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OWAA writing workshop a ‘must’ for all outdoor communicators

MISSOULA, Mont. – Do you dream of getting paid to travel and explore the outdoors? Improve your writing and photography skills July 22-28 at the 2012 Goldenrod Writing Workshop. Open to both novice communicators and published professionals, it caters to communicators interested in topics such as travel, nature, environment and more. The annual Goldenrod Writing Workshop will be hosted by the Outdoor Writers Association of America at the scenic University of Montana in Missoula.

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 writing and photography.

Deadline for application is June 1, 2012. 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 application also requires a $250 non-refundable deposit; in the rare event the workshop is canceled, a full refund will be issued.

The workshop will highlight the contributions of four resident faculty members: Lisa Densmore, a book author, photographer, TV producer and Emmy-award winner from Montana; book author and award-winning back-page columnist and humor writer Alan Liere from Spokane, Wash.; freelance travel and adventure writer Jeff Hull, of Montana; and environmental writer and University of Wyoming professor Jeff Lockwood.

The writing workshop will also include afternoon visiting faculty sessions with Jack Ballard, Joel Vance and 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.

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OWAA is The Voice of the Outdoors®. The 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. For more information, contact Robin Giner, executive director, Outdoor Writers Association of America, 615 Oak St., Ste. 201, Missoula, Mont. 59801; 406-728-7434,;

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