Registration Open for the 2011 Port Townsend Writers’ Conference

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Registration has opened for the 2011 Port Townsend Writers' Conference. Online registration is available here. You can also register by phone by calling Centrum at 360.385.3102, ext. 114 or ext. 131.

Happening the week of July 17-24, the Conference has been since 1974 at the heart of the thriving Pacific Northwest literary scene.

Whether you’re new to writing and seeking an inspirational environment to create new work, looking for advanced post-MFA revision workshops, or simply desire to renew and recharge yourself in a writing retreat, the Port Townsend Writers’ Conference gives you the craft and connections to make breakthroughs in your work.

With a focus on community and rigorous attention to craft, the Conference offers morning workshops, afternoon workshops, residencies, guided freewrites, and a vibrant readings and lectures series.  

For those who register for a morning workshop, you’ll spend a week in intimate classes with your core faculty member. These workshops are limited to fourteen participants. Register

The Conference features afternoon-workshop offerings in special topics. These workshops are taught both by the morning faculty members and by visiting writers and editors. Register. They are available for free to participants registered for morning workshops. Following these workshops, a vibrant lectures series presents the morning faculty members discussing their process from origin to completed product.

Each evening at 7:30, two faculty writers give a reading at the Joseph F. Wheeler Theater. These readings are free for all participants. Schedule.

Tuition for core morning workshops is $625.  Dorm 225 ext high Admission to afternoon workshops only is $50 per workshop or $275 for unlimited access to all afternoon workshops. Admission to freewrites and morning writing exercises is $150 (you get both, all week!). All freewrites, morning writing exercises, and afternoon workshops are free for those who are registered for the core morning workshops. Room and board options range from $205 to $525. Financial aid and scholarship funds are available for all tracks. Register for any track here.

The Daily Schedule:

7-8—Morning freewrite
9-11:30—Morning workshop
9-10:30—Morning exercises
2-3:30—Workshops and lectures in special topics
4-5—Craft Lecture


Centrum operates airport shuttle to and from Sea-Tac airport on the first and last days of the Conference. Please read our shuttle information guide to learn how you can access this service.