National Unpublished Writer's Day
National Unpublished Writer's Day will be held Sunday, 30 January 2011, 1:00-5:00 PM, at the Clark County Historical Museum, 1511 Main Street in downtown Vancouver, Washington. This event is free and open to the public. January 30 is also the last day to view the museum's exhibit about noted author Richard Brautigan, Autumn Trout Gathering.
During the event, museum exhibit galleries will remain open for viewing and the Brautigan Library will also be open; the museum's research library will be closed that day due to the ongoing program.
National Unpublished Writers' Day is anticipated as an annual event held in partnership between the Clark County Historical Museum, the Writing Center at Washington State University Vancouver, and the Creative Media & Digital Culture Program at Washington State University Vancouver. It will serve to highlight The Brautigan Library Collection at the Museum, Washington- born writer Richard Brautigan who conceived the idea for a library where anyone could deposit a copy of their unpublished book, regardless of content or quality of writing, and all those folks who wish to create or communicate through writing.
Format of the event
This brand new holiday, created by the partnering organizations is a free form event very much in the spirit of a sixties "happening" and is intended to be similar to events in which Brautigan participated. During the event there will be a series of "creative stations" around the Museum, that will offer different opportunities to learn or experience something associated with writing. Staffed by volunteers from the three principal organizations, each station will offer a particular topic and volunteers will talk with interested attendees. The Creation Stations will serve to highlight this broad approach to writing and offer a wide array of information, theory, and practice for our visitors.
Visual aid and creativity-- quick writing in response to visual prompts
Words of advice from a published writer (Ron Carr)
Electronic Literature (Dene Grigar)
Creative Writing (Teresa Phimister)
Historical Writing (Howard Gingold, Editor, CCHS Annual Publication)
Kandy Robertson, WSU V Writing Center, will speak briefly on writing in the horror genre.
Christopher Luna at Paper Tiger Coffee
Photo by Steven Lane for the Columbian
Christopher Luna, poet and co-founder of Printed Matter Vancouver, will discuss the importance of courage.