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).
- May 17-21 – Writing by Writers Methow Valley Workshop – Winthrop, WA
- May 19-21 – Word on the Lake Writers’ Festival – Salmon Arm, BC, Canada
- May 31 – June 3 – North Words Writers Symposium – Skagway, AK
- June 3 – Haiku Northwest Annual Meeting – Seattle, WA
- June 9-12 – Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference – Truchas, NM
- June 16 – Convergence 2017: We Will Not Be Separated – New Denver, BC, Canada
- June 23-24 – Chuckanut Writers Conference – Bellingham, WA
- June 30 – July 3 – Sun Valley Writers’ Conference – Sun Valley, ID
- July 9-16 – Tin House Summer Workshop – Portland, OR
- July 10-16 – Summer Fishtrap – Wallowa Lake, OR
- July 15 – Poets in the Park 2017 – Redmond, WA
- July 16-23 – Port Townsend Writers’ Conference – Centrum, Port Townsend, WA
- July 20-23 – Pacific Northwest Writer’s Association (PNWA) Conference – Seattle, WA
- July 23-28 – Napa Valley Writers’ Conference – St. Helena, CA
- August 1-31 – August Poetry Postcard Fest
- August 3-5 – Mendocino Coast Writers Conference – Ft. Bragg, CA
- August 5 – 2017 Poetry Marathon
- August 17-20 – Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts – Sechelt, BC, Canada
- Sept 8-10 – Cumberland Poetry Festival – Cumberland, BC, Canada
- September 8-10 – Poets on the Coast – La Conner, WA
- September 22-23 – The 2nd Annual FisherPoets on Bellingham Bay – Bellingham, WA
- September 22-23 – North Coast Redwoods Writers’ Conference – Crescent City, CA
- September 22-24 – LiTFUSE – Tieton, WA
For readings and other events, see the Calendar page.
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January 15, 2017
Today, Sunday, January 15, 2017, writers of every stripe, from communities around the world, are coming together to commit to the fundamental principles of democracy. Events are planned for many cities, including
- Bainbridge Island, Washington
- Bellingham, Washington
- Ellensburg, Washington
- Olympia, Washington
- Port Townsend, Washington
- Portland, Oregon
- Seattle, Washington
- Spokane, Washington
Visit the Writers Resist website for more information.
December 23, 2016
The Pacific University Master of Fine Arts in Writing program will host a week of readings by some of the best writers of contemporary literature during its residency in Seaside.
Free and open to the public, the evening readings begin at 7:30pm at the Best Western Ocean View Resort, located at 414 N. Prom in Seaside. Here’s the lineup:
Friday, January 6, 2017 ~ Chris Abani, Judy Blunt & Pete Fromm
Saturday, January 7 ~ Ellen Bass, Jack Driscoll & Cate Kennedy
Sunday, January 8 ~ Steve Amick, Craig Lesley & Joseph Millar
Monday, January 9 ~ Frank Gaspar, Mike Magnuson & Kellie Wells
Tuesday, January 10 ~ Claire Davis, Debra Gwartney & John McNally
Wednesday, January 11 ~ Marvin Bell, Scott Korb & Laura Hendrie
Thursday, January 12 ~ Kwame Dawes, Valerie Laken & David Long
Friday, January 13 ~ Sandra Alcosser & Sanjiv Bhattacharya
April 24, 2016
If you haven’t made your summer plans yet, this might be a good time to start thinking about the writing months ahead. When it comes to writing festivals and retreats, summer begins in May. Below is a selection of 2016 goings-on in the wider Cascadia region. Some of these events have fees and require applications. Follow the links for more information.
- May 13-14 – Convergence 2016: The Spirit in the Landscape, Silverton, BC, Canada
- May 19-22 – Skagit River Poetry Festival, La Conner, Washington
- May 20-22 – Word on the Lake Writers’ Festival, Salmon Arm, BC, Canada
- May 27-June 2 – Twin Creeks Writing workshop with Barbara Turner-Vesselago, Abbotsford, BC, Canada
- June 3-5 – Poetry Retreat with Ellen Bass, Nanoose Bay, BC, Canada
- June 12-19 – Quest Writer’s Conference, Squamish, BC, Canada
- June 24-25 – Chuckanut Writers Conference, Bellingham, Washington
- June 25 – Poets in the Park, Redmond, Washington
- July 10-16 – Summer Fishtrap, Wallowa Lake, Oregon
- July 10-17 – Tin House Summer Workshop, Portland, Oregon
- July 12-15 – Sun Valley Writers’ Conference, Sun Valley, Idaho
- July 17-24 – 2016 Port Townsend Writers’ Conference, Centrum, Port Townsend, Washington
- July 24-29 – Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, St. Helena, California
- July 28-31 – Pacific Northwest Writer’s Association (PNWA) Conference, Seattle, Washington
- August 1-31 – August Poetry Postcard Fest, everywhere
- August 4-6 – Mendocino Coast Writers Conference, Ft. Bragg, California
- August 4-7 – North Cascades Institute: Beats on the Peak: Lookout Poets and Backcountry Tales on Ross Lake, Diablo, Washington
- August 5-7 – The Hidden Architecture of the Poem, a workshop in poetry with Dorianne Laux and Joseph Millar, Nanoose Bay, BC, Canada
- August 8-11 – Elk River Writer’s Workshop, Paradise Valley, Montana
- August 11-14 – Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts, Sechelt, BC, Canada
- August 12-14 – Haiku Society of America Meeting, Portland, Oregon
- August 27-30 – Beargrass, Greenough, Montana
- September 9-11 – Poets on the Coast, La Conner, Washington
- September 11-17 – The 2016 Kona Writers’ Retreat, Kona, Hawaii
- September 22-25 – Environmental Writing Institute, Missoula, Montana
- September 23-24 – North Coast Redwoods Writers’ Conference, Crescent City, California
- September 23-25 – LiTFUSE, Tieton, Washington
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photo by Emma Larkins
October 22, 2015
Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival is coming up. Re-launched as a one-day event, Wordstock will take place at the Portland Art Museum on Saturday, November 7, 2015, 9:00am – 6:00pm. The all-ages event will feature more than 80 authors, 40 events, 17 workshops, a book fair with 60+ local and national publishing vendors and literary organizations, food carts, a beer garden, live music, and more.
Poets include: Mary Jo Bang, author of The Last Two Seconds; Katie Ford, author of Blood Lyrics; Robin Coste Lewis, author of Voyage of the Sable Venus; Rowan Ricardo Phillips, author of Heaven; Alicia Jo Rabins, author of Divinity School; Diane Seuss, author of Four-legged Girl; and Rebecca Wolff, author of One Morning.
October 13, 2015
Black & White & Read is currently on view at the Cannon Gallery of Art at Western Oregon University in Monmouth. In the exhibit, 15 poets responded to black-and-white photographs of women by a selection of visual artists. Both photos and poems are on display. The show continues through Friday, October 30, 2015, and will include a curator’s talk at Noon on the closing day.
September 30, 2015
Take a day to escape to the garden and return home with inspiration and new writing. Kahini presents a one-day workshop, The Garden and the Wild, on Saturday, November 21, 2015, in Salem, Oregon. Working with poet Colette Tennant and writer and writing instructor Jordan Hartt, participants will explore, in conversation and writing, the concepts of “garden” and “wild” for metaphor, character and setting. Enrollment is limited to 10 people and, as of this writing, only 4 spaces remain. Sign up for workshop by contacting email@example.com.