Books, tools, gifts and workshops
to inspire your inner writer.
Open every day 10 am - 5:30 pm
The Writers’ Workshoppe and Imprint Bookstore?
We are a resource place for writers and an eclectic general bookstore. We carry over 5000 books carefully curated based on our favorite books lists, reviewers, and the passions of our customers and ourselves.
We also offer daily writing workshops—over twelve a week. Some workshops meet on a weekly basis, others are weekend intensives. Some are facilitated, some are not. Our instructors come from all over—we’ve been honored to have Dorothy Allison, Kim Stafford, Pam Houston, Lidia Yuknavitch, Clare Dededer, Gary Lilley, Greg Glazner and many, many more—click on the “instructors” tab to see them all. All of our workshops give a writer more tools to expand their writing into the shape of their dreams. Our goal is that each writer leaves a workshop on fire with confidence. Feedback is given in the spirit of drawing out the essence and voice of the artist and is given in a respectful and useful manner. We know that every artist reaches a point where they intuitively sense they have something more to learn and in a strong workshop great things can happen. We’ve seen it, over and over again.
We sell fun writerly stuff too. We try not to take ourselves too seriously because well, that’s exactly the kind of thing that clogs our writing and makes us cranky. So, we’ve got tee-shirts that say things like, “I Make Stuff Up” and “Revise, you know you want to,” and greeting cards and postcards about writing that make you laugh out loud. Oh, and there’s our famous Writers’ Block Chocolate and Coffee made locally in Port Townsend—items that have proven to open even the most blocked vein.
We are lovers of words and stories and the imaginative people who write them. We are lovers of the alchemy that happens between writers and readers and the pages of a wonderful book.
“A writer’s spirit deserves time and space. Whether you are a journal writer or published author, The Writers’ Workshoppe and Imprint Books is here to celebrate the sheer joy of writing.
Anna Quinn Proprietor
Pako the shoppe dog.Lidia Yuknavitch, Dorothy Allison and Anna Quinn
Patrick Jennings during Indie Saturday.
Kim Stafford with Anna and Peter Quinn
Writing group in progress.
Let the reading begin!
"This shop is for anyone who wants to write, has to write, aches to write, can’t write, wishes they could write, is scared to write. It’s for those who don’t know where to start. Or where to end. It’s for anyone interested in developing the craft of writing."
Upcoming Readings and Signings
Lidia Yuknavitch and Workshop Participants Reading
Sat. Feb 6th, 7:00pm.
Lidia Yuknavitch is the author of “The Small Backs of Children” (Harper Books, 2015) and a forthcoming novel, “The Book of Joan” (Harper Books, 2016). She is the author of the anti-memoir “The Chronology of Water”, the novel “Dora: A Headcase”, and three books of short fictions. Her essays and stories have appeared at the Rumpus and in The Sun most recently. She teaches, writes, mothers, and loves in Portland, Oregon, and is the recipient of an Oregon Book Award, a PNBA award, and was a finalist for the Penn Center Prize in nonfiction.She has recently been nominated for the Oregon 2015 Book Award.
An Evening with
Julie Christine Johnson
Saturday, February 27 ~ 7:00 p.m.
The Writers’ Workshoppe and Imprint Books
820 Water Street, Port Townsend
Early Praise for In Another Life:A Library Journal Starred Review for Standout 2016 Debut
"Delicate and haunting, romantic and mystical, In Another Life is a novel with an extraordinary sense
of place. - Greer Macallister, author of The Magician's Lie
"Johnson's heartbroken researcher wends through the lush landscape and historical intrigue of southern France seeking the distraction of arcane fact-but instead, like reader, is transformed by the moving echo of emotional truth. An imaginative, unforgettable tale."
- Kathryn Craft, author of The Art of Falling and The Far End of Happy
Julie is the author of the novels In Another Life (February
2016) and The Crows of Beara (September 2017). Her work has
appeared in several literary journals and anthologies.
Raised on the Olympic Peninsula and in central Washington, Julie
has lived in France, Chad, Japan, New Zealand, Oregon, Colorado, Ohio and Illinois. She is a writer, teacher and freelance editor and now resides in Port Townsend, WA with her husband, Brendan.
Snake - Second Wind
Friday, May 13th 7 p.m.
@ Writers' Workshoppe and Imprint Books
Second Wind introduces a couple of themes that run through this quartet of books, Second Wind being the second of the series. The first theme has to do with human consumption of things at the expense of other things. In the case of appetite or eating it happens at the cost of a life or lives. For everything fed some thing dies to feed it.
Gary Lemons is a Port Townsend resident who chose closeness to the earth over continuing at the Iowa Workshop. Working as a fisherman, logger, tree planter, yoga instructor, and poet, Gary honed his perspective and created a narrative that reflects that closeness combined with a metaphorical wonderment that makes the Snake quartet so full of imagery and depth.
Need a Room of Your Own?
Our workshoppe room is available during store hours.
Weekdays: $10 per hour/ $50 per day
Weekends: $20 per hour/ $100 per day.
12 chairs around a large oak table. Cozy. Coffee, tea and water available. To rent, email annaquinn(at)writersworkshoppe.com.