We will open the application process on January 12, 2020, and close when spots are filled or by July 1, 2020. 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 students might benefit most 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, meals* and excursions
*Meals include the welcome dinner (August 16), catered breakfasts and lunches (August 17-20), and hearty appetizers at the Gala reading.
You will be on your own for dinners on August 17-19.
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.
The Foraged Dinner, horseback riding and float trip are add-ons, and they are not included in the fees.
We are pleased to offer the Printing For Less scholarship to the 2020 Elk River Writer’s Workshop for a Park County high school student who shows promise in creative writing.
Winner will receive a $1,500 scholarship to the Elk River Writers Workshop. To apply: Send one complete piece of writing in any genre to Park High English teacher Kelly Dick. Deadline is May 1.
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.
In the event that the 2020 workshop is cancelled, or that students are unable to attend due to any coronavirus-related reason, we are offering the option of either receiving a full refund, or applying payments to the 2021 workshop.
By registering for this workshop, I give permission for Elk River Writers Workshop/Elk River Arts & Lectures to take photographs and video during the workshop. These images may be used for publicity purposes in print, digital and social media. Permission excludes audio of original writing.
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.