Captain Whidbey Inn, Whidbey Island, WA | Sept. 23 – 26, 2016

inTreesThe Captain Whidbey Inn, located in the heart of Ebey’s Landing National Historic Reserve is surrounded by forest and hugs the shore of Whidbey Island’s Penn Cove. Stepping through the Inn’s front door takes you back to 1907 when Judge Still and his men originally cut and placed the first timber and laid the stone for the Inn. Today, the inn appears very similar to the way it was when it was built. The original wood floors are still visible in both the lobby and the bar.

Over the years, electricity as well as high speed cable and Wi-Fi have been installed and upgraded throughout the building.

All bedrooms are singles sharing a bath.

How it Works

Workshops provide intensive focus on manuscript preparation (selecting, ordering, revising, and swapping out poems), then poets meet with the decision-makers.

Pre-Conference Work

Prior to the conference, and following registration, poets will be given pre-conference assignments. Poets will complete their assignments and bring them to the conference for review with workshop leaders. These assignments are designed to help the poet prepare both the manuscript and its presentation to an editor, by helping them focus on the elements that make their collections unique.

Step by Step Upon Arrival

Arrival at the conference location on Friday between 5 and 6 pm. After the 7 pm dinner there are introductions, an overview of the weekend, and participants will be assigned to their workshop leaders and editors for the weekend.

On Saturday at 9 am, manuscript preparation workshops begin. Focus is on reviewing the pre-conference assignments, ordering, revising, and/or swapping poems out.

Editors arrive around 6 pm and join the participants for dinner at 7 pm. There will be an after-dinner Q&A with the editors.

On Sunday, from 9 an until around 5 pm, poets will meet with the editors in small groups determined by the workshop leaders and have one-on-one consultation within that group. There is an after-dinner reading by participants.


On Monday after breakfast, poets meet with workshop leaders for a final wrap-up session to review editorial input and to help devise goals appropriate to guiding the collection toward publication. The conclusion of the Monday recap session marks the end of the conference. Departure begins at 11 am.

Please note that we will make all reservations and arrangements for lodging and meals for participants and we will request any special dietary needs before the conference.


Plan to arrive on Friday, September 23 between 5 and 6 pm. Dinner is at 7 pm, after which introductions and preparation for the next day take place. The conference will begin with breakfast at 8 am on Saturday and last till 11 am on Monday.

How to Apply

Before you apply, please visit the Conference Criteria page to make certain this conference is right for you. If so, submit an application.

Conference Fee

Following successful application, the registration fee is $1,375.00.. This includes:

Participants will receive pre-conference manuscript preparation assignments several weeks before the conference begins.


The Captain Whidbey Inn is located on Whidbey Island:

2072 W Capt Whidbey Inn Rd, Coupeville, WA 98239
ph, (360) 678-40973493

fireplaceFor directions flying, by ferry and by car, see:

Directions to the Inn