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 a 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
Sue William Silverman
Sat. March 28th. 7:00 p.m.
@ Writers' Workshoppe and Imprint Books
Sue William Silverman’s new memoir is The Pat Boone Fan Club: My Life as a White Anglo-Saxon Jew. Her two other memoirs are Love Sick: One Woman’s Journey through Sexual Addiction, which is also a Lifetime TV movie, and Because I Remember Terror, Father, I Remember You, which won the Association of Writers and Writing Programs award in creative nonfiction. Her craft book is Fearless Confessions: A Writer’s Guide to Memoir. As a professional speaker, Sue has appeared on various national radio and television programs such as “The View,” “Anderson Cooper – 360,” “CNN-Headline News,” as well as the Discovery Channel. She teaches in the low-residency MFA in Writing Program at Vermont College of Fine Arts. For more information, please visit www.SueWilliamSilverman.com
Irenicon Press Poets Read
April 11th, 7 p.m.
Irenicon Press – Writers’ Workshoppe’s very own press, presents their authors:
Sylvia Bowman, author of We Met Once Before, published by Irenicon in 2014, has packed 70 years and three lives into this single, exceptional book. From the streets of New York in the 1950’s to Houston, Texas then to Port Townsend, Bowman’s poems are intellectual, humorous, insightful.
“Sylvia is a treasure,” says Peter Quinn, of Irenicon Press “for years I called her work ‘Sylvia’s Pearls’ as she participated in my workshops. I’m so pleased she agreed to let Irenicon put her work into print.”
Peter Quinn’s book Painting Circles on Straight Highways is his first collection of poems spanning over 40 years. Quinn is a storyteller who writes in poetic form.
April 25th, 7 p.m.
@ Writers' Workshoppe and Imprint Books
Gary Copeland Lilley is a North Carolina writer, and currently resides in Port Townsend, which he first discovered when he accepted a poetry faculty position in the 2008 Port Townsend Writers Conference. He has been a faculty member or visiting writer at Warren Wilson College, the Univ. of Arizona, Colby College, Goddard College, the Institute of American Indian Art, and Jefferson Community School. publications include 3 full length poetry collections, the most recent being High Water Everywhere from Willows Books
Dorothy Allison May 16th, 7 pm
Dorothy Allisonis an American writer and nationally known teacher and lecturer with a strong emphasis on memoir and storytelling, and a profound bias toward pushing past fear into creativity. Her writing includes themes of class struggle, sexual abuse, child abuse, feminism and lesbianism.
Allison's first novel, Bastard out of Carolina was one of five finalists for the 1992 National Book Award. Graphic in its depiction of Southern poverty, family ties, illegitimacy, child abuse, and rape, Bastard went on to win the Ferro Grumley and Bay Area Reviewers Award for fiction. The novel has been translated into over a dozen languages. A film version, directed by Anjelica Huston premiered in 1996 on Showtime. Cavedweller became a national bestseller, NY Times Notable book of the year, finalist for the Lillian Smith prize, and an ALA prize winner. Adapted for the stage by Kate Moira Ryan, the play was directed by Michael Greif, and featured music by Hedwig composer, Stephen Trask. In 2003, Lisa Cholendenko directed a movie version.
Allison’s book, Trash: Short Stories, a collection of semi-autobiographical short stories, won her two Lambda Literary Awards. Trash includes the prize winning short story, “Compassion” selected for both Best American Short Stories 2003 and Best New Stories from the South, 2003.
Allison says that the early Feminist movement changed her life. "It was like opening your eyes under water. It hurt, but suddenly everything that had been dark and mysterious became visible and open to change."