Online Writing Workshops
Orion hosts regular Online Environmental Writers’ Workshops in poetry and nonfiction. Connect with us for six to eight sessions with an experienced instructor and writer. Learn more about environmental writing, and renew, illuminate, and deepen your relationship with nature and place.
Conducted over Zoom (or similar platform) and limited to twelve participants, the workshops will feature a combination of generative exercises, craft talks, readings, special guest appearances, and workshopping of student manuscripts. Individual workshops vary, but students can likely expect to spend several hours a week reading, writing, and commenting on work outside of class.
applications are open
Nov 1 to Nov 15, 2023
Workshops open for application:
The Course: The More-Than-Human World from Proposal to Page
Details: January 6 – February 10, 2024
The Course: Foraging: Finding What You Need
Details: January 14 – February 18, 2024
The Course: What the Land Inspires
Details: January 27 – March 2, 2024
The Course: Home, Away and At Play: Place and Playful Writing Practices
Details: February 5 – March 11, 2024
The Course: Earth Verse II
Details: January 4 through February 8, 2024
The Course: The Size of the World: Redwood, Rock, and Spore
Details: February 21-March 27, 2024
Each Zoom course is available for $500. Workshop classes meet in either six three-hour installments or eight two-hour installments. Payment within five days of acceptance will guarantee your spot. Cancelations up until a week before the start of the course will result in a full refund. After that, refunds will be conditional on our ability to fill your spot before the course begins.
HOW TO APPLY
These workshops tend to be quite competitive. Please send a cover letter and your best nonfiction writing sample of up to 1,500 words or up to five pages of poetry to the Submittable button in the instructor’s workshop page. Sample writing can be published or unpublished, and might, but probably will not be used in class. You are welcome to apply to more than one workshop at a time.
Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequently asked questions
Yes! And it may increase your chances of being accepted to one.
Probably not. Your instructor will be in touch ahead of the first meeting with information regarding class expectations. You may be asked to bring work you’re already working on to the workshop (and this could be your writing sample), or you may focus on new work generated during class.
As much as you want to share! We love hearing about your background, career, hobbies, relationship to literature and the environment, experience (if any) with writing workshops, why you’re drawn to an Orion workshop, and anything else.
Workshops typically feature a mix of craft talks, readings, group discussion, manuscript review, and generative prompts.
Each workshop has no more than twelve students.
If you can cancel five days before the workshop begins, we can offer a full refund. After that refunds will depend on our ability to fill your spot from the waitlist.
We appreciate that workshops sometimes get personal and emotional, and we value class privacy. Zoom sessions are typically not recorded. Some instructors may ask for class consent to record sessions to be shared only among the group, and never for public consumption.
We understand that life and schedule conflicts happen. Try to let your instructor know ahead of time if you know you need to miss a session, if possible.