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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 15 - 17, 2024 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 15, 2024, at 1:30pm and end on Sunday, March 17, 2024, 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: Kim Barnes, Peter Ho Davies and Pam Houston.


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Kim Barnes

Kim Barnes spent her childhood in the logging camps and small towns along the North Fork of Idaho's Clearwater River. Her first memoir, In the Wilderness: Coming of Age in Unknown Country, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and winner of the PEN/Jerard Fund Award for Nonfiction. In addition to two memoirs, she is the author of three novels, including A Country Called Home, winner of the PEN Center USA Literary Award in Fiction; and In the Kingdom of Men, a story set in the 1960s oil camps of Saudi Arabia, which was long-listed for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Her essays, poems, and stories have appeared in a number of magazines and anthologies, including The New York Times, WSJ, The Georgia Review, Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly, Oprah Magazine, and the Pushcart Prize anthology. A recipient of the Idaho Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts and a University of Idaho Distinguished Professor Emerita, she lives with her husband in the mountains of northern Idaho.


Peter Ho Davies

Peter Ho Davies’s most recent books are the novel A Lie Someone Told You About Yourself, long-listed for the Aspen Words Literary Prize, and The Art of Revision: The Last Word, his first work of non-fiction. His previous novel, The Fortunes, a New York Times Notable Book, won the Anisfield-Wolf Award and the Chautauqua Prize, and was a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. His first novel, The Welsh Girl, a London Times Best Seller, was long-listed for the Booker Prize. He has also published two short story collections, The Ugliest House in the World (winner of the John Llewelyn Rhys Prize, and the Oregon Book Award) and Equal Love (finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and a New York Times Notable Book).Davies’ work has appeared in Harpers, The Atlantic, The Paris Review, The Guardian, The Washington Post and TLS among others, and been anthologized in Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards and Best American Short Stories. In 2003 Granta magazine named him among its “Best of Young British Novelists.”Davies is a recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts and a winner of the PEN/Malamud and PEN/Macmillan Awards.Born in Britain to Welsh and Chinese parents, he now makes his home in the US. He has taught at the University of Oregon, Northwestern and Emory University, and is currently on faculty at the University of Michigan.


Pam Houston

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 She raises Icelandic Sheep and Irish Wolfhounds and is a fierce advocate for the Earth. 


Travel Information

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 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 Eight Black  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!

Workshop Schedule


1:30 – 2:00 pm           Registration, Community House

2:00 – 2:30 pm           Welcome & Orientation*

2:30 – 4:30 pm           Workshop with Kim Barnes*

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


8:00 – 9:30 am           Breakfast, Dining Hall

10:00 – 12:00 pm       Workshop with Peter Ho Davies*

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*


8:00 – 9:30 am           Group Breakfast, Dining Hall

9:30 – 10:00 am         Check-out of Chautauqua Lodging

10:00 – 12:00 pm       Small Group Sessions

12:00 – 1:00 pm         Group Lunch, Community House

1:00 – 3:00 pm           Workshop with Pam Houston

3:00 – 3:30 pm           Book Signings and Goodbyes*


*  These events take place in the Community House


Registration Details

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 up to 90 days before the event your tuition will be refunded minus a $150 cancellation fee. Refunds for cancellations made less than 90 days from the event are contingent upon filling your place and will be made only if your place is filled. No refunds are available less than 30 days from the event. 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.


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