Whatcom Community College’s physical campus is closed beginning 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, 2020 for a minimum of two weeks to ensure alignment with Washington State Governor Jay Inslee’s statewide “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order. Online instruction and working remotely will continue. Students and employees should not come to campus during this time. Spring quarter instruction will still begin online on Wednesday, April 15.

It is important to emphasize that Whatcom Community College remains operational and dedicated to ensuring the academic mission continues through this challenging time. We have moved services and instruction online to the greatest extent possible to keep our community healthy. Remote services will differ for various service areas, departments, and resources. Visit this remote services directory to learn how you can easily access the WCC services you need without visiting campus. 

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Master Classes

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Omar El Akkad

Priscilla Long

Omar El Akkad

Sonora Jha

Priscilla Long


Omar El Akkad

"Resistance Fiction"

What constitutes resistance fiction? What makes a literary work stand in opposition to political and societal injustice? In this master class, we explore some of the hallmarks of fiction focused on resistance and rebellion, with a special emphasis on works from outside North America. We also study some of the ways in which writers living under oppressive regimes have managed to use literature to criticize and expose those regimes.

Thursday, June 25, 2020 | 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. | $79


Sonora Jha

"Query - Pitch - Agented"

How do you get to the heart of your story for your pitch? How do you craft that dazzling and succinct query letter? How will you find the agent that sees into your soul? Come craft your story about your story.

Thursday, June 25, 2020 | 1 - 5 p.m. | $99


Priscilla Long

"Metaphor for Writers: What Are Metaphors Good For? How Do We Get Good at Making Metaphor?"

This master class discusses the advances by linguists (George Lakoff and others) in thinking of metaphor as what every human being on earth uses every day to conceptualize the world. (Example: "Life is a journey.") Then we will look at kinds of metaphors and how we can get better at them, and actually develop a practice of making our own original metaphors. Metaphors are not decoration but rather an aid to visualizing, to seeing, to understanding. And they can be beautiful.

Thursday, June 25, 2020 | 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. | $79


Registration Information

Pre-conference events start on Thursday, June 25, at 9:00 a.m. with optional master classes featuring faculty members Omar El Akkad, Sonora Jha, and Priscilla Long. 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.