Chuckanut Writers Classes & Workshops

Village Books and WCC Community and Continuing Education have created a writing instruction collaboration called Chuckanut Writers. Writing classes, seminars, and conferences (including the amazing Chuckanut Writers Conference) will inspire and encourage writers at all stages of their writing journey. Check out a few of the classes that are just around the corner listed below, and click here to see the complete schedule! Don’t Wait Too Long! Community & Continuing Education classes are self-supporting and require a minimum number of students to run. Unless they hear from you in time, they may be forced to cancel a class you were planning to take due to low enrollment. Please register early.


Registration for the Chuckanut Writers Conference is now open. Act fast to save money with the early-bird special registration fee! For more information and registration details click here



Life Lines: Writing Poetry from Life Experience with Ryler Dustin
Explore ways to express our experiences--present or past--in poetry. Focus on demystifying craft elements such as form and metaphor. More importantly, unlock a natural voice in exploring complex, delightful, or even challenging memories.
Apr 30 from 1-5pm, $59
The Gentle Art of Critiquing with Roby Blecker
Join Roby Blecker as she provides techniques to help anyone participating in a critique group give the most to others in the group and get the most from them, resulting in stronger finished pieces and more confident writing.
May 3-10 from 6-8pm, $59
Wild Mind Writing II: Practice and Form with Nancy Lou Canyon
Continue your Wild Mind Writing practice! This class will take our raw writing from daily practice into different structures: short-short stories, personal essays, and poetry.  Prerequisite: Wild Mind Writing I or instructor permission.
May 8-22 from 6-8:30pm, $115
A Writer's Guide to Wildly Successful Public Readings with Jes Stone
Learn to create, prepare, and present successful public readings. Discover how to work with audience members (good and grumpy) and overcome the dreaded fear of public speaking.
May 20 from 10am-2pm, $59

Home to the Wilderness with Barbara Bloom
Through reflections on the poems of others and a series of writing exercises, explore how to keep a wild place within in the midst of the demands of the 21st century. Appropriate for poets at all levels of experience.
July 14 from 9am-4pm, Course price TBD

Amplify Your Writing with a Son with Betty Scott & JP Falcon Grady
Create a word pool of sounds, choose a structure, and experience what happens when your free write is accompanied by a musician.
July 23-24 from 6-9pm, Course price TBD
Make Writing a Business: The Nitty-Gritty of Being an Author Entrepreneur with Maya Sullivan
Expand your writing passion to embrace entrepreneurship, and discover resources to help manage your writing ventures. Learn the basics of a writing enterprise such as home office deductions, sales taxes, and tax reseller agreements.
July 28 from 10am-12pm, Course price TBD

Get to know our Chuckanut Writers instructors a little better with indepth interviews on our blog, like our recent Q & A with Ron Leatherbarrow!

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