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Montana: Writing and Drawing on the Land

Montana: Writing and Drawing on the Land

Montana: Writing and Drawing on the Land
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27 Jul 2012 to 2 Aug 2012

$500-$700 for Bunkhouse or Camping option, $745-$1,045 for Private Cabin Option


What could be more conducive to reading, writing, and creating art than being immersed in a dramatic western landscape and staying in a beautifully restored ghost town? On this travel study program, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the Centennial Valley of Montana, adjacent to Yellowstone National Park, where you’ll participate in outdoor activities such as hiking, bird-watching, horseback riding, and more, in addition to creating works of creative nonfiction and sketching and painting in the field. This program will provide a unique chance for you to work on your skills while experiencing the stunning scenery of the northern Rocky Mountains.

Destination: Centennial Valley, Montana
Dates: July 27 – August 2, 2012
Program Director: Hal Crimmel and Larry Clarkson
Director Email: hcrimmel@weber.edu and larryclarkson@weber.edu


The Academics

For participating in this travel study program, you will receive 3 credits toward a Bachelor of Arts, or 2 credits toward a Master of Arts in English*. You may choose from the following:

  • ART 2015 (3 Credits) or ART 4900 (3 Credits)
  • ENGL 3350 (3 Credits)
  • MENG 6610
*Pending M.A. Sterling Committee Approval

The Faculty

Dr. Hal Crimmel: Dr. Hal Crimmel is a Professor in the English Department. His specialties include creative nonfiction, environmental literature, and place-based teaching. He has published three books: Teaching in the Field: Working with Students in the Outdoor Classroom (Utah, 2003); Dinosaur: Four Seasons on the Green and Yampa Rivers, (Arizona, 2007), and Teaching About Place: Learning from the Land (Nevada, 2008).
Larry Clarkson Professor Clarkson is an Assistant Professor of Visual Arts at WSU. He has earned his BFA in Art & Design, and an MFA in Design Communications.He has more than 35 years experience as a professional designer, and his specialties include visual communication, plein-air painting, and field-based teaching. His writing and painting have recently been highlighted in the book Painters of Utah’s Canyons and Deserts (Gibbs-Smith, 2009).


The Itinerary

Day One: Depart WSU at 8:00 a.m.; Arrive at the International Center for Environmental Humanities in Lakeview, Montana.
Days Two through Six: Classroom and field-based learning sessions; Outdoor activities.
Day Seven: Class in the morning; depart for WSU.


The Details

Course costs for the Bunkhouse / Camping option will be between $500-$700, depending on the number of students. This includes:

  • Transportation
  • Housing
  • Meals
  • Activities
  • WSU Credit
  • Faculty

Course costs for the Private Cabin option will be $745-$1045, depending on the number of students.

All participants must be at least 18 years old and have completed one year of college coursework. This program is open to all WSU students and members of the community; however preference will be given to WSU students in DOVA, English, Environmental Studies, and Honors. You should be physically fit enough to hike, sketch and write in the wilderness, swim, and ride horseback, and you should have no existing medical conditions that would endanger you or other participants.

You may need to supply your own sleeping items such as sheets, blankets, pillows, and/or sleeping bags.

Special thanks to susie and elliot Hulet and the office of the Provost who are providing scholarships for this course.


The Bottom Line

$500 non-refundable deposit due March 15, 2012.
Remaining balance due no later than April 15, 2012

You may pay in person at the Hurst Center room 102B, by phone with a credit card, 626-6600, or 1-800-848-7700, extension 6600.


The Fine Print

If the trip is cancelled, all participants will be refunded in full. Any refunds for withdrawal from the program will be determined by the Study Abroad Director according to the recoverability of incurred costs and fees, and according to Continuing Education Policy. Once the group leaves, all costs are non-refundable in their entirety. Dates and prices may change. It is the responsibility of each participant to be aware of any changes by staying in contact with Study Abroad and the program director.



If you have any questions, feel free to contact your program director, or call Continuing Education at (801) 626-6600.