Writing Ranch Announces Creative Writing Opportunities

The Writing Ranch announces three creative writing opportunities in the upcoming months.

October: Writing Wild Horses
A special three-day Nature Writing Intensive is being offered October 17-19 by the Writing Ranch in conjunction with the High Desert Museum’s fall 2016 series of programs and presentations related to wild horse management in the high desert. Museum naturalists and guest speakers, as well as Sage, the Museum’s Kiger-in-residence, will inspire workshop participants as they explore nature writing techniques, as well as the literal and metaphorical aspects specific to this issue.

www.highdesertmuseum.org for registration information. Limited to 15 participants. Fee: $220.

October: Writing for the Health of It
The Writing Ranch returns to St. Charles Cancer Center to offer a creative writing workshop October 5-November 1. Participants will explore the intersection of poetry and prose, of fiction and nonfiction in this seven-part series that includes an anthology of students’ work and a concluding luncheon and formal reading. Limited to 15 participants.


February: Writing Down the Baja & the Manuscript Lab
Eighth annual writing retreat in Todos Santos, BCS, February 5-11, 2017. Writing Down the Baja © and the Manuscript Lab will again be held in the “pueblo magico” of Todos Santos, long an inspiration to artists. New this year are events in conjunction with the Todos Santos Writers’ Workshop including evening guest readings and a fiesta featuring presentations by Mexican writers and musicians. Led by award-winning author, poet and writing instructor Ellen Waterston, this popular retreat is designed for both emerging and established writers.


Bend, Oregon resident Ellen Waterston is an award-winning poet, author and literary arts advocate. Most recently she converted her verse novel, Vía Láctea: A Woman of a Certain Age Walks the Camino, to a libretto. The opera premiered June 2016. Waterston is currently at work on a nonfiction project and a fourth collection of poetry. She established the Waterston Desert Writing Prize in 2015. The 2017 competition opens for submissions January 1, 2017.      The Writing Ranch was founded in 2000 and offers retreats and workshops for established and emerging writers.

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