“… 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 in 2020 from Monday, June 22 through Sunday, June 28 for an exciting opportunity to create, collaborate, and commune in the great northwoods. The conference offers five intensive weeklong writing workshops (each capped at 12) as well as a craft talk each morning and a reading each evening by a faculty member. Participants sign up for one workshop led by one faculty member for the duration of the conference. 

This year’s workshop faculty members are Elizabeth Bradfield (Poetry), Brenda Shaughnessy (Poetry), Alison Hawthorne Deming (Creative Nonfiction), Meera Subramanian (Creative Nonfiction), and Scott Russell Sanders (Fiction). And the award-winning and acclaimed author Robin Wall Kimmerer will be our Distinguished Visiting Writer. 

Join us for our Evening Reading Series, free and open to the public – June 22 to 27 at the American Indian Resource Center, Bemidji State University. Faculty readings begin at 7:30 PM each evening, featuring Robin Wall Kimmerer on June 24. A book signing will follow each reading.


The Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference has given hundreds of participants from across the United States the opportunity to work closely with award-winning faculty. Past faculty include Steve Almond, Judy Blunt, Elizabeth Bradfield, Geoffrey Brock, Jericho Brown, Rebecca Brown, Derick Burleson, Ron Carlson, Judith Ortiz Cofer, Matt de la Peña, Alison Hawthorne Deming, Natalie Diaz, Mark Doty, Rikki Ducornet, Camille Dungy, Danielle Evans, David Gessner, Joy Harjo, Janice N. Harrington, Terrance Hayes, Robin Hemley, Edward Hirsch, Ravi Howard, LeAnne Howe, David Jauss, Mat Johnson, Wayne Johnson, Sheri Joseph, Joan Naviyuk Kane, Judith Kitchen, Ada Limón, Lorraine Lopez, Bret Lott, Donna Masini, Wayne Miller, Judson Mitcham, Ander Monson, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Dan O’Brien, Sharon Olds, Peter Orner, Jay Parini, Tina Parke-Sutherland, Dustin Parsons, Paisley Rekdal, Tim Seibles, Sue Silverman, Tracy K. Smith, Joni Tevis, Natasha Trethewey, Rich Wallace, Nancy Willard, and Kevin Young.