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“… 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 19-25, 2017, for an exciting opportunity to create, collaborate, and commune in the great northwoods.

This year’s workshop faculty members are Elizabeth Bradfield (Poetry), Janice Harrington (Poetry), Ravi Howard (Fiction), Ernestine Hayes (Creative Nonfiction), and Ander Monson (Creative Nonfiction).

And the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and acclaimed memoirist Tracy K. Smith will be our Distinguished Visiting Writer. 

We’re in the process of updating the website, so please check back with us.

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, Jericho Brown, Rebecca Brown, Ron Carlson, Judith Ortiz Cofer, Matt de la Peña, Mark Doty, Natalie Diaz, Rikki Ducornet, Camille Dungy, Danielle Evans, Terrance Hayes, David Gessner, Joy Harjo, Robin Hemley, LeAnne Howe, David Jauss, Mat Johnson, Wayne Johnson, Sheri Joseph, Lorraine Lopez, Bret Lott, Donna Masini, Judson Mitcham, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Sharon Olds, Jay Parini, Paisley Rekdal, Tim Seibles, Sue Silverman, Joni Tevis, Natasha Trethewey, Rich Wallace, Nancy Willard, and Kevin Young.