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.
"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
Saturday, October 25th
Writers' Workshoppe and Imprint Books, 820 Water Street, PT.
As the founder of the Northwest Writing Institute at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, Stafford has impacted the lives of Northwest writers for almost 40 years. His extensive publishing record has made him a teacher, poet and author to thousands more. He is also curator of the Estate of William Stafford, managing his father's amazing body of work.
Among Stafford’s 11 books of poetry and prose is “Early Mornings, Remembering my father William Stafford” which looks back a generation to the first poet laureate of the United States, William Stafford, himself a professor at Lewis and Clark College for many decades and one of America’s best loved poets and part of the fabric as well. Stafford’s book is singularly expressive in sharing his father’s life with us.
James Lenfestey and Patrick Loafman.
November 6th, 7 p.m. @ the Northwind Gallery, Waterman & Katz Building, 701 Water St.
James Lenfestey is a teacher, journalist and poet. He has published five books of poetry, a collection of personal essays, and edited a collection of essays on the career of Robert Bly. He will read from Seeking the Cave: A Pilgrimage to Cold Mountain, which features Bill Porter, in his role of intrepid literary/cultural tour guide. Gary Snyder has called the book "profound . . .and eminently charming," and Robert Bly said it "unites our brief literary lives with the ancient richness of Chinese culture."
Patrick Loafman, a wildlife biologist, writer and an artist, will read from his first novel, Somewhere Upriver. Patrick also has two published chapbooks of poetry – Desert Journal and Songs of the Winter Wren – and is the editor of The Dandelion Farm Review, a quarterly journal of poetry.
Thursday, November 20, 7pm
Northwind Reading Series features Roger Roffman.
held @ Northwind Gallery Waterman & Katz Building, 701 Water St.
Roger Roffman is a University of Washington professor emeritus of social work and will read from his recently published memoir, MARIJUANA NATION: ONE MAN’S CHRONICLE OF AMERICA GETTING HIGH – FROM VIETNAM TO LEGALIZATION.
books available at The Writers' Workshoppe and Imprint Books. Also, available the night of the reading.