Thursday, April 22, 2010

Gretel Ehrlich will lead Wilderness Writer's Retreat Aug. 6-9

From a press release:

Join Gretel Ehrlich and the Wyoming Wilderness Association in a journey into the Rock Creek recommended wilderness in the Bighorn National Forest August 6-9 for adventure, reflection, and writing.

Wyoming-based author and poet Gretel Ehrlich will lead workshops and readings during the Wilderness Writer’s Retreat. Gretel is an accomplished author of This Cold Heaven, The Solace of Open Spaces, and The Future of Ice, among other works of nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. Gretel Ehrlich’s essays, short stories, and poems have been included in many anthologies and publications. She has received many prestigious awards and is currently at work on a novel.

Are you a writer? All levels and varieties welcome!

Do you feel comfortable in the backcountry? We will be out for 3 nights and 4 days (with a fabulous camp cook and main camp equipment supplied).

Can you hike uphill carrying a mid-sized pack for 5 miles? The horses will carry camp in, but you’ll have to pack your personal gear.

Scholarship Information: Two full tuition scholarships are available for the 2010 Wilderness Writer's Retreat. Successful applicants will have demonstrated financial need in addition to an aptitude and vocation in the field of writing.

To apply, please submit the following to WWA, PO Box 6588, Sheridan, WY 82801 by noon on June 7, 2010:
  • Your name, mailing address, phone number and email contact information

  • Tax return receipt for 2009

  • One 1,000-word essay demonstrating why your participation in the Wilderness Writer's Camp will have value.

  • An additional sample of your work in the form of poetry or prose, at least 3 poems/pages.

  • Essays and writing samples will be judged for composition and development of style, and winners will be announced by noon on June 28.

    Fee for the Wilderness Writer's Retreat is $700.

    FMI: Contact Sara at the Wyoming Wilderness Association -- 307-672-2751;; 325 E Loucks St., PO Box 6588, Sheridan, WY 82801