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October 26: Natalie Goldberg Residency Reading

October 26: Natalie Goldberg Residency Reading

Natalie Goldberg, best-selling author and artist in residence at Centrum will read at Port Townsend’s Imprint Books Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 7 p.m. The reading is free and open to the public. “Listen to the rain,” instructs my ninth-grade English teacher, Mr. Clemente…There was to be no essay or write or any test on

Enjoy Free Readings at 2017 Port Townsend Writers’ Conference

During the Port Townsend Writers’ Conference, a rich and diverse gathering of prose writers and poets read from their work. Unless otherwise noted, all readings take place at the Joseph F. Wheeler Theater at Fort Worden State Park. All readings are free, and open to the public. Sunday, July 16, 7:15pm Alexandra Teague Monday, July 17, 7pm Erin Belieu;


Mark Doty on New Poems: Unscrew The Locks From the Doors

Centrum is excited welcome poet Mark Doty back to the Port Townsend Writers’ Conference in 2017. His Conference workshop will focus on writing new poems: UNSCREW THE LOCKS FROM THE DOORS: Writing New Poems Walt Whitman, early in the “language experiment” he called LEAVES OF GRASS, calls on his readers to open the locked doors

Centrum Announces High School Writers Conference

When Jane Ligon was 16, she was a serious and shy teenager living in Spokane, Washington. She liked listening to music, either rap or classic rock, and spending time with friends. But, perhaps most of all, she liked to write. That interest led her to the “teen track” at the Port Townsend Writers’ Conference at

Kathryn Trueblood on Turning Life into Fiction

Winner of the 2013 Goldenberg Award in Fiction and the 2011 Red Hen Press Story Award, Kate Trueblood understands the complication of balancing a career and family. She is the mother of two children, a writer, and an Associate Professor at Western Washington University. Kate will be on faculty at the 2017 Port Townsend Writers

Melissa Febos: Writing About Trauma as a Subversive Act

Melissa Febos will be teaching at the 2017 Port Townsend Writers’ Conference.  In the January/February issue of Poets & Writers, Febos wrote about “The Heart-Work: Writing About Trauma as a Subversive Act,” exploring the role of emotional self-examination or healing in writing. “Since when did telling our own stories and deriving their insights become so reviled?