How to Apply
The application process is currently open, and will close when spots are filled or by July 1, 2021. A committee of writers will review every application. Students will be accepted on the merit of their writing sample and on 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.
Please make sure you include the following items with your application:
Writing sample (see below)
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 must be under 3,000 words. The sample does not need to be a complete piece.
$1,500 Includes tuition, most meals* and excursions
*Meals include the welcome dinner (August 15), catered breakfasts and lunches (August 16-19), and hearty appetizers at the Gala reading.
You will be on your own for dinners on August 16-18.
Chico Hot Springs Resort has a fine restaurant (reservations recommended) and a more casual poolside grill as well as a small store. Other restaurants and stores are within driving distance.
Horseback riding and the float trip are add-ons, and are not included in the fees.
We are pleased to offer two $1,500 scholarships to the 2021 workshop:
The Printing For Less scholarship will be awarded to a Park County high school student who shows promise in creative writing. To apply, send one complete piece of writing in any genre to Park High English teacher Kelly Dick.
The second scholarship will be awarded to a Native American student who is an enrolled member of a federally recognized North American tribe. To apply, send one complete piece of writing to email@example.com.
The application deadline for both scholarships is May 1, 2021.
Lodging arrangements must be made and paid for separately by the student. Chico Hot Springs has a variety of lodging options, and we’ve reserved a block of rooms for your convenience (including shared rooms and pet-friendly options). To reserve a room, call Chico at (406) 333-4933 and ask for a room for the Elk River Writers Workshop. We HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you make your arrangements as early as possible.
Other area lodging is available at the Sage Lodge, and through AirBnB and VRBO.
Rick Bass, Drew Lanham and Pam Uschuk are available for a limited number of full manuscript critiques. These will include two one-on-one sessions during the workshop week, as well as one follow-up via digital communication. The cost for this service is $1,000 and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Arrangements may be made upon acceptance into the workshop.
If you cancel by May 1, 2021, your tuition will be refunded minus a $150 cancellation fee. Refunds for cancellations made after May 1 depend on whether we can fill your spot and will be made only if your spot is filled.
We will provide full refunds if the 2021 workshop is cancelled due to the Coronavirus, or if you are unable to attend for Covid-related reasons.
By registering for this workshop, I give permission for the Elk River Writers Workshop/Elk River Arts & Lectures to take photographs and video. These images may be used for publicity purposes in print, digital and social media. Permission excludes audio of original writing, and no recording of any sort will be permitted during the faculty workshop sessions.
The Elk River Writers Workshop does not discriminate on the basis of race/ethnicity, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for everyone at the Elk River Writers Workshop.