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Begin Your Novel this Summer at Centrum

Begin Your Novel this Summer at Centrum

This July, begin that novel you’ve been thinking about, planning, dreaming of. During the week of the Port Townsend Writers’ Conference, July 9-19, novelist Skip Horack will be in-residence, leading a small, intimate workshop to help you being your novel–and get it on a permanent track. This course is for those who have an existing “idea”


Alternative Writing Program Returns in November

Centrum’s newest literary gathering returns November 5-8, 2015. YAWP – Your Alternative Writing Program – is a personal development experience for writers. YAWP’s first session in April 2015 was about community and reading and writing and doing guided freewrites and writing exercises and creating new work and having good food at PT restaurants. Autumn YAWP


Erin Belieu’s Slant Six Featured in NY Times

Erin Belieu, Centrum’s Artistic Director for the Port Townsend Writers’ Conference, was recently featured in the New York Times for her new poetry collection Slant Six. Erin’s fourth collection, Slant Six, is an inundation of the humor and horror in contemporary American life—from the last saltine cracked in the sleeve, to the kitty-cat calendar in an office cubicle. With its


Joseph Stroud Added to 2015 Port Townsend Writers’ Conference

Centrum is pleased to announce the addition of poet Joseph Stroud to the faculty of the 2015 Port Townsend Writers’ Conference. He’ll be leading the workshop: “Conceiving the Poem: Auras, Architecture, and Luminous Moments.” Stroud is the author of five books of poetry: In the Sleep of Rivers (Capra Press), Signatures (BOA Editions), Below Cold

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YAWP is Sold Out for 2015

Thanks to all of the writers who have made Centrum’s inaugural YAWP program (Your Alternative Writing Program) sold-out as of December 1.  Please register now for the Port Townsend Writers’ Conference in July if you missed this writers’ residency!


Sheila Bender Leads November Creative Nonfiction Workshop

Writer Sheila Bender will be leading Centrum’s 2014 Autumn Creative Nonfiction Workshop at Fort Worden, November 6-9. Register online for the Autumn Creative Nonfiction Workshop Sheila Bender’s essays and poems appear online and in numerous North American literary magazines and anthologies including Poetry Northwest, The Seattle Review, The Bellingham Review, Tiny Lights, and Tidepools, among