The Writing By Writers Boulder Generative Workshop brings aspiring writers into close community with nationally known writers for a weekend of inspiration, craft and the generation of new work.
When: March 18 - 20, 2022 at The Colorado Chautauqua, a National Historic Landmark in Boulder, Colorado.
Tuition: $950 includes one three-day workshop, admittance to all craft talks and readings, and all meals (dinner on Friday; three meals Saturday; breakfast and lunch on Sunday) and lodging for two nights. Vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free meals are available upon request.
Lodging: The Colorado Chautauqua, a National Historic Landmark in Boulder, Colorado. Since 1898, Chautauqua has been hosting visitors wishing to experience the quiet, contemplative beauty of the park and enjoy the many programs, lectures, concerts & films that they host. Originally visitors slept in canvas tents with wooden floors. Simple cabins replaced the tents and over time those cabins have been renovated into cozy cottages, each with a unique history and historic charm. Double, smoke-free cottages are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis and each has a private bedroom, full bath, kitchen and free wireless internet access. A limited number of single cottages are available for a supplemental fee of $250. Disability accessible and equipped rooms are available. Please let us know as soon as possible if you require these accommodations. If you do not need lodging, the tuition is reduced by $150, but you will still be able to join us for all meals.
Format: Workshops will begin in the afternoon of Friday, March 18, 2022, at 1:30pm and end on Sunday, March 20, 2022, at 3:30pm. Each day will start with a craft talk by one of our faculty members and then participants will split into small groups where they will dissect the art and craft of writing through lectures, writing exercises and class discussions. We won’t be reading and critiquing manuscripts, but rather closely examining elements of craft with the intention of allowing participants to see their work with deeper insight while also generating new material. Each participant will have the opportunity to work in a small group setting with all three faculty members. Whether you are just getting started or have projects that need new life, this workshop will offer inspiration and insight to take you to the next level.
Faculty: Kali Fajardo-Anstine, Pam Houston and Mitchell Jackson
Kali Fajardo-Anstine is the author of the widely acclaimed Sabrina & Corina (One World, 2019), a finalist for the National Book Award, the PEN/Bingham Prize, The Clark Prize, The Story Prize, the Saroyan International Prize and winner of an American Book Award. She is the 2021 recipient of the biennial Addison M. Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She has been awarded fellowships from Yaddo, MacDowell, Hedgebrook, and Tin House. Her work has been honored with the Denver Mayor’s Award for Global Impact in the Arts and the Mountains and Plains Independent Booksellers Association Reading The West Award. Sabrina & Corina was included on several end of year lists, including the American Library Association and the New York Public Library. Fajardo-Anstine’s writing has been published in The New York Times, Harper’s Bazaar, ELLE, O the Oprah Magazine, The American Scholar, Boston Review, and elsewhere. Her stories have been translated into numerous languages including Japanese, Italian, German, Slovenian, Spanish, and Turkish. Fajardo-Anstine was born in Denver, Colorado and is the second eldest of seven siblings. She dropped out of high school weeks into her senior year, earning her GED and going on to graduate with a BA in English and Minor in Chicana/o Studies from Metropolitan State University of Denver. She holds an MFA from the University of Wyoming and worked for over a decade as an independent bookseller at West Side Books in North Denver.
Pam Houston is the author of the memoir, Deep Creek: Finding Hope In The High Country, which won the 2019 Colorado Book Award, the High Plains Book Award and the Reading The West Advocacy Award and more recently, Air Mail: Letters of Politics Pandemics and Place coauthored with Amy Irvine. She is also the author of Cowboys Are My Weakness, Contents May Have Shifted, and four other books of fiction and nonfiction, all published by W.W. Norton. She lives at 9,000 feet above sea level on a 120-acre homestead near the headwaters of the Rio Grande and teaches creative writing at UC Davis and at the Institute of American Indian Arts. She is cofounder and creative director of the literary nonprofit Writing by Writers and fiction editor at the Environmental Arts Journal Terrain.org. She raises Icelandic Sheep and Irish Wolfhounds and is a fierce advocate for the Earth.
Mitchell S. Jackson
Mitchell S. Jackson’s debut novel The Residue Years received wide critical praise. Jackson is the winner of a Whiting Award. His novel also won The Ernest J. Gaines Prize for Literary Excellence and was a finalist for The Center for Fiction Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, the PEN / Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction, and the Hurston / Wright Legacy Award. His honors include fellowships from the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center, the Lannan Foundation, the Ford Foundation, PEN America, TED, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Center for Fiction. His writing has been featured on the cover of the New York Times Book Review, Time Magazine, and Esquire Magazine, as well as in The New Yorker, Harpers, The New York Times Book Review, The Paris Review, The Guardian, The Washington Post Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, and elsewhere. His nonfiction book Survival Math: Notes on an All-American Family was published in the spring of 2019 and named a best book of the year by fifteen publications, including NPR, Time Magazine, The Paris Review, The Root, Kirkus Reviews, and Buzzfeed. He teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Chicago.
The Colorado Chautauqua, a National Historic Landmark in Boulder, Colorado has been hosting visitors since 1898. Located at the foot of the iconic Flatirons, the Colorado Chautauqua has over 40 miles of open space hiking trails at its door step. The historic Pearl Street Mall and the beautiful University of Colorado campus are nearby—within a leisurely stroll or short drive.
Arrival: We ask that you please arrive at Chautauqua between 1:30pm and 2:00pm on Friday, March 18th and check in with us at the Community House where we will provide you with your lodging information. A map of the grounds can be found here. At 2:00pm we will have a mandatory orientation followed by our first workshop. Please plan your travel accordingly.
Ground Transportation from Denver International Airport: If you are coming from the Denver Airport (DIA), Chautauqua recommends Green Ride shuttle service. It is also possible to take the SkyRide bus.
Driving Directions: A complete set of driving directions can be found on Chautauqua’s website here.
Ride Sharing: If you wish to coordinate rides with other workshop participants please use the comments section below.
For additional information please contact us at . We look forward to seeing you in Boulder!
FRIDAY, MARCH 18
1:30 – 2:00 pm Registration, Community House
2:00 – 2:30 pm Welcome & Orientation*
2:30 – 4:30 pm Workshop with Mitchell S. Jackson*
4:30 – 5:00 pm Check-in to Chautauqua Lodging
5:00 – 6:30 pm Group Dinner, Dining Hall
7:00 – 9:00 pm Small Group Sessions
9:00 – 10:00 pm Contest Winner Readings & Reception
SATURDAY, MARCH 19
8:00 – 9:30 am Breakfast, Dining Hall
10:00 – 12:00 pm Workshop with Kali Fajardo-Anstine*
12:00 – 1:30 pm Group Lunch, Dining Hall
2:00 – 4:00 pm Small Group Sessions
4:00 – 6:00 pm On Your Own (writing, hiking, etc.)
6:00 – 7:00 pm Group Dinner, Community House
7:00 – 10:00 pm Faculty Readings & Reception*
SUNDAY, MARCH 20
8:00 – 9:30 am Breakfast, Dining Hall
9:30 – 10:00 am Check-out of Chautauqua Lodging
10:00 – 12:00 pm Workshop with Pam Houston*
12:00 – 1:00 pm Group Lunch, Community House
1:00 – 3:00 pm Small Group Sessions
3:00 – 3:30 pm Book Signings and Goodbyes*
* These events take place in the Community House
The total cost of the Boulder Generative Workshop is $950, which includes all lodging, meals and workshop fees. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from Chautauqua. Single cottages are available for an optional supplemental fee of $250. Please note that there are a limited number of single cottages and these will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Disability accessible and equipped rooms are available. Please let us know as soon as possible if you require these accommodations. If you do not need lodging, the tuition is reduced by $150, but you will still be able to join us for all meals.
Cancellation Policy: If you cancel by February 1, 2022, your tuition will be refunded minus a $150 cancellation fee. Refunds for cancellations made after February 1 are contingent upon filling your place and will be made only if your place is filled. In the unlikely event that we must cancel a workshop and you do not wish to transfer to another workshop, you will receive a full refund.