Fewer Than Four Months

Summer can’t come soon enough! The workshops of Sam Ligon, Dorianne Laux, Pam Houston, and Benjamin Alire Sáenz are all full, with waiting lists started. One space remains in the fiction class of Cheryl Strayed, and two spaces remain in the poetry workshop of Carl Phillips. More information and class options available here.

With a focus on community and rigorous attention to craft, the Conference offers morning workshops in which you spend a week in intimate classes with your core faculty member.

You can also indulge yourself with the drop-in afternoon workshop series, residencies, guided freewrites, and a vibrant readings and lectures series. Online registration is available here, or learn more by calling Jordan at 360.385.3102, 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.

For some, the PTWC is an intense immersion in craft. For others, it’s about getting the time and space to write, while soaking in the readings and craft lectures, morning freewrites, and afternoon workshops. For all, it’s a time of retreat and renewal. 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.

Tuition for core morning workshops is $625. Admission to afternoon workshops only is $275 for unlimited  access. 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 funds are available for all tracks. Register for any track here.

None of what we do here would be possible without the generous support of The Inland Center for Writers at Eastern Washington University, Western Washington University, the University of Washington, the University of Idaho, the Crab Creek Review, Willow Springs, Copper Canyon Press, Amazon.com, Port Book and News, the Rainier Writers’ Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University, Peninsula College, Goddard College, and the Richard Hugo House. We are grateful to all of these organizations, as well as to the thousands of individual donors whose generosity celebrates the power of writing to change lives.