Registration for the 2010 Port Townsend Writers' Conference begins Monday, November 9, at 9 am. Morning workshop faculty members will include fiction writer Chris Abani, nonfiction writer Denise Chávez, poet Martín Espada, poet Dana Levin, fiction writer Micheline Aharonian Marcom, travel writer Tom Miller, nonfiction writer Bich Minh Nguyen (leading a master class), and fiction writer Ana Menéndez.
Ana Menéndez will be leading a workshop entitled "Van Gogh Story Marathon”, designed specifically for beginning, emerging, and established writers to create new work. Here's the course description:
Have you ever seen Van Gogh’s early drawings? They were terrible. How did he become one of the most celebrated artists of the modern era? Practice. Study. Practice. And then more practice. In this course, we will take heed, writing a story a day. The opening line will be given to you the day before. The following day, you must come to class with a fully-frmed story with a beginning, middle and end. No experimental stuff. Straight, traditional story. Though these will be shorties: just six hundred words. No more, no less. To inspire you and prove she can take her own medicine, the instructor will work along with you. In class, we will discuss the stories and do reading and exercises designed to help you imagine and produce excellent shorties. What to bring to class: a pen, a notebook, a number two pencil, an eraser and an 8 x 11 drawing pad – doesn’t have to be fancy, just something you can draw on.
When registration opens, it will be available here, as well as by calling Centrum at 360.385.3102, x114 or x131.