Application Process

We will open the application process on January 12, 2020, 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 $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 substantial 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.


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 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 and Drew Lanham 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.

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.




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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