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Chuckanut Writers Conference announces CWC 2020 Online!

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In 2011, the conference launched with the theme Inspiration into Action. With our partner Whatcom Community College Community and Continuing Education, we are pleased 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. We invite you to take part in this unique event, one we hope you’ll remember for years to come.
The Chuckanut Writers Conference announces CWC 2020 Online, a weeklong program of virtual creative writing events to take place June 22-27. Accomplished writers will teach breakout sessions and master classes on a variety of writing topics—all delivered remotely through Zoom. The conference faculty will present their creative work during a live virtual reading on Friday, June 26, at 5:30 p.m.

Breakout session topics include character development, novel structure, using sound and color, poetry and prayer, supernatural flash fiction, and writing during the coronavirus. Sessions will be taught by novelists Omar El Akkad, Kristen Millares Young, and Sonora Jha; poets Anastacia-Renee, Sierra Golden, and Jory Mickelson; and prose writers Ramon Isao and Priscilla Long. Each one-hour breakout session costs $20. Breakout sessions are scheduled so participants can register for any number of
sessions without scheduling conflicts. Omar El Akkad, Sonora Jha, and Priscilla Long will teach master classes on Saturday, June 27. The small-group setting of a master class offers the opportunity for in-depth exploration of a writing topic and quality engagement with conference faculty members. Master class prices vary based on class duration.

The tenth annual Chuckanut Writers Conference was canceled in April in response to the Whatcom County Health Department’s recommendation to cancel summertime events and gatherings in order to prevent and reduce the spread of COVID-19.
The goal of CWC 2020 Online is to deliver instructive and inspiring programming that nourishes creativity, fosters social connection, and promotes writers and their creative work—all worthwhile endeavors during this time of social distancing.
Participants must register in advance for all CWC 2020 Online events, including the faculty reading, which is free. Register online at or by calling 360-383-3200.
Below are books from our CWC 2020 faculty...enjoy! Jory Mickelson’s poetry collection, Wilderness//Kingdom, is available to purchase directly from the publisher.

writers young and old introducing themselves to each other at Chuckanut Writers Conference

Forget It Cover Image
ISBN: 9780997952445
Availability: ***LIKELY UNAVAILABLE- Call Store for Details***
(This book cannot be returned.)
Published: Black Radish Books - July 31st, 2017

American War: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101973134
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - January 30th, 2018

The Slow Art Cover Image
ISBN: 9780985058494
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
(This book cannot be returned.)
Published: Bear Star Press - September 1st, 2018

Foreign  Cover Image
ISBN: 9788184002829
Availability: ***LIKELY UNAVAILABLE- Call Store for Details***
Published: Random House India - April 16th, 2013

The Writer's Portable Mentor: A Guide to Art, Craft, and the Writing Life, Second Edition Cover Image
ISBN: 9780826360052
Availability: Not in-stock currently- expect arrival in 1-14 business days
Published: University of New Mexico Press - September 15th, 2018

Subduction Cover Image
ISBN: 9781597098922
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Red Hen Press - April 14th, 2020

Red Clocks: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316434782
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Back Bay Books - October 2nd, 2018