Enrollment is Now Open for the 2018 John Long Writing Symposium!

The 2018 John Long Writing Symposium, hosted by Rock and Ice and sponsored by Adidas in Carbondale, Colorado, will run from June 25-29. Reserve your spot today!

By Rock and Ice | March 19th, 2018

“We’re not trying to hook a fish for you.  We’re trying to teach you how to fish.” – John Long


Writers and aspiring writers, it’s time to sign up for the John Long Writing Symposium, hosted by Rock and Ice and sponsored by Adidas. An intimate gathering, it will take place in Carbondale, Colorado, June 25-29.

The week-long course is the only chance to learn from the master of climbing writing and Rock and Ice Senior Contributing Editor John Long.


“The John Long Writing Symposium was instrumental in providing me with the tools and confidence to continue to pursue the craft of climbing writing and to improve my overall writing skills. I throughly enjoyed and benefitted from my time at the JLWS.”

– Owen Clarke, 2017 JLWS


The John Long Writing Symposium offers all varieties of instruction on creative storytelling, reporting, magazine writing and on writing well. The top stories written by students will be published in the print edition of Rock and Ice, and all stories will be eligible for online publication.

The 2017 symposium crew outside of the CRMS headquarters.


Students will also receive additional instruction by the award-winning Rock and Ice editorial team: publisher Duane Raleigh, editor Francis Sanzaro and executive editor Alison Osius.

The John Long Writing Symposium is limited to 12 students, and fills quickly.


Or to sign up, email R&I’s Editor, Francis Sanzaro: fsanzaro@bigstonepub.com

Below are some examples of student work from past John Long Writing Symposiums.

    – The Cheater – Learning to Climb for Myself, the Hard Way

    –  Go Big or Go Home

    – A Love Story – One Pitch at a Time


More from the students themselves:

In 2017, I participated in the John Long Writing Symposium in Carbondale, CO. John Long, the R&I staff and the guest writers shared their adventure writing artistry with reverence. The insight, encouragement, and tools I received exceeded my expectations. I felt a great sense of accomplishment when I completed, “A Love Story – One Pitch at a Time.” I now know what it takes to be a great adventure writer thanks to the JLWS.

★★★★★, 5 Days, 6,181 ft

– Belén Carmichael, 2017 JLWS

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