meet and retreat

April 17, 2017

Here are a number of conferences, retreats and other events in the greater Cascadia area (and beyond) that merit some planning for the coming months (all 2017).

For readings and other events, see the Calendar page.

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George Herbert's "Easter Wings" (1633)

If you are a scholar of concrete poetry, here’s a call to action:
Never Abolish Chance: The Concrete Poetry Conference at SBU

St. Bonaventure University is pleased to announce a new quadrennial conference on Concrete Poetry. The inaugural event will take place Friday, March 31 – Saturday, April 1, 2017, on the university campus in scenic Western New York. The conference invites proposals on any topic related to concrete or visual poetry understood broadly. We especially encourage proposals that address the international or hemispheric traditions, as well as those that offer alternative roadmaps outside the received genealogies. Participants will be welcomed at all levels of faculty and graduate research.

Deadline for submissions: January 10, 2017
Complete details here.
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George Herbert’s “Easter Wings” (1633), printed sideways on facing pages so that the lines would call to mind angels flying with outstretched wings

Fall-Winter planning

August 30, 2016

fall-winter 2016-17

Here are a number of conferences and retreats happening in the Cascadia region over the coming months. Follow the links for more information. If we’ve missed your event, please leave a Comment.

September 30 — Bellingham, WA — Bellingham SeaFeast presents the 1st Annual FisherPoets-on-Bellingham Bay

September 30 – October 2 — Edmonds, WA — Write on the Sound Writers’ Conference

September 30 – October 2 — Eugene, OR — The Oregon Poetry Association Annual Conference 2016

October 1 — Bellingham, WA — PoetryChAT poetry camp

October 1-2 — Kalispell, MT — Flathead River Writers’ Conference

October 7-8 — Richland, WA — Rivers of Ink Writers’ Conference

October 13-16 — Sublimity, OR — Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Annual Fall Retreat

October 14-16 — Bellevue, WA — Emerald City Writers’ Conference

October 20-23 — Surrey, BC — 24th annual Surrey International Writers’ Conference

October 21-22 — Tacoma, WA — Tacoma Poetry Festival (also on Facebook)

October 27-30 — Seabeck, WA — Haiku Northwest’s Seabeck Haiku Getaway

November 2-6 — Seattle, WA — Cascadia Poetry Festival

November 4-6 — Port Orchard, WA — Northwest Writers’ Weekend

November 5 — Portland, OR — Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival

January 13-16 — Orcas Island, WA — Artsmith Poetry Manuscript Intensive

January 20-23 — Newport, OR — Tin House Winter Workshop: Session 1 (Fiction)

January 27-30 — Newport, OR — Tin House Winter Workshop: Session 2 (Creative Nonfiction)

February 4 — Portland, OR — Write to Publish 2017

February 9-11 — Portland, OR — PubWest Conference

February 17-19 — Galiano Island, BC — Galiano Literary Festival

February 24-26 — Astoria, OR — FisherPoets Gathering

March 3-5 — Newport, OR — Tin House Winter Workshop: Session 3 (Poetry)

human anatomyKahini has announced that registration is now open for “Writing The Body,” a one-day workshop happening on September 24, 2016, at the Monkeypod House in Olympia, Washington.

“Spend a full Saturday in September getting in touch with the sensory details and stories of our own bodies — and finding the inspiration and craft elements to turn these stories into a short-short story, poem, or short essay of 500 words or fewer.”

Jordan Hartt is the instructor and complete details are available on Kahini.org.

P.S. Kahini’s 2017 Kaua’i Writers’ Retreat is sold out, but registration is ongoing for the 2016 Kampala Writers’ Conference, October 9-15, 2016, in Kampala, Uganda, and is now open for the 2017 Desert Writers’ Retreat, May 21-27, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

long-form poetry workshop

August 24, 2015

WOTS 2015

Now in its 30th year, Write on the Sound (WOTS) Writers’ Conference will take place October 2, 3, and 4, 2015, at the Frances Anderson Center in Edmonds, Washington. In addition to a robust schedule of sessions on Saturday and Sunday, WOTS will also present a half-day poetry-writing session on Friday, October 2, as part of its pre-conference schedule of full- and half-day workshops.

Spokane poets Maya Jewell Zeller and Laura Read will present, “Do I Dare Disturb the Universe?”: Writing Long or Linked Poems, exploring long-form poetry. In his narrative lyric, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” T.S. Eliot sustains a singular voice through 140 lines and teaches us what it means to “disturb the universe.” In this workshop, Zeller and Read will begin by discussing successful examples of linked or long poems, then lead students through a series of generative exercises meant to stretch narrative, lyric, meditative, and dramatic elements to produce a series of pieces that could work together as one long text or in concert as linked poems. Zeller and Read will then suggest revision techniques that will enhance language for sound and image, and assist each student in forming a cohesive project. Expect a variety of reading/writing/revising/sharing rhythms, and a spirit of collaborative play.

Read excerpts of a National Poetry Month interview with Maya and Laura in the WOTS Blog. Information about the poets can be found on the WOTS Presenters page.

Conference (and workshop) registration is available only online: www.writeonthesound.com and the early registration discount ends August 30. Enrollment for pre-conference workshops is limited.

There will also be an after hours poetry reading at the Edmonds Library on Friday, October 2, at 6:30pm, featuring Maya Jewell Zeller and Laura Read.

PTWC…next week!

July 2, 2015

Centrum - Fort Worden

The Port Townsend Writers’ Conference has a way of sneaking up on you. Suddenly it’s July and the PTWC starts next week! Held at Fort Worden State Park, in Port Townsend, Washington, the conference runs July 9 to 19, 2015, and registration is still open (although some workshops may be sold out). Have a look at the faculty and class descriptions and then register!

Chuckanut Writers Conference 2014
This is a guest post by Hannah Streetman
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The Chuckanut Writers Conference is excited to announce the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest as its 2015 beneficiary.

The contest and the conference have stemmed from the same goal — to bring together the community in celebration of the written word. Over the years, they’ve inspired many writers into action.

This year, the conference has again assembled a diverse faculty of twenty-one established poets, authors, agents, and publishing experts to come to Whatcom Community College the weekend of June 26-27, 2015. The poets include Washington’s Inaugural Poet Laureate Sam Green, Sally Green, Denise Jolly, Robert Lashley, and Kate Lebo. You can read about the other brilliant fiction, nonfiction, and publishing faculty members here. Many of them have called Bellingham home at some point. Needless to say, they are proof of the creative talent this lush region yields.

For its fifth anniversary, the conference will kick off with a special poetry edition of the Chuckanut Radio Hour, featuring music from the Lady Crooners. Then there are author panels, pitch sessions, breakout sessions, studio plenary sessions, as well as three new Master Classes. These Master Classes will fill up quickly, so be sure to register early! On the last night, open mics will be held throughout Fairhaven to keep the spirit of the conference going.

The conference is designed to benefit writers of all stages, with an encouraging and relaxed atmosphere. And unlike the writing classes you may have taken in school, no one will grade your work or force you to share. If you register by May 28, the early bird rate knocks $40 off the cost of the conference!

Attendees leave with the practical knowledge to strengthen their work, inspiration to get writing, connections in the literary community, and lifelong friendships. We’re excited to support the contest and work together toward a community strengthened by poetry. We hope to see you there!

A Douglas fir, more than two feet
through, angled downslope,
having had to bend that way
for light.

Samuel Green
from “Falling a Tree 90° to the Lean”

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Streetman - Hannah
Hannah Streetman is a lifelong reader who is entirely fascinated by the world of publishing. She’s working on her bachelor’s degree in creative writing from WWU with a couple more practical minors she keeps switching around. She enjoys oil painting, drinking coffee, and taking daytrips to nearby towns. She would love to spend her life reading and traveling.

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