About Town: Sweet Writerly Stuff
Out following my dog around the neighborhood, I came upon this charming free book exchange. Yes, I may want a groovy Kobo eReader (soon as I pay off my groovy roof), but meanwhile who could resist what I have dubbed Gate 1’s Friendly Neighborhood Bookstore. Props to the homeowner who came up with this idea. You can take a book and leave another or just stand there reading while your dog checks out pee-mail.
Welcome to the middle of the week. Here’s some goings on about town that caught my eye:
May 3, 1 p.m.: First Friday Writers at Whatcom County’s Sudden Valley Community Center, hosted by C.J. Prince. Call 360-393-3439 or just show up for a very welcoming open writing group. Format is Natalie Goldberg style.
May 6, 5:30 p.m.: Drop by Village Books Readings Gallery for a preview of my Knockout Editing class at WWU. This is a developmental editing four-week intensive workshop for writers in any genre who have a couple thousand words or more going. Class starts on May 23 and runs for four Thursdays (6–9 p.m. at WWU campus).
May 11, 8 p.m.: Join two fab poets about town Kevin Murphy (author of A Beautiful Chaos Demands Energy) and Matthew Brouwer (Men Who Walk with Canes, The Gospel According to Matthew) at The Little Studio Up Top in downtown Bellingham.
May 14–15: Bellingham’s Village Books is hosting a Literary Retreat featuring Dylan Tomine (Closer to the Ground) at Willows Inn on Lummi Island.
May 22, 5:30 p.m.: Whatcom Writers & Publishers meeting will feature a panel on social media.
May 27, 7 p.m.: Open Mic at Village Books with Yours Truly as Emcee. Optional theme is Memories and History.
June 21-22: Chuckanut Writers Conference in Bellingham hosted by Whatcom Community College and Village Books. This year’s faculty features Garth Stein, Jennie Shortridge, Bruce Beasley, Wendy Call and many more! For a conference update, check out this post by writer and conference intern Chasse Gunter.
July 25: Bainbridge Island Story Slam at the Treehouse Café. Everyone should go to one of these at least once—at which point you may get addicted.
July 20, 8:30 a.m.: The Third Annual Wind Horse Half Marathon Run for Education on Bellingham’s Interurban Trail. You might not be able to type on your iPad while running (or walking), but you will gets lots of great writing ideas along with some exercise. If you don’t believe me, check out Cami Ostman’s book Second Wind. Many of us know Cami through Red Wheelbarrow Writers. She runs, she writes, she’s awesome!
The amazing May issue of Conversations Across Borders edited by Jeremy Voigt is out! The next CAB Workshop is in Spokane August 25–30.
October 25-27: Mark your calendars now for Whidbey Island Writers Conference this fall!
If you’re in Lynden WA in need of a beverage or a gorgeous place to write, stop by the Jansen Art Center. They are super writer friendly. I crashed a Red Wheelbarrow Writers write out organized by Sean Dwyer (Dwyer Cafe) and had a spectacular time writing and listening to marvelous work read at the end of the day. Look for Sean’s upcoming post about the event and Jansen.
Speaking of readings, yes, I know, I now owe the open mic crowd posts for March and April. Coming shortly, I promise!
- As always, send me your writing-related event notices so I can help spread the word! Pretty please, tell someone else about this blog.
- Check out the open mic “regulars” page!
- Read more from me at Dogpatch Writers Collective, including my latest post, Finding the Writing Moment in My Alien Boob.
XO Laurel Leigh