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Continuing education hours available for educators at the Goldenrod Writing Workshop

MISSOULA, Mont. – Outdoor Writers Association of America is offering professional development renewal hours for the Goldenrod Writing Workshop, issued through the Montana Office of Public Instruction. Goldenrod students can earn 15 credit hours for attending all resident-faculty sessions during the workshop.

OWAA pursued this option in an effort to increase access to development funds and job enrichment grants for educators who would like to attend the workshop. Credits often transfer between states, but non-Montana educators should refer to their states educational credit guidelines for clarification.

The second annual Goldenrod Writing Workshop will be held July 31-Aug. 6, 2011, at The University of Montana-Missoula. Open to novice communicators and published professionals alike, the week-long workshop is designed to improve skills in outdoor, nature and environmental writing.

The curriculum includes assignments, discussions, readings and shared critiques with resident faculty members, followed by afternoon presentations from visiting faculty. Evenings can be spent networking, completing assignments and of course, exploring the beautiful Montana outdoors. OWAA will also host a welcome dinner, a farewell BBQ and afternoon breakout activities including fly-fishing, floating the river or visiting local ghost towns.

Enrollment is limited to 30 students and it’s on a first come, first served basis. The $995 fee includes meals, 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.

For more information or questions regarding the Goldenrod Writing Workshop, please contact Robin Giner at or 406-728-7434 or visit

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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