Next workshop: August 7-12, 2022, 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 the environment in their writing. It all happens at Chico Hot Springs, a historic retreat 40 miles from 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.

This workshop takes place in one of the most wild and beautiful settings in the country, a place which has inspired the work of  conservationists, writers and artists for over a century. 

During these five days, we offer critiques of students’ writing, excursions in and around Paradise Valley, and a chance to join a passionate community of writers, artists and conservationists.

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.

Explore your wild with the Elk River Writers Workshop!


Cancellation Policy

Students will pay a nonrefundable $250 deposit upon acceptance to hold their place. Full payment is due by June 1, and refunds after that point will be available only if we can fill your spot. No refunds will be made after July 1, 2022.

Please fill out all required fields, and submit by November 5, 2021.

The Diversity Scholarships to the 2022 Elk River Writers Workshop will cover $1,500 in tuition and fees. Recipients will be responsible for their own travel and lodging arrangements. To apply, please fill out this form by April 1, 2022. Recipients will be announced on May 1, 2022.

In order to be considered for a $500 travel stipend, please submit this form no later than April 1, 2022. Recipients will be announced by May 1, 2022.

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.

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