Next workshop: August 16-21, 2020 at Chico Hot Springs

The Elk River Arts 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, at Chico Hot Springs, a historic retreat 40 miles from Yellowstone National Park.

Our workshop takes place in one of the most wild and beautiful settings in the country, which has inspired the work of conservationists, writers and artists 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.

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.

Check back here for more details in the fall of 2019

6 thoughts on “

    • marcbeaudin March 11, 2016 / 1:20 pm

      That’s great! Just click the “Admissions” tab on the top of the page for details on how to apply.


  1. johnson akpos March 15, 2016 / 11:48 pm

    Is the Elk River Workshop open to international participation?


  2. EllaSpeakz March 24, 2016 / 10:24 pm

    I write poetry. Do you except poet applicants are you strictly looking for novel based writers or any type of longer literature form other than poetry?


    • marcbeaudin March 25, 2016 / 9:36 am

      The workshop is open to writers in any genre, including poetry.


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