Village Books & Paper Dreams - Fairhaven
Mon-Sat: 9am-9pm
Sun: 10am-7pm
Village Books - Lynden
Mon-Sat: 9am-8pm
Sun: 11am-5pm

Chuckanut Writers Classes

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. 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.

Friday, June 21, 2019 (All day) to Saturday, June 22, 2019 (All day)

Nine years ago, Whatcom Community College's Community and Continuing Education and Village Books launched the Chuckanut Writers Conference with the theme Inspiration into Action. We’re pleased to return on Friday and Saturday, June 21 and 22, 2019, to continue our mission—to profoundly inspire your writing life. In support of this mission, we’ve gathered a renowned faculty and developed a dynamic program with an unwavering commitment to excellence.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 9:00am

The key to diamond-clear writing is the editing! Learn how best to copyedit and work with a writer to make a story or article the best it can be, whether you are the author or someone else is. Begin the development of an "editor's eye," whether you are writing fiction, nonfiction, or blogs, or helping others with their writing. 

4 sessions

Friday, July 12, 2019 - 6:00pm

Writing Home provides tools for exploring your ancestry and developing satisfying ways to chronicle your discoveries. Learn to research, organize and write family history. Discover tricks for exploiting Internet resources. Gather fundamentals for creating story - including how to build characters, use dialogue, and establish place and time.

3 sessions

Saturday, July 13, 2019 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

How can we sustain a connection to the natural world in our busy and often fragmented lives? Through reflections on the poems of others and a series of writing exercises, we'll explore how to keep a wild place within in the midst of the demands of the 21st century. This generative workshop is appropriate for poets at all levels of experience.

1 session

Monday, July 15, 2019 - 10:00am

Sharpen your descriptive skills and learn to make place a character in your writing. Each class, we'll meet in a different location--feel free to bring suggestions. Writing prompts and exercises, along with analysis of great writing, will demonstrate how to bring the beauty, mystery, and power of place to life on the page. First session meets in the Readings Gallery at Village Books in Fairhaven; subsequent outdoor meeting places--or indoor options in case of inclement weather--will be discussed at first class.

4 sessions

Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 9:30am

Do you have a story that is begging to be shared? Are you compelled to share your own true stories? In the spirit of live storytelling events like The Moth, this workshop will provide a safe space to craft your own story and a supportive audience with which to share it. Class meets two Thursday mornings, then culminates with a live showcase on Wednesday, August 14, from 7:00 - 9:00pm at Evolve Chocolate + Cafe located in Village Books in Fairhaven.

2 sessions + 1 event