A COVID-19 Update
In April, the Whatcom County Health Department issued the recommendation to cancel summertime events and gatherings in order to prevent and reduce the spread of COVID-19. As a result, we made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Chuckanut Writers Conference.
We appreciate this evidence-based guidance from local public health officials, and we are confident the decision to cancel the conference—though it saddens us—prioritizes the health and well-being of our participants, faculty, staff, volunteers, and the entire community.
Save the date for the 2021 Chuckanut Writers Conference.
In response to the event cancellation, we have invited the conference faculty to present at next year’s event, and we are delighted that many have already indicated they plan to join us. Please mark your calendars for the 2021 Chuckanut Writers Conference, scheduled to take place June 25-26, 2021.
Join us in June for CWC 2020 Online.
For ten years, we have looked forward to gathering with writers each summer to celebrate the power of storytelling and the written word. Since we are unable to come together in person this year, we will host a series of virtual classes and events that will take place during the week of June 22-27, 2020.
Among other events, you can register now for select breakout sessions and master classes taught by our incredible conference faculty.
Anyone who has experienced the Chuckanut Writers Conference knows that it is too special an event to attempt to reproduce online. Instead, our goal is to create online programming that nourishes creativity, fosters social connection, and promotes writers and their creative work—all worthwhile endeavors during this time of social distancing.
Please follow us on Facebook and Instagram so that you can receive updates in the days and weeks to come about our online offerings for June 2020 and our plans for the 2021 Chuckanut Writers Conference.
We are grateful for your support.
We also want to take a moment to acknowledge than an event cancellation poses a financial challenge for self-supported arts organizations. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have joined with other local arts organizations and entertainment venues to launch the Whatcom Arts Project. A collaborative venture, the goal of the project is to keep the local arts scene alive and to deliver performances, classes, and other arts experiences online. We appreciate your support now more than ever.