Virtual MNWC 2020


“Fantastic – one of the best conferences in the country!”

–Aimee Nezhukumatathil

UPDATE: Limited seats available in the fiction and creative nonfiction workshops. The application deadline has been extended to June 8th. 

Due to COVID-19 Pandemic, we have decided to move our conference from Minnesota’s Northwoods to an online format, so MNWC has gone virtual. In these times of social distancing, self-isolation, and stay-home & shelter-in-place orders, we feel this move is the best decision for continuing to offer a space for folks to come together as a community engaged in the craft of creative writing. The conference will be synchronous/live Workshops, Craft Talks, and Readings, and more.

The online conference fee is $465, a reduction of $230 from the regular early bird price of our usual conference at Bemidji State University in northern Minnesota. This virtual conference will begin Monday morning, June 22, and go through Saturday evening, June 27.

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. 

We will use Zoom, the video conferencing platform, for all events (Workshops, Faculty Craft Talks and Readings, Participant Readings, Editor’s Talk/Q&A, Faculty Publishing Panel, Social Hours, Yoga for Writers, etc.). And Google Classroom (a digital Learning Management System) will be used to manage our five intensive weeklong writing workshops. Each workshop is capped at 12 participants. We will provide registrants detailed instructions about how to attend well ahead of the conference.

Please join us for an exciting opportunity to create, collaborate, and commune remotely.  Participants sign up for one workshop led by one faculty member for the duration of the conference. 

Please join us for the Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference Evening Reading Series. These readings by the faculty of the Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference are free and open to the public, and this year they will take place over Zoom. Please visit our EVENING READING SERIES site to register for the free readings and access our Bookshop page to purchase the readers’ books.

Aerial121Since 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.


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.