About Town: October 2013
Dear Writers: I’ve been mourning the demise of my 40s. But I’m coming out of mourning right now to celebrate turning 50 on Halloween! I’ll be celebrating all through October and hope you join me, as there’s lots to do!
1) Get new reading glasses, cuz damn, the type on this page keeps getting smaller.
2) If you’re in the area, join me tonight for Open Mic at Village Books at 7 p.m., 360-671-2626, http://www.villagebooks.com
Here’s the sweet stuff for October!
Launching Oct 1: Weekly Writing Circle led by area poet Matthew Brouwer. Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m. at Allied Arts of Whatcom County, 1418 Cornwall in Bellingham. Drop in, no need to register; fee is what you can afford. Matthew Brouwer is the author of Men Who Walk with Canes and The Gospel According to Matthew. www.MatthewBrouwerpoet.com
Oct 1: I Am Troy Davis, 7 p.m. at Village Books in Fairhaven. Marking the second anniversary of the execution of Troy Anthony Davis, Amnesty USA, NAACP, Equal Justice USA, and Haymarket Books invite you to join Kimberly Davis (Troy’s sister) and author Jen Marlowe for an evening of reflection on the legacy of Troy Davis and the success that the movement to end the death penalty has achieved.
Oct 3–6: Wordstock Festival in Portland OR, http://www.wordstockfestival.com/festival/
Oct 3, 10, 17, 24, 6:30 p.m. at Village Books: Nancy Canyon teaches a four-night workshop for writers: “Place to Place: Writing the Environment.”
Wednesday, 10/16/13 and Saturday 11/16/13: Self-Publishing with Dawn Groves and Susan Colleen Browne @ Whatcom Community College, http://www.whatcom.communityed.com
Wednesday, 10/23/13: Whatcom Writers and Publishers October Dinner and Speaker, http://www.whatcomwritersandpublishers.org
Oct 25–27: Surrey International Writers’ Conference in Surrey, B.C. Canada, http://www.siwc.ca/
Oct 25–27: Whidbey Island Writers Conference in Coupeville WA, http://www.nila.edu/wiwc/
Monday, 10/28/13: Open Mic with Laurel Leigh, Village Books, 7 p.m., 360-671-2626, http://www.villagebooks.com
Thursday, 10/31/13: Happy 50th to me! My favorite thing to do on my birthday is hand out candy to the kids as well as eat some of it myself. My mom and my birth mother loved each other dearly but could not agree on a lot of things, including my birth certificate. I actually have two: the original from 1963 that includes my birth mother and father’s names and lists my race as Negro, which is why I think that’s a beautiful word and always will (he was actually Afro-American and Native American and she’s Caucasian); and the redux made a few years later that lists my mom and dad (who were Germanic and Basque) and changes my race to Caucasian. Yes, there will be a story someday,
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P.S. Thanks to everyone who has asked about my classes:
Saturday, 11/2/13: The Little Novelist Workshop with Laurel Leigh @ Whatcom Community College, 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Thursdays starting 2/6/14: Writer’s Workshop, a guided critique group, runs for six weeks @ Whatcom Community College, 6-9 p.m. Registration will open about eight weeks prior to the class.
P.P.S.: Read my story “Darrell, In Milwaukee” (from my Shoeless collection) in the next issue of Clover, A Literary Rag, due December 2013. You can find Clover, published by the Independent Writers’ Studio with its gorgeous letterpress cover, at Village Books and online at http://independentwritersstudio.com/site/?cat=7.
XO Laurel Leigh