With only a week and a half left until registration closes, the first annual Tacoma Community College Write in the Harbor writer’s conference is filling up quickly.
“There has been a lot of interest and a lot of talent in the college community and in the Gig Harbor community,” said Janine Mott, continuing education director and executive director of TCC’s Gig Harbor campus.
The capacity at the conference is capped at 100 attendees, so Mott encourages anyone interested in attending to sign up quickly.
“We wanted to keep it small, manageable, and get it right,” said Maria Hays, an instructor in TCC’s Written Communications department and the conference coordinator. “We wanted the conference to have a boutique feeling.”
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The ultimate goal of the conference is to connect local writers with each other and with local resources such as other published writers and literary agents. This is why local authors were chosen to lead the conference workshops, including Garth Stein to be the keynote speaker.
Literary agents from Seattle agencies will also be attending the conference, with meetings available for an additional registration fee.
Another other goal of the conference is to support TCC students and to promote the literary arts on both the Tacoma and Gig Harbor campuses.
“We feel strongly that this is for the community, but we want to support TCC students as well.” Mott said.
A donor has provided scholarships for two financially-eligible students to attend the conference.
Pre-conference activities have recently been added to the conference schedule to expand the benefit of the networking opportunities and learning experiences. These new activities include four workshops set to be held prior to the keynote speech and are available to both conference attendees and the general public with an additional fee.
The conference cost is $159, which includes the Friday evening keynote, mixer and book signing with Stein and the Saturday schedule of workshops.
Saturday’s workshops will focus across the realm of writing, covering topics such as the business of writing, the craft of writing and genre specific writing.
Registration for the conference is online and will end Oct. 23.
After the conference ends, Mott is encouraging attendees to continue mingling in downtown Gig Harbor locations.
“We are really excited about the conference,” Mott said. “I think it’s going to be really fun.”
The conference is set for Nov. 6 to 7 at TCC’s Gig Harbor campus, 3993 Hunt Street.