Jan Bowman

Entry # 142 – Port Townsend – CENTRUM – Writers Conference -Featured Workshop

The Port Townsend – CENTRUM – Writers’ Conference
July 7-14 and 14-21, 2013 Fort Worden State Park
Port Townsend, Washington

Please Note:  The following comes directly from their website – except for Catherine Alexander’s personal comments – show as DQs.  Go to website for more details & to register.

The Port Townsend Writers’ Conference has been since 1974 at the heart of the thriving Pacific Northwest literary scene. With a focus on community and rigorous attention to craft, the Conference offers morning workshops, afternoon workshops, residencies, guided freewrites, and a vibrant readings and lectures series presented by vital, contemporary writers.  Go to the website for more.

Catherine Alexander writes to me to say,
  “I attended this conference way back in 1990 when I was a fledging writer.  At that time, it was packed full of readings and lectures, well into the night, aside from the regular workshops. I don’t think that has changed very much.   I was totally immersed in this intense conference.  You can’t beat the setting.”

Located in Port Townsend, Washington, Fort Worden—a turn-of-the-century army base–offers an unmatched combination of natural beauty and historic interest. Acres of saltwater beaches, wooded hills, and open fields are framed by stunning vistas of the Olympic and Cascade ranges and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. It’s a place where the land stops, the sea begins, and the mind keeps going.  (from website)  Over the past three decades Centrum has gathered hundreds of thousands of individuals—great artists, creative thinkers, ardent students, and passionate fans—who have transformed Fort Worden into a legendary site of creative learning and interaction.  (from website)

Catherine says, “Although there is plenty of time for socializing, the aim of the conference is the process of writing.  I would recommend Centrum to anyone who is serious about the craft of writing.”         Catherine‘s  email:    catalexander@yahoo.com

View our 2013 faculty members!

Whether you’re new to writing, and seeking an inspirational environment to create new work; looking for advanced post-MFA revision workshops; or simply desire to renew and recharge yourself in a writing retreat, the Port Townsend Writers’ Conference gives you the craft and connections to make breakthroughs in your work.

  • Register for the 2013 Conference

For those who register for a
core morning workshop, you’ll spend the morning in intimate workshops with your core faculty member. Early risers will also find optional freewrites that happen before the morning workshops begin. Register.


The Conference features afternoon-workshop offerings in special topics. These workshops are taught both by the morning faculty members and by visiting writers and editors. They are available on a drop-in basis free to participants registered for morning workshop and at a special price for those who only want to take workshops in the afternoon. Following these workshops, a vibrant
lectures series presents the core morning faculty members discussing their process from origin to completed product. 2012 afternoon-workshop offerings.

Many of the participants who come here come simply to write, and do not take workshops while they are here. This option gives you the opportunity to take the time and space that you need to disconnect from your daily life and write and revise. As part of this registration, you have access to all of the craft lectures, evening readings, and open-mike events that are part of the Conference. Register.

Each evening at 7:30, two faculty writers give a reading at the Joseph F. Wheeler Theater. These readings are free for all participants.


Tuition ranges from $50 to $695. Room and board options range from $125 to $580. All freewrites, morning writing exercises, and afternoon workshops are free for those who register for the core morning workshops.

Financial aid and scholarship funds are available. Register.

The Daily Schedule
9-11:30—Morning workshop
1-1:50—Craft Lecture
2-3:30—Workshops and lectures in special topics

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Centrum operates airport shuttle to and from Sea-Tac airport on the first and last days of the Conference.
Please read our shuttle information guideto learn how you can access this service.


About Jan Bowman:

Jan Bowman’s fiction has appeared in numerous publications including most recently, Roanoke Review, Big Muddy, The Broadkill Review, Third Wednesday, Minimus, Buffalo Spree (97), Folio, The Potomac Review and others. Glimmer Train named a recent story as Honorable Mention in the November 2012 Short Story Awards for New Writers. Another story won the 2011 Roanoke Review Fiction Award, her stories have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes, Best American Short Stories, Pen/O’Henry’s and a story was a finalist in the “So To Speak” Fiction Contest. She is working on two collections of short stories while shopping for a publisher for a completed story collection. Learn more at www.janbowmanwriter.com or  visit blog:  http://janbowmanwriter.blogspot.com
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