Orion Writing Workshops 2019

June 23 – June 28, 2019
The Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York.

**There are a few spots still available! Send materials to submissions@orionmagazine.org**  

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 is a unique opportunity for participants to connect with leading writers and editors, learn more about environmental writing, and renew, illuminate, and deepen their relationship with nature.

This renowned workshop is cosponsored by the Omega Center for Sustainable Living.

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.

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.


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.

For more information on fees and tuition, visit the Omega Institute’s website.


The 2019 faculty includes Major Jackson, Amy Irvine, Scott Russell Sanders, John Elder, Bronwen Dickey, and Sherwin Bitsui. Read more here.

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.


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 within 2 weeks of applying. 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. 

March 10-15, 2019
Cave Creek Canyon, Arizona
*This event is full.*

For the first time the successful Orion Environmental Writers Workshop will be offered during the winter in a remarkable wilderness area. Hone your writing skills with an exceptional faculty in a setting that can inspire nature writers to do their best work.

Orion’s partner for this extraordinary experience is the Omega Center for Sustainable Living, which offers workshops and conferences on environmental issues, regenerative thinking, and design, and is a key part of the Omega Institute, based in Rhinebeck, New York. 

The American Museum of Natural History Southwest Research Station sits in remote Cave Creek Canyon, surrounded by designated wilderness. This will be the site for the Orion in the Wilderness writers’ workshop. Known for its abundant bird life and network of hiking trails, this unspoiled area is worth the drive from the nearest airport (Tucson). Bus transportation will be arranged.

The workshop provides a unique opportunity to connect with Orion writers and editors. In addition to breakout sessions in creative nonfiction, fiction, or poetry, there will be faculty readings and lectures, student readings, presentations on local ecology and lore, and optional birding and hikes. Each participant receives individualized attention, feedback, and a focused meeting with a faculty member to discuss manuscripts or projects.


This gathering takes place in southeastern Arizona at the American Museum of Natural History Southwest Research Station in Cave Creek Canyon near Portal. Participants can either drive themselves or ride our coach, which leaves Tucson International Airport at 6:00 P.M. on Sunday, March 10, and departs Cave Creek Canyon for the airport at 6:00 A.M. on Saturday March 16. The round-trip charge is $75.00.


The faculty for Orion in the Wilderness includes Amy Irvine, Craig Childs, and Sherwin Bitsui.


The application period is now open — space is limited so we recommend applying early. To apply and to see a full schedule of the workshop as well as faculty bios, please go here: Orion in the Wilderness.