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The 2016 Centrum Port Townsend Writers’ Conference will be held from July 17 to July 24 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 features workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as craft talks, readings, open mics, and time to write. The faculty includes poets Marvin Bell, Kwame Dawes, and Dorianne Laux; fiction writers Jonathan Evison, Pam Houston, Samuel Ligon, and Helena María Viramontes; and nonfiction writers Debra Gwartney and Joy Passanante. Conference tuition ranges from $200 for afternoon workshops to $700 for the full program. Private lodging and meal options range from $250 to $700. Financial aid and scholarships are available. Registration is first come, first served. Individual residencies at Centrum during the conference, which do not include workshops but offer access to some conference events, range from $650 to $700. 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.