Clark County Historical Museum to showcase Unpublished Writers’ Day

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Professional and aspiring writers alike are invited to advance their writing skills through “creation stations” at the upcoming National Unpublished Writers’ Day. 

The event will take place Sun., Jan. 29, from noon-5 p.m., at the Clark County Historical Museum. Admission is free and open to the public.

National Unpublished Writer’s Day is an annual event held in partnership with the Clark County Historical Museum, and the creative media and digital culture program and writing center at Washington State University Vancouver. The event will feature a series of workshops, activities and creation stations that will offer attendees a wide array of information, theory and hands-on practice.

The workshops cover a diverse range of writing topics including writing for mobile media, résumé writing, creative writing and writing for radio. Professional writers from WSU Vancouver and the community will help lead the workshops and provide participants with a broad approach to writing.

Writers include Christopher Luna and Toni Partington, editors of Printed Matter Vancouver, Sam Mowry, director of the Willamette Radio Workshop, Brett Oppegaard, assistant professor of communications, Teresa Phimister, WSU Vancouver academic coordinator and Brian Schlosser, lead consultant of the WSU Vancouver writing center.

As a former senior staff writer for The Columbian, Oppegaard recognizes the importance such an event has for aspiring writers. He will help lead the creation station focused on finding and focusing on your audience.

“These workshops are for anybody who ever wanted to write and share their writing with others,” said Oppegaard. “We want to empower people to express themselves through the written word.”

The event will also highlight the legacy of Washington-born writer Richard Brautigan. The Brautigan Library, a unique collection of more than 290 unpublished manuscripts written by authors from 31 states, the United Kingdom, Canada, France, India and Saudi Arabia, is on permanent exhibit at the Clark County Historical Museum. The library functions as a place for writers of all skill levels and backgrounds to share their works.

The Clark County Historical Museum is located at 1511 Main St., Vancouver. Regular museum hours are Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The museum is free from 5-9 p.m., during the First Thursday Museum After Hours program. For more information call (360) 993-5679 or visit www.cchmuseum.org.

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