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Events, classes, news


July 14-19, 2024   SUMMER CAMP (for your muse)

June is thrilled to be teaching a weeklong workshop called "Summer Camp" at the renowned Iowa Summer Writing Festival on the beautiful Univ. of Iowa campus. The festival is coming back huger this year with 76 different class offerings (!), either weekend intensives or week-long workshops from June 16 - July 28. June has been teaching at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival since 2011 with classes on the topics of memoir writing, humor, and "being your most creative self." This year she is thrilled to return again and teaching her all-time fav-OR-ite class: Summer Camp (for your muse) CLICK HERE FOR INFO..  


This course is designed to be a vacation you and your muse will take together.  Let's call it a week at summer camp.  There will be fun!  Challenges!  Canoeing and swimming, (metaphorically)!  And the chance to hang out with other writers and their muses.  It will be a week to re-experience the pure joy of creativity.


"June's class was the best writing class I've ever taken at a summer workshop." -- John A. (former student)



Hurrah, June is coaching again!

Hey, I got the chance to teach writing again in summer 2023 for the first time since the pandemic: the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, and at Write-On Door County. And you know what? Both were a blast! Maybe a "blast and a half." So, why stop? With coaching I can teach all the timer. Interested? Get in touch! I'd love to work with you and help you be your most creative self.


So now I am taking on new clients who could use help with their writing. Zoom meetings, in-person, or feedback on submitted pages. I can help you with issues of story development, characters, editing, staying motivated, "finding the story," writer's block, and more! Open to genres: memoir, short stories, middle grade novels. Contact me for more info.

WORD SALAD -- locally sourced, sometimes fresh

Tues., June 18, 2024

Word Salad, the monthly open literary mic, has returned! In June it will be hosted by Nancy Barry. Started in 2018 by June, she is happy the series is continuing after she had to step down from hosting last year because of problems with her hearing (hyperacusis). But the event is back! Woot woot! TFree and open to the public, and always a hoot. Everyone is invited to come and share 3 minutes of original poetry, fiction, essays, or "none of the aboves." Theme for month of June: swimming. (Mention the theme in your writing, take home a small prize!) 

Word Salad now sponsored by the Decorah Public library and Arthaus, Decorah. 


Pulpit Rock Brewery

Decorah, IA

6:45pm signup. 7:00pm show


Word Salad, every other month on the third Tuesday.




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Jan. 2018 - August 2023

WORD SALAD - locally sourced, sometimes fresh  
June Melby is the host and originator of "Word "Salad," a monthly literary open mic that began at the Courtyard and Cellar, and now held at Pulpit Rock Brewery, Decorah, Iowa. 

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.