Spring YAWP


April 13-16, 2017
Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, WA

Spring YAWP (Your Alternative Writing Program) was initially launched as a reaction to the branding, marketing, and career networking of AWP. We desired to create, instead, a retreat where we could write in community, live in cozy cabins, and focus deeply on our work while being inspired by optional morning freewrites to get the juices flowing.

The first one sold out, as did did the second one. And the third one. YAWP is the perfect space for writers, with a blend of writing time, community time, and personal-retreat time. At each YAWP, we make breakthroughs in our work and connect with one another as writers–in the beautiful settings of Fort Worden State Park and Port Townsend.

Registration is open for Spring YAWP. Limited to 20 people total.

Cost: $195. Have you published fifty novels? $195. Are you writing your first-ever poem? $195. Meals are not included: what happens is that some folks contribute together for communal meals; and some folks do their own meals in the ten kitchens provided; and some folks go into town for Port Townsend’s restaurants and cafes.


Thursday, April 13, 2017

  • 5pm-7pm: arrival, welcoming, getting settled in.
  • 7pm-9pm: Welcome gathering.

Friday, April 14, 2017

  • 11-noon: guided morning freewrite.
  • 12pm onward: residency time.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

  • 11-noon: guided morning freewrite.
  • 12pm onward: residency time.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

  • Departure by 11am.