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The Stowe Vermont Winter Writing Adventure is a week-long workshop with Pam Houston and CMarie Fuhrman where writers will work with both faculty members to generate new work while snowshoeing, XC skiing, and exploring the beauty of New England in the wintertime. The workshop is limited to 20 participants to ensure an intimate setting, plus plenty of time to write and explore all the outdoor wonders Stowe has to offer.

When: January 26 - 31, 2025 in Stowe, Vermont. The workshops will be held at Trapp Family Lodge. This Stowe resort blends Austrian-inspired architecture with comfortable American and European furnishings on a beautiful, 2,600-acre property offering four seasons of fun outdoor activities.

Tuition: $3,000 includes five full days of workshop, all group excursions (snowshoeing, XC lesson, XC skiing, horse-drawn sleigh ride) lodging in a private room and meals. Equipment rentals (snowshoes and/or skis) are available directly from Trapp Family Lodge for an additional fee and can be reserved ahead of time.​

Lodging & Meals: Lodging and meals are provided on-site at Trapp Family Lodge. Writers will be housed in single occupancy rooms with a private bathroom. Double occupancy rooms are available for individuals wanting to share with a spouse, partner or friend. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free meal options are available.

 

Format: The Stowe Vermont Winter Writing Adventure is open to all levels of writer. Each day we will have time for outdoor activities, writing and craft talks. We won’t be reading and critiquing manuscripts, but rather generating new material and closely examining elements of craft with the intention of allowing participants to see their work with deeper insight.

Faculty: Pam Houston & CMarie Fuhrman.

Faculty

Faculty

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

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CMarie Fuhrman

CMarie Fuhrman is the author of Camped Beneath the Dam: Poems and co-editor of Cascadia Field Guide: Art, Ecology, and Poetry and Native Voices: Indigenous Poetry, Craft, and Conversations. She has published or forthcoming poetry and nonfiction in multiple journals and anthologies. CMarie is a regular columnist for the Inlander, former Idaho Writer in Residence, and Director of the Elk River Writers Workshop. She is Associate Director and Director of Poetry at Western Colorado University, where she teaches nature writing. CMarie hosts Terra Firma, a podcast from Colorado Public Radio, and resides in the Salmon River Mountains of Idaho.

Travel Information

Stowe Vermont: Nestled beside Vermont's highest peak, Stowe was ranked "Top 10 Best Ski Towns in America" by Forbes. Stowe's extensive trail system makes this mountain resort town a great destination for winter activities. Stowe's diverse dining options, aprés ski scene and thriving arts community create the perfect winter experience for both snow and non-snow lovers.

Trapp Family Lodge: Ranked the #1 Best Cross-Country Ski Resort in North America by USA Today, the Trapp Family Lodge Outdoor Center is the largest cross-country ski center in Stowe, featuring 37 miles of groomed trails and 62 miles of backcountry trails suitable for skiers of all ages and abilities.

Arrival & Departure: Check-in begins at 4pm on Sunday, January 26th. Our welcome and orientation is at 5:00pm. The workshop will end at 1:15pm on Friday, January 31st.

Travel InformationJet air service is available at Burlington International Airport (BTV), a full-service international airport located in South Burlington, Vermont and just a scenic 40-minute drive away from Stowe. Rental cars and taxis are available in Burlington, Waterbury and Stowe. Train and bus services are available into Waterbury, Vermont, approximately 15 minutes from Stowe. Green Mountain Transit (GMT) offers a complimentary shuttle bus service (the Mountain Road Shuttle) that travels through town in the winter months. 

Coordinating Travel: If you wish to coordinate with other workshop participants please use the comments section below.

For additional information please contact us at info@writingxwriters.org. We look forward to seeing you in Stowe!

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Workshop Schedule

SUNDAY, JANUARY 26

4:00 – 4:30 pm         Check-in
5:00 – 5:30 pm         Welcome & Orientation
6:00 – 7:00 pm         Dinner
7:00 – 8:00 pm         Faculty Reading 

MONDAY, JANUARY 27

8:00 – 9:00 am         Breakfast Buffett
9:30 – 11:30 am       Snowshoe: Learn The Forest
12:00 – 1:00 pm       Lunch
2:00 – 5:00 pm         Group XC Ski Lesson followed by XC Skiing
6:00 – 7:00 pm         Dinner
7:00 – 9:00 pm         Small Group Workshops w/Pam Houston & CMarie Fuhrman

TUESDAY, JANUARY 28

8:00 – 9:00 am         Breakfast Buffett
11:00 – 1:00 pm       Group XC Ski to Cabin in the Woods for Lunch
1:00 – 4:00 pm         Choose Your Own Adventure (XC Skiing, Snowshoeing, Spa etc.)
4:00 – 6:00 pm         Small Group Workshops w/Pam Houston & CMarie Fuhrman
6:00 – 7:00 pm         Dinner

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29

8:00 – 9:00 am         Breakfast Buffett
9:00 – 11:00 am       Full Group Workshops w/CMarie Fuhrman
12:00 – 1:00 pm       Lunch
1:00 – 1:30 pm         Horse-Drawn Sleigh Ride

2:00 – 4:00 pm         Full Group Workshops w/Pam Houston
4:30 – 8:00 pm         Snowshoe to the Bierhall & Dinner @ Bierhall

THURSDAY, JANUARY 30

8:00 – 9:00 am         Breakfast Buffett
10:00 – 11:30 am     Snowshoe: Maple Sugar Tour
12:00 – 1:00 pm       Lunch
2:00 – 4:00 pm         Group XC Ski or Snowshoe
4:00 – 6:00 pm         Choose Your Own Adventure (XC Skiing, Snowshoeing, Spa etc.)
6:00 – 7:00 pm         Dinner

7:00 – 9:00 pm         Small Group Workshops w/Pam Houston & CMarie Fuhrman

FRIDAY, JANUARY 31

8:00 – 9:00 am         Breakfast Buffett
10:00 – 12:00 pm     Small Group Workshops w/Pam Houston & CMarie Fuhrman
12:00 – 1:00 pm       Lunch
1:00 – 1:15 pm         Wrap-up, Goodbyes & Departure

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Application Details

The Stowe Vermont Winter Writing Adventure is open to all levels of writer. Participants should be comfortable and capable of outdoor activities including shoeshowing and XC skiing. The total cost of the Stowe Vermont Winter Writing Adventure is $3000 which includes all lodging, meals, group excursions and workshop fees. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from Stowe. The Stowe Vermont Winter Writing Adventure is limited to 20 participants and will be accepted on a rolling basis.

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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