Rhythm on the Rails

January 22, 2020

Attention, Portland-area writers: Rhythm on the Rails is back for another immersive round trip. On Saturday, February 22, 2020, Johnnie Mazzocco will guide a group of writers from Portland to Seattle and back to Portland, by rail, writing all the way. In addition to six hours of writing (three up, three back), the journey also includes lunch at Matt’s in the Market, a visit to the Seattle Art Museum (with prompts), as well as free time to explore Pike Place Market or other Seattle sights of your choice. It’s a rolling writing retreat and it sounds pretty swell.

time to get away?

December 3, 2019

Sometimes, as another short gray day dawns, even twinkling holiday decorations aren’t enough to cut through the gloom. When that happens, it’s time to start thinking about getting outta town. A writing retreat may be solution, and looking forward to an upcoming retreat may be just enough to lift you from the doldrums.

This list is not comprehensive. The residencies, retreats, workshops, and other getaways vary widely in locale, cost, activities, competitive entry, expectations, and other variables. Some programs do not yet have dates posted but you can usually get on a mailing list for updates. Dates are 2020, except as noted.

Future opportunities (2020 application deadlines are past):

Even visiting these websites will make you feel better…

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last minute

October 23, 2019

If you happen to be in the area of Portland, Oregon, here’s a great idea for a writing intensive: Rhythm on the Rails Writing Retreat. Board the train in Portland at 8:00am on Friday, November 1, 2019, travel Business Class with writer/editor/teacher/coach/facilitator Johnnie Mazzocco and a group of writers. Write your way north, then de-train in Seattle for lunch at Matt’s in the Market and a visit to the Seattle Art Museum. Re-board in the evening, write your way south, and be back in Portland by 10:00pm with a bunch of drafts.

The caveat: sign-ups end October 25.

Mighty Tieton awaits

May 16, 2019

If you’ve been putting it off, it’s time to start planning for LiTFUSE. The annual weekend-long poets’ workshop held September 27-29, 2019, in Tieton, Washington (near Yakima), combines writing, exploration, improvisation, meditation, camaraderie, natural beauty and readings to ignite your muse.

The complete schedule is now online, registration is open, and this year, for those who book a room at the Oxford Suites in Yakima, there will be daily shuttle service to and from the Mighty Tieton Warehouse.

It will be a memorable weekend packed with poetry.

Becoming Cascadian

May 14, 2018

Interested in the intersection of poetics and bioregionalism? There are a limited number of openings for participants in Becoming Cascadian, a community-building retreat designed for poets, artists, and bioregionalists to gather, share strategies, and discuss “roles as humans in this time of ecological crisis and end-stage empire.” Keynote poet Andrew Schelling has published 20 books, including seven of translation from India’s early poetry.

Becoming Cascadian will take place Thursday, May 31 through Sunday, June 3, 2018, in Seattle. Poetry writing experience is not necessary. Advance registration is required no later than Tuesday, May 29.

Visit the Becoming Cascadian page for full details.

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.

Nothing!

This is the Aina Nalu villas, two blocks from Front Street, in Lahaina, Maui. In January, 2018, you could be there, enjoying a week of “play and messing around, and at the same time about following some given rules and restrictions” with Kim Addonizio. The Kahini 2018 Maui Writers’ Retreat will fill up quickly. If you’re even slightly interested, visit Kahini and learn more soon!

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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writing with aloha

February 20, 2017

Kahini on Kaua’i

If winter (present or future) has you yearning for light, consider the delicious options on offer from Kahini.

There are still spaces available for The 2017 Hawai’i Writers’ Retreat, December 10-16, 2017, at the Aston Waikoloa Colony villas on the Big Island, with instructors Sheila Bender and Brenda Miller. The focus is the short-short, whether memoir, fiction or poem. Participants can also bring along non-participating spouses/partners for a very low additional fee.

If December doesn’t work for you, consider January 28-February 3, 2018, when Jordan Hartt will offer a week of writing at at the Villas at Po’ipu Kai for The 2018 Kaua’i Writers’ Retreat. Open to memoir writers, fiction writers and poets, the retreat again focuses on the short-short form.

There’s more!

The Kahini Café offers you a chance to write and workshop nine new short stories from the comfort of your home. There will be daily prompts, weekly readings and corresponding craft lectures, with MFA-level feedback. The Café meets monthly, April through December 2017.

For more, visit Kahini.org and browse the online contents of Kahini Magazine.

getaway…and write

October 27, 2016

Northwest Writers' Weekend

Looking for a last-minute getaway? There is still room available for the Northwest Writers’ Weekend, which is held Friday-Sunday, November 4-6, 2016, at Pilgrim Firs in Port Orchard.

The weekend is: four two-hour class sessions (three class choices each session), free time for writing, meals together, teacher readings/concert, all-camp reading/concert, cozy cabins, beautiful wooded surroundings.

Classes include…Songwriting: Song Seeds; What Your Characters Whisper; Finding New Voice in Persona Poetry; Songwriting: Poem to Lyric and Back; Write With Your Mouth, Edit With Your Ears: How to Make Your Writing Whisper, Growl and Sing; Using Lyrics in Stories; The Devil You Know: Keeping Your Inner Critic At Bay; “Poem in a Box”: The Prose Poem; Getting To The Point: The Essay and The Kinship of Ideas; Songwriting: Woodshedding.

Visit the Northwest Writers’ Weekend website for details.

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