Books, tools, gifts and workshops
to inspire your inner writer.
Sunday thru Thursday 10am - 5:30 pm
Friday and Saturday 10:00 - 7:00 pm
The Writers’ Workshoppe and Imprint Bookstore?
We are a resource place for writers and a magical 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.
Boys in the Boat author Daniel James Brown and Judy Rantz signed books for over 4 hours Saturday at the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival. Together with The Writers Workshoppe and Imprint Books and Rat Island Rowers we earned $500 for Pocock boat restoration. — with Daniel James Brown
“A writer’s spirit deserves time and space. Whether you are a journal writer or published author, The Writers’ Workshoppe an Im[rint Books is here to celebrate the sheer joy of writing.
Anna Quinn Named Patron of the Arts, Marcia Perlstein is Angel of the Arts
We are proud to announce that our founder, Anna Quinn, has been named Patron of the Arts by the Port Townsend Arts Commission. "It makes me proud to know the work of the last 6 years matters to the arts community in Port Townsend." said Anna.
Below are excerpts from November 4th's Port Townsend Leader.
Patron of the Arts is a title given by the PTAC to a businessperson or community leader who has made a significant contribution to the vitality of local arts. This year's recipient, Anna Quinn, co-owns the Writers' Work-shoppe and Imprint Bookstore with her husband, poet Peter Quinn.
Anna was for many years a teacher on Bainbridge Island. She traveled frequently to Port Townsend while writing a novel and says that she fell in love with the community and determined to live here. On one visit, she advertised for a writing group, and the strong response motivated her to find support for other writers. That wish to help others led to her founding the Writers' Workshoppe in 2009.
Starting modestly in a second-floor room, then expanding to a Taylor Street storefront, this haven for area writers soon became a vital cultural center, sponsoring workshops and readings by nationally prominent as well as local writers. Quinn delightedly calls it "a clubhouse for writers."
Last year, Quinn acquired the Imprint Bookstore on Water Street to provide a combined meeting place and writing-oriented bookstore that serves readers as well as writers. She describes this venture as "driven by need and yearning," saying that in fostering a literary community she believes, more than ever, that everyone's story matters.
Marcia Perlstein, Port Townsend's 2014 Angel of the Arts, has long been an activist for peace, civil liberties, and women's rights. With three masters degrees in psychology, she has worked as a teacher, principal, and counselor, introducing innovations in education that became nationally influential. Perlstein has practiced as a psychotherapist since 1967, and for 30 years she and colleague Nyla Dartt have been a couple. They moved here from California in 2005 and married in 2011.
In Port Townsend, Perlstein quickly demonstrated her commitment to community and to the arts. She may be best known for her interview programs on KPTZ. On Treasures and Pleasures she hosts creative contributors to our community in various disciplines, and on Under the Rainbow, she explores local LGBT issues.
As a playwright, performer, and director Perlstein has contributed to Key City Public Theatre, Paradise Theatre, and PT Shorts. She has taught journal writing at the Centrum Writers' Conference, helped plan the PT Public Library's
Community Reads Program, and been an advisor for Songwriting Works. In these and other volunteer capacities, Perlstein has been tireless in encouraging other writers and artists. Calling herself "a Type-A personality," Perlstein refers to her volunteer work as "joyful play" and says that what she likes about Port Townsend is "the ways the arts and service are connected."
Many members of our community deserve thanks for their voluntary services, and each of this year's nominees for Angel of the Arts will be honored at the ceremony. These exemplary friends of the arts are Germaine Arthur, Mark Cole, Cynthia Mc-Bride, Marc Perrett, Carrie Rice, and Rex Rice.
"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
Patrick Jennings and Suzanne Selfors Sat. Jan 17, 7pm
Patrick Jennings and Suzanne Selfors, both recipients of the WA State Book Award, are celebrating the release of their new books for kids with a book birthday party.
Jennings, a resident of Port Townsend, is well-known for his beloved Guinea Dog series (Egmont Publishers), which follow the adventures of a loveable guinea pig who thinks she’s a dog. His newest book, Hissy Fitz, is the story of a cat who makes Grumpy Cat look cheerful. Jennings’ books have won honors from Publisher’s Weekly, the Horn Book, Smithsonian Magazine and the Pen Center USA.
Selfors, who lives on Bainbridge Island, will be celebrating the release of Next Top Villain (Little, Brown Publishers), the first book in a new series that takes place at Ever After High—a boarding school for the sons and daughters of fairytale characters. Selfors has received three Junior Library Guild Awards and her books have appeared on many lists including Amazon’s Best Children’s Books, Kids Indie Picks and American Booksellers Association’s Best Children’s Books.
Both Jennings and Selfors write for readers who fall into the “middle grade” category, spanning grades 2-6. Their books appear on numerous state lists and they make author appearances all over the country.
Along with birthday cake and a raffle, Jennings and Selfors will be reading from and signing books. It’s sure to be a fun night.
Lidia Yukanvitch and Pam Houston
Jan 23rd, 7 p.m. @Writers' Workshoppe Imprint Books
Pam Houston’s most recent book is Contents May Have Shifted, published in 2012. She is also the author of two collections of linked short stories, Cowboys Are My Weakness and Waltzing the Cat, the novel, Sight Hound, and a collection of essays, A Little More About Me, all published by W.W. Norton.
Her stories have been selected for volumes of Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Awards, The 2013 Pushcart Prize, and Best American Short Stories of the Century. She is the winner of the Western States Book Award, the WILLA award for contemporary fiction, The Evil Companions Literary Award and multiple teaching awards.
Lidia Yuknavitch has two novels forthcoming from Harper Books, The Small Backs of Children (2015) and The Book of Joan (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 is a very good swimmer.