Desert Writing Workshop with Craig Childs

A story is told in the way a boulder splits. A narrative follows the bends of a narrow, hollowed-out canyon. The desert writes itself. Learn to write with it.

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April 17-25, 2021

Our days will involve 2-3 hours of writing instruction by Craig Childs with readings at night, plus Lauren Bond as a naturalist on hand. The rest is floating a remote flatwater river in canoes, paddling, hauling camp to high-ground, walking canyons with daypacks, and listening to the echo of our steps. Poets, fiction, nonfiction, scientists, naturalists; every style of observation and writing is welcome.

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8 days, 45 miles of canoeing, daily writing instruction,
delicious food, 16 participants max.

Guides: Craig Childs, Lauren Bond
Pricing: $2395, payment plans upon request

Meet Craig Childs

Writing Instructor & Author

Craig Childs will be your instructor. He has published more than a dozen books of adventure, wilderness, and science, including House of Rain and The Secret Knowledge of Water. His most recent is Virga & Bone: Essays from Dry Places. He has won the Orion Book Award, the Galen Rowell Art of Adventure Award, the Spirit of the West Award for his body of work, and thrice the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award. He is a contributing editor at Adventure Journal Quarterly, and his writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Outside, and The New York Times, the latter calling him “a modern-day desert father.” He brings a lifetime of experience field-writing in dry country.