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Events, classes, news

WRITING COACH! Hurrah, June is coaching again!

Hey, I got the chance to teach writing again this past summer for the first time since the pandemic. At 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

Update Nov 27, 2023:  Word Salad is on hold, while awaiting the new chef

Word Salad, the monthly open literary mic, has been hosted by June Melby since 2018. She is stepping out because of ongoing problems with her hearing (hyperacusis). But there is a new chef coming! The ArtHaus of Decorah! We are super glad they will keep this beloved open mic going. The Arthaus has not yet scheduled the next Word Salad. Stay tuned!




In Summer 2023 the renowned Iowa Summer Writing Festival returned to the Univ. of Iowa for the first time since 2019.  And June was thrilled to teach a weeklong generative class,

SUMMER CAMP (for your muse). Stay tuned for info about the festival 2024!



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


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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.