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Please note that we are closely monitoring developments related to COVID-19. We will post updates here as soon as possible.

The health and well-being of our participants, faculty, staff, volunteers, and the entire community remains our utmost priority. The conference organizing committee is carefully monitoring developments related to COVID-19 and is in close communication with Whatcom Community College leadership. 

For now, we are moving forward with the hope that we will be able to gather here at Whatcom Community College on June 26-27, 2020. 

If the conference is canceled due to COVID-19, we will gladly transfer scholarship awards to the 2021 conference.


In order to further the Chuckanut Writers Conference goal of providing a high-quality, affordable conference experience to writers of all backgrounds, ages, and experience levels, we are pleased to offer the following reduced rate registration fees and full-tuition scholarship opportunities. 

Reduced Rate Student Registration Fee

Students who are currently enrolled at a college or university may register at a reduced rate of $99. Please contact Community & Continuing Education at (360) 383-3200 to register.

Anna Rosemary Harris Memorial Chuckanut Writer's Conference Scholarship

Currently enrolled Whatcom Community College students are eligible to apply through the Whatcom Community College Foundation. More information about the scholarship can be found here, or contact the Foundation directly at (360) 383-3320 or

Chuckanut Writers Conference Scholarships

The mission of the Chuckanut Writers Conference Scholarship Fund is to foster a writing community that supports the work of writers of all backgrounds, ages, and experiences and to make our conference more accessible to writers from diverse backgrounds, writers who have been historically underrepresented in writing and publishing, and writers who could not otherwise afford to attend.

Scholarships will cover the early bird registration fee of $245. Scholarship recipients will be responsible for the costs of travel, room, and board, if applicable.

Writers may apply to be considered for the following scholarships: 

  • Chuckanut Writers Conference Scholarship for Writers of Color
  • Chuckanut Writers Conference Scholarship

We welcome all applicants, published or not, of all genres, who embrace the mission and opportunity to be a member of the Chuckanut Writers Conference community. People of color, LGBTQ writers, Indigenous writers, veterans, people with disabilities, women, and working-class or economically disadvantaged writers are strongly encouraged to apply for these full-tuition scholarships.

The application consists of the following documents:

  • Application Form (please download and complete this form and attach it with your application)
  • Short Essay Questions (please save as a separate document that does not include your name and attach with your application; more information about the three essay questions is included in the application form)
  • (Optional) Writing Sample (please save as a separate document that does not include your name and attach with your application)

We will begin accepting applications for the 2020 Chuckanut Writers Conference Scholarships on February 15, 2020. All application materials must be submitted through mail or email by April 1, 2020

Scan and email, or mail your completed application packet in advance of the deadline to:

Whatcom Community College 
Community & Continuing Education – Chuckanut Writers Conference
237 W Kellogg Rd.
Bellingham, WA 98226

If you have trouble with the application, or have questions, please contact Community & Continuing Education at (360) 383-3200 or

Financial Support

A small portion of every registration fee contributes to the Chuckanut Writers Conference Scholarship Fund. If you would like to make a charitable gift, please contact Community & Continuing Education at (360) 383-3200 or