SEAVIEW, Wash. — For those of a literary bent, the next two workshops at the Sou’wester Lodge involve books and stories.

A class taking place noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, with illustrator, printmaker and bookbinder Jillian Barthold will teach the basic tools used in bookbinding and the process of making a hardcover Coptic stitch book.

Coptic stitch binding, one of the earliest forms of bookbinding, is sewn with thread leaving an exposed spine. You’ll leave with your very own blank book to use as a journal or sketchbook.

Another workshop, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, is titled “Story is a Chance: Writing as Spiritual Practice.”

Participants will use writing as a means of exploring the chances our ancestors took to bring us to this moment, the chances we have taken to bring us to now, and how these chances impact the stories of our own lives and the lives of those who come after us.

Bennett is a writer, storyteller, educator and spiritual care provider. Twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Melissa’s work focuses on social justice, culture, tradition and spirituality.

RSVP for these workshops via or 360-642-2542. Visit the Sou’wester website for prices, supply lists and other information.

The Lodge is at 3728 J Place.

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