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Centrum Port Townsend Writers’ Conference was held from July 9 to July 19 at Fort Worden State Park, a turn-of-the-century army base accessible to saltwater beaches, wooded hills, and the Olympic Mountains in Washington. The conference offered workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as craft lectures, readings, open mics, and time to write. The faculty included poets Kim Addonizio, Erin Belieu, Gary Copeland Lilley, Jimmy Kimbrell, and Joseph Stroud; fiction writers Claire Davis, Skip Horack, and Pam Houston; and creative nonfiction writers Lisa Norris and Luis Urrea. Individual residencies at Centrum during the conference, which did not include workshops but offered access to some conference events, were also available. Conference tuition ranged from $150 for afternoon workshops to $900 for 10-day workshops. Lodging and meal options ranged from $250 to $950. Financial aid and scholarships were available. Registration was first come, first served. Visit the website for more information.
Centrum Port Townsend Writers’ Conference, P.O. Box 1158, 223 Battery Way, Port Townsend, WA 98368. (360) 531-1472. Jordan Hartt, Program Manager.