August 13-18, 2023
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.
The Elk River Writers Workshop seeks to create transformative learning experiences, built from a strong foundation that honors unique voices and is supported within inclusive learning environments. We strive to include classes and presentations from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences and believe that community and diversity are our greatest strengths. We hope to inspire students and our community to grapple with challenging questions about themselves and our environment, while fostering the inquiry, equity, and agency necessary for them to practice ethical citizenship at home and far beyond Elk River.
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.