Calling all writers and aspiring writers! Whether you’re a seasoned author or you’ve only been toying with a story idea, Fairhaven’s Village Books offers several resources to help cultivate your writing.

Every storyteller has a voice that deserves to be heard – or read. For many beginners, the most challenging obstacle to starting writing is the starting. You may struggle to find the voice of your work or be overwhelmed by the seemingly daunting project of translating complex thoughts and feelings into comprehendible (ideally, eloquent) words. But keep in mind, insight isn’t found in the blueprint of your work, but in what you uncover along the way.

In Kurt Vonnegut’s words – “To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.”

A great first step is subscribing to Village Books’ monthly eNewsletter, Just Write!, which highlights current classes, tips and tricks, writing book reviews and more. Highlighted classes, workshops, and conferences include the below:

Chuckanut Writers Classes & Workshops
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.

Chuckanut Writers Conference
With a mission to profoundly inspire writers of all backgrounds, Chuckanut Writers Conference returns Friday June 22nd and Saturday June 23rd 2018 to celebrate writers, readers, literary groups, and highly-acclaimed authors in the Pacific Northwest region.

Village Books Writing Groups
Village Books regularly hosts writing groups with free and open admission on the mezzanine level of the store near the poetry section & Book Fare Cafe. This is a collaborative space to meet other writers and receive or give feedback on various writing tips and goals. Village Books also hosts an Open Mic Night the 4th Monday of each month at 7 p.m.

Chanticleer Reviews
Chanticleer Reviews is a nationally-recognized book review service located in Bellingham dedicated to discovering talented and inspiring writing.

In addition, Village Books also features a Consignment Program in its support of local authors. The program allows the bookstore to showcase a variety of work from self-published authors who may not otherwise be featured on bookstore shelves.