Welcome

MNWC 2022 ~ June 20–26

Since 2003, writers from all over the United States have gathered in our intimate lakeside setting with award-winning authors and teachers to practice the arts of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. We offer five intensive week-long writing workshops and an affordable auditor option. Now, after two successful virtual conferences, we plan to return to our home in Minnesota’s northwoods at Bemidji State University with Kimberly Blaeser (Poetry), Douglas Kearney (Poetry), Joni Tevis (Creative Nonfiction), Benjamin Percy (Fiction), and Aimee Nezhukumatathil (Poetry/Prose Hybrid). And the renowned poet and essayist Claudia Rankine will be our Distinguished Visiting Writer! We look forward to seeing you in June. In the meantime, MNWC will continue to offer virtual events to keep our communities safe and connected. In April, we will host a two-session virtual master class on attentiveness for all genres offered by the poet and essayist Lia Purpura. Please check back with us for further developments as we update our website.

The Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference has given hundreds of participants from across the United States the opportunity to work closely with award-winning faculty. We offer a range of scholarships to support emerging writers, important voices, and community leaders. Scholarships enliven our writing community and contribute to the quality of our workshops.

We are able to attract some of the finest teaching writers to Bemidji and keep our conference affordable in part due to the generous support of our donors and partners. Thanks to MNWC past participants and area writers for your contributions. Thanks to the Minnesota State Arts Board and Region 2 Arts Council for your steady support. Miigwech to Graywolf Press and Heid E. Erdrich and the contributors to the New Poets of Native Nations anthology for supporting Native women writers. And thanks to the American Indian Resource Center and all of our partners at Bemidji State University.

Aerial121Past faculty include Steve Almond, Elizabeth Bradfield, Jericho Brown, Rebecca Brown, Derick Burleson, Judith Ortiz Cofer, Alison Hawthorne Deming, Natalie Diaz, Mark Doty, Camille Dungy, Danielle Evans, David Gessner, Joy Harjo, Terrance Hayes, Robin Hemley, Edward Hirsch, LeAnne Howe, David Jauss, Mat Johnson, Joan Naviyuk Kane, Judith Kitchen, Ada Limón, Lorraine Lopez, Bret Lott, Donna Masini, Wayne Miller, Judson Mitcham, Ander Monson, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Sharon Olds, Peter Orner, Jay Parini, Dustin Parsons, Paisley Rekdal, Scott Russell Sanders, Tim Seibles, Brenda Shaughnessy, Sue Silverman, Tracy K. Smith, Meera Subramanian, Joni Tevis, Natasha Trethewey, and Kevin Young. See a complete list of faculty here.

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