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2019 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. Reserve here.

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

  • 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 2019 "Conversation" included Oregon poet laureate Kim Stafford, noted Western historian Patty Limerick and desert writer Bruce Berger.

  • Awards: The awards portion of the evening includes readings from their submitted works by the winner and finalists, and presentation of their awards.