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Orion Environmental Writers’ Workshop 

June 19-24, 2022


Join a community of writers and artists, improve your craft, and reimagine how you think about nature. Guided by award-winning instructors, the Orion Environmental Writers’ Workshop provides an intimate space to connect with writers, artists, and editors, spark creativity, and renew, illuminate, and deepen your relationship with place. This week-long workshop is cosponsored by the Omega Center for Sustainable Living.

Whether your passion is nonfiction, fiction, poetry, or photography, the Orion Environmental Writers’ Workshop is a creative laboratory for anyone seeking to reflect their environments through their work. The course features breakout sessions dedicated to intensive craft practice, faculty readings and lectures, student readings, and panels on publishing. Classes are limited to twelve participants so that each participant receives individualized attention, feedback, and focused meetings with faculty members and Orion editors to discuss manuscripts or projects. Throughout the week, literary agents and editors will stop by and offer advice on bringing out your work in the publishing world.


2022 faculty includes Elizabeth Bradfield and Geffrey Davis (poetry), Michael Kleber-Diggs and Katrina Vandenberg (nonfiction), Scott Russell Sanders (fiction, and perhaps nonfiction), and Shelley Lawrence Kirkwood (photography). Look here for more information.


Applications Accepted: January 15 – May 15, 2022

Workshops will be offered in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and immersive photography. Please submit a cover letter and sample of your work through Submittable. For prose, please send a 1,000-1,500 word writing sample; for poetry, send up to six pages of poetry; and for photography, send a link to a portfolio or Google drive, or upload up to six images.

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

Note that a variety of housing options at different price points are available at the Omega Institute. Those who apply earlier will be able to choose their housing sooner. Some housing options may sell out faster than others.

Some financial aid may be available but in limited quantities. Please reach out if you’d like to discuss.

Please write to workshops@orionmagazine.org with any questions.


Travel: The Omega Institute is easily accessible. It is conveniently located in Rhinebeck, New York, with easy access to major airports and public transportation.

Tuition and Board: Fees vary based on housing, and range from $1490 – $2500.

When successful applicants call Omega, they will be given various housing options for their 5-day stay, including private cabins, dorm rooms, and tent space. Fees are all-inclusive and include three meals a day, optional daily classes in yoga or tai chi, and access to amenities like tennis courts, a basketball court, walking trails, boating on the lake, the Ram Dass Library, the Sanctuary for meditation, and an Omega Art Bag with art supplies for drawing or painting.

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.