MNWC 2023 ~ June 20–25

We offer six intensive four-day writing classes and affordable auditor options. We’re proud to announce our 2023 MNWC faculty:  Aimee Nezhukumatathil (Hybrid Poetry & Prose) Ross Gay (Poetry), Keetje Kuipers (Poetry), Lia Purpura (Creative Nonfiction), Will Weaver (Fiction) and Diane Wilson (Memoir to Fiction). And we’re thrilled to have Heid E. Erdrich and Sun Yung Shin be our two visiting writers.

Conference fee with WORKSHOP is $795 until April 1.

As of March 10, applications to poetry and creative nonfiction will join a waiting list. We have openings in our two fiction workshops. 


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. The Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference has given hundreds of participants from Minnesota and across the United States the opportunity to work closely our faculty. We offer a range of scholarships to support emerging writers, important voices, and community leaders.

Conference Features

  • Intimate Workshops with Exceptional Faculty
  • Auditor Tracks with Virtual Options
  • Daily Craft Talks
  • Publishing with Guest Editor
  • Evening Reading Series
  • Publishing Panel with Teaching Staff
  • Affordable Housing in a Lakeside Setting

We offer numerous SCHOLARSHIPS. Apply by March 15! There are $400 Genre Scholarships, a Minnesota Scholarship, and FULL SCHOLARSHIPS for Native Women Writers and Emerging Writers of Color. 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 Faith Adiele, Steve Almond, Kimberly Blaeser, Elizabeth Bradfield, Jericho Brown, Rebecca Brown, Derick Burleson, Judith Ortiz Cofer, Alison Hawthorne Deming, Natalie Diaz, Mark Doty, Camille Dungy, Danielle Evans, Nikky Finney, Jennifer Foerster, David Gessner, Joy Harjo, Terrance Hayes, Robin Hemley, Edward Hirsch, LeAnne Howe, David Jauss, Mat Johnson, J. Drew Lanham, Joan Naviyuk Kane, Douglas Kearney, Judith Kitchen, Ada Limón, Lorraine Lopez, Bret Lott, Donna Masini, Wayne Miller, Judson Mitcham, Ander Monson, John Murillo, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Sharon Olds, Peter Orner, Jay Parini, Dustin Parsons, Benjamin Percy, Claudia Rankine, Paisley Rekdal, Scott Russell Sanders, Tim Seibles, Brenda Shaughnessy, Sue Silverman, Tracy K. Smith, Meera Subramanian, Joni Tevis, Natasha Trethewey, David Treuer, and Kevin Young. See a complete list of faculty here.