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Samuel Ligon Teaches Novelists How to Begin

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

Jonathan Evison: The Most Honest White Man Alive

The 2016 Port Townsend Writers’ Conference takes place July 17-24 and we’re looking forward to having the acclaimed novelist Jonathan Evison on faculty. Register online to work with Jonathan Evison at the Conference Sherman Alexie has called Evison “the most honest white man alive.” His work, often distinguished by its emotional resonance and offbeat humor, has