Kindling Words West

KWW 2024
Monday, April 29th – Monday, May 6th

Kindling Words West meets for seven days of creative immersion at the beautiful Whidbey Institute on Whidbey Island in Washington State. Attendees take the ferry just north of Seattle and settle in among the tall northwestern pines for a week that nourishes our bodies and our creative spirits. Spring is the perfect season to explore Whidbey Island’s abundant forest paths and beaches.

Many attendees cite Kindling Words West as among their most productive weeks of the year. Attendees will take inspiration from our speaker every morning, and spend their days as they choose. Evenings after dinner are available for Spark Spaces.


Registration opens Saturday, February 17th, at 1 p.m. Eastern/10 a.m. Pacific. You do not need photos or a bio to register; we’ll ask for those later. Our registration form includes easy questions (e.g. your contact information and book title).

You need only prepare the following:
Please send all questions or correspondence about Kindling Words West to registrar Sunshine Bacon at
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If you are an author or illustrator you must have at least one book published or under contract that meets ALL of these criteria. If you are an editor you must currently work for a publishing house that meets ALL of these criteria, or if you are currently an editor whose prior work history matches these criteria, you are also eligible (and please check all five boxes below).
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