Mapping Literary Utah

November 9, 2020

We’ve mentioned various poetry-mapping projects, including Washington Poetry Routes, and here’s another worthwhile addition to the list: Mapping Literary Utah. Created by Paisley Rekdal, Utah’s fifth poet laureate, the archive includes poetry, drama, fiction, and nonfiction by hundreds of native-born Utahns, current residents, and writers who spent a significant period of their creative life in the state.

Among the writers is Dayna Patterson, who will be teaching a two-hour poetry workshop, “Exploring the Feminine Divine,” this Saturday, November 14, 2020, and will also be one of five featured poets the same evening for SpeakEasy 27: A Spiritual Thread.

Haiku Northwest’s Seabeck Haiku Getaway celebrates its thirteenth annual retreat Friday, October 30, to Sunday, November 1, 2020, this year via Zoom, all free. More than 200 attendees have already registered, but it’s still possible to sign up and participate. (No previous haiku experience required!)

Activities include multimedia readings, workshops, and presentations by Kelly Sauvage Angel, Susan Antolin, Chandra Bales, Roberta Beary (Ireland), Brad Bennett, David Berger, Maxianne Berger (Quebec), Melinda Brottem, Nicholas Klacsanzky, Yvette Nicole Kolodji, Annette Makino, Dorothy Matthews, Tanya McDonald, Tom Painting, Sally Penley, Kala Ramesh (India), Bob Redmond, Mike Rehling, Ron Swanson, Cathy Tashiro, Julie Warther, and Lew Watts. Michael Dylan Welch is serving as retreat director.

For more information, including the schedule, registration link, and list of attendees, visit the Haiku Northwest Seabeck Haiku Getaway page.

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Thanks to Michael Dylan Welch for the info!

Coming up: workshop!

October 14, 2020

If you have been intrigued by Dayna Patterson’s recent guest post, readings, or poetry, please consider joining Dayna as she leads a poetry workshop to benefit the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest. “Exploring the Feminine Divine” will be held online on Saturday, November 14, 2020, 10:00am-Noon. Advance registration is required.

Read a complete description on the Workshops page. TO REGISTER for Dayna’s workshop, please submit your payment of $30 via Venmo (www.venmo.com/SueC-BoyntonContest ) OR by check (payable to Sue C. Boynton Contest) mailed to PO Box 5442, Bellingham, WA 98227-5442. If you would like to be notified by email, please send an email requesting workshop information to: the Boynton Poetry Contest boyntonpoetrycontest@hotmail.com.

To learn more about Dayna Patterson, visit her website.

Word Vancouver

September 14, 2020

The first “Word On The Street Vancouver” festival was held in 1995. Rebranded as Word Vancouver in 2013, the festival celebrated its 25th anniversary last year. With that history, and the recent experience of scores of online readings, panel discussions, workshops, and other gatherings, Word Vancouver is ready for the 2020 all-virtual festival, Saturday, September 19, through Sunday, September 27. Word Vancouver is free, with donations gratefully accepted. See the Word Vancouver schedule here.

back to school

September 4, 2020

Are you ready to shake up your writing practice? Fall classes are about to begin. Most classes and workshops are being offered online, which means that geography doesn’t matter. We’ve put together a list of a number of places that are offering online adult learning programs this fall (some starting very soon). This list is not comprehensive and you are encouraged to check offerings at colleges, universities, and even bookstores. The classes vary in length, format, starting date, and price. But it’s free to browse, so have a look:

LiTFUSE 2020, virtually

June 24, 2020

The wonderful late-September gathering of poets in Tieton, Washington, LiTFUSE, has announced that the show will go on, as a fully virtual program.

  • LiTFUSE 2020 will take place September 25-27. Workshops and related programming will be offered in the weeks leading up to the main event.
  • Registration fees will be reduced to $150 per person and include virtual access to all regular workshop classes. Master classes will be available for an additional fee.
  • The poetry slam and keynote events will take place virtually. In place of the poet’s banquet, there will be a digital cocktail reception for faculty and registered attendees.
  • Special accommodations for the digital environment, such as closed-captioning, printable media, etc., can be arranged.

The 2020 LiTFUSE Faculty is now listed on the site and Registration is open.

planning for Portland

September 7, 2019

The Portland Book Festival (formerly Wordstock) has posted lists of Authors & Presenters and Exhibitors & Vendors for the upcoming one-day festival, Saturday, November 9, 2019. Held at the Portland Art Museum and neighboring venues, the all-ages festival will include readings, performances, workshops, exhibits, and more.

Admission is $15 in advance / $20 at the door and includes a $5 book voucher redeemable at the book fair.

memoir your September

August 24, 2018

September is Whatcom Memoir Writing Month (WhaMemWriMo) and for the fourth year, Chuckanut Writers and Village Books will offer a series of four memoir workshops. The goal for each writer is 1,666 words a day — 50,000 words (a book’s worth) for the month.

The workshops, taught on successive Thursdays by Cami Ostman, Laura Kalpakian, Nancy Canyon, and Jennifer Wilhoit, can be taken individually or as a series ($25 each or all four for $89). See the full description and registration links on the Village Books WhaMemWriMo page.

summer at Hugo House

June 3, 2018

The Hugo House summer 2018 course catalog is now online and registration begins this week (June 5 for members and June 12 for non-members). Early Bird Pricing is in effect June 4 through June 18. As usual, the offerings include a wide range of workshops, intensives, courses, and master classes in many writing genres.

Meanwhile, construction continues on the new Hugo House, at 11th and E. Olive on Seattle’s Capitol Hill, and the projected move-in date is September 2018.

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.

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