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Events, classes, news

UPDATE April 16, 2021:


--Performance-wise:  June had a blast being the featured poet at the Virtual Ugly Mug on April 7, 2021.  Will be posted on youtube any day now.  (check back here for a link!)

-- Writing-wise:  June is working on her second middle grade novel.  This will be better than the first middle grade novel, but likely to be much weirder (and who would have guessed that!)

--Teaching-wise: Iowa Summer Writing Festival for summer 2021 will be online.  (Is June going to be teaching online?  We don't know yet!)

--Notes from the cabin in the woods:  the new kitty now weighs in at 10 pounds. And the wildflowers are popping out in the woods.  This week:  Dutchman's breeches, bloodroot, and rue anenome.

Word Salad  -- on hold, but...

Can we do "Word Salad" virtually?  June's montly literary open mic has been on hold for a year since March 2020, because of...  well, you know.  But, wouldn't it be nice to do it virtually?  June is checking on getting access to a Zoom account to make this happen.  If you are interested, please contact her! (It's weird writing in third person.  How did this happen?  How do I make it stop?!)

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June has taught writing workshops every year at this wonderful conference and festival from 2009.  Until 2020, that is.  The festival was cancelled because of the coronavirus.  Apparently the festival for 2021  will be held entirely online (and is already holding classes NOW!).  But at this point June does not have any classes scheduled.  


Previous courses June has taught: 

"A Hedonistic Week of Creative Indulgence (for your muse)"

     "The best writing class I've ever taken at a summer workshop." -- John A., former student

"The Memoir Toolbox"

"Humor Writing (for fun or evil purposes)"

"Writing about Family (without making them hate you)" 





Jan. 2018 - March 2020 

WORD SALAD - locally sourced, sometimes fresh  
June Melby is the host and originator of "Word "Salad," a monthly literary open mic held at the Courtyard and Cellar in Decorah, Iowa.  (Currently on hiatus.)

Feb. 26, 2019, Hamburg, Germany
June Melby features at Slamburg for the 8th time.

June 11, 2018, Dragonfly Books, Decorah, IA
June Melby and Keith Lesmeister team up once again to amaze and confound.

May 14, 2018. Worcester, MA.Dirty Gerund

March 13, 2018. Chevalier’s Books on Larchmont. Los Angeles, CA.

March 14, 2018. Ugly Mug, Orange, CA
June is featuring at the long-running series.