Orion Environmental Writers’ Workshop
June 18-23, 2023
The Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York
Join a community of writers, 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, or poetry, 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.
Workshops will be limited to twelve participants so that each participant receives individualized attention, feedback, and focused meetings with faculty members and Orion editors to discuss manuscripts, projects, or whatever is on their minds. Throughout the week, literary agents and editors will stop by and offer advice on bringing out your work in the publishing world.
HOW TO APPLY
The application period is open February 1 – May 1, 2023
The early bird rate registration deadline is March 15, final registration deadline is May 10th
Workshops will be offered in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. 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.
Acceptances will be made on a rolling basis and applicants will be notified whether they have been admitted within a couple of weeks 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 is available but in limited numbers. Please reach out if you’d like to discuss. NOTE: The deadline for scholarship consideration is March 1st.
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Elizabeth Bradfield is the author of five collections of poetry, most recently Toward Antarctica and Theorem, a collaboration with artist Antonia Contro, and she has coedited the anthologies Broadsided Press: Fifteen Years of Poetic/Artistic Collaboration, 2005–2020 and Cascadia Field Guide: Art, Ecology, Poetry (forthcoming in 2023). Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, The Sun, and Orion, and her honors include the Audre Lorde Prize and a Stegner Fellowship. Based on Cape Cod, Liz works as a naturalist, teaches at Brandeis University, and runs Broadsided Press.
Francisco Cantú is a writer, translator, and author of The Line Becomes a River, winner of the 2018 Los Angeles Times Book Prize and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in nonfiction. A former Fulbright Fellow, he has been the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, a Whiting Award, and an Art for Justice Fellowship. His writing and translations have been featured in The New Yorker, Best American Essays, Granta, and VQR, as well as on This American Life. A lifelong resident of the Southwest, he now lives in Tucson and coordinates the Field Studies in Writing Program at the University of Arizona, a residency that fosters work at the intersection of border justice and environmental issues.
Jennifer Elise Foerster is the author of three books of poetry, most recently, The Maybe-Bird. She served as associate editor of When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through: A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry. She is the recipient of an NEA Creative Writing Fellowship, a Lannan Foundation Writing Residency Fellowship, and a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford. Jennifer currently teaches at the Rainier Writing Workshop and the Institute of American Indian Arts Continuing Education program. She lives in San Francisco.
Amy Irvine is a sixth-generation Utahn and descendant of notorious Mormons. Her memoir, Trespass: Living at the Edge of the Promised Land, received the Orion Book Award, Ellen Meloy Desert Writers Award, and the Colorado Book Award. Desert Cabal: A New Season in the Wilderness is a feminist response to western wilderness icon Edward Abbey’s Desert Solitaire, and was included in Orion magazine’s “25 Most-Read Articles of the Decade,” Outside’s “Adventure Canon,” and Backpacker’s “New Wilderness Classics.” Her second memoir, Almost Animal, is forthcoming from Spiegel & Grau. Irvine lives and writes off-grid from a remote mesa in southwest Colorado.
Nadia Owusu is a Brooklyn-based writer and urbanist. Her memoir, Aftershocks, was selected as a best book of 2021 by more than a dozen publications, including Time, Vogue, Esquire, and the BBC. It was named one of Barack Obama’s favorite books of the year and a New York Times Editors’ Choice. She is a winner of the 2019 Whiting Award in Nonfiction, and her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Orion, Granta, the Paris Review Daily, The Guardian, the Wall Street Journal, Bon Appétit, Travel + Leisure, and others. Nadia is the director of storytelling at Frontline Solutions, a Black-owned consulting firm that helps social change organizations define goals, execute plans, and evaluate impact. She teaches creative writing at Columbia University and Southern New Hampshire University’s Mountainview MFA program.
Tuition and Board: Tuition is $1200 ($1100 early bird rate if you register by March 15th). Additional room and board fees vary based on your choice of accommodation and range from $495-1500.
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, meditation, and 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.
The campus also offers a Wellness Center with massage and other services for an additional cost.
Meals: The Omega Institute offers local, organic, sustainable, nutrient-dense, artisanal, and whole-food meals, and is able to accommodate a variety of tastes, dietary needs, and food allergies.
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