A Place for Writers
Books, tools, gifts and workshops
to inspire your inner writer.
1-360-379-2617 Hours: Every day 11am - 5 pm
“The Writers’ Workshoppe”?
The Writers’ Workshoppe is a resource place for writers and readers.We 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. All 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 still wanting to write and still desiring to grow as a writer. 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. Every artist reaches a point where they intuitively know they have something more to learn and in a strong workshop great things can happen. We’ve seen it, over and over again.
The Writers' Workshoppe is also a bookstore. A writer-centric bookstore. We have created a non-traditional categorization system to represent the various elements of writing. Instead of finding “fiction" or "non-fiction” sections you might instead find: Books with Non-linear Structure(or is it structure non-linear?),Books With Setting So Well Described It Feels Like a Character, Great Debut Novels, Best Kick-Ass Female Characters and Best Twists. And, there are over 700 of the crème de la creme books on the art and craft of writing. And we have loads of journals, the best pens(fountain pens too)and typewriters! Typewriters that work! Don’t even get us started on the benefits of typewriters.
We also sell fun stuff. We try not to take ourselves too seriously because well,that’s exactly the kind of thing that constipates 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.
Finally, when we first opened our shop four years ago, we hung a sign on the door that said:
"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.”
The sign still hangs on the door and we mean every word of it.
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Along with workshop updates, each day you’ll receive a writing prompt to keep your momentum going. One of the most difficult things for a writer to do is actually sit down and write. By writing every day you’ll develop a writing habit, you’ll teach your brain to come up with ideas at will-ideas worth writing about and worth reading about. The point is to create a writing habit. It’s like going to the gym. The more you go, the easier it is to keep going. And the more you work out, the better the results. Writing is no different. Work the muscle. Sweat.
Each and every time you respond to a writing prompt your name will go into the monthly drawing. You can win a cool book or tool from our store or even a workshop. All winners will be announced on the WW Facebook page.
“A writer’s spirit deserves time and space. Whether you are a journal writer or published author, The Writers’ Workshoppe is here to celebrate the sheer joy of writing.
Brisk winter days in an artistic seaside town sets the stage for intimate workshops sure to inspire and offer you new writing techniques. Ditch life’s daily routines and pressures and get your write on with these fabulous instructors.
"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."
Dec 13th: Sarah Zale
Zale will read from her new collection: Sometimes You Do Things (Aquarius Press)
Friday, 7:00 p.m.
@The Writers' Workshoppe
Sarah Zale holds master degrees in education, English literature, and Rhetoric & the Teaching of Writing, as well as an MFA in Creative Writing / Poetry from Goddard College. She served as the Editor-in-Chief of Pitkin Review, Goddard’s literary journal. Presently, she teaches writing at Shoreline Community College (SCC) in the Seattle area.
A collection of her poems, The Art of Folding, (Plain View Press 2010), was inspired by her travels to Israel and Palestine with the Compassionate Listening Project.
Four Minute Readings
7 p.m. @ Writers' Workshoppe
Everyone is invited to read or listen. From comedy to sci-fi, memoir to mystery,poetry to punk, this evening celebrates the wild creative imaginations of local writers. Each reader gets four-minutes(about 650 words). Please practice your piece ahead of time to make sure it fits into four minutes as it's always a bummer to get gonged right before your punch-line. .
Sign-ups begin at 6:00 p.m.
Also, there will be wine. So there you go. Come savor the delicious, messy joy of writing.
7 p.m. @ Writers' Workshoppe
Fred will read from his new book, Unspeakable Joy, and discuss the complex issues, related to the Catholic Church and its history in this country, that it covers.
David Wagoner and Carolyne Wright
7 p.m. @ Pope Marine Bldg. 603 Water Street
admission by donation
David Wagoner has written many poetry collections and ten novels. Two of his books have been nominated for National Book Awards. Wagoner was editor of Poetry Northwest from 1966 to 2002 and his play An Eye For An Eye For An Eye was produced in 1973. Wagoner was elected chancellor of the Academy of American Poets in 1978 and served in that capacity until 1999. One of his novels, The Escape Artist, was turned into a film by executive producer Francis Ford Coppola. He currently teaches in the low-residency MFA program of the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts on Whidbey Island.
Carolyne Wright has published nine books of poetry, four volumes of poetry in translation from Spanish and Bengali, and a collection of essays. Her latest book is Mania Klepto: the Book of Eulene (Turning Point, 2011), featuring the postmodern alter-ego, Eulene. Previous books include A Change of Maps (Lost Horse Press), nominated for the LA Times Book Awards and winner of the IPPY Bronze Award; and Seasons of Mangoes and Brainfire (Carnegie Mellon U Press/EWU Books), which won the Blue Lynx Prize and the American Book Award. A poem of hers appeared in The Best American Poetry 2009 (ed. David Wagoner) and the Pushcart Prize XXXIV: Best of the Small Presses (2010).
We appreciate the Port Townsend Arts Commission partnership in presenting this reading.