Port Townsend Writers’ Conference Update

December Sunrise All poetry options at the 2010 Port Townsend Writers' Conference have now filled. Martín Espada's workshop and Dana Levin's workshop are both closed and waiting lists have been started.

In addition, workshop space in the Chris Abani fiction workshop is completely full. However, there are still ways to attend the Conference. Two spaces only remain in the fiction workshop of Ana Menendez and the nonfiction workshop of Denise ChávezRegistration is available here, as well as by calling Centrum at 360.385.3102, x131 or x114.  

For prose options, other morning workshop faculty members include nonfiction writer Bich Minh Nguyen (leading a master class) and fiction writer Micheline Aharonian Marcom. And the Residency-Only option continues to set all kinds of enrollment records.

For those writers looking not for a full week experience but a weekend intensive in creative nonfiction, we have a June 4-5 for nascent, emerging, and established writers. This three-session techniques workshop will focus on generating new work. In the workshop, Brenda Miller and participants will look at some of the properties of “shorts,” whether in short personal essays or in the segments that sometimes add up to memoir. The accompanying discussion will center on structural issues and strategies to strengthen a piece’s natural tendencies. The goal is at least one new piece through this workshop, as well as to gain a deeper understanding of the craft of nonfiction.

You can register online for this workshop or call us at 360.385.3102, x131 or x114.

Brenda Miller spends the academic year as associate professor of English at Western Washington Elizabeth_Thorpe_5 University in Bellingham. Her collection of essays, Season of the Body was a finalist for the PEN American Center Book Award. Her newest collection of essays is Blessing of the Animals. Miller has received a number of Pushcart Prizes for her work, and her essays have appeared in such periodicals as the Georgia Review, Prairie Schooner, and the Sun, among many others.

Miller is also widely acclaimed as a popular teacher of writing. The textbook that she co-authored with fellow WWU writing professor Suzanne Paola, Tell it Slant, is used in classrooms all over the world.

Tuition for this workshop is $395. Scholarship and financial aid funds are available.

Friday, June 4 

  • 9 am-12 pm: Morning workshop
  • 1-5: Personal writing time
  • 7 pm-9 pm: Evening workshop

Saturday, June 5

  • 9 am-12 pm: Morning workshop
  • 1-5: Personal writing time
  • 7-9: Informal evening reading