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OWAA to host environmental writing workshop

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Robin Giner,


MISSOULA, Mont. – Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA) will host its first annual Goldenrod Writing Workshop at the University of Montana in Missoula August 1-7, 2010.  Open to both novice communicators and published professionals, the week-long workshop is designed to improve skills in outdoor, nature and environmental writing.

The workshop is in a casual setting with hands-on learning from peer groups and veteran instructors. The curriculum includes assignments, discussions, readings and shared critiques along with time for writing and socializing with others who share a passion for outdoor writing.

Enrollment is limited to 30 students, and it’s on a first come, first served basis. The $995 fee includes tuition and room and board at The University of Montana campus residence. Afternoon sessions are open to the public on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday for a fee of $100/day. Single day registration includes lunch and dinner, but not room and board.  Advanced registration by July 30 is required.

Four instructors teach the workshop. They include Lisa Densmore from New Hampshire, a book author, photographer, TV producer and Emmy-award winner; freelance writer Holly Endersby from Idaho, whose magazine articles have appeared in many markets; book author and humor writer Alan Liere from Spokane, Wash.; and investigative reporter Ted Gup, who also heads the journalism department at Boston’s Emerson College and whose book about the CIA was a New York Times bestseller.

Visiting faculty include best-selling author Patrick McManus from Spokane and Bill Schneider, founder of Falcon Press, from Helena, Mont.

For complete details, go to Or call OWAA headquarters at 406-728-7434.

The 1,200-member OWAA is the nation’s oldest and largest association of professional outdoor communicators.  Organized in 1927 by members of the Izaak Walton League of America, it is headquartered in Missoula, Mont.

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