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We're pleased to present a reading from Bill McKibben, recorded in 1994 at a public reading associated with the Common Rhythms Project, co-produced by Centrum. The community-wide project involved explorations on the theme of "Work."

Whether you’re seeking to create or revise new work, find writing community, or simply desire a writing retreat in an inspirational location, Centrum is at the heart of the thriving Pacific Northwest literary scene. Learn more about the Port Townsend Writers' Conference at http://centrum.org/programs/writing.

Direct download: PTWC-1994-Common-Rhythms-Bill-McKibben-Reading.mp3
Category:Spoken Word -- posted at: 1:13pm PST

We're pleased to present a reading from poet Mark Halperin, recorded at the 1977 Port Townsend Writers' Conference. 

It all started in 1974 with the founding of the Port Townsend Writers’ Conference by novelist Bill Ransom, who envisioned an egalitarian, non-hierarchical conference where the emphasis was on the craft of literary writing.

Such writers and welcomers as Jim Heynen, Carol Jane Bangs, Sam Hamill, Rebecca Brown, and many others continued this emphasis on the writing craft over the next few decades, and the Conference has become an annual pilgrimage for many.

Whether you’re seeking to create or revise new work, find writing community, or simply desire a writing retreat in an inspirational location, Centrum is at the heart of the thriving Pacific Northwest literary scene. The list of Port Townsend Writers’ Conference faculty members is long and distinguished.

Direct download: PTWC-1977-Mark-Halperin-Reading.mp3
Category:Spoken Word -- posted at: 1:00pm PST

We're pleased to present a craft lecture from Pam Houston, recorded at the 2012 Port Townsend Writers' Conference.

It all started in 1974 with the founding of the Port Townsend Writers’ Conference by novelist Bill Ransom, who envisioned an egalitarian, non-hierarchical conference where the emphasis was on the craft of literary writing.
Such writers and welcomers as Jim Heynen, Carol Jane Bangs, Sam Hamill, Rebecca Brown, and many others continued this emphasis on the writing craft over the next few decades, and the Conference has become an annual pilgrimage for many.

Whether you’re seeking to create or revise new work, find writing community, or simply desire a writing retreat in an inspirational location, Centrum is at the heart of the thriving Pacific Northwest literary scene. The list of Port Townsend Writers’ Conference faculty members is long and distinguished.

Direct download: PTWC-2012-Pam-Houston-Lecture.mp3
Category:Spoken Word -- posted at: 12:42pm PST

We're pleased to present a reading Ilya Kaminsky, recorded at the 2005 Port Townsend Writers' Conference. 

It all started in 1974 with the founding of the Port Townsend Writers’ Conference by novelist Bill Ransom, who envisioned an egalitarian, non-hierarchical conference where the emphasis was on the craft of literary writing.

Such writers and welcomers as Jim Heynen, Carol Jane Bangs, Sam Hamill, Rebecca Brown, and many others continued this emphasis on the writing craft over the next few decades, and the Conference has become an annual pilgrimage for many.

Whether you’re seeking to create or revise new work, find writing community, or simply desire a writing retreat in an inspirational location, Centrum is at the heart of the thriving Pacific Northwest literary scene. The list of Port Townsend Writers’ Conference faculty members is long and distinguished.

Direct download: PTWC-2005-Ilya-Kaminsky-Reading.mp3
Category:Spoken Word -- posted at: 4:14pm PST

We're pleased to present a reading and lecture from Tom Robbins, recorded at the 1998 Port Townsend Writers' Conference. 

It all started in 1974 with the founding of the Port Townsend Writers’ Conference by novelist Bill Ransom, who envisioned an egalitarian, non-hierarchical conference where the emphasis was on the craft of literary writing.

Such writers and welcomers as Jim Heynen, Carol Jane Bangs, Sam Hamill, Rebecca Brown, and many others continued this emphasis on the writing craft over the next few decades, and the Conference has become an annual pilgrimage for many.

Whether you’re seeking to create or revise new work, find writing community, or simply desire a writing retreat in an inspirational location, Centrum is at the heart of the thriving Pacific Northwest literary scene. The list of Port Townsend Writers’ Conference faculty members is long and distinguished.

Direct download: PTWC-1998-Tom-Robbins-Reading-Lecture.mp3
Category:Spoken Word -- posted at: 4:03pm PST

We're pleased to present a reading from James Welch, recorded at the 1998 Port Townsend Writers' Conference. 

It all started in 1974 with the founding of the Port Townsend Writers’ Conference by novelist Bill Ransom, who envisioned an egalitarian, non-hierarchical conference where the emphasis was on the craft of literary writing.

Such writers and welcomers as Jim Heynen, Carol Jane Bangs, Sam Hamill, Rebecca Brown, and many others continued this emphasis on the writing craft over the next few decades, and the Conference has become an annual pilgrimage for many.

Whether you’re seeking to create or revise new work, find writing community, or simply desire a writing retreat in an inspirational location, Centrum is at the heart of the thriving Pacific Northwest literary scene. The list of Port Townsend Writers’ Conference faculty members is long and distinguished.

Direct download: PTWC-1998-James-Welch-Reading.mp3
Category:Spoken Word -- posted at: 3:02pm PST

We're pleased to present a poetry reading from Bill Ransom, recorded at the 1977 Port Townsend Writers' Conference. 

It all started in 1974 with the founding of the Port Townsend Writers’ Conference by Bill Ransom, who envisioned an egalitarian, non-hierarchical conference where the emphasis was on the craft of literary writing.

Such writers and welcomers as Jim Heynen, Carol Jane Bangs, Sam Hamill, Rebecca Brown, and many others continued this emphasis on the writing craft over the next few decades, and the Conference has become an annual pilgrimage for many.

Whether you’re seeking to create or revise new work, find writing community, or simply desire a writing retreat in an inspirational location, Centrum is at the heart of the thriving Pacific Northwest literary scene. The list of Port Townsend Writers’ Conference faculty members is long and distinguished.

Direct download: PTWC-1977-Bill-Ransom-Reading.mp3
Category:Spoken Word -- posted at: 2:32pm PST

We're pleased to present a craft lecture on The Writing Life from Jim Heynen, recorded at the 2002 Port Townsend Writers' Conference. Jim led the Conference at one point, and in this lecture he talks about some of the writers who participated in the gathering.

It all started in 1974 with the founding of the Port Townsend Writers’ Conference by novelist Bill Ransom, who envisioned an egalitarian, non-hierarchical conference where the emphasis was on the craft of literary writing.

Such writers and welcomers as Jim Heynen, Carol Jane Bangs, Sam Hamill, Rebecca Brown, and many others continued this emphasis on the writing craft over the next few decades, and the Conference has become an annual pilgrammage for many.

Whether you’re seeking to create or revise new work, find writing community, or simply desire a writing retreat in an inspirational location, Centrum is at the heart of the thriving Pacific Northwest literary scene. The list of Port Townsend Writers’ Conference faculty members is long and distinguished.

Direct download: PTWC-2002-Jim-Heynen-Lecture.mp3
Category:Spoken Word -- posted at: 1:33pm PST

We're pleased to present a reading from Cate Marvin, recorded at the 2011 Port Townsend Writers' Conference.

It all started in 1974 with the founding of the Port Townsend Writers’ Conference by novelist Bill Ransom, who envisioned an egalitarian, non-hierarchical conference where the emphasis was on the craft of literary writing.

Such writers and welcomers as Jim Heynen, Carol Jane Bangs, Sam Hamill, Rebecca Brown, and many others continued this emphasis on the writing craft over the next few decades, and the Conference has become an annual pilgrammage for many.

Whether you’re seeking to create or revise new work, find writing community, or simply desire a writing retreat in an inspirational location, Centrum is at the heart of the thriving Pacific Northwest literary scene. The list of Port Townsend Writers’ Conference faculty members is long and distinguished.

Direct download: PTWC-2011-Cate-Marvin-Reading.mp3
Category:Spoken Word -- posted at: 1:19pm PST

We're pleased to present a craft lecture from Dorianne Laux, recorded at the 2011 Port Townsend Writers' Conference.

It all started in 1974 with the founding of the Port Townsend Writers’ Conference by novelist Bill Ransom, who envisioned an egalitarian, non-hierarchical conference where the emphasis was on the craft of literary writing.

Such writers and welcomers as Jim Heynen, Carol Jane Bangs, Sam Hamill, Rebecca Brown, and many others continued this emphasis on the writing craft over the next few decades, and the Conference has become an annual pilgrammage for many.

Whether you’re seeking to create or revise new work, find writing community, or simply desire a writing retreat in an inspirational location, Centrum is at the heart of the thriving Pacific Northwest literary scene. The list of Port Townsend Writers’ Conference faculty members is long and distinguished.

Direct download: PTWC-2011-Dorianne-Laux-Lecture.mp3
Category:Spoken Word -- posted at: 1:09pm PST