Application Deadline: February 1, 2020

This unique Orion Environmental Writers’ Workshop will be offered during the winter in a remarkable wilderness area. Hone your writing skills with an exceptional faculty in a setting that can inspire nature writers to do their best work.

Orion’s partner for this extraordinary experience is the Omega Center for Sustainable Living, which offers workshops and conferences on environmental issues, regenerative thinking, and design, and is a key part of the Omega Institute, based in Rhinebeck, New York. The workshop is expected to fill; we recommend applying early.

The American Museum of Natural History Southwest Research Station sits in remote Cave Creek Canyon, surrounded by designated wilderness. This will be the site for the Orion in the Wilderness Writers’ Workshop. Known for its abundant bird life and network of hiking trails, this unspoiled area is worth the drive from the nearest airport (Tucson). 

The workshop provides a unique opportunity to connect with Orion writers and editors. In addition to breakout sessions in creative nonfiction, fiction, or poetry, there will be faculty readings and lectures, student readings, presentations on local ecology and lore, and optional birding and hikes. Each participant receives individualized attention, feedback, and a focused meeting with a faculty member to discuss manuscripts or projects. Workshops will be limited to no more than twelve participants.


This gathering takes place in southeastern Arizona at the American Museum of Natural History Southwest Research Station in Cave Creek Canyon near Portal. For those who need it, a coach will bring participants from, and then back to, Tucson International Airport. 


2020 faculty for Orion in the Wilderness includes Sherwin Bitsui, Joe Wilkins, and Joy Williams. 


Apply now through February 1st on our Submittable site (see link below). Workshops will be offered in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. For prose, a writing sample of 1,500 words will be required; for poetry, a sample of up to six pages of poetry will be required. Please include a cover letter with your address, age, occupation, and reasons why you are interested in attending. 

Acceptances will be made on a rolling basis and applicants will be notified whether they have been admitted within three weeks of applying. 

*Please note that there are a variety of lodging options available at Cave Creek Canyon at different price points. Those who apply earlier will have more housing options.

Accepted participants should please register by February 15th to hold their spot.

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