Next workshop: August 13-18, 2023, at Chico Hot Springs

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 2023 workshop, we are thrilled to welcome faculty members Debra Magpie Earling, Jamie Ford, Sean Hill, Laura Pritchett, and Sean Singer.

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 are limited to 10 students each. In addition to the classes, students may select from a menu of excursions with experts in local ecology, wildlife and archaeology, or take part in onsite panels discussions and craft talks. Evenings feature faculty and student readings.

Explore your wild with the Elk River Writers Workshop!

Application Process

To apply for the 2023 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. 

You must first submit a workshop application BEFORE applying for a scholarship!

The application process opens on October 1, 2022. Workshop and scholarship applications will be evaluated on the following schedule:

  • Received by December 1, notified by January 1.
  • Received by February 1, notified by March 1.
  • Received by May 1, notified by June 1.

Workshop Descriptions

Please review the faculty members' workshop descriptions before choosing your class. These are available at the Elk River Writers Workshop website.

Scholarships

We are offering scholarships for students in the following areas:

What do we mean by a "diverse writer”? Diversity includes a range of experiences from things like gender, sexual orientation, and race, to religion, abilities, and economic background — anything that lends a different lens through which a writer might view (and therefore respond to) the world.

Please note: All scholarship funds will be allocated by June 1, and no scholarship applications will be taken after the May 1 deadline.

What do we mean by a "diverse writer”? Diversity includes a range of experiences from things like gender, sexual orientation, and race, to religion, abilities, and economic background — anything that lends a different lens through which a writer might view (and therefore respond to) the world.

How much of an offset do you need in order to attend? Applicants may request financial assistance in any amount up to $2,000. 

You must submit a workshop application BEFORE applying for a scholarship!

Workshop and scholarship applications will be evaluated according to the following schedule:

  • Received by December 1, notified by January 1.
  • Received by February 1, notified by March 1.
  • Received by May 1, notified by June 1.

Please note: All scholarship money will be allocated by June 1, and no scholarship applications will be taken after the May 1 deadline.

This scholarship is open to writers whose primary residence is in Park County, Montana. It will cover $1,500 in tuition and fees. Recipients will be responsible for their own lodging arrangements. To apply, please fill out this form by April 1, 2023. Recipient will be notified by May 1, 2023.

In order to be considered for the $1,500 WCU scholarship, please submit this form no later than April 1, 2023. Recipients will be responsible for their own lodging arrangements. To  apply, please fill out this form by April 1, 2023. Recipient will be  notified by May 1, 2023.

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