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.

2019 faculty members: Major Jackson, Amy Irvine, Scott Russell Sanders, John Elder, Bronwen Dickey, and Sherwin Bitsui.

Held at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York.

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).

Deadline: May 23, 2019. We do not recommend waiting until the deadline to apply. The workshop will fill. More information about tuition and housing fees is available here.

Workshops will be offered in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.

  • PROSE: A writing sample of 1,500 words is required.
  • POETRY: A writing sample of up to 6 pages of poetry is required.

Acceptances will be made on a rolling basis and applicants will be notified whether they have been admitted approximately two to three weeks after they apply. Please note that a variety of housing options 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.