Category Archives: Workshops

Chanticleer Authors Conference – Early Bird Deadline May 31st

CAC logoIt’s time to register for the 2015 Chanticleer Authors Conference, which runs September 26-29th this year (Saturday-Tuesday). The early bird deadline is May 31st, so buy your tickets now before the price goes up!

This is the second Chanticleer Authors Conference, and those of you who made it to the first will remember it was a stunning success, full of vital information about the business of being a writer. Topics being covered this year include: Marketing, Engaging Audience, Understanding Distribution, Cover Design, Publishing, Branding and Platform Building, Discoverability and more. Attendees do not need to be published authors. Writers of all levels are welcome. It’s never too early to learn about the business side of writing.

CAC blue ribbonThe Chanticleer Awards Banquet will wrap up the conference on Tuesday Banquet tickets can be purchased separately from the conference, so come and celebrate all the contest winners with a delicious gourmet meal.

The conference takes place on the Bellingham waterfront, with fabulous views of the sunset over the bay, at the Hotel Bellwether. Join us for fun, good times, and, of course, a whole lot of learning!

CAC hotel

The World of Independent Publishing

Interested in self-publishing your book? In this interactive class,
you’ll learn practical strategies to help you get started! We’ll
cover the essentials of print publishing, including costs, real-world
sales figures and profits, as well as marketing hooks and other
promotion tips. We’ll also discuss publishing eBooks—formatting,
royalties, where to sell your eBook, and how independent publishing
can jump-start your writing career. Instructor Susan Colleen Browne is the author of seven independently published books, including the Whatcom County-set memoir, Little Farm in the Foothills. Her latest novel, The Hopeful Romantic, will be released May 2015.

The World of Independent Publishing

Date: April 22 & 29, 2015
Time: 6 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Village Books
Cost: $69
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Chuckanut Writing Classes at WCC

Creating and Sustaining a Writing Practice

Learn how to create and sustain a writing practice within the context of a busy life–a meaningful and relevant practice which will be useful and interesting, auto-didactic, as well as motivating and inspiring. Through experiential learning and class sharing, you’ll tap into the empowering aspects of writing. Joel Gillman has an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch in Los Angeles, maintains a thousand-word-a-day blog, and has been showing middle school students ways of “tapping in” for 23 years. Continue reading Chuckanut Writing Classes at WCC

Nature Writing Workshop with Gary Ferguson

Over the past several years Gary Ferguson’s writing has explored the
truth of a comment novelist Lawrence Durell once made, that “we are
the children of our landscape.” His nature writing classes are
designed to help participants strengthen their voice by more fully
understanding how landscape has influenced their own lives. This class will begin with a mix of storytelling, contemplative writing
exercises, and lecture, exploring commonly recurring themes within the nature myths of various cultures. From this general perspective, we’ll move on to specifics, using powerful exercises to help you identify the transcendent, or archetypal themes of your own links to the natural world. Presented in part by North Cascades Institute,
connecting people, nature, and community since 1986. A one hour lunch break will be provided. This workshop will be followed by a public event at Village Books at 7 p.m. for Gary’s new book, The Carry Home.

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Date: 11/18/2014
Time: 9:30AM-4:30PM
Location: Whatcom Community College
Cost: $75

Writing Vignettes about Photographs: A Workshop with Frances McCue

Please join us in a refreshing, inspiring writing course taught by
acclaimed UW teacher and poet Frances McCue. In this two-hour course, Frances will show portraits and landscapes to encourage prose poems, small stories or vignettes. She’ll give you some great triggers for writing from photographs and offer innovative triggers to use on your own. Bringing your own photos is encouraged, though McCue will also show some photographs by Mary Randlett to get everyone started. Together, we’ll write together in class and encourage surprise, engaged conversation, read-alouds and the final product of a short vignette, poem, or story to pair with a photograph.

More info:
Date: 11/11/2014
Time: 3:00PM-5:00PM
Location: Village Books–Readings Gallery
Cost: $29