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2020 Waterston Desert Writing Prize Reception and Ceremony

The annual Waterston Desert Writing Prize award event, which takes place Wednesday, June 24 in 2020, includes a full day of gatherings, workshops and, of course, the award event. All events are free of charge.

  • Luncheon: Prize Board members, donors, advisors and guests gather with the Prize winner and finalists for a celebratory luncheon.

  • Workshops: Creative writing workshops, from 4:00 to 5:30 pm, are offered and hosted at the High Desert Museum.

  • Reception: The award presentation, hosted by the High Desert Museum, is preceded by a meet-and-greet reception, with hors d'oeuvres and beverages at 6:00 p.m. Guests can meet the winner and finalists, "A Desert Conversation" panelists, and the Prize Board.

  • "A Desert Conversation" panel: Noted authors and desert experts participate in a moderated panel focused on timely desert topics and issues. The 2020 "Conversation" will include Robert Michael Pyle, Dahr Jamail and another panelist to be announced soon!

  • Awards: The awards portion of the evening includes readings from their submitted works by the winner and finalists, and presentation of their awards. The 2020 awards will also include the winner of the new student writing contest.