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. 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. Our instructors come from all over—we’ve been honored to have Dorothy Allison, Kim Stafford, Pam Houston, Lidia Yuknavitch, Gary Lilley 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 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.
We also sell fun writerly stuff. 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.
Finally, when we first opened our shop five 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.
There's no such thing as a final chapter.
Peter and I have wonderful news! We’ve purchased the Imprint Bookstore in Port Townsend!
When retiring owners Judy and David Hartman approached us and asked if we were interested in taking over, we said, “Yes!”
The WW was beginning to tug at its seams again and the idea of more space (and those high ceilings!) on the main drag in town, thrilled us.
Also, Imprint Bookstore has been a part of Port Townsend for over thirty years, and well…it just felt like a bit of an honor to be part of a place that’s held stories for so long. And this coming together around stories? It’s hugely important to us because, well—magic.
Our goal is to open the new place by March 9th. We’ll merge the best of the Writers’ Workshoppe with the best of the Imprint at the Water Street location. In other words we’ll be a general bookstore and continue to offer 2-3 writing workshops a day.
For now, we'll call it “Imprint Books and Writers’ Workshoppe .” When you walk through our doors, Pako the bookshop dog will still greet you and the reds, golds and greens of the Writers’ Workshoppe will warm the place and there will be books everywhere. Virginia Woolf, Gertrude Stein and Langston Hughes will gaze at us from the walls, keep us true. And Peter, Phil, Jason and I will be there to talk stories with you for hours on end.
Another whole universe opened!
"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."
Pam Houston and
April 5th, 7:00 p.m.
@ Writers’ Workshoppe and Imprint Books.
820 Water Street
March 16th, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
@ Northwind Arts Center
Adrianne will read from her new book:
A Man Came Out of a Door
in the Mountain
February 2014 | Penguin Books
"A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain is a rich, haunting, original novel that captures evil in many forms--mythic, magic and chillingly real. Adrianne Harun's writing can hold you breathless." — Jess Walter
Erica Bauermeister and Jennie Shortridge
June 7th, 7:00 p.m.
@ Writers’ Workshoppe and Imprint Books
820 Water Street