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Application Deadline: May 15, 2015

The Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference is accepting applications for the following workshops:

  • Poetry Workshop with Aimee Nezhukumatathil
  • Fiction Workshop with Tayari Jones
  • Young Adult Fiction Workshop with Matt de la Pena
  • Creative Nonfiction Workshop with David Gessner
  • Creative Nonfiction Workshop with Joni Tevis

The Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference is now accepting registrations for our new Auditors Track. See below for details.

Apply Online – or – Download Printable Application

Application Requirements for:
Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction Workshops

  • For writers at any stage of development who work hard at their writing and want to better understand the creative act.
  • A five to ten page writing sample in the genre you are applying for must be submitted. Writing samples will not be returned.
  • Participants are selected on the basis of promise or accomplishment in the writing sample.
  • Submissions will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Applicants will be notified of results within two weeks; successful applicants will receive a registration packet with the results letter.

*A writing sample is not required if you are applying in a genre for a workshop that you’ve previously attended at the Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference.

General Information

  • All workshops are limited to thirteen participants.
  • Applications and registrations are processed first-come, first-served.
  • Applications and writing samples may be submitted electronically, or by downloading a printable application for mailing.
  • Questions regarding the status of a submission may be obtained by e-mailing

Workshop Application and Registration Process

Applicants to the Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction Workshops should send us an application and a five to ten page writing sample. Once we receive your application we will send you a registration packet with instructions. Seats will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis based on completed registration.

You will receive a response within two weeks and, if you are accepted, it will include a registration packet with instructions. At this point your seat in the workshop is held for two weeks. If we do not receive your completed registration form and full payment of your conference fee we then send you a reminder. If you don’t register after that, we place you on a waiting list and open the seat to someone else.

When we receive your paid registration we guarantee your seat for the conference. We will send you a confirmation letter and some additional information (maps, etc.).

Auditors Track

This  option does not include participation in a workshop. It does include access to all craft talks, afternoon events, evening readings, and the four conference meals (see daily schedule for details). This option is for writers at any stage of development who work hard at their writing and want to better understand the creative act. You will be exposed to and benefit from the knowledge and experience our teaching artists share in their morning craft talks and be inspired by their work at the evening readings. Come be a part of the writers’ conference community. At $15-30 per night for convenient newly-remodeled campus housing, set aside the week for yourself as an incredibly affordable writer’s retreat.

  • Send application form to receive registration packet.

Auditor Fee: $125 registration. Deadline June 10.

Fees & Optional Costs

Conference Fee: $545 early registration. $585 after April 15 early registration deadline.

  • Participation in selected workshop
  • All evening Reading Series events
  • All afternoon events
  • Three conference meals (*See daily schedule for details)

Optional fees:
Individual consultation with faculty member:

  • $30. Half hour conference with your workshop’s faculty member on a manuscript submitted in advance of the conference. Manuscript due May 20.

Scholarship Opportunities:

  • Scholarships are awarded based on need and literary merit and intended to lower financial barriers for those who want to engage in this unique arts learning opportunity.
  • One $300 scholarship is awarded toward the conference fee in each of the following workshops: creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. The participant pays the balance.
  • One $300 scholarship toward the conference fee is awarded to a Minnesota resident. The participant pays the balance.
  • Deadline: March 15, 2015
  • To Apply: include in conference application a one-page (double-spaced) statement of what you hope to gain from the conference.
  • Scholarship recipients are ineligible for other discounts but may receive the early bird rate.


Refunds for Cancellations

Before May 20, 2014: A $30.00 cancellation fee will be deducted from the conference fee. The remainder of the fee will be refunded. All other fees will be fully refunded.

After May 20, 2014: Absolutely no refunds for the conference and housing fees will be made after May 20.