A Reading—and a New Workshop!

Wheelertheaterwashedwithrain There's a lot we're excited about happening at Centrum this weekend. The sold-out Brenda Miller master class in creative nonfiction will be happening February 4-7 (the demand for this workshop was so great that we've added another one, to happen June 4 and 5, 2010). Also happening this weekend: a special group of Copper Canyon Press poets will be reading at the Joseph F. Wheeler Theater on Saturday night, February 6, at 7 pm.

The Reading

The poets poets featured at the Saturday-night reading will include Florida’s Erin Belieu, Portland brothers Michael and Matthew Dickman, National Book Award finalist Ben Lerner, Port Townsend’s own Gary Copeland Lilley, Belarusian poet Valzhyna Mort, Seattle’s Ed Skoog, and Maryland-by-way-of-San-Francisco editor/translator/poet Matthew Zapruder in an evening of poetic fun, humor, politics, and provocation featuring eight of the most celebrated younger poets in America.

The acclaimed poets have published more than twenty books of poetry between them, have read their work all over the world, and have been featured in such major media as the New Yorker, the Washington Post, and the New York Times.

A New Workshop

We have added another one! Designed for nascent, emerging, and established writers of creative nonfiction, this three-session techniques workshop will focus on generating new work. In the small workshop, Brenda Miller and participants will look at some of the properties of “shorts,” whether in short personal essays or in the segments that sometimes add up to memoir. The accompanying discussion will center on structural issues and strategies to strengthen a piece’s natural tendencies. The goal is at least one new piece through this workshop, as well as to gain a deeper understanding of the craft of nonfiction.

You can register online for this workshop or call us at 360.385.3102, x131.

Brenda Miller spends the academic year as associate professor of English at Western Washington Brenda Miller University in Bellingham. Her collection of essays, Season of the Body was a finalist for the PEN American Center Book Award. Her newest collection of essays is Blessing of the Animals. Miller has received a number of Pushcart Prizes for her work, and her essays have appeared in such periodicals as the Georgia Review, Prairie Schooner, and the Sun, among many others.

Miller is also widely acclaimed as a popular teacher of writing. The textbook that she co-authored with fellow WWU writing professor Suzanne Paola, Tell it Slant, is used in classrooms all over the world.

Tuition for this workshop is $395. Scholarship and financial aid funds are available.

Friday, June 4 

  • 9 am-12 pm: Morning workshop
  • 1-5: Personal writing time
  • 7 pm-9 pm: Evening workshop

Saturday, June 5

  • 9 am-12 pm: Morning workshop
  • 1-5: Personal writing time
  • 7-9: Informal evening reading
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