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.
“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.
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."
Upcoming Readings and Signings
will sign his recently released action-adventure thriller novel, Antiquity.
July 19th, 3:00 pm.
@The Writers' Workshoppe and Imprint Books
Will sign Quite Contrary: The Litigious Life of Mary Bennett Love
August 17th at 3:00 p.m.
@ The Writers’ Workshoppe and Imprint Books
Will sign her new book: Puget Sound Whales for Sale
August 24th at 3:00 p.m.
@ The Writers’ Workshoppe and Imprint Books
Bill Ransom and
Saturday, Aug. 2nd. 7:00 p.m.
@ Writers Workshoppe 820 Water Street, PT
Bill Ransom has published six novels, six poetry collections, numerous short stories and articles. Learning the Ropes (Utah State University Press), a collection of poetry, short fiction and essays, was billed as "a creative autobiography." Three of his short stories from this collection have been selections of the PEN/NEA Syndicated Fiction Project, often called "The Pulitzer Prize of the Short Story": "Uncle Hungry," "What Elena Said" and "Learning the Ropes." These appeared in the Sunday magazine editions of major newspapers around the country; circulation, ten million.
His poetry has been nominated for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. Twice he was awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.
His most recent novel is Jaguar in trade paper from Wildside Press. Burn (Ace, 1995), was a sequel to ViraVax (Ace, 1993). He co-authored the three-novel Pandora series with Frank Herbert (The Jesus Incident, The Lazarus Effect and The Ascension Factor).
Blue Begonia Press published his latest poetry collection (2009), The Woman and the War Baby.
BRIAN HERBERT is the author of multiple New York Times bestsellers. He has won several literary honors including the New York Times Notable Book Award, and has been nominated for the highest awards in science fiction. In 2003, he published DREAMER OF DUNE, a moving biography of his father Frank Herbert that was a Hugo Award finalist. His acclaimed novels include SIDNEY'S COMET; SUDANNA, SUDANNA; THE RACE FOR GOD; TIMEWEB; THE STOLEN GOSPELS; and MAN OF TWO WORLDS (written with Frank Herbert), in addition to the HELLHOLE Trilogy and thirteen DUNE-series novels co-authored with Kevin J. Anderson. In 2013, Brian published OCEAN, an epic fantasy novel about environmental issues (co-authored with his wife, Jan). Brian’s highly original SF novel, THE LITTLE GREEN BOOK OF CHAIRMAN RAHMA, is being published by Tor Books in July 2014.