National Unpublished Writers Day Conference

Sunday, Jan. 29 marks a nationally recognized observance that ‘Couvies can be proud of: National Unpublished Writers Day. Founded by Washington State University Vancouver Professor John F. Barber and inspired by the life and work of novelist, poet, and short story writer Richard Brautigan, National Unpublished Writers Day is an annual gathering of writers to discuss strategies for getting their work out into the world. In 2015, Professor Barber passed responsibility for the event to Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna, who will serve as the master of ceremonies for the afternoon’s activities.

This event is free and open to the public, and happening in that architecturally stunning temple of books, the Vancouver Community Library, located at 901 C. St. in downtown Vancouver. Attendees will meet in the Columbia Room downstairs from 1 to 5 p.m. The gathering will feature presentations from local authors with plenty of time for speakers and guests to mingle and chat. During the entire conference, guests can take advantage of a Local Resources Open House designed to connect aspiring writers with people and programs that can help them get…well, less unpublished. For more information, contact Luna at or 360-910-1066, or check out the Fort Vancouver Regional Library events page.

The speaker schedule is as follows:

  • 1 p.m.—So You’re Ready to Write with Other People, Now What? Finding Your Tribe with Celeste Gurevich
  • 2 p.m.—Open Mic 101: Etiquette and Performance Tips from Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic emcees Christopher Luna and Toni Partington
  • 3 p.m.—Beauty and Surprise: Writing Workshop with Penelope Scambly Schott
  • 4 p.m.— Publishing Panel with Nancy Flynn, Tracy Manaster, and A. Molotkov

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