The Elk River Writers Workshop embodies the idea that deep, communal experiences with the wild open the door to creativity.
About Elk River’s
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 and students who are serious about fostering a connection with the environment in their writing.
Our workshop takes place at Chico Hot Springs resort, thirty-five miles north of Yellowstone National Park, in one of the most wild and beautiful settings in the country, where conservationists, writers and artists have found inspiration for decades.
During our five-day workshop, we offer critiques of student writing, excursions in and around Yellowstone National Park, and a chance to join a community of writers, artists and conservationists who are attempting to tackle climate change in their lives and art.
Our workshop classes take place in the mornings at Chico Hot Springs and are limited to 10 students in each genre: poetry, fiction and nonfiction. In the afternoons, students may select from a menu of excursions with experts in local ecology, wildlife and archaeology. In addition to feedback on manuscripts, students have a chance to interact with established writers, agents and editors at evening readings, panels and during excursions.
Evenings are filled with panel discussions that are open to the public, followed by campfire gatherings and stargazing. The week ends with a Gala event, including readings, an auction fundraiser, local music, and the magic of a Montana summer night.
For the 2023 workshop, August 13-18, we are thrilled to welcome faculty members Debra Magpie Earling, Jamie Ford, Sean Hill, Laura Pritchett, and Sean Singer. Applications open October 1.
Highlights from the 2022 Workshop
Readings by faculty J. Drew Lanham, Beth Piatote, Camille Dungy, Gary Ferguson, Mary Clare, Marc Beaudin, Elise Atchison, Laura Pritchett, & Sean Hill
Afternoon panels, including Writers’ Personal Viewpoints on Climate Change (live recording of How It Looks from Here); A Woman’s Place Is in the Wild; Writing About War; Ecology Hike; Telling Tales; and more