Conference Cost

Full Conference Fee: $600 Early Bird rate through March 30 and $660 beginning March 31. Register by May 1. Workshops are capped at 12 and applications are processed first-come, first-served. The full conference fee includes:

  • Participation in selected workshop
  • All morning Craft Talks with faculty
  • Publishing Seminar
  • Editor’s Talk with Caroline Casey of Coffee House Press
  • All afternoon events including pontoon rides on Lake Bemidji
  • All evening Reading Series events
  • Five conference meals (See daily schedule)

The Auditor Option: $150 includes all conference amenities and events during the week, including meals, but does not include participation in a workshop or the opportunity for a manuscript consultation. Register by May 1.

Optional fees:

  • $60 for a Manuscript Consultation: half hour conference with your workshop’s faculty member on a manuscript (up to 15 pages) submitted by May 20, 2018. Please purchase the manuscript consultation during registration. All manuscripts must be submitted electronically.
  • $25 processing fee for 28 hours of Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Scholarship Opportunities: Deadline February 20, 2018

  • Scholarships are awarded based on need and literary merit to lower financial barriers for those who want to engage in this unique arts learning opportunity.
  • One $400 scholarship is awarded toward the conference fee in each genre: creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. A $400 scholarship will also be offered to a Minnesota resident. The participant pays the balance.
  • Honorable Mention scholarships of $200 may also be offered in each category.
  • Partnership scholarships may be awarded to qualifying educational and tribal institutions to share the cost of the conference for participant. Contact for more information.
  • 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.

Refunds for Cancellations

Before May 20, 2018: 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, 2018: Absolutely no refunds for the conference and housing fees will be made after May 20.