nErDcamp 2022 is in the books!

It was a cozy group of 15 folks on Saturday for nErDcamp Bellingham. It might have been just the group and energy that we needed. Thanks to all who came, to Starbucks for the coffee, to numerous publishers and Kari R. for the free swag, and to Darilyn and Bellingham Public Schools for the great space. We hope to see you next year!

Click here for notes from our sessions!

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Guest announcement #5

Reminder! Our new date is Saturday, March 19. We still have guests signing up to join us. Won’t you sign up, too?

Masks are required, vaccination is expected, attendance will be limited, and we’ll be distancing as much as possible. Stay safe, and see you soon (we hope)!

Mark Holtzen

Kjersten Hayes

Kevin Emerson

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New date – Saturday, March 19

Hello all you wonderful nerds,

After consulting with our registered attendees and our organizing team, we’ve decided to adjust our event date. Our new date will be Saturday, March 19, starting at 9:15 am. Hopefully this will enable everyone who wants to attend to do so, and we can gather safely. Of course, we will continue to monitor safety conditions as the event approaches.

Masks will be required at nErDcamp. Vaccinations are expected, and we will be distancing as much as possible based on number of attendees. We won’t be having snacks this year (though we will still get coffee). And of course, if you are feeling any COVID symptoms, please stay home (we will miss you, but love you too much to see you).

Please continue to share with us how you are feeling about nErDcamp and any suggestions or concerns you have.

To give us an accurate attendee count, please cancel your registration (or let us know and we can cancel it) if you no longer plan on attending.

Thank you! We hope to see you in March!


The nErDcamp Bellingham Organizing Team

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Guest Announcment #4

We are getting pretty excited now. See you soon!

Mark Maciejewski

Jennifer K. Mann

Will Taylor (and Liam Gray!)

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Guest Announcement #3

nErDcamp Bellingham guests keep on coming! One silver lining of not having nErDcamp last year is that many of our returning authors and illustrators have new books out!

Donna Barba Higuera

Ellie Peterson

Laurie Ann Thompson

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2022 Guest Announcement #2

nErDcamp Bellingham is for any and all. We are always honored to have published authors and illustrators join us for a day of learning, growing, and conversations.

Mary Boone

Leanne Hatch

Anait Semirdzhyan

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2022 Guest announcement #1

We are so happy to be back. We are also so happy that these esteemed guests will be sharing the day with us.

Jing Jing Tsong

Kevan Atteberry

Sarah Jane Marsh

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nErDcamp returns!

Hello all!

We are happy to announce that nErDcamp Bellingham will be back, in person, in 2022. Masks will be required, and you are expected to be vaccinated. More info coming soon!

When: Sunday, February 13, 2022 – 8:45am-12:45pm

Where: Whatcom Middle School – Bellingham, WA

Register now!

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nErDcamp Bellingham, Jr., is here!

It’s been a slow rollout, but we are ready to announce nErdcamp Bellingham, Jr! Here are the details you need:

When: Saturday, March 20, 10am-1pm (Pacific Time)

Where: On Zoom

Who: K-12 students and many generous authors and illustrators

How: Register here! Space is limited, so register your child early (and cancel your order if you can’t make it, so you can free up your slot)

We are so excited to put on this event. Thanks to a generous group of local (and one national) authors and illustrators, we are putting on a day of reading and illustrating workshops for students in grades K-12. All attendees will be able to attend three workshops, with a 10 minute break in between for stretches and snacks.

If you know of kids who might be interested, register them or send them the link and pump them up for a great day of celebrating reading and writing and art!

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Update on nErDcamp Bellingham Junior

Update time! nErDcamp Junior will be Saturday, March 20, from 10am-1pm PST. Registration opening very soon!

A few interested folks spent an evening last week fleshing out the idea of what nErDcamp Junior will look like. And now we are ready for some next steps!

As a reminder, the general inspiration for this event is the Young Authors Conference, held at Skagit Valley College. This even provides two writing and one illustrating sessions for young attendees. We’re looking to create something like this for young readers, writers, and illustrators in our region. Here are the bare bones of the plan for how we could make this thing happen:

  • Tentatively planning for a Saturday morning (9-12) in late February or early March
  • 3-4 main Zooms, broken down by grade level: K-2, 3-5, 6-12 (or split middle and high school)
  • Breakout rooms within each Zoom, with a schedule for each. Attendees (the kids) would attend sessions in different breakouts in their grade level Zoom.
  • Sessions can range from 20-50 minutes in length, depending on presenter preference

Our goal will be to have a support person for each presenter (teacher, librarian, other potentially tech-savvy person) to manage needs so the presenter can focus on kids and  the topic at hand.

We have a survey for presenters and a survey for support people. Please fill out the appropriate survey. And please forward this to friends and colleagues that might be interested in playing a part.

Presenter Survey– Take this survey if you are an author or illustrator and want to present a workshop for kids

Support Person SurveyTake this survey if you would like to help make sure workshops come off without a hitch.

Thanks! Let us know if you have any questions!

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