Orion Environmental Writers’ Workshop

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.


Sunday, June 10 – Friday, June 15, 2018. The workshop will be held at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York.


The program will feature small writing workshops dedicated to poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, as well as faculty readings and lectures, student readings, and presentations on publishing. Workshops will be limited to twelve participants so that each participant will receive focused attention and feedback. All participants will meet individually with their workshop leader, as well, to discuss their manuscripts. Special guests will include literary agents, publishers, and editors, who will offer advice on book publishing, placing work in magazines and journals, and the environmental publishing world.


Faculty and guests will be announced soon—please check back later this month.


The application period opens on November 15, 2017.

Applications are considered on a rolling basis and will continue to be reviewed until the workshop is full. Workshops will be offered in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. For prose, a writing sample of 1,500 words will be required; for poetry, a sample of up to 6 pages of poetry will be required. Acceptances will be made on a rolling basis and applicants will be notified whether they have been admitted approximately four to six 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.

To apply, please visit Orion’s Submittable page. Applicants who already have a Submittable account in place will be asked to login; those new to Submittable will be prompted to set up a free account before accessing the application.

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There is no application fee.

Participant tuition: $995

Participants may choose from a variety of accommodations, listed below.

Housing, meals, and amenities packages:

  • Single cabin with private bath, $1370
  • Double-occupancy cabin with private bath, $1065
  • Shared cabin with shared bath, $865
  • Dorm single (private room with shared bath), $740
  • Single tent cabin (bathhouse nearby), $750


Two tuition scholarships are available for the 2018 workshop.


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

Meals: The Omega Institute offers local, organic, sustainable, nutrient-dense, artisanal, and whole-food meals, and are able to accommodate a variety of tastes, dietary needs, and food allergies.


This page will be updated frequently with more information. Please see the Omega Institute website for details on their venue.

Questions? Email us at questions@orionmagazine.org.