Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, and Poetry Workshops: The 2012 Port Townsend Writers’ Conference

Upcoming at Centrum: the two-week, thirty-ninth annual Port Townsend Writers’ Conference happening July 8-15 and July 15-22. Come for four days, seven days, ten days, or fourteen days! The Port Townsend Writers’ Conference has been since 1974 at the heart of the thriving Pacific Northwest literary scene.

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 presented by vital, contemporary writers. View our 2012 faculty members here!

Whether you’re new to writing, and seeking an inspirational environment to create new work; looking foradvanced 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.

For those who register for a core morning workshop, you’ll spend the morning in intimate workshops with your core faculty member. Early risers will also find optional freewrites that happen before the morning workshops begin. Register.

Many of you come simply to write, and do not take workshops. This option gives you the opportunity to take the time and space that you need to disconnect from your daily life and write and revise. As part of this registration, you have access to all of the craft lectures, evening readings, and open-mike events that are part of the Conference. Register.


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 ranges from $50 to $695. Room and board options range from $125 to $580. All freewrites, morning writing exercises, and afternoon workshops are free for those who register for the core morning workshops. Financial aid and scholarship funds are available! Apply as part of the registration process. Register.

The Daily Schedule

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.