Master Classes

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*Please note we have not yet announced the master classes for the 2020 Chuckanut Writers Conference. The schedule for the 2019 CWC should give you a general idea of the kind of classes we offer. Please check back in December 2019 and sign up to receive our e-newsletter for announcements about next year's event.*

Laurie Frankel Claire Sicherman Anastacia-Renee Tolbert

Laurie Frankel

Claire Sicherman



Laurie Frankel

"Work + Magic: Strategies for Gettin’ It Done"

The barriers to turning ideas, outlines, opening chapters, and good intentions into finished manuscripts are many, but they are also surmountable. Via prompts, journaling, troubleshooting, and strategizing, we’ll combine magic and hard work to explore creative and practical approaches to gettin’ it done. 

Thursday, June 20, 2019 | 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. | $99


Claire Sicherman with special guest Ahava Shira

"Exploring the Authentic Voice"

What does it mean to be authentic in our writing? How does fear deter us from telling the truth? Why do we censor ourselves? In this class, we will explore embodied writing, go to places that scare us, and examine what we are not letting ourselves say. Using prompts that encourage a connection with the body, gestures, movement and mindful awareness, we will listen for the stories we are holding within. Sharing of our work is invited and always a choice. Special guest Ahava Shira co-authored the book Writing Alone Together and has been writing and teaching for 25 years. Claire and Ahava regularly co-teach writing classes. Please note: Participants should bring a journal and pen to class, as well as wear comfortable clothing.

Thursday, June 20, 2019 | 1 - 5 p.m. | $99



"Time Traveling and Time Keeping: Conversations with Audre Lorde and Octavia Butler"

In this course for intermediate and advanced writers, we will be in conversation with Audre Lorde and Octavia Butler. We will write and examine multi-genre writing and poetic craft elements to build multigenre work that bends, restructures and reimagines “form.” We will be creatively inspired by the notion that “paranormal” is normal and traditional fiction can inhabit a poem. The goal for all workshop participants is to complete the course with at least one draft and confidently share what you’ve written or prepare to submit it. Please note: this class is intended for intermediate and advanced writers who are interested in hybridity and who are familiar with the work of Octavia Butler and Audre Lorde.

Thursday, June 20, 2019 | 1 - 4 p.m. | $79


Registration Information

Pre-conference events start on Thursday, June 20, at 1:00 p.m. with optional master classes featuring faculty members Laurie Frankel, Claire Sicherman, and Anastacia-Renee. These three- and four-hour master classes are limited in size and often sell out well in advance of the conference, therefore we recommend registering early for these additional options. You can register for these additional options as part of your conference registration process, or you can sign-up for a master class after you've registered for the conference by contacting Whatcom Community College Community and Continuing Education at 360.383.3200.