The Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers hosting Pacific NW conference, Oct. 2008

Special to News From Indian Country

The view from the Quileute
Oceanside Resort
The Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers announced that tickets to their Pacific Northwest conference October 17, 18 and 19, are now for sale online at their website.

This year’s conference takes place at the Quileute Resort in LaPush, Washington, in the lush Olympic Rain Forest and the heart of Northwest Tribal Culture.

The organizers expect a large event. “The conference brings talented Native writers and storytellers to Washington State, offering one of a kind workshops, panels, and performances, exposing attendees to some of the best writing and storytelling on the continent,” says Wordcraft’s national director Dr. Kimberly Roppolo.

“From noted actor and musical performer Gary Farmer to storytelling icon Elizabeth Woody to multi-talented First Nations novelist, children’s book writer, and award-winning storyteller Richard Van Camp, our presenters bring the best of the region and Indian Country to our attendees.”

Other notable presenters include Linda Boyden, Philip Red Eagle, Ed Edmo, Roger Fernandes, Allen StandingBear Jenkins, Carol Craig, Kim Roppolo, Ren’ee Roman Nose, Jodi Peterson, and Valerie Brown. Workshops range from Storytelling, Children’s Literature, Sci-Fi Literature, Poetry, Illustrated Novels, and Short Stories to Acting/Filmmaking and Journalism.

“The workshops and larger presentations span the range of the ways in which Story manifests itself today in Native communities, and beyond,” says Roppolo. A traditional Salmon Feast is offered Saturday evening, followed by musical entertainment by Gary Farmer and the Troublemakers.

The Quileute Resort features affordable oceanfront cabins, and is located just four hours from Seattle or Portland: . The nearby town of Forks offers lodging from $50 and up. A volunteer will help with suggestions and referrals; call 360-374-5497 or visit An online blog is available for those looking to share rides or carpool, or share accommodations.

Tickets are $110 ($90 for Students and Elders) for all three days, and $75 for Saturday only. Tickets to the Salmon Feast and Entertainment are $25. The group rate, for 10 and one adult companion, is $1000; that includes all events, meals, Salmon Feast, and entertainment. Conference details, mail in, and online registration available at: