Scholarship Application Deadline: March 1, 2016
June 20-26, 2016
This summer, the Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference, which prides itself on its award-winning teaching faculty, will offer intense weeklong workshops in an intimate lakeside setting. Rebecca Brown will lead our creative nonfiction workshop, Lorraine Lopez our fiction workshop, and LeAnne Howe our multigenre workshop. We’re offering two poetry workshops—one led by Jericho Brown, and another led by Natalie Diaz. Our Distinguished Visiting Writer is Joy Harjo.
The conference takes place at Bemidji State University—a small university on a big lake in a small town in northern Minnesota—the perfect place to write and be in the company of others committed to learning and teaching the craft of writing.
Join us. Find more information at our website.
The Conference Fee is $550 before April 15, 2016 and includes a daily workshop limited to 13 writers, daily craft talks, publishing and editor Q&As, afternoon events, and five conference meals. An Auditor Option is available for $150 and includes all conference amenities and events offered during the week, but does not include participation in a workshop.
$300 scholarships will be awarded toward the conference fee. Scholarship awards in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction and multigenre are based on need and literary merit and intended to lower financial barriers for writers. There is also a scholarship for Minnesota residents and scholarships for Native American writers who partner with an educational or tribal institution. Apply here at by March 1, 2016.
Recreational activities include biking, kayaking, sailing, hiking, and the campus fitness center, or relax at the beach and picnic among the pines in Diamond Point Park. Explore scenic Lake Bemidji and visit the headwaters of the Mississippi.
Stay within walking distance to the beach and all conference activities in modern and air-conditioned Linden Suites on campus for only $28 per night (housing options begin at $21/night). WiFi and high speed Internet are standard. This is a great opportunity for writers to study their craft and come together in a supportive and enthusiastic community!
For more information, contact:
writersconferenceATbemidjistateDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )
or phone: (218) 755-2068