the dark days of winter

November 28, 2017

If you tend to sink into the gloom of short winter days, here are a few prospects for the months ahead (all dates 2018; check back with sites if information is not yet posted):

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Looking ahead

July 26, 2017

If an autumn 2017 writing retreat or conference strikes your fancy, here are a number of events coming up in Cascadia and beyond.

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.

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