Mail before conference can be addressed to:
9302 NE 135th St.
Kirkland WA 98034
This is a secure locking mailbox; please do not send mail that requires a signature.
Some of the buildings on campus are air conditioned, but the dorms are not. Due to the temperate marine climate, it is generally not necessary (see the weather section).
Campus policy restricts use of alcohol to dorm rooms and at evening socials; wine and/or beer will be available at socials using tickets. Although the recreational use of marijuana is legal in Washington state, it is not legal on campus as it receives federal funding.
Information will be posted daily in the cafeteria and at the conference office. Announcements will also be made before each evening program.
Arriving by Air
Please be sure we have all of your flight information on your Travel form. (The travel form will be available in the Dashboard soon.) Shuttles from SeaTac airport will be available Saturday, July 14; dedicated conference shuttles are scheduled for 10AM, 11AM, 12PM, 2PM and 4PM and can be reserved on your Travel form. If your arrival time falls outside of this, a commercial service runs daily from SeaTac to Bellingham; find them at http://www.airporter.com/schedules/schedules-western-wa Return shuttles will be posted during conference. Be aware that the travel time on the shuttle is two to two-and-a-half hours.
If you arrive at the Bellingham airport, it is a few miles away from campus; we suggest taking an Uber or taxi.
Arriving by Car
You can find driving directions on the Western website, here https://admissions.wwu.edu/planning-your-trip Registration will be in Nash Hall; if you have reserved parking you will receive a parking pass at that time.
Arriving by Train
Amtrak offers service into Bellingham, if you would like to consider that option. The train station is not far from campus; we suggest taking an Uber or taxi.
Locations of ATM machines will be in your registration packet.
For more information about this charming city on the shores of Bellingham Bay, visit https://www.cob.org; just south of the campus is the Fairhaven Historic District.
John Neal Books will host a signing event on Thursday evening. At the request of the Saint Johns Bible organization, Donald Jackson will not be signing the Bible volumes.
Morning and afternoon breaks will be scheduled during class time, with beverage service. Class monitors will direct you to the location.
Cameras and Recording Devices
Please be courteous and respectful of teachers and fellow students by asking their permission to take photographs or videos. Feel free to take photographs elsewhere, except at evening programs. Photos should be for your personal use only. Please ask permission if you wish to post to social media or use in your guild newsletter.
You will receive a map in your registration packet. Click to view WWU Campus and other maps.
The dorms and dining hall are quite close to each other, with other buildings not far. If you need handicap accessible housing, make sure that is indicated on your Conference Preferences form; dorms do have elevators.
If you are in need of extra help, a few golf carts will be available for someone to transport you. Please be considerate of others, and register for this service in the conference office.
If you plan on driving to Seattletters in Bellingham, please visit our group carpool link.
Early Arrivals (Friday): Check in at the conference office in Higginson Hall. Saturday: Check in will be in the Nash Hall lounge from 12PM to 5PM. At check in, you will receive your registration packet, name badge, meal card, dorm card and/or parking pass (whichever applicable), and a welcome bag full of treasure.
Check out of all residence halls will be Saturday July 21, after breakfast, Details will be in your registration packet.
Classes are held Sunday and Monday, 9AM to 12PM, lunch break, then 1:30PM to 4:30PM; Tuesday 9AM to 12PM, with a free afternoon and evening. Second half classes, and continuing week long classes, are held Wednesday and Thursday, 9AM to 12PM, lunch break, then 1:30PM to 4:30PM, Friday 9AM to 12PM. Morning and afternoon breaks are scheduled when class is in session.
Each class will have a monitor assigned to assist the teacher; you can volunteer for this on your Conference Preferences form. Monitors will be contacted by Dave Kuwahara and will attend a meeting on Saturday the 14th at 4:30.
The conference office is located in Higginson Hall on the first floor, down the hall from the lounge, and will be open 8AM to 7PM.
Dancing Letters Scholarship Silent Auction
This fundraising auction will be held Friday evening, offering original art and other items. Dancing Letters provides financial assistance to those wishing to further their calligraphic education and its related arts, including attendance at the international conferences. Donations are welcome, and please bid generously to support this organization.
Dietary Restrictions and Food Service
The dining room offers a wide range of options, including vegetarian and vegan, gluten free and lactose free. If you have a particular dietary concern, please make a note of it on your Conference Preferences form. (As a side note, the coffee is from a local roaster, and very good.)
Driving Directions to WWU and WWU Maps
A list of emergency and other contact numbers will be in your registration packet.
Tuesday afternoon and evening is free time for you to explore, or just rest. Please check the Travel form for details about the optional Tuesday afternoon bay cruise, as well as other options. The campus is centrally located and Fairhaven, downtown Bellingham, and waterfront parks are all a short drive. Local transportation options will be in your registration packet. The US/Canadian border is aboutI 25 miles from Bellingham; if by chance you decide to go north, be aware that you will need a passport or enhanced driver’s license to enter Canada.
Banners will be hung in the Wilson Library. Please ship them ahead of time, to arrive by July 1st; send to Sue Gruhn, 14253 – 92nd Place, Kirkland, WA 98034-5149. At the end of conference, a guild member is responsible for picking up the banner.
Dorms are configured in both standard (bathroom down the hall) and suite styles; suites are limited. Singles are also limited, with priority given to those with medical needs. Please make sure any needs are listed on your Conference Preferences form. Linens (pillow, sheets, light blanket and towels) are provided in a pack on each bed. You may want to bring your own pillow, blanket, and/or mattress pad if you are driving. If you want to see more details about the dorms, you can visit the college website at https://housing.wwu.edu/apps/tour/north-campus/ We will be in Nash, Higginson, and Edens Halls.
If you prefer to stay off campus, some of the local hotels you can contact are:
Four Points by Sheraton Bellingham Hotel & Conference Center, (360) 671-1011
Days Inn Bellingham, (360) 734-8830
LaQuinta Inn & Suites Bellingham, 1063 W. Bakerview Rd.,Bellingham, WA 98226, 1-360-738-7088
Or check out the accommodations page on the Western website at: https://admissions.wwu.edu/visit/accommodations
Many hotels offer a discount for visitors to the Western Washington University campus.
Information on RV parks can be found on this site:
Wifi access is being provided for all participants throughout the campus; log in information will be in your registration packet.
If you will be arriving after 5:30PM on Saturday, please go to the conference office. Keep us updated if your travel plans change.
Lost and Found
There will be a Lost and Found in the conference office.
A mailing service will be available on Friday July 20.
Wednesday evening will be Market Night, for faculty and participants to sell their own work on a space available basis; you may indicate your interest in participating on your Conference Preferences form. You may also email through the website to Robin Gebhart.
Meals will be served in the Viking Commons; check the schedule in your registration packet for times. The first meals included is dinner on Saturday July 14, and runs through breakfast on July 21. Commuters have lunch and dinner each day included in their registration (not breakfast). Additional tickets for meals will be available in the conference office. Please see the “Dietary
Preferences” entry regarding any issues in that regard, and what types choices are offered.
If this is your first conference, you can get some good information at this orientation meeting. Get your questions answered and meet other first timers! Meet up at 3:30 on Saturday July 14.
Online Payment Guide
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Show ’N Share
A chance to see what was happening in all the other classes all week! Friday
afternoon from 2:30PM to 4:30PM.
Supply Lending Library
We will have a limited number of bulky items, such as slant boards, hairdryers,
etc., that you may want or need for class, but don’t have room to pack. You can
borrow these on a first-come, first-served basis.
John Neal Bookseller will be our week long vendor, open daily in the Reading
Room of the Wilson Library. You may also preorder and have your items waiting
for you; contact http://www.johnnealbooks.com for more information.
Tuesday and Wednesday will feature commercial vendors offering a variety of
temptations; vendors, times, and locations will be on your schedule.
The summer is warm and pleasant, with average temperatures in July are highs
in mid-70s, lows in mid-50s; rainfall for the month, 1.34 inches. Pack layers to
Beautiful sunsets over the bay aren’t until after 9PM at this time of the year.
It’s never too late to volunteer! We’d love to have you on board. Sign up for
volunteer opportunities on your Conference Preferences form.
The Rainwriters guild in Bellingham has been collecting, organizing, and putting
together a wonderful collection of treasures for you as a special welcome to
Seattletters. In the spirit of not wasting anything, if there’s anything in your bag
you don’t want, you can drop it off in the “share” boxes in the conference office
What to Pack
Supply list items for your class
Cell phone and charger
Small seat cushion
Comfortable clothes, layers advised
Lightweight waterproof jacket (just in case)
Good walking shoes and sandals
Apron to protect your clothing in class
Ziplock bags for opened inks and purchases
And as always. . .energy and a spirit of adventure