Fir Acres Writing Workshop is open to rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders.

Workshop Dates: June 26–July 9, 2022

The General Application deadline has passed.


Prospective students should submit the following (items marked with * are required):

  • (For those waitlisted in 2021: please attach a ‘Word’ or PDF document that states ‘previously submitted’ to the appropriate buttons. An attachment to each button is required to submit the online application.)
  • An online application* form 
  • Statement of purpose* (300 words), explaining why you want to attend Fir Acres Writing Workshop, what the experience of living within a community of writers might teach you, and how you hope to develop as a writer and as a person
  • Writing sample* in fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction (no more than 5 pages)
  • A high school transcript*, official or unofficial
  • A letter of recommendation* from your high school teacher (see options in the How to Apply section below)
  • Scholarship support form (if applicable)

The Director reviews applications to determine admission. 


You can easily apply online. We have provided everything you need below, including teacher recommendation forms, statement of purpose form and, if applicable, the scholarship support form.

Please fill out the online application and upload your statement of purpose, creative writing sample (no more than 5 pages), a scan (or picture) of your high school transcript, and your teacher’s letter of recommendation. If you are applying for a scholarship, you can also upload the scholarship support form.  You can download statement of purpose and teacher recommendation by clicking the links above. There is also a downloadable recommendation form if your teacher submits (mails) a confidential letter of recommendation.


There are two options for submitting a teacher letter of recommendation:  

An “open file” letter of recommendation to upload and submit with online application.


A confidential letter of recommendation to be mailed to our office by the school. Forms should be mailed to:

Fir Acres Writing Workshop
Lewis & Clark College
615 SW Palatine Hill Rd., MSC 58
Portland, OR 97219


Fir Acres Writing Workshop expects most participants will pay the full fee for the workshop. However, we may be able to provide partial scholarships to students who demonstrate financial need. A limited number of partial scholarships are available.

The form should be uploaded with the online application.

Tuition to Fir Acres goes toward student housing, facilities, meal plan, and faculty, staff, and program administration.


$500 Deposit (due 30 days after acceptance is received)
$730 Housing and facilities for one student
$530 Full meal plan for one student
$1,590 Remaining tuition (programming, faculty, and administrative costs)
$3,350 total