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.

nurturing the story

March 14, 2018

If you are looking to create, refine, or publish short stories, consider this intriguing program from Kahini.

Eleven Stories is a year-long program exploring the genre from a variety of perspectives. Comprised of weekly text lectures and videos focused on 24 craft elements, the goal is to write one new short story each month. There are two tracks: Writing and Publishing, with lectures by Sheila Bender, Gary Copeland Lilley, Jordan Hartt, Sayantani Dasgupta, and others. Eleven Stories started in January, but if you’re interested, visit the Eleven Stories page or contact writing@kahini.org.

good news

January 23, 2018

Terrific news for Hugo House, which has received a Building for the Arts grant of $1.032 million from Washington state — a significant portion of the funds needed to purchase the new space and turn it into a home for writers.

Thank you to everyone who contacted their legislators and advocated to secure this funding, which will not only fund our new home but also supports many other arts and cultural organizations across the state. Everything we’re most proud of in our city has been realized because of community action, and that includes Hugo House. And thank you to our legislators for investing in the cultural vitality of Seattle.

Seattle needs writers and writers need Hugo House. With UNESCO’s recent designation of Seattle as a City of Literature, it’s fitting that our city will have a new literary destination — a place where people can come any night of the week to hear readers, get feedback on works-in-progress, exchange ideas, and come together over a shared belief in careful attention to language.

Learn more about Hugo House and its tremendous selection of writing programs and events.

get away to Galiano

December 29, 2017

For your mid-winter getaway, consider Galiano Island, British Columbia, where the 9th Annual Galiano Literary Festival will take place February 23 – 25, 2018. An intimate, one-venue festival, Galiano includes a robust lineup of authors, workshops, readings, book signings, and a book fair. Find details on the Festival website and also learn more about Galiano Island.

the dark days of winter

November 28, 2017

If you tend to sink into the gloom of short winter days, here are a few prospects for the months ahead (all dates 2018; check back with sites if information is not yet posted):

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A recent update from Soapstone included the following note from Kim Stafford, which we pass along in its entirety. (Follow links for details, some yet to be posted; most events are in Portland, Oregon, or online.)

Dear Friends Writing in Complex Times:

In writing workshops, these days, I’m finding, people long to testify for tender things, to tell saving stories, to witness for the good. In spite of dark days, this may be a golden age of writing remedy for trouble. I invite you to join one of the workshops I’ll be doing this year, either in person or online, and be a citizen of collaborative conscience. Bring friends.

Kim Stafford

Workshops & Events with Kim Stafford
Fall 2017 to Summer 2018

These workshops are dedicated to inviting “what wants to be written” by each participant. They are inclusive, non-competitive, exploratory, collaborative. We become a learning community devoted to a spell of safety and curiosity that welcomes what comes to the page without expectation or judgment. Along the way, we begin to envision doors opening in multiple directions for what we are ready to tell, and what the world needs from each voice among us.

November 2017
Poetry Reading
First Unitarian Church, Portland, Oregon, Saturday, November 17, 2017, 7pm.

Poems for a Better Nation
A one-day generative writing workshop to address the mysteries of our divisions.
First Unitarian Church, Portland, Oregon, Saturday, November 18, 2017, 9am-3pm.

December 2017
Daily Writing in the Spirit of William Stafford
A weekend workshop that examines the writing practice of WS, and tries it out.
Lewis & Clark College, Saturday-Sunday, December 2-3, 9am-5pm.

January 2018
ONLINE: Memoir: Essays, Poems, Manifestos
A 10-week online generative writing workshop, with films, prompts, and response groups.
Lewis & Clark College, beginning with an orientation week January 10, 2018.

ONLINE: Daily Writing in the Spirit of William Stafford
A 5-week online generative writing workshop, with films, prompts, and response groups.
Lewis & Clark College, beginning with an orientation week January 22, 2018.

Works in Progress
A 5-session creative community for advancing personal projects in writing.
Lewis & Clark College, alternate Tuesdays beginning January 23, 2018, 5-8pm.

February 2018
Courage to Lead Through Writing, with Kim Stafford, Sherri Carreker & Dawn Montgomery
A three-day writing retreat for teachers and citizens.
Menucha Retreat Center, Friday-Sunday, February 15-17.

March 2018
EXTRA: A workshop taught by my colleague, Laura MoultonWielding the Pen to Make a Difference
A weekend workshop for writers in all genres.
Saturday-Sunday, March 3-4, 9am-5pm

April 2018
Poetry Writing
Five Wednesdays, beginning April 4, 2018, 4:30-7:15pm, location TBA.

June 2018
The Practice of Writing
A weeklong writing retreat, Monday-Friday, June 25-29, 2018.

July 2018
Your Episodes of Origin
A weeklong writing workshop in poetry, essays, & stories at the Fishtrap Gathering.
July 9-13, 2018.

Continuing Education credit is available for classes offered through Lewis & Clark.

A series of tiny books by Kim Stafford is available through Lulu.com.
The Flavory of Unity: Post Election Poems
The Right to Be Forgotten: Poems while Traveling
Meditations & Poems for Writers
Circumference: Poems of Consolation & Blessing
Earth Verse

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