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Melissa Febos: Writing About Trauma as a Subversive Act

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?

Samuel Ligon Teaches Novelists How to Begin

Begin your novel this summer at Centrum. As part of the Port Townsend Writers’ Conference, novelist Samuel Ligon teaches a week-long course entitled “Novel Beginnings: Clocks and Promises.” Looking at such examples as The Catcher in the Rye and Ann Patchett’s Bel Canto, Ligon–the most popular instructor in the history of the Conference–will work with you on

2017 Port Townsend Writers’ Conference Registration Underway

As of November 1, 2016, registrations are being accepted for the 2017 Port Townsend Writers’ Conference. Whether you’re new to writing, and seeking an inspirational environment to create new work; looking for advanced post-MFA revision workshops; or simply desire to renew and recharge yourself in a writing retreat, the Port Townsend Writers’ Conference gives you

Free Literary Readings from the 2016 Port Townsend Writers’ Conference

During the 2016 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 Sunday, July 17, 2016, 7:15 p.m. Sayantani Dasgupta; Jonathan Evison Monday, July 18, 2016, 7:00 p.m. Joy Passanante; Sam Ligon Tuesday, July

KPTZ Coverage of the Port Townsend Writers’ Conference

Port Townsend’s community radio station, KPTZ 91.9 FM will be broadcasting a number of programs associated with the 2016 Port Townsend Writers’ Conference. All of the programs listed below will be broadcast live and available as KPTZ podcasts. Booklovers’ Cafe with Cris Wilson Wednesday, July 20, 2016, 12:30pm (Rebroadcast July 23, 12:30pm) Sam Ligon, Conference Artistic Director

Helena María Viramontes: Story Has No Limit

Centrum is pleased to welcome Helena María Viramontes to the faculty of the 2016 Port Townsend Writers’ Conference. Considered one of Hispanic literature’s most distinguished craftspersons, Viramontes is the author of The Moths and Other Stories and two novels Under the Feet of Jesus and Their Dogs Came With Them.  She has also co-edited with

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