“… you are likely to be awakened by the haunting call of the loon or inspired by the grace of the bald eagle.”

Aerial121 Since 2003, writers from all over the United States have gathered in an intimate lakeside setting with award-winning authors and teachers to practice the arts of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.

Please join us from June 20-26, 2016, for an exciting opportunity to create, collaborate, and commune in the great northwoods.

This year’s workshop faculty members are Jericho Brown (Poetry), Natalie Diaz (Poetry), Lorraine Lopez (Fiction), Rebecca Brown (Creative Nonfiction), and LeAnne Howe (Multi-genre).

And our Distinguished Visiting Writer is Joy Harjo! 

UPDATEOur workshops are filled! We will continue to accept applications for the wait list in each genre. We also have a full group of auditors but will wait list additional applicants – see the Apply Now page.

The Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference has given hundreds participants from across the United States the opportunity to work closely with award-winning faculty. Past faculty include Steve Almond, Rebecca Brown, Ron Carlson, Judith Ortiz Cofer, Mark Doty, Rikki Ducornet, Camille Dungy, Danielle Evans, Terrance Hayes, David Gessner, Robin Hemley, David Jauss, Mat Johnson, Wayne Johnson, Sheri Joseph, Bret Lott, Donna Masini, Judson Mitcham, Sharon Olds, Jay Parini, Paisley Rekdal, Tim Seibles, Sue Silverman, Joni Tevis, Natasha Trethewey, Rich Wallace, Nancy Willard, and Kevin Young.