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OWAA writing workshop a ‘must’ for all outdoor communicators

MISSOULA, Mont. – Outdoor Writers Association of America is back with its second annual Goldenrod Writing Workshop at The University of Montana in Missoula July 31- Aug. 6, 2011. Open to both novice communicators and published professionals, the week-long workshop is designed to improve skills in outdoor, nature and environmental writing.

This year’s workshop offers 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 to explore the beautiful Montana outdoor wilderness and socialize 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 in University of Montana campus housing.

The deadline for applications is June 1, 2011, and requires a $250 non-refundable deposit.

Two resident faculty members will be returning: Lisa Densmore from New Hampshire, a book author, photographer, TV producer and Emmy-award winner; and book author and humor writer Alan Liere from Spokane, Wash.. They will be joined by freelance writer and University of Montana adjunct professor Jeff Hull whose magazine articles have been published in a wide array of outdoor and travel magazines during the last 25 years, and Goldenrod founder, Joel Vance, a full-time freelancer, book author and past president of OWAA.

The writing workshop will also include afternoon visiting faculty sessions with returning instructors Jack Ballard and Bill Schneider, and new addition Gail Jokerst.;off-site activities on Wednesday afternoon;an opportunity for student readings at the end of the week; and a celebratory farewell BBQ hosted at a local park on Friday night.

This workshop works to promote both expansion of creativity and craft improvement in the outdoor communication field as well as excitement and passion for writing.

The 1,200-member Outdoor Writers Association of America is the oldest and largest association of professional outdoor communicators in the United States. It was organized in 1927 by members of the Izaak Walton League of America and includes professional communicators dedicated to sharing the outdoor experience. OWAA’s professionals include writers, photographers, outdoors radio and television show hosts, book authors, videographers, lecturers and artists. The association is headquartered in Missoula, Mont. Visit for more info.

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