2013 National Unpublished Writers’ Day

Note: This is a past event.

Our National Unpublished Writers’ Day has come around again! Come jam with other people who like to write, exchange ideas, and learn more about your craft. The workshop is scheduled for 12 noon to 5 pm on Sunday, January 27th, 2013 at the Clark County Historical Museum, and it remains a free event.

National Unpublished Writer’s Day is an annual event held in partnership between The Clark County Historical Museum, the creative media and digital culture program at Washington State University Vancouver and the WSU Vancouver writing center. The event features workshops, activities and creation stations that offer writers of all skill levels a wide array of information, theory and hands-on practice.

This year’s workshops cover a diverse range of writing topics including screenwriting, short stories, poetry, journalism, electronic literature and six-word memoirs. Professional writers from WSU Vancouver and the community will help lead the workshops and provide participants with a broad approach to writing.

The event will also feature a poetry reading by third grade students from Image Elementary School at 2 p.m. The students will read their own poetry created specifically for the event.

Creation Stations:

“Poetry”
Christopher Luna and Toni Partington, editors of Printed Matter Vancouver

“Six-word Memoirs”
Brett Oppegaard, assistant professor of communications, WSU Vancouver

“Rhythm and Writing”
Kandy Robertson, clinical associate professor and coordinator of the WSU Vancouver writing center

“Writing a Personal Statement”
Judy Ware, writing center consultant, WSU Vancouver

“Screenwriting”
Rick O’Brien, writing center consultant, WSU Vancouver

“Very, Very, Very Short Stories”
Josh Erdahl, writing center consultant, WSU Vancouver

“Sound Recording/Writing and Book Making”
Bryan Ruhe, CMDC student

“Electronic Literature”
Dene Grigar, director of the creative media and digital culture program, and Will Luers, visiting professor, WSU Vancouver

“Writing for Social Media”
Michael Rabby, CMDC faculty member, WSU Vancouver

“Journalism”
Howard Gingold, former Los Angeles Times journalist and documentary filmmaker, and Tom Vogt, journalist for The Columbian

“Writing Pearls”
Jessica Samuelsen

“Design and make your own book”
Stan Torrence

“Journaling”
Gina Williams

National Unpublished Writers’ Day follows in the footsteps of Washington-born writer Richard Brautigan who envisioned a library where writers of all skill levels and backgrounds could exhibit their works. CMDC faculty member John Barber is responsible for developing and curating The Clark County Historical Museum’s Brautigan Library, which features more than 290 unpublished manuscripts written by authors from 31 states, the United Kingdom, Canada, France, India and Saudi Arabia.

Through his work with The Brautigan Library, Barber recognizes the importance this event has for local writers. “National Unpublished Writers’ Day provides a connection between the WSU Vancouver community, the Clark County Historical Museum and the larger surrounding area that increases awareness of the importance of community literacy. The event facilitates conversations among writers and readers, aiding in the process of finding the right words, style, tone and voice in order to best convey a writer’s intended message to his or her audience,” said Barber.

For more information call 360-993-5679 or visit www.cchmuseum.org. To learn more about The Brautigan Library, please visit www.thebrautiganlibrary.org.

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