LiTFUSE 2021!

October 28, 2020

Yes, September 2021 is a long way off, but if you’ve ever felt the disappointment of signing up for a master class only to find it full, now is your chance! LiTFUSE 2021 will be held September 24-26, in Tieton, Washington (“fingers crossed,” as Program Director Lauren Westerfield says), and pre-registration is now open for master classes with Claudia Castro Luna, Camille Dungy, and Brooke Matson.

calendar update

September 20, 2018

If you’re planning a Cascadia-region poetry event or looking for one to attend, be sure to look at the CALENDAR page. A 12-month compendium of readings, workshops, conferences, and other poetry events, the page is updated almost daily. In addition to an “Every Week” section, the calendar now has an “Every Month” section of recurring poetry gatherings.

To make a correction or to add your event to the calendar, leave a comment on any page or send an email to thepoetrydepartment at gmail dot com with the following information (required): date, city, brief description, time, venue, link for more information.

register!

August 4, 2018

Early-bird registration for AWP 2019 in Portland, Oregon, is now open (and continues through October 11, 2018).

The conference features over 2,000 presenters and 550 readings, panels, and craft lectures. The bookfair hosts over 800 presses, journals, and literary organizations from around the world. AWP’s is now the largest literary conference in North America.

AWP will happen at the Oregon Convention Center March 27–30, 2019. Not sure? Check out the list of events.

be an early bird

May 2, 2018

Chuckanut Writers Conference

Now that it’s May, we can start planning for June… and that means it’s time to take advantage of early-bird pricing for the Chuckanut Writers Conference. Held in Bellingham at Whatcom Community College, CWC begins with Pre-Conference Master Classes on Thursday, June 21, 2018, and continues with a robust schedule of events on Friday and Saturday, June 22 and 23.

Once again, the conference offers an impressive faculty of writers in all genres as well as literary agents and publishers.

Registration is open now, with early-bird registration ending May 22, 2018.

get away to Galiano

December 29, 2017

For your mid-winter getaway, consider Galiano Island, British Columbia, where the 9th Annual Galiano Literary Festival will take place February 23 – 25, 2018. An intimate, one-venue festival, Galiano includes a robust lineup of authors, workshops, readings, book signings, and a book fair. Find details on the Festival website and also learn more about Galiano Island.

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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early bird

March 11, 2017

Chuckanut Writers Conference 2014If you’re thinking about attending this year’s Chuckanut Writers Conference, Friday and Saturday June 23 and 24, 2017, registration is now open and early bird rates are in effect (you save $40). Visit the Chuckanut Writers Conference site for details, master class descriptions and a registration link.

Now!

February 17, 2017

Galiano Literary FestivalLooking for something to do this weekend? The 8th annual Galiano Literary Festival starts today, Friday, February 17, 2017, and continues through Sunday the 19th on Galiano Island, BC, Canada. There will be workshops, readings and plenty of relaxation. All events are held at the Galiano Oceanfront Inn and Spa, a 5-minute walk from the ferry or 15 minutes by float plane from Vancouver or Victoria. Download the complete schedule on the Galiano Literary Festival website.

Writers Resist

January 15, 2017

Writers Resist Bellingham

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

Visit the Writers Resist website for more information.

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