See You at the 2015 Chuckanut Writers Conference
Now in its fifth season, the CWC just keeps attracting awesome authors, agents, and marketing experts to share their knowledge and insights at this inspiring event that brings hundreds of writers together each June. Here’s the fabulous Hannah Streetman to tell you more.
I’ve often wondered what it is about the Pacific Northwest that attracts and produces some of the best writers around. Maybe it’s the inspiration of the Sound, the morning fog, the thousands of Douglas firs, or the community. Whatever it is that kindles your creativity, the Chuckanut Writers Conference has rounded up a group of twenty-one authors, industry experts, and agents from around this lush region to inspire you to put it into action.
The conference will be held at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham on June 26th and 27th. It’s all about benefiting writers at any stage in their craft. Whether you’re tentatively picking up a pen for the first time or have published six bestselling novels, you will be taking something away from this conference. Most people leave with new practical knowledge, inspiration, contacts, and lifelong friends. And an awesome swag bag!
For its fifth anniversary, the conference is offering three new Master Classes. This year’s Thursday Master Classes include “The Art of Framing” from Washington’s Inaugural Poet Laureate Sam Green, “Fiction, What Is It Made Of?” from author Steven Galloway, and “Secrets of a Successful Proposal” from publishing consultants Kerry Colburn and Jennifer Worick. These fill up fast, so be sure to register early. Thursday wraps up with a special poetry edition of the Chuckanut Radio Hour, featuring the music of the Lady Crooners.
The conference continues with multiple breakout and plenary sessions from the diverse faculty. Read over the descriptions in the schedule to see what piques your interest. Good luck narrowing it down! You can also sign up for agent pitch sessions if you’ve got something in the works. Of course, there are plenty of opportunities to mingle at receptions and faculty book signings (the wonderful Village Books will be the on-site bookseller). On Saturday, open mics will be hosted in bars and restaurants in Fairhaven so you can keep the spirit of the conference going all night.
Register early! There’s an early bird rate if you register by May 28 that will save you $40. If you think like me, that’s a new book and five lattes!
I’m so excited to be a part of this year’s conference. I love that it brings together the writing sub-communities of the region into one place for one weekend to celebrate Pacific Northwest writing. I moved to Bellingham from Denver for the trees, mostly, but I’ll stay for the community.
I’m always curious to know: What is it about the Pacific Northwest that inspires your writing? Tell me in the comments below or in person at the conference. I hope to see you there!
Chuckanut Writers Conference Intern
Hannah Streetman is a lifelong reader who is entirely fascinated by the world of publishing. She’s working on her bachelor’s degree in creative writing from WWU with a couple more practical minors she keeps switching around. When she’s not reading and writing, she enjoys oil painting, drinking coffee, and taking day trips to nearby towns. She would love to spend her life reading and traveling.