The Conference

Writers gather on the shores of beautiful Lake Bemidji in Northern Minnesota for a week of enlivening literary activity at the Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference.  Each morning, participants gather their thoughts, notebooks, and writing utensils and head off to their workshops where their teacher and fellow participants provide constructive feedback and encouragement.  Conference faculty are chosen for their writing accomplishments and their success in teaching.

Here’s a video clip of the Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference from LakelandPTV’s Common Ground.

Conference Features

  • Accomplished, successful teaching staff
  • Intimate workshops
  • Auditors Track
  • Daily Craft Talks
  • Publishing with Guest Editor
  • Evening Reading Series
  • Publishing Panel with teaching staff
  • Economical Housing

Afternoons can be spent attending a literary event, writing, visiting with new friends, exploring downtown Bemidji, hiking on nature trails, renting a kayak, canoe, or sailboat, or visiting the Bemidji State University Recreation Center.

Each evening, at the Reading Series, a conference faculty reads from his or her work and shares insights on writing.  Participants often gather informally, on their own, for readings and workshops, late into the evening.


We are grateful for to following:

The American Indian Resource Center, Bemidji State University, Extended Learning,
The Loft Literary Center, Red River Valley Writing Project, The Minnesota Writing Project, Jackpine Writers Bloc, Lake Superior Writers, Ecotone Journal, The Missouri Review, Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing, Rain Taxi Review of Books, and our numerous community supporters, including KAXE Northern Community Radio, Watermark Art Center
and others. If you would like to support, partner, sponsor, or in some way contribute to the Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference, please contact us.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Region 2 Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.