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Events, classes, news

UPDATE September 7, 2021:


--Performance-wise:  The lovely literary open mic known as Word Salad is still on hiatus.  We miss the Courtyard and Cellar days.  (Arg.) And we dearly miss seeing all you writers every month.

-- Writing-wise:  June is working on a collection of poetry, while dreaming up the story of her second middle grade novel. 

--Notes from the cabin in the woods: The poplar tree is the first to let its leaves turn yellow and drop as if on cue onto our porch just after we have swept it and pushed some off the table so we can eat supper.

Word Salad  -- on hold

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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.


June has taught writing workshops every year at this wonderful conference and festival from 2009.  Until the corona virus.  The festival was cancelled in 2020, and then in 2021 the festival was held entirely online.  We'll keep you posted if/when June is scheduled to teach again.


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.