Next workshop: August 7-12, 2022, at Chico Hot Springs

Please note: There are a limited number of spots left in Sean Hill's workshop, and wait-lists for all the other classes.

The Elk River Writers Workshop embodies the idea that deep, communal experiences with the wild open the door to creativity. We bring together some of the most celebrated nature writers in the United States with students who are serious about fostering a connection with place in their writing. It all happens at Chico Hot Springs, a historic retreat just north of Yellowstone National Park.

For our 2022 workshop, we are thrilled to welcome faculty members Camille Dungy, Sean Hill, J. Drew Lanham, Beth Piatote, and Laura Pritchett.

Our workshop takes place in one of the most wild and beautiful settings in the country, a place that has inspired the work of conservationists, writers and artists for over a century: Tom McGuane, Richard Brautigan, William Hjortsberg, Russell Chatham, Jim Harrison, Jo Sykes and Richard S. Wheeler all have called this corner of Montana home.

During our five-day workshop, we offer small classes with workshop faculty, excursions in and around Paradise Valley, and a chance to join a diverse community of writers, artists and conservationists whose work is situated in, and inspired by, the natural environment.

Workshop classes take place in the mornings at Chico Hot Springs and are limited to 10 students each. In the afternoons, students may select from a menu of excursions with experts in local ecology, wildlife and archaeology, or take part in onsite workshops and panels. Evenings feature faculty and student readings.

Explore your wild with the Elk River Writers Workshop!

Please note: There are a limited number of spots left in Sean Hill's workshop, and wait-lists for all the other classes.

To apply for the 2022 Elk River Writers Workshop, fill in all the required fields, then click the orange Submit button. You will receive an email confirmation when your application has been submitted successfully.

The application process opens on October 1, 2021, and will close when spots are filled (no later than July 1). A committee of writers will review every application, and students will be accepted on the merit of their writing sample, and by the degree to which they might benefit from attending the  workshop. Admissions are rolling, and early application is highly recommended.

We will strive to notify applicants as soon as possible regarding their application status.

All applications must be submitted through Submittable online submissions manager. Please make sure you include  the following items with your application:

  1. Completed application
  2. Writing sample (see below)
  3. Application fee of $25 (non-refundable)


Writing Sample: Please paste your writing sample at the bottom of the application. Include genre and length. Writing sample 3,000 words or less. The sample does not need to be a complete piece.

Please note: There are a limited number of spots left in Sean Hill's workshop, and wait-lists for all the other classes.

Elk River Arts & Lectures