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
Our brilliant booksellers Kate and Kristy.
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
@ The Lodge
660 Evergreen Farm Way
Our very own Anna Quinn will read selections from her novel SPLIT, and other selected prose and poems.
SPLIT is a beautiful, expansive story that explores the body and mind's ability to protect self.
Sponsored by Writers on the Spit, this reading series is held in Sequim every fourth Friday of the month throughout the year.
Adrianne Harun and Rene Denfeld
The Writers' Workshoppe and Imprint Books
820 Water St. Port Townsend.
Adrianne Harun's short fiction, essays, and book reviews have been published in numerous magazines and journals, including Story, the Chicago Tribune (as a Nelson Algren winner), Narrative Magazine, Ontario Review, The Sun, Willow Springs, and Colorado Review. Her first short story collection, The King of Limbo (Houghton Mifflin) was a Sewanee Writing Series selection and a Washington State Book Award finalist. Her first novel, A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain, was recently published by Penguin. Adrianne is a longtime resident of Port Townsend, Washington.
Rene Denfeld is the author of THE ENCHANTED: A NOVEL (Harper) which has won numerous awards, including a prestigious French Prix, an ALA Medal for Excellence in Fiction, a Texas Lariat Award. It was long listed for a Carnegie Mellon award and was a finalist for the Flaherty-Dunnan Prize, as well as the Oregonians #1 Book of the Year. Rene's previous accomplishments include four non-fiction books. Rene lives in Portland, Oregon, with her three children, all adopted from foster care. By day she works with men and women facing execution, which inspired THE ENCHANTED.
Hale, McAndrew and Thomas-Baker
@ Writers' Workshoppe
Michael Hale has lived in Port Townsend since 2000. He came here specifically to write a book based on fantasy paintings he had done years earlier in Los Angeles while working as a scenic artist for various movie studios. Being an artist for thirty-five years prior, he was determined to turn his drawings and concepts of Atlantis into a book depicting his version of Plato’s fabled story.
Taking nearly fifteen years and several rewrites and revisions, he finally finished the book in the spring of 2015. Containing 34 illustrations, 13 maps and an expanded Glossarium, Antiqueus (Ann-tic-we-us), Quest of The Mazzergast was published in the fall of 2015.
Mike McAndrew retired to Port Townsend in 2007 after a career in photo journalism.
Since his retirement he has found more time to write and photograph. He has produced several self-published books with Blurb and Lulu.
John Thomas Baker has been a resident of Port Townsend for thirty-five years. He first came to Port Townsend in 1980, attending one of the early Centrum writing workshops, having the opportunity to study under the tutelage of Raymond Carver. Due to the economics of being a writer by trade, Baker drifted away from the vocation, eventually establishing a small tax accounting practice in the community. However, in late 2010, Baker closed his practice and began writing again. The result was the novel “The Green And The Blonde” / An American Journey, published by Lost Wages Publishing in the summer of 2013.