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WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION The Orion Environmental Writers’ Workshop is an annual week-long writing workshop for writers who want to improve their writing about nature and the environment. This workshop gives writers the unique opportunity to connect with Orion writers and editors in order to understand more deeply Orion‘s approach to the relationship between literature and the natural world.

This program is for writers who want to learn how to write an Orion essay, short story, or poem; for writers who seek to become better advocates for the environment through their writing; for poets who are drawn to writing about nature and culture; for teachers and scholars who wish to write for a more general readership; and for environmental professionals who want to bring better writing skills to bear on their work.

2020 faculty members: Ellen Bass, Belle Boggs, Garnette Cadogan, Bronwen Dickey, Beth Ann Fennelly, and Joe Wilkins. 

Held at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York.

APPLICATION GUIDELINES All applications must be submitted through Submittable. There is no fee to apply. Applications are considered on a rolling basis and will continue to be reviewed until the workshop is full (12 students per class). We recommend applying early. If accepted, you'll need to complete the process by registering with Omega and arranging for meals and housing as soon as possible. The range of housing options decreases the longer you wait. Expect an acceptance decision within three weeks of applying.

The application period closes May 15th, and registration should be completed by May 20th to hold your spot before we turn to the waitlist. 

Please submit a cover letter and writing sample.

NONFICTION and FICTION: submit 1,500 words

POETRY: submit up to six pages of poems


We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.