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Events, classes, news

Write On Door County

August 19, 2023.  12 noon - 2pm

CREATING CHARACTERS. June will be in residence at Write On Door County retreat center, and teach a 2 hour workshop on creating and describing characters, for both fiction and non-fiction, on Sat., Aug. 19th. Sign up here.

Write On Door County

Fish Creek, WI




Last month the renowned Iowa Summer Writing Festival returned to the Univ. of Iowa.  And June was thrilled to teach a weeklong generative writing workshop called:

SUMMER CAMP (for your muse)

DATE:  July 9 - 15, 2023  


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


Word Salad  - locally sourced, sometimes fresh

August, 2023:  Word Salad is looking for a host

Word Salad, the monthly open literary mic is held each third Tuesday of the month and hosted by June Melby since 2018.  She is looking for a sub host.  Stay tuned! Theme for the month of AUGUST:  THE FARM.

(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.