Category Archives: Workshops

Chanticleer Author Conference “Late Bird” Discount for WWP Members

Attending a Session CAC15Chanticleer Book Reviews, host of the Chanticleer Author Conference, has extended a “Late Bird” discount to WWP members as a way of saying thank you for all the valuable support, both from the group and individual members. This discount drops the price by $100 for the 2 day or the 3 day package, in effect, giving WWP members Early Bird prices at the 11th hour.

This unique author conference focuses on the business and marketing elements of being an author. While there are a few craft oriented sessions, most CAC16 Workshops will teach authors, both traditionally published and self published, how to increase book sales and make smart business decisions that will lead to a profitable career as an author.

CAC16 Faculty include: Bestselling legal thriller author Robert Dugoni, Pulpwood Queen, and founder of the world’s largest book club, Kathy L. Murphy, CEO of Where Writers Win Shari Stauch, Film & TV Producer Diane Sillan Isaacs, Editor and Radio Host William Kenower, and more.

Book Signings 4The three days of the conference, April 29, 30 & May 1, will also include the Books by the Bay Book Fair, which will be open to the public and feature the books of everyone attending the conference. It will be fully staffed by the local and well-loved bookseller Village Books. Even if you are not attending the conference, please come take a look at all the terrific books that will be for sale, many of which will be honored at our awards banquet that weekend.

The discount is good from now until April 14th, the day after the next WWP meeting. So don’t put off registering. Register for the Chanticleer Author Conference with the code WWPLATEBIRD to get the discount.

Chuckanut Writers: “Writing Stronger Stories with Facts, Fiction and/or Both” with Jim Lynch

Jim Lynch CW emailChuckanut Writers, a collaboration between Village Books and Whatcom Community College, invites you to join writer-in-residence Jim Lynch for two days of writing instruction, consultation, workshopping, connection, and a moveable feast at Village Books in Lynden on April 17 and 18! Registration fee includes a copy of Jim’s brand new novel, Before the Wind, that will be officially released April 19.

Sunday, April 17, 2-4 PM: Two hours of instruction will include advice on how to improve your story ideas, settings, characters, dialogue, research, reader momentum, and more. Will also include useful writing prompts as well as valuable survival tips for being a productive, sane, and improving writer.

Monday, April 18 (time selected at registration): Meet with Jim for a 15-minute session to discuss your writing project/ideas or to hear his feedback on a couple pages. While awaiting your turn, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with some of your fellow students.

Jim Lynch won national journalism awards before becoming a full-time fiction writer twelve years ago. His first three novels, The Highest Tide, Border Songs (set in Whatcom County), and Truth Like the Sun were all performed on stage and won prizes. Join Jim Lynch at Lynden’s Jansen Art Center on April 18 at 7 PM for his debut appearance for Before the Wind.

Dates: Sunday & Monday, April 17 & 18
Times: click registration info below for scheduling options
Location: Village Books & Paper Dreams in Lynden
 $95, includes a copy of Before the Wind 
Click here or call (360) 383-3200 to register or for more information about this and the complete spring line-up of Chuckanut Writers offerings!

February Workshop: “The Mindful Writer: Bringing Focus and Energy to Your Writing Life”

Have you tried all the time management tools but still can’t “find time” to write? What you may be missing is the energy for writing. In this interactive workshop, you’ll practice ways to cultivate your writing focus and energy. You’ll also explore mindfulness strategies to help you create the mental space and self-awareness you need to write. Whatever your writing level, you can unlock your passion for your story—and become a more creative and productive writer! Instructor Susan Colleen Browne published 3 novels last year; her latest is The Hopeful Romantic.

This Chuckanut Writers workshop takes place Wed. February 17, 5:30 – 8:30 pm at Village Books in Fairhaven; cost is $45. For more information, visit or phone 360.383.3200.


Fall Writing Marathon with Dawn Groves

Dawn Groves has been leading her own version of Richard Louth’s “New Orleans” style writing marathon for several years. She includes light structure and guidance via lecturettes and optional challenges throughout the day.  Participants set goals as a large core group. Then everyone spits into small groups to sit in restaurants and coffee spots where they eat, write, and share their way through the highs of lows of the day. Each hour-long period contains uninterrupted writing time as well as optional sharing without comment. Socializing, eating and walking are encouraged as long as they are in the service of WRITING.

Participants are often surprised at how quickly the time goes by as
well as how much they get done. It’s a great big push. Won’t you
join us?

Website for more info:

Date: Oct 18, 2015
Time: 8 AM
Location: Book Fair Cafe, Fairhaven
Cost: $79