The 2017 Centrum Port Townsend Writers’ Conference was held from July 16 to July 23 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 featured workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as craft talks, readings, open mics, and time to write. The faculty included poets Erin Belieu, Mark Doty, Dana Levin, and Alexandra Teague; fiction writers Dan Chaon, Sam Ligon, and Kathryn Trueblood; and nonfiction writers Sayantani Dasgupta, Melissa Febos, and Priscilla Long. Tuition ranged from $200 for afternoon workshops to $720 for the full program. Private lodging and meal options ranged from $250 to $720. Financial aid and scholarships were available. Registration was first come, first served. Individual residencies at Centrum during the conference, which did not include workshops but offered access to some conference events, ranged from $650 to $720. 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.