Room and Board: $500
Running from APRIL 26-30, 2023 INESCAPABLE GEOGRAPHIES is an immersive, on-sight intensive for all writers who look to dig deeper into lyrical forms. Located at Fort Worden State Park, participants will work with each poet throughout the week and will also have dedicated time to write. Descriptions and faculty bios below.
We offer a range of Fellowships and Scholarships to participants of all ages, ethnicities, gender identities and orientations. Our Diversity Scholarships aim to alleviate the financial need of groups who have been historically underrepresented at Centrum writing workshops.
Staying at Fort Worden: For those attending the spring poetry workshop, on-site meals and accommodations are recommended. Vaccinations are recommended. Room and board is $500.
poetry of place
with Claudia Castro Luna
prosody of place
with CMarie Fuhrman
outer and inner
with Holly J Hughes
For centuries, poets have turned to the natural world for inspiration, whether writing poems about nature or finding metaphors for the complex workings of our inner lives. What does this mean in 2022, when the natural world is not the idyllic, pastoral landscape of centuries past, but a world on fire? As poets and citizens of the earth, how do we turn to nature now—and how do we give back? In this workshop, we’ll explore the dynamic between outer and inner geographies of place, examining how a variety of contemporary poets continue to draw on imagery from the natural world to give voice to both their inner landscapes and a changing earth. We’ll consider how we might envision a reciprocal relationship so that the outer geography isn’t just a projection of our human desires, but instead, is made up of sentient beings in a complex web we’re only beginning to understand. Weather allowing, we’ll walk mindfully through the outer landscape, paying attention to how our inner one resonates by responding to a variety of writing invitations. Together, we’ll move fluidly between these two geographies, writing poems that are rich in the details of attentive observation, while honoring our inner voice. In doing so, we’ll explore on how we might move toward reciprocity, and give back the gifts we receive from the natural world.
Holly J. Hughes is the author of Hold Fast, Sailing by Ravens, coauthor of The Pen and The Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World, and editor of the award-winning anthology, Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose about Alzheimer’s Disease. Her fine art chapbook Passings received an American Book Award in 2017. Most recently, she guest edited The Madrona Project: Keep a Green Bough: Voices from the Heart of Cascadia. She’s a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University’s MFA program, where she served on the staff for 13 years in addition to teaching writing at the college level for several decades. She now leads writing and mindfulness workshops, consults as a writing coach/editor and directs Flying Squirrel Studio, which offers writing residencies for women. She divides her time between her home in the Chimacum valley and a log cabin in Indianola and acknowledges the S’klallam, Chemakum and Suquamish nations for their ongoing stewardship of these lands and waters.
The Port Townsend Writers Conference is located at Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend, WA. The land on which Fort Worden sits and the waters that it borders are the traditional territory of the S’Klallam and Chemakum people. Centrum and the Port Townsend Writers Conference strives to honor the Salish Coast People’s thriving culture and their efforts to sustain their homelands.