Elk River Arts & Lectures
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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.
Please note: We are currently wait-listing applicants for Laura Pritchett and Debra Earling's classes, which are full.
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!
The Elk River Writers Workshop is limited to participants age 21 and over, due to liability issues.