Writing News

October 6-9 Autumn Creative Nonfiction Workshop with Kim Barnes

Learn more here!

April 14-17 Poetry Symposium with Erin Belieu

Two spaces only have opened up. Call Jordan at 360-385-3102, x131 if you want in!

July 17-24 Port Townsend Writers’ Conference
We’ve seen unprecedented demand for the 2011 Port Townsend Writers’ Conference, with more participants signed up at this point than at any time in the past thirty-eight years. We’re keeping class sizes small, and we’re keeping the Conference experience intimate.

Space is still available in the following fiction (Sam Ligon and Cheryl Strayed), nonfiction (Paisley Rekdal and Bob Shacochis), and poetry (Carl Phillips and Cate Marvin) workshops. Read class descriptions and bios here.

With a focus on community and rigorous attention to craft, the summer Conference offers morning workshops, afternoon workshops, residencies, guided freewrites, and a vibrant readings and lectures series. Online registration is available here. You can also learn more by calling Jordan at 360.385.3102, ext. 131.

Our afternoon-workshop lineup is drawing serious literary writers from all over the country. Writers are discovering that the Conference experience, which emphasizes the writing craft, the writing craft, and the writing craft (as well as the writing craft) in a nurturing, inspirational environment, is the place to make connections–in your work, and with other writers.

Writing residencies are also a popular way to immerse yourself in your writing. We provide the cabins and fully equipped kitchens, and leave you alone to do your work. Residencies happen year-round in our private artist cabins and apartments. For those who want to combine a residency with the inspiration of the Port Townsend Writers’ Conference, private dormitory space is available.

Elizabeth_Thorpe_5 Whether you’re new to writing and seeking an environment to create new work, looking for advanced post-MFA revision workshops, or 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.

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.