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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 17 - 19, 2023 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 17, 2023, at 1:30pm and end on Sunday, March 19, 2023, 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: Kaveh Akbar, Ramona Ausubel and Pam Houston.



Kaveh Akbar

Kaveh Akbar’s poems appear in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Paris Review, Best American Poetry, and elsewhere. His second full-length volume of poetry, Pilgrim Bell, will be published by Graywolf in August 2021. His debut, Calling a Wolf a Wolf, is out now with Alice James in the US and Penguin in the UK. He is also the author of the chapbook, Portrait of the Alcoholic, published in 2016 by Sibling Rivalry Press. In 2022, Penguin Classics will publish a new anthology edited by Kaveh: The Penguin Book of Spiritual Verse: 100 Poets on the Divine. In 2020 Kaveh was named Poetry Editor of The Nation. The recipient of honors including multiple Pushcart Prizes, a Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellowship, and the Levis Reading Prize, Kaveh was born in Tehran, Iran, and teaches at Purdue University and in the low-residency MFA programs at Randolph College and Warren Wilson. In 2014, Kaveh founded Divedapper, a home for dialogues with the most vital voices in American poetry. With Sarah Kay and Claire Schwartz, he wrote a weekly column for the Paris Review called "Poetry RX."


Ramona Ausubel

Ramona Ausubel grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is the author of two novels and two story collections. Winner of the PEN Center USA Literary Award for Fiction and the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, she has also been a finalist for the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, California and Colorado Book Awards and long-listed for the Story Prize, Frank O’Connor International Story Award and the International Impac Dublin Literary Award and New York Times Notable Book selections. She holds an MFA from the University of California, Irvine where she won the Glenn Schaeffer Award in Fiction and served as editor of Faultline Journal of Art & Literature. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Tin House, The New York Times, NPR’s Selected Shorts, One Story, Electric Literature, Ploughshares, The Oxford American, and collected in The Best American Fantasy and online in The Paris Review.   She has been a finalist for the Puschart Prize and a Fellow at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. Ramona has taught at Tin House, The Community of Writers, Writing By Writers and is a faculty member in both the Low-Residency MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts and Colorado State University.


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 Ramona Ausubel*

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


9:00 – 10:00 am         Breakfast, Dining Hall

10:30 – 12:30 pm       Workshop with Kaveh Akbar*

12:30 – 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 – 9:00 am           Check-out of Chautauqua Lodging

9:00 – 10:00 am         Group Breakfast, Dining Hall

10:30 – 12:30 pm       Workshop with Pam Houston

12:30 – 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


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 by February 1, 2023, 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.


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