2018 High School Writers’ Conference

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July 8-14, 2018
Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, WA
Registration opens November 7, 2017

Since 1974, Centrum’s high-school writing workshops have been at the center of creative-writing education in the Pacific Northwest. Nearly all working writers in the Puget Sound area and beyond point to early inspiration and craft instruction at Centrum as foundational experiences to their writing lives.

Centrum’s High-School Writers’ Conference brings ardent student writers together with acclaimed faculty for a week of immersion, inspiration, and instruction in creative writing.

Core morning workshops, afternoon workshops in special topics, guided freewrites, open-mike sessions, a vibrant readings and lectures series, and guided outdoor time and space designed for rest and relaxation helps to round out this essential experience for high-school writers.

Whether a student is seeking an environment to create new work, looking for revision workshops for works-in-progress, or simply wants to renew and recharge in the creative life, Centrum’s High-School Writers’ Conference offers the craft and connections to make artistic breakthroughs. Classes are taught by contemporary writers who are also great teachers of writing.

Core morning workshops put students together in a small class of twelve with one core faculty member in fiction or poetry. Class sessions happen from Monday through Friday. The Conference’s afternoon-workshop offerings in special topics are guided by by visiting writers and editors in-residence.

Who Should Attend

The Centrum High-School Writers’ Conference is open to students who will be entering grades 9-12 in Fall 2018 at all levels of writing experience–from beginner to advanced–as well as seniors who have just graduated and are seeking an intensive creative-writing experience.

Location

Centrum is located at Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, WA. Perched on the Northeast tip of the Olympic Peninsula, Fort Worden offers 450 acres of sandy beaches, wooded hills, wetlands, and a historic campus, with stunning views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic and Cascade ranges. Renovated Fort buildings, including classrooms, dormitories, performance and studio spaces, serve as students’ homes during their time at Centrum. Dorm wings are supervised by experienced dorm counselors.

Cost

Tuition, room and board for the week ranges from $745 to $1,520 per participant. Scholarship applications are available as part of the registration process. Scholarship notifications on a rolling basis, within three weeks of your application!

 

THE DAILY SCHEDULE

Workshops and lectures take place at the Schoolhouse building; meals take place at the Fort Worden Commons; evening gatherings happen in the Seminar Building.

Sunday, July 8
3:30-5:30—Check-in and welcome gathering outside the Centrum office building.
5:30-6:15—Dinner
7:00—Orientation and introductions

Monday, July 9
8:15-8:45—Breakfast
9-11:30—Morning Workshops
11:45-12:30—Lunch
1-1:50—Afternoon Craft Lecture
2-3:30 pm—Afternoon Workshops
3:30-5:30 pm—Free time or optional friendly afternoon games in the sunshine
5:30-6:15—Dinner
7:00—Readings

Tuesday, July 10
8:15-8:45—Breakfast
9-11:30—Morning Workshops
11:45-12:30—Lunch
1-1:50—Afternoon Craft Lecture
2-3:30 pm—Afternoon Workshops
3:30-5:30 pm—Free time or optional friendly afternoon games in the sunshine
5:30-6:15—Dinner
7:00—Readings

Wednesday, July 11
8:15-8:45—Breakfast
9-11:30—Morning Workshops
11:45-12:30—Lunch
1-1:50—Afternoon Craft Lecture
2-3:30 pm—Afternoon Workshops
3:30-5:30 pm—Free time or optional friendly afternoon games in the sunshine
5:30-6:15—Dinner
7:00—Readings

Thursday, July 12
8:15-8:45—Breakfast
9-11:30—Morning Workshops
11:45-12:30—Lunch
1-1:50—Afternoon Craft Lecture
2-3:30 pm—Afternoon Workshops
3:30-5:30 pm—Free time or optional friendly afternoon games in the sunshine
5:30-6:15—Dinner
7:00—Readings

Friday, July 13
8:15-8:45—Breakfast
9-11:30—Morning Workshops
11:45-12:30—Lunch
1-1:50—Afternoon Craft Lecture
2-3:30 pm—Afternoon Workshops
3:30-5:30 pm—Free time or optional friendly afternoon games in the sunshine
5:30-6:15—Dinner
7:00—Bonfire and Open Mike 

Saturday, July 14
8:15-8:45—Breakfast
Dorm check out by 11:00 am

 


Faculty

Samuel Ligon is the Artistic Director of the Port Townsend Writers’ Conference. He’s the author of two novels—Among the Dead and Dreaming and Safe in Heaven Dead—and two collections of stories, Wonderland, illustrated by Stephen Knezovich, and Drift and Swerve. His stories have appeared in Prairie Schooner, New England Review, New Ohio Review, Gulf Coast, and Okey-Panky, among other places, and his essays appear in The Inlander. Ligon edits the journal Willow Springs and teaches at Eastern Washington University in Spokane.

Yashika Graham is a poet and spoken-word performer who has read for audiences in Jamaica, the United States, as part of Jamaica Rising and the Bristol Festival of Literature in the United Kingdom, across Venezuela during the 13th World Festival of Poetry, and in Panama for the Ars Amandi Festival of Poetry. She is an alumna of the Drawing Room Project’s 2016 Writers’ Retreat under the tutelage of Prof. Emeritus Edward Baugh and recipient of a gold medal and the Noteworthy Writer award in the 2016 JCDC Jamaica Creative Writing Competition. Her poems have been published or are forthcoming in The Caribbean Writer, POUi, Susumba’s Book Bag,  Poesia de Costa A Costa, Anthology of the Ars Amandi Poetry Festival, Panama and will be compiled in her forthcoming first collection.

Support for Centrum’s High School Writers’ Conference is provided by:

   

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