Outpost brings a small group of writers together for five days of creativity, solitude, day trips, nature study, camping, and sharing. The five-day experience is led by writing faculty who are inspired by, and have published work about the relationship between civilization and wildness. An experienced naturalist leads some interpretive walks, and local cooks provide some of the best meals you’ll ever have.
Outpost takes place on the Nature Conservancy’s Zumwalt Prairie Preserve, a rolling grassland that stretches from the Wallowa Mountains to Hells Canyon and the Snake River. Surrounded by cricket songs and slender lupine that nod in the warm prairie wind, participants’ senses come alive to the tangible world easy to miss in our indoor lives. The gathering is intimate, the setting remote. The work that emerges paints a complex beautiful landscape, true writing of place.