Admissions & Policies

How to Apply

The application process opens on October 1, 2021, 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.

Tuition

$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.

Discounts

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 and $1,500 diversity tuition scholarships. Applicants should first apply for the workshop of their choice through Submittable. Upon acceptance to the workshop, students may apply for travel stipends here, and scholarships here. All scholarship and stipend applications are due by April 1, with recipients notified by May 1.

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; Lisa Snow; and Ruby Stroschein, in memory of Mary Ann Reese.

Lodging

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. 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.

Mentorships

Several of the faculty may be available for a limited number of individual manuscript critiques. These will include a one-on-one session during the workshop week, as well as one follow-up via digital communication. The cost for this service is $1,250 and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Arrangements may be made upon acceptance into the workshop. More information coming soon.

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.

Permissions

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.