2019 Creative Writing Workshops

To celebrate its fifth year, the Waterston Desert Writing Prize is expanded its offering from one to three free creative writing workshops. Signup is available on the High Desert Museum website. Each workshop is limited to 15 participants.


Location: High Desert Museum * Date: Wednesday, June 26, 2019 * Time: 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.

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Workshop Leader: James Anderson
Workshop Title: The Natural Construction of Place


It is essential to engage the reader's senses to effectively build a story within an authentic setting where character and plot are organically heightened and revealed. In this workshop, James Anderson will discuss and work with attendees on developing and maintaining a unique and strong sense of place in fiction.

About James Anderson: James Anderson was born in Seattle and raised in Oregon. James received his undergraduate degree from Reed College and attended graduate school in Boston. His poetry, essays and short fiction have been widely published. He is the author of two critically acclaimed novels, The Never-Open Desert Diner (Crown, 2015) and Lullaby Road (Crown, 2018), praised by The New York Times Book Review and Washington Post Book World, among others, for their lyricism and haunting evocation of the desert. Both novels are now in print in several foreign language editions around the world.

Workshop Leader: Kim Stafford
Workshop Title: “What Wants to be Written”

Short form prose, long form poetry and everything in between, Oregon Poet Laureate Kim Stafford says “Poetry is our native language.”. Join award winning author and poet Stafford, author of  a dozen books of poetry and prose, for an afternoon of writing and inspiration.


Workshop Leader: Ellen Waterston
Workshop Title: Biography of Place


Founder of the Writing Ranch, poet and writer Ellen Waterston will lead writers in an exploration of their own unique biographies of place in both poetry and prose.