“… 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), and Ander Monson (Creative Nonfiction).

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

Registration is now closed. Workshops were capped at 13. Applications were processed first-come, first-served until workshops were filled.

  • UPDATE: Unfortunately, our creative nonfiction workshop with Ernestine Hayes has been cancelled.

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, Judy Blunt, Geoffrey Brock, Jericho Brown, Rebecca Brown, Derick Burleson, 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, Judith Kitchen, Lorraine Lopez, Bret Lott, Donna Masini, Judson Mitcham, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Dan O’Brien, Sharon Olds, Jay Parini, Tina Parke-Sutherland, Paisley Rekdal, Tim Seibles, Sue Silverman, Joni Tevis, Natasha Trethewey, Rich Wallace, Nancy Willard, and Kevin Young.