Spring YAWP


April 12-15, 2018
Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, WA

Nosy deer, blooming daffodils, sky blue after a gray winter, green grass. High cirrus clouds and intensive freewrite sessions—and all the time and space and the light of April to create new work.

This will be our ninth YAWP program already, in only three years—bringing writers together from all over the country who want a long weekend retreat to read, write, and revise, across all genres. To howl, in Walt Whitman’s words, our “barbaric yawp.”

Cost: $195. Have you published fifty novels? $195. Are you writing your first-ever poem? $195. This residency fee covers your private room and access to the morning freewrites. Meals are not included: what happens at YAWP is that some folks contribute together for communal meals and some folks prepare their own meals in the kitchens provided and some folks go into town for the fine restaurants that Port Townsend has to offer.


Thursday, April 12, 2018

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

Friday, April 13, 2018

  • 10:30 am-noon: guided morning freewrite.
  • 12pm onward: residency time.
  • 7 pm- 8 pm: “Wine & Walt Whitman.”

Saturday, April 14, 2018

  • 10:30 am-noon: guided morning freewrite.
  • 12 pm onward: residency time.
  • 7 pm-8 pm: “Wine & Walt Whitman.”

Sunday, April 15, 2018

  • Departure by 11am.