The signature event associated with The Brautigan Library is National Unpublished Writers’ Day (NUWD). Held the last Sunday of every January, NUWD celebrates the writing of unpublished authors, The Brautigan Library as a collection of unpublished writing, and the birthday of Washington-born author Richard Brautigan, who first imagined such a library in his 1971 novel The Abortion: An Historical Romance 1966.
Hosted by The Clark County Historical Museum in Vancouver, Washington, in partnership with the Writing Center at Washington State University Vancouver and The Creative Media & Digital Culture program, also at Washington State University Vancouver, the event features a series of “creative stations” and workshops around the Museum, each offering different opportunities to learn or experience a wide array of information, theory, and practice associated with writing broadly defined. NUWD is free and open to anyone interested. We do, however, welcome any contributions and donations.
NUWD began January 2011 with the opening of The Brautigan Library as a permanent, interactive exhibit at the Clark County Historical Museum. The annual program evolves largely from spontaneity and serendipity, both driven by who attends and what they are interested to share. This is our nod to the 1960s “happenings” with their multiple, simultaneous events and opportunities.
Although the Clark County Historical Museum is normally closed on Sundays, the Museum galleries remain open for viewing during NUWD, as does The Brautigan Library. The museum’s research library, however, is closed. NUWD features a series of “creative stations” and workshops around the Museum, each offering different opportunities to learn or experience writing through a wide array of information, theory, and practice associated with writing broadly defined.
In 2013, The Brautigan Library collaborated with The Brautigan Book Club to celebrate (inter)National Unpublished Writers’ Day. Members of The Brautigan Book Club produced an amazing collection of writing, sound files, and videos to celebrate the event. See, and hear, for yourself at their website.