at Village Books, among other places) and readings to follow (and subscriptions encouraged).

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