Writer Cait Auer’s Update on the Chuckanut Writers Conference, June 27-28

Dear Writers:

CWC_homepage_ad2It’s my pleasure to host a post by freelance writer and this year’s conference intern Cait Auer, previewing the fourth annual Chuckanut Writer’s Conference, a joint effort of Whatcom Community College and Village Books. The early bird registration rate of $229 ends this Thursday, May 22, after which you’ll have to shell out a few more bucks to get in the door on Friday and Saturday, June 27–28. Either way, it’s a door worth entering to mingle with this year’s wonderful faculty and your fellow writers.


Here’s Cait to tell you more:

Cait AuerWhen you think of a writer’s conference, what comes to mind? Do your ears perk in anticipation at the thought of listening to an author do a live-read? Does your body buzz with excitement when your brain’s light bulb sparks with a new idea for a story? Do you long to interact with creative-minded people in an intimate setting? The fourth annual Chuckanut Writers Conference, running from June 27th–28th, takes pride in providing an event that will enhance your own writing experience while maintaining an entertaining, welcoming community for all to enjoy!

Everyone is encouraged to participate in vibrant chatter with passionate readers and writers, whether you have just started to dabble in creative writing, or if you have a long history with the craft. Several published authors have attended the conference every year and are consistently satisfied with the amount of knowledge they gain from the event. I have talked to many community members who have found lifelong friendships that spawned from the conference. It is a rarity to be apart of a conference that urges its members and attendees to socialize, where everyone is appreciated regardless of their literary background. Have your voice heard and gain valuable insight from dawn to well after dusk.

Kristiana Kahakauwila's talk will be on "The Best Draft Yet: Strategies for Revision.  She is the author of the lauded book This is Paradise: Stories.

Kristiana Kahakauwila’s talk will be on “The Best Draft Yet: Strategies for Revision. She is the author of the lauded book This is Paradise: Stories.

Beloved author of Border Songs, Jim Lynch will speak on "How to write the novel you'd love to read."

Beloved author of Border Songs and Truth Like the Sun, Jim Lynch will speak on “How to write the novel you’d love to read.”

Anastacia Tolbert's talk will be "XXX."

Anastacia Tolbert’s session will encourage you to write using the Tanka and Bop poetic devices as a conduit to fully express your thoughts.


Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity for local community members to recognize the unique amount of talent that the Pacific Northwest has to offer! Draw inspiration from a wide variety of cross-genre panels and workshops presented by renowned faculty of authors, editors, and journalists, such as David Laskin, Jim Lynch, Claire Dederer, William Kenower, Western Washington University’s wonderful Professor Kristiana Kahakauwila, and many more! Make a personal connection with publishers, agents, and marketing specialists during one-on-one pitch sessions. Take advantage of the intimate setting of this conference during this year’s Friday reception/mixer, featuring Masquerade Wines, Boundary bay Brewing, and tasty Bellingham treats. The fun continues well into the night on Saturday, where the entire community is invited to attend open mic nights throughout the whimsical, historical town of Fairhaven. On Thursday, June 26th, enjoy must-see special edition of the Chuckanut Radio Hour (open to the public), featuring Bellingham’s own muscal talent, Sarah Goodin, and presenter and author Brian Doyle.

For more information on the conference, all of our presenters, the schedule, and registering, please visit our website: chuckanutwritersconference.com. Register by Thursday, May 22 for our early bird rate!

This is going to be an event to remember, and I can’t wait to see you there!

Best Wishes,

Cait Auer
Chuckanut Writers Conference Intern

Cait Auer is a twenty-two year old freelance writer, pursuing her bachelor’s degree in English/Creative Writing Emphasis and French at Western Washington University. She is currently the intern for this year’s Chuckanut Writers Conference, and is eager to continue learning every aspect of the editing and publishing world. Cait has been published in What’s Up! Magazine, Grow Northwest Magazine, and Lavish Magazine, and has recently been appointed as a contributing travel journalist for The Crossing Guide Magazine. When she isn’t reading or writing, Cait huddles over her kitchen stove to invent new, tasty dishes. She has an overwhelming case of the travel bug, and constantly contemplates the possibilities of new adventures and experiences.

~ P.S from Laurel: here’s a couple About Town notes ~

Words_Web_Events_01.2013_MILCHMANWednesday, May 21, 7 p.m.: As a special event organized by Red Wheelbarrow Writers, see Jenny Milchman, winner of this year’s Mary Higgins Clark award and the author of Cover of Snow and Ruin Falls at Village Books. Jenny will sign books and speak at a reception in the Book Fare Café (upstairs from Village Books). The signing is free to attend; cost to attend the reception is $12.

Monday, May 26, 7 p.m.: Join me for Open Mic Night at Village Books! Our optional theme is Memories and History.

XO Laurel Leigh

7 thoughts on “Writer Cait Auer’s Update on the Chuckanut Writers Conference, June 27-28

  1. Clearly you are in your own private space of passion and your posts amply reflect that. Wish you a great time in the conference. Would love to hear your take-away from that.


    • Hi Shakti,

      Thanks for your message — I am enjoying the conference very much and about to head to the second day of workshops. I will post a report on my blog!

      Best wishes for your endeavors.

  2. Great write-up, Cait! Lots of temptation there. It will be difficult to say no! Still waiting to hear from Squaw, Laurel…..I can’t believe this is the 4th conference. Seems like just yesterday the Dogpatchers were hauling themselves and their manuscripts up to the great Northwest to hang out with you and celebrate the work you put into the first one.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s