Native State: The Work of Tony Cohan

Tony Cohan At the Port Townsend Writers' Conference, we're excited to be able to offer more creative nonfiction workshops in 2009 than ever before in our thirty-seven year history, with four separate core morning workshops in creative nonfiction featuring instructors Kim Barnes, Denise Chávez, Liliana Valenzuela, and Tony Cohan (pictured)–whose memoirs On Mexican Time and Native State have helped to define the fom.

"When I first read On Mexican Time, I had the distinct feeling that I'd met a soulmate, someone who struggled through and celebrated life in the way I most cherished," says Artistic Director Cristina García.

"His quest to find a home in another culture spoke to me deeply, and his mishaps were hilariously relayed. But it wasn't until I read his memoir Native State that  Irealized he was a true master of the form. Cutting between his own riveting story and that of his difficult, dying father's, Native State is a brilliant testament to forgiveness. His summer workshop should be remarkable."

More information on all of these workshops is available here. Registration for these workshops, as well as our fiction and poetry workshops, is available online over the holiday break.

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