Application Process

We will open the application process on February 1, 2016, and close when spots are filled or by July 1, 2016. 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.

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 $15 (non-refundable)

Writing Sample: Please paste your writing sample at the bottom of the application. Include genre and length. Writing sample must be under 1,000 words. The sample does not need to be a complete piece.

Click here to submit.

Tuition, Meals and Fees

$1,000 Tuition
$200 Meals and Fees
$1,200 Covers all workshop events, including seminars, workshops, lectures and readings.

Meals include the welcoming dinner (August 8), catered breakfasts and lunches (August 9-11), two snack breaks a day and appetizers at the Gala reading. You will be on your own for dinners on August 9-11. Chico 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.


Lodging arrangements must be made and paid for separately. Chico Hot Springs has a variety of lodging options, and we’ve reserved a block of rooms for your convenience. To reserve a room, call Chico at (406) 333-4933 and ask for a room for the Elk River Writer’s Workshop. We HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you make your arrangements as early as possible.


We are pleased to offer three scholarships for the 2016 Elk River Writer’s Workshop. To apply for the Native American or General Scholarships, please write a short (500 words or less) essay on why you want to attend the workshop and describing your financial need. You may also submit a letter of reference from someone who knows you and your work. Email both to Elk River Books with the word “scholarship” in the subject line by May 1.

Scholarship recipients will be notified no later than May 15. Scholarship applicants must also submit the rest of their application materials via Submittable when applying for a scholarship. (NOTE: Park High students applying for the Writer in Residence Scholarship, please follow guidelines below).

Please indicate which scholarship you are applying for:

Native American Scholarship: This covers tuition, meals and lodging for a Native American student who is an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe or First Nation.

General Scholarship: This scholarship covers tuition ($1,000) and is open to any person interested in attending the 2016 workshop.

Park County High School 2016 Writer in Residence: Winner receives a full scholarship to the Elk River Writers Workshop ($1,200 includes tuition, fees and meals). Winner will also be matched with a local writer in his or her genre for a mentorship during the 2016-2017 school year.

Responsibilities: produce a piece of writing for publication based on the workshop; read at an Elk River Arts & Lectures event in 2016; be available for other reading opportunities throughout the community.

To apply: Send one complete piece of writing in any genre to Park High English teacher Kelly Dick. Deadline is May 1.

The Elk River Writer’s 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 Writer’s Workshop.



6 thoughts on “Admissions

  1. Malorie March 5, 2016 / 1:31 pm

    How old do you have to be, to be considered a “student”? Is there an age range for this Workshop?


    • marcbeaudin March 8, 2016 / 9:53 am

      Hello. There are no age limits to apply. Thanks.


  2. Lisa Ciarfella March 15, 2016 / 5:24 pm

    how competitive is the “general” scholarship, and does that include any help with lodgings??


    • marcbeaudin March 20, 2016 / 11:29 am

      Hello Lisa,
      This is the first year we’ve had the general scholarship, so we don’t have a sense of how competitive it will be. It covers the $1000 tuition, but not meals or lodging.

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      • Lisa Ciarfella March 20, 2016 / 11:44 am

        Thanks, marc. I will apply so keep an eye out for my app. And thanks!


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