Conference at a Glance

Engage creatively and critically with writers who work beyond the bounds of well-behaved American literature. Create new work. Rethink works-in-progress. Challenge your assumptions about what it means to be a writer in the world.

The Port Townsend Writers’ Conference blends a mix of conversation and workshop time with faculty members together with a series of public readings to ensure a rewarding listening, reading, and writing experience designed to inspire you to new levels in your work.

The Conference offers two different writing tracks: New Works and Works in Progress, both of which feature private one-on-one time with faculty. The New Works track emphasizes the creation of new works. Camille Dungy, Brian Evenson, and Thomas Glave offer new ways to unlock and free your writing voice. In the Works in Progress track, those engaged on an existing project are linked to the mentoring faculty of Rikki Ducornet, Barbara Sjoholm, and Arthur Sze.

Weave together work and ideas from across disciplines, while achieving new levels of work you may not have thought possible. Spend nights in intimate conversation with other writers, sharing new work in informal groups, or meet with an instructor for continued guidance.

Tuition for the workshop is $575 ($475 for returning participants who register a new participant) and includes admission to all Conference events. Room and board options range from $200 to $385. We also offer a "residency/all events" pass for $140 for writers who wish to spend time in residence or community with other writers, but choose not to attend workshop sessions. All readings and lectures and social events will be open to you.