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.

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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.

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.

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)

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