Calling All Creative Writers

Since 2010, the BYU-Idaho English Department has sponsored a Student Writing Retreat for students interested in creative writing. Under the direction of creative writing faculty, twelve to eighteen students experience an intensive three-day writing opportunity. At the retreat, students and faculty work for several hours a day on their own writing, in a largely self-directed manner.

Students are selected through an application process, which includes a writing sample. The BYU-Idaho English Department provides funds for the retreat; therefore, applicants are limited to English majors and minors. The Student Writing Retreat is typically held at the Quickwater Ranch in Victor, Idaho. Meals and sleeping quarters are provided at no cost to the student.

If you have an interest in creative writing, apply for the Student Writing Retreat. Each semester students have the opportunity to spend three days at the Sky Mountain Lodge, near Victor, Idaho. Use this time to develop your writing projects, work one-on-one with English faculty, and share your work with peers.

The workshop gives you the chance to write and share your work in a constructive environment. Long blocks of individual writing time are provided, as well as time for sharing with peers and one-on-one guidance from English faculty. Transportation and food are provided. Because this is a school-sponsored activity, excused absence forms are provided.

How to Apply

All BYU-Idaho English majors and minors currently on track can apply.

Download the application form, or pick one up at the English Department office. 

Submit the application form stapled to a sample of your own best creative writing. Include three to five poems, or five to ten double-spaced pages of prose. Handwritten submission are not accepted.

Submissions are evaluated by English Department creative writing faculty. Preference will be given to those who have not attended before.

For further information, contact Jim Richards.