“… 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 & Multigenre).

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

Online Registration is available through May 1. Workshops are capped at 13. Applications are processed first-come, first-served until workshops are filled.

  • UPDATE: Our poetry workshops are currently filled, but poets may also apply for Ander Monson’s multigenre workshop. There are  a few spaces left in our fiction and creative nonfiction workshops. Apply now!

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.