Explore The Writing Community at Centrum

2011 Conference Faculty Carl Phillips

For nearly four decades, writers from around the country have come to Centrum for the Port Townsend Writers’ Conference. In 2011, the Conference will be held July 17-24. Whether you’re seeking to create or revise new work, find writing community, or simply desire a writing retreat in an inspirational location, Centrum is at the heart of the thriving Pacific Northwest literary scene.

It all started in 1974 with the founding of the Port Townsend Writers’ Conference by novelist Bill Ransom, who envisioned an egalitarian, non-hierarchical conference where the emphasis was on the craft of literary writing. Centrum’s literary programming is a rigorous, craft-focused community for writers, editors, translators, and readers working in a variety of styles.

During the Conference, a rich and diverse gathering of prose writers and poets read from their work. Readings and Lectures are held at the Joseph F. Wheeler Theater, and are free of charge. (Thank you to Copper Canyon Press, Goddard College, and the Port Townsend Arts Commission for their support).

Visit our Writing site for the complete Readings and Lectures schedule.

Readings and Lectures are also available as free podcasts in mp3 format. View all available dowloads, or subscribe to podcasts via iTunes or RSS.