Pics from 2013 Chuckanut Writers Conference

Dear Writers: I was delighted to be back at the Chuckanut Writers Conference this year!

With Village Books Community Outreach Director Paul Hanson

At the 2013 Chuckanut Writers Conference in Bellingham WA with Village Books Community Outreach Director and fellow writer Paul Hanson.

Gary Luke, Waverly Fitzgerald, Garth Stein, and Thor Hanson at the author book signing

Sasquatch Books Publisher Gary Luke and authors Waverly Fitzgerald, Garth Stein, and Thor Hanson at the author book signing.

Naseem Rahka's plenary session speech about the Grand Canyon and the writerly life moved many people to tears.

Naseem Rahka’s plenary session speech about the Grand Canyon and the writerly life moved many people to tears.

Panel Host and former Conference Organizer Nan Macy (with a slightly known writer seen in the background).

Panel Host and former Conference Organizer Nan Macy (with a slightly known writer seen in the background).

As you well know, there’s something special and unique about each writing conference and this one, co-hosted by Village Books and Whatcom Community College delivers its own mix of brilliant faculty, pitching opportunities, and plenty of chances for writers to mingle, including participating in evening open mics on day two of the conference.

Chuck Robinson, co-owner of Village Books, and writer Garth Stein

Chuck Robinson, co-owner of Village Books, which co-sponsors the conference, and writer Garth Stein, this year’s keynote speaker.

Kiffer Brown of Chanticleer Reviews and Amanda June Hagarty staff the Whatcom Writers and Publishers table

Kiffer Brown of Chanticleer Reviews and Amanda June Hagarty staff the Whatcom Writers and Publishers table.

Suzanne Paola at the author book signing

Suzanne Paola, who spoke on writing the book proposal, talks to a writer at the author book signing.

Each of the three years of the conference, my role has been different: I was the Emcee the first time out, attended as a Faculty Member last year (read about my talk on storyboarding), and this year was invited back as a Special Guest Presenter to give a morning briefing on how to pitch (you can read the text of my talk in the post Pitching 101). It was truly heartwarming to have writers run up to me throughout both days to report that they’d “done what I said” and had a successful pitching experience. I felt like a proud mama! Continue reading