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Events, classes, news


For the first time since the pandemic, the renowned Iowa Summer Writing Festival returns to the Univ. of Iowa campus.  This year, June is teaching a weeklong generative writing workshop called:

SUMMER CAMP (for your muse)

DATE:  July 9 - 15, 2023

ENROLLMENT OPENED today, MAY 18, 2023. And they tell me it was half filled in the first 3.5 hours. Wow!

So, signup right away if you're interested!

Limited to 12 people.


June has taught workshops every year at this conference every summer since 2009. 


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)"

Word Salad  - locally sourced, sometimes fresh

Tues., June 20 , 2023:  Word Salad: locally sourced, sometimes fresh

Hosted by June Melby.  Word Salad is a literary open mic originated by June Melby in 2018, and held at Pulpit Rock Brewery every 3rd Tuesday of the month in Decorah, IA.  Everyone is invited to share 3 minutes of their writing:  poems, stories, essays, found poetry, and none-of-the-aboves.  Just like a mixed salad, you never know what you're going to get!

All welcome.  Theme for the month of JUNE:  CATS.

(Mention the theme in your writing, take home a small prize.  Optional, of course.)


Pulpit Rock Brewery event room, College Drive, Decorah, IA.

6:45pm signup.  7pm show

free admission


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Update:  The newsletter has been AWOL or in some kind of quarantine for several months now.  The staff at Newsletter Headquarters would like to sincerely apologize for the newsletter's bad behaviour.


Jan. 2018 - present

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.