Raymond Carver Writing Festival

Raymond Carver Writing Festival


May 17, 2024 - May 18, 2024    
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Clatskanie Cultural Center
75 S Nehalem, Clatskanie, Oregon

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The 2024 Raymond Carver Writing Festival will be held May 17th-18th! We hope you will join us for the weekend to celebrate the craft of writing and support our community of regional writers. The Raymond Carver Writing Festival takes place annually in Clatskanie, Oregon, the birthplace of Raymond Carver. This year’s theme is “Where I’m Calling From,” referencing the title of one of Carver’s short stories.

Starting Friday evening at 5pm the festival offers a writers & publishers fair, reception and keynote presenters, followed by poetry and prose readings at multiple venues. From 10am-5pm Saturday there are participatory readings, workshops, and chances for writers to gather at various locations around the town of Clatskanie. Saturday evening culminates with “Poetry and Pie” a catered farm-to-table dinner, community pie potluck, and open mic poetry reading from 6-9pm. “Poetry and Pie” dinner requires advanced reservations ($20).

Featured presenters include Kim Stafford, Robert Michael Pyle, and Chad Wriglesworth (Raymond Carver Review); joined by Joseph Green, Scott MacGregor, Michael Mills (Raymond Carver Podcast), Marianne Monson, Laura Moulton, Ben Parzybok, Ed Skoog, Mac Stripling, Justin Taylor, and more.

All efforts have been made to keep this event free and open to the public.