The Elk River Writers Workshop is a program of Elk River Arts & Lectures

Workshop

Schedule

2024 Workshop Schedule

Sunday, August 11

2 pm: Miller Mountain Transport shuttle leaves Bozeman airport for Chico (Reservations required – contact Andrea Peacock for details)

2-5 pm: Check-in at Chico Convention Center
*All activities occur at the Chico Convention Center unless otherwise noted

5:30-6 pm: Getting to Know You Happy Hour

6-8 pm: Welcome Dinner with a keynote address by Laura Pritchett

8:30-10 pm: Student readings, Garden Pavilion

Monday, August 12

Morning

7-8:45 am: Breakfast

9-Noon: Workshop (with break and snacks)

Afternoon

Noon-1 pm: Lunch

Noon-4 pm: Elk River Books & Lounge open

Think of it as your favorite coffee shop. Browse books, engage in conversation, grab a bottle of wine to share, write, and relax. This space and time are reserved for spontaneous conversation, meet-ups, writing time, or just relaxing in the convention center.

1:30-3 pm: Panel discussion: Religion and Extremism in the West

With Scott Carrier, Bruce Gourley, Betsy Gaines Quammen, moderated by Maryanne Vollers.

Three of the most insightful writers working on this topic today discuss the wave of religious extremism shaping politics and communities in the West: the movement’s genesis and history; its connections to the landscape; its modern drivers; and the consequences for our public lives.

3:30-5 pm: Craft talk with Laura Pritchett

Exterior and Interior Landscapes

Come explore the ways in which the details of the exterior world can illustrate the psychology and inner landscape of you or your character, thereby allowing setting to be an integral part of your themes, plots, arcs. Appropriate for all genres.

Evening

Dinner on your own

7-8 pm: Faculty readings with CMarie Fuhrman, Sean Hill & Marc Beaudin

8-8:30 pm: Elk River Books table open with author signings

8:30-10 pm: Student readings, Garden Pavilion

Tuesday, August 13

Morning

7-8:45 am: Breakfast

9-Noon: Workshop (with break and snacks)

Afternoon

Noon-1 pm: Lunch

1-4 pm: Elk River Books & Lounge open

1:30-3 pm: Panel discussion: Literary Citizenship

Join us for an engaging and insightful panel discussion on “Literary Citizenship,” led by Sarah Goettsch and featuring Laura Pritchett, CMarie Fuhrman, and other faculty members. Discover the profound impact of literary engagement, community building, and the responsibilities that come with being a citizen in the world of literature. It’s a conversation not to be missed, fostering a deeper understanding of our roles in the literary landscape.

3:30-5 pm: Craft talk with Marc Beaudin

Every Lectern is a Stage: Techniques for Performing Your Poetry and Prose

An interactive craft talk designed to develop the skills and methods of bringing your work off the page and into the hearts and minds of a live audience. Both performance-based issues and technical considerations will be addressed to deliver readings to be remembered.

For many writers, having to read and discuss their work with a crowd is the worst part of the job. Stage fright, feelings of inadequacy and unpreparedness, or shyness about baring one’s soul to strangers can make the experience a painful chore. Others may enjoy it, but their audiences might not. Monotonous delivery, unintelligible mumbling, or volume and pacing issues have the audience nodding off or scanning the room for the closest exit.

Participants are encouraged to bring a short poem or very short piece of prose (300 words max) to practice reading live.

Evening

Dinner on your own

7-8 pm: Faculty readings with Sean Singer, Ana Maria Spagna & Taylor Brorby

8-8:30 pm: Elk River Books table open with author signings

8:30-10 pm: Student readings, Garden Pavilion

Wednesday, August 14

Morning

7-8:45 am: Breakfast

9-Noon: Workshop (with break and snacks)

Afternoon

Noon-1 pm: Lunch

Noon-4 pm: Elk River Books & Lounge open

1:30-3 pm: Panel discussion: Our Stories: Narratives from the Land

This panel features local residents for whom stories and storytelling play a pivotal role in understanding and advocating for this place we call home.

The conversation will feature oral historian Francine Spang-Willis, reporter and podcast producer Nick Mott, and youth fiction writer and climate advocate Eva Lighthiser, moderated by poet and conservationist Max Hjortsberg. Drawing on the panelists’ varied backgrounds, areas of expertise, and disciplinary or genre lenses, the conversation will explore how the stories of our past can and should inform present and future decisions on land use in the Crazy Mountains and the management of bison; how debates over de-listing the grizzly reflect the larger economic and cultural issues that continue to shape the West; taking inspiration from the community’s landscape in fantasy fiction writing; and more.

Join us to learn more about the local community – known for a very rich literary legacy that is still thriving today, in spite of a rapidly changing environmental and social landscape.

3:30-5 pm: Craft Talk with CMarie Fuhrman

The Genuine Article: Exploring Ambiguity in A/An/The

In this engaging talk, workshop director, CMarie, will delve into the fascinating world of articles and their multifaceted roles, particularly in the realm of poetry. Over the course of the class, we will unravel how these seemingly innocuous linguistic elements can wield profound influence, revealing notions of ownership, privilege, complication, and more.

Evening

Dinner on your own

7-8 pm: Faculty readings with Laura Pritchett, Debra Earling & Jamie Ford

8-8:30 pm: Elk River Book table open with author signings

8:30-10 pm: Student readings, Garden Pavilion

Thursday, August 15

Morning

7-8:45 am: Breakfast

9-Noon: Workshop (with break and snacks)

Afternoon

Noon-1 pm: Lunch

1:30-3 pm: Ice cream social and student readings, Garden Pavilion

3-6 pm: Free time. Schedule a massage, ride a horse, go for a hike or … get some writing done!

Evening: Farewell Party

Cocktails, food, and a whole lot of fun!

Friday, August 16

8 am: Miller Mountain Transport shuttle departs Chico for Bozeman airport (Reservations required – contact Andrea Peacock for details)

Check out and depart

Join Us

The Elk River Writers Workshop accepts applications from October through May each year. We make decisions on a rolling basis, and strongly encourage interested writers to apply early as classes fill up fast.