Application Process

We will open the application process on January 11, 2021, and close when spots are filled or by July 1, 2021. 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 hearty appetizers at the Gala reading.

You will be on your own for dinners on August 16-18.

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 2021 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 DickDeadline 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.


Cancellation policy

If you cancel by May 1, 2021, your tuition will be refunded minus a $150 cancellation fee. Refunds for cancellations made after May 1 depend on whether we can fill your spot and will be made only if your spot is filled.


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.

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 at the Elk River Writers Workshop.

8 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!


  3. peakprojects January 12, 2020 / 11:51 am

    Hey Marc I’m super interested in this! What are you looking for a writing sample? I have mostly been writing articles about food security and climate change in SE Alaska. But I am feeling the fall to work on long form writing again to impact building resilience to our region to claim the change.

    Short informative blog post shared on changes in SEAK food production.


    • Andrea Peacock January 13, 2020 / 9:30 am

      Hey Colin, I’ll send you some info via email. Andrea


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