Registration, Costs & Info

WRITING RETREAT at Chadron State Park:

  • Monday, June 14th – Thursday, June 17th

  • With Laura Pritchett, Alyson Hagy, Derek Sheffield & Carson Vaughan
    • General Registration: $350 (Includes one-year membership to the Mari Sandoz Heritage Society)
    • Current Mari Sandoz Heritage Society Members & Students (18 Years or Older): $300
    • Guest/Non-Participant $60 (This registration level is for spouses, friends and significant others who plan to accompany retreat participants, and does not include access to the workshop session but covers the retreat meals and lodging. We have a small number of private queen rooms for couples).

Advanced Workshop: (Monday, June 14th)

      • With Laura Pritchett (Western Colorado University MFA Program)
        • “Advanced” because it occurs in advance of the retreat, and because it is tailored to writers who have more developed drafts of writing that they would like to share in a small workshop setting.
        • Limited to FIVE writers focusing on prose or poetry, with advanced, individualized feedback from Laura. Pages will be submitted in advance of the workshop session, per Laura’s instructions.
        • COST: $50 added to the Registration fees outlined above.
  • ONLINE REGISTRATION OPENS March 15: CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
    • DEADLINE: June 4, 2021
    • Space is limited to 20 writers. Early registration is encouraged.
    • Refunds: Due to limited space in the RETREAT, refunds can only be offered up to TEN days after Registration. For planning purposes, there will be no refunds made after June 4. (Please note that if the workshop must be cancelled for any reason, we will notify all participants as soon as possible and process full refunds—and that participants impacted by any verified health-emergency, including COVID-19, are eligible for full refund at any time).
      • Fees cover all workshop sessions, opening night BBQ/Reception, some lunches and dinners at the venue, light refreshments, and four nights lodging, Monday-Thursday, at our retreat venue.*

*In the spirit of building a community of writers, we will be lodging in the apartments surrounding the meeting area.  Each unit has two separate bedrooms (one with a queen bed and one with two singles), separate bathroom/shower, a full kitchen and living room with couch & television and a screened porch with table and fire rings nearby.

When registering, you may indicate if you are attending with another person, and if you are comfortable with gender-neutral room assignments. (The rooms with queen-sized beds will be first reserved for couples.) If you prefer not to stay in the retreat venue, (or for those seeking lodging before/after the workshop), several options are outlined in the “LODGING” section below. These costs are on your own.

NOTE: Some of our events take place outdoors and in facilities in and around the park. Participants should be prepared to navigate stairs or established trails and for moderate physical activity in variable terrain and weather.

  • Mari Sandoz Emerging Writer Fellowship
    • Graduate students, teachers and working writers whose work shows promise, may apply for the Emerging Writer Fellowship. The successful applicant will be honored as a “Mari Sandoz Emerging Writer,” will have fees waived for the Retreat and Workshop, give a reading of their work, and receive a small stipend to help defray a portion of their travel expenses. The application can be found in the menu options above. Application Deadline: May 1.
  • Scholarships
    • A limited number of full and partial tuition waivers will be offered to support talented STUDENT writers this year. The application can be found in the menu options above.  Application Deadline: May 10.

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