National Unpublished Writers’ Day

Clark County Historical Museum, with Artstra, Rose City Book Pub, and Washington State University Vancouver will celebrate writing and Richard Brautigan during the 2020 National Unpublished Writers’ Day event at the Museum on Saturday, January 25, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will be free and open to the public.

Planned activities include readings, workshops on writing and publishing, and information and activities for writers of all ages. “National Unpublished Writers Day will highlight a broad approach to writing for Museum visitors,” said Bradley Richardson, museum executive director.

“We are truly honored to be a part of this year’s National Unpublished Writers’ Day,” said Artstra chair, Karen Madsen. “By bringing together emerging and established writers, this event aligns perfectly with our organization’s goal of supporting local artists and encouraging arts accessibility. This is just one more way to help writers find their voice and gain confidence and to ensure the arts thrive in our community.”

“Internationally acclaimed writer Richard Brautigan was born here in Washington,” said John Barber, faculty at Washington State University Vancouver, a Brautigan scholar, and curator of the Museum’s Brautigan Library collection. “He suffered many rejections before achieving success as a writer. The Brautigan Library celebrates Brautigan’s vision and perseverance by providing a place where interested writers can share their narratives, regardless of content or quality. National Unpublished Writers Day celebrates this collection, its mission, and Brautigan’s birthday, Jan. 30, 1935, in Tacoma,” Barber said.

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