Next workshop: August 15-20, 2021, 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 2021 workshop, we are thrilled to welcome faculty members Rick Bass, Linda Hogan, J. Drew Lanham, William Pitt Root, and Pamela Uschuk.

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

We understand these are uncertain times and it is hard to plan for the  future.  The health and safety of our writing community is a priority.   Because of this, we want to extend a generous cancellation policy.

Should we have to cancel due to COVID 19, or should you have  documented Coronavirus reasons for cancellation a full refund for the  2021 workshop will be provided.

Otherwise, cancellations by May 1st, 2021 will receive a full refund minus a  $150 cancellation fee.  Refunds after May will be subject to the $150  fee as well, with the remainder dependent on whether your spot can be  filled.

To apply for the 2021 Elk River Writers Workshop, please click the orange submit button, then fill in all the required fields. You will receive an email confirmation when your application has been submitted successfully. 

The application process is currently open, 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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