VANCOUVER, Wash. – Professional and aspiring writers alike are invited to advance their writing skills and learn about a variety of writing genres through “creation stations” at the upcoming National Unpublished Writers’ Day. The event will take place from 12 – 5 p.m. Jan. 27 at The Clark County Historical Museum. The event is free and open to the public.
National Unpublished Writer’s Day is an annual event held in partnership between The Clark County Historical Museum, the creative media and digital culture program at Washington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.
Christopher Luna and Toni Partington, editors of Printed Matter Vancouver
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
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
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
Howard Gingold, former Los Angeles Times journalist and documentary filmmaker, and Tom Vogt, journalist for The Columbian
National Unpublished Writers’ Day follows in the footsteps of Washington-born writer Richard Brautigan who envisioned a library where writers of all skill levels and backgrounds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 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.
The Clark County Historical Museum is located at 1511 Main Street in Vancouver's 1909 Carnegie Library. Regular museum hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission is charged. The museum is free from 5 – 9 p.m. during the First Thursday Museum After Hours program.
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John F. Barber, Creative Media & Digital Culture, 360-546-9645, firstname.lastname@example.org
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