How to Apply

How to Apply

Please note: All 2022 classes are now full, with a short wait-list in case of cancellations.

The application process is now open, and will close when spots are filled. We strongly encourage students to get their applications in by May 1, 2022. 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.

All applications must be submitted through Submittable online submissions manager.


Please make sure you include the following items with your application:

Completed 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. A $250 nonrefundable deposit is due upon acceptance, with the remainder due by June 1.

*Meals include the Welcome and Gala dinners (August 7 & 11), and catered breakfasts and lunches (August 8-10).

You will be on your own for dinners on August 8-10.

Chico Hot Springs Resort has a fine dining restaurant (reservations recommended) and a more casual poolside grill as well as a small store. Other restaurants and stores are within driving distance.



We are offering a $150 discount for tuition payments made in full by January 1, 2022.


Stipends & Scholarships

We will be offering a limited number of $500 travel stipends, $1,500 diversity tuition scholarships, and a tuition scholarship for a Western Colorado University student.

Applicants should first apply for the workshop of their choice through Submittable.

Upon acceptance to the workshop, students may apply for travel stipends here, diversity scholarships here, and the WCU scholarship here. All scholarship and stipend applications are due by April 1, with recipients notified by May 1.

What do we mean by a “diverse writer”? Diversity includes a range of experiences from things like gender, sexual orientation, and race, to religion, abilities, and economic background — anything that lends a different lens through which a writer might view (and therefore respond to) the world. 

We would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous contributions to these funds: Chico Hot Springs; Mary Clare; Cutthroat, a Journal of the Arts; Bob Ebinger & Robin Hoggan; CMarie Fuhrman; Ron Garrett; Jamey Gittings; Dominic Guida; High Desert Journal; Jennifer Jones; J. Drew Lanham; Montana Quarterly; Suzanne Rancourt; Wheatgrass Books; and Ruby Stroschein, in memory of Mary Ann Reese.



Lodging arrangements must be made and paid for separately by each student. Chico Hot Springs has a variety of lodging options, and we’ve reserved a block of rooms for your convenience. There are also accessible, shared and PET-FRIENDLY! rooms in our block. 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. Please note: Not all rooms have air conditioning, so you’ll need to ask for it if you want it.

Other area lodging is available at the Sage Lodge, and through AirBnB and VRBO.



Several of the faculty are available for a limited number of individual manuscript critiques. These will include a remote consultation before the workshop, a one-on-one in-person session during the workshop week, and a follow-up via digital communication. The cost for this service is $1,250 and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Arrangements to work with Camille Dungy, Sean Hill, Laura Pritchett and Pam Uschuk may be made upon acceptance into the workshop. Inquire for further details.


Cancellation policy

Students will pay a nonrefundable $250 deposit upon acceptance to hold their place. Full payment is due by June 1, and refunds after that point will be available only if we can fill your spot. No refunds will be made after July 1, 2022.


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.


Nondiscrimination Policy

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.