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Returning sponsor Chuckanut Writers Conference is back, and you can register now for one of the best writers conferences in the Pacific Northwest.

There's a reason this popular conference returns year after year: amazing instructors, access to industry professionals, and the kind of intensive focus on your writing and craft that increase your ability to produce great work.

Plus, the location, in beautiful Bellingham, is sure to appeal. Don't delay, register now and get your passes before they sell out!

2020 Chuckanut Writers Conference Highlights

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Conference participants will hear keynote addresses by Tiffany Midge (Pushcart Prize winner, poet and humorist, and author of the memoir Bury My Heart at Chuck E. Cheese’s) and Kristen Millares Young (prize-winning investigative journalist, the 2018-2020 Prose Writer-in-Residence at Hugo House, and author of the novel Subduction).


2019 Chuckanut Writers Conference faculty members Anastacia-Renee (former Seattle Civic Poet, author of five poetry collections, and recipient of the 2018 James W. Ray Distinguished Artist award) and Lyanda Lynn Haupt (naturalist, ecophilosopher, and award-winning author of five books, most recently Mozart's Starling) will return to the conference to deliver multi-genre craft talks from the main stage.


In addition to these featured speakers, our 2020 program will include breakout sessions taught by (please see our website for full author bios)

  • Omar El Akkad
  • Sierra Golden
  • Ramon Isao
  • Sonora Jha
  • Laura Kalpakian
  • Elizabeth Kracht
  • Priscilla Long
  • Casandra López
  • Jory Mickelson
  • Nathan Vass
  • Kami Westhoff
  • Leni Zumas


Conference participants can also register for pitch sessions with Michelle Brower of Aevitas, Elizabeth Kracht of Kimberley Cameron & Associates, and Craig Popelars of Tin House Books.

Pitch sessions are $12 each. Register by Friday, June 12, 2020.

Conference participants can also register for pitch sessions.


Optional pre-conference master classes offer the opportunity to focus intently on craft in a small-group setting and spend more time learning from conference faculty Omar El Akkad, Sonora Jha, and Priscilla Long. These three-and four-hour classes are held on Thursday, June 25. Choose from one of the following three options:

  • Omar El Akkad

    "Resistance Fiction"

    What constitutes resistance fiction? What makes a literary work stand in opposition to political and societal injustice? In this master class, we explore some of the hallmarks of fiction focused on resistance and rebellion, with a special emphasis on works from outside North America. We also study some of the ways in which writers living under oppressive regimes have managed to use literature to criticize and expose those regimes.

    Thursday, June 25, 2020 | 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. | $79

  • Sonora Jha

    "Query - Pitch - Agented"

    How do you get to the heart of your story for your pitch? How do you craft that dazzling and succinct query letter? How will you find the agent that sees into your soul? Come craft your story about your story.

    Thursday, June 25, 2020 | 1 - 5 p.m. | $99

  • Priscilla Long

    "Metaphor for Writers: What Are Metaphors Good For? How Do We Get Good at Making Metaphor?"

    This master class discusses the advances by linguists (George Lakoff and others) in thinking of metaphor as what every human being on earth uses every day to conceptualize the world. (Example: "Life is a journey.") Then we will look at kinds of metaphors and how we can get better at them, and actually develop a practice of making our own original metaphors. Metaphors are not decoration but rather an aid to visualizing, to seeing, to understanding. And they can be beautiful.

    Thursday, June 25, 2020 | 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. | $79

Optional pre-conference master classes offer the opportunity

Reduced Rate Student Registration Fee

Students who are currently enrolled at a college or university may register at a reduced rate of $99.

Chuckanut Writers Conference Scholarships

The mission of the Chuckanut Writers Conference Scholarship Fund is to foster a writing community that supports the work of writers of all backgrounds, ages, and experiences and to make our conference more accessible to writers from diverse backgrounds, writers who have been historically underrepresented in writing and publishing, and writers who could not otherwise afford to attend. Scholarships will cover the early bird registration fee of $245. Scholarship recipients will be responsible for the costs of travel, room, and board, if applicable. Writers may apply by April 1, 2020 to be considered for a scholarship.

The mission of the Chuckanut Writers Conference Scholarship Fund is to foster a writing community.

Early-Bird Registration Fee: $245, register by May 26, 2020
Registration Fee: $285, after May 26, 2020
Student Rate: $99, call 360.383.3200 for details