Application Dates & Fees


February 1Scholarship Applications Open

March 1 – Scholarship Application Deadline.

March 1Workshop and Auditor Track Application Open (first come, first served on a weekly basis until workshop caps are reached).

April 1 – Early Bird Registration Deadline (workshop fee goes from $825 to $900).

May 10 – Workshop Application Deadline.

May 10Manuscripts Consultation manuscripts due.

May 10 – Last day to cancel with refund. A $50.00 cancellation fee will be deducted from the conference fee. The remainder of the fee will be refunded. All other fees will be fully refunded. Absolutely no refunds for the conference fees will be made after May 10.


The WORKSHOP fee is $825 until April 1 and $900 thereafter. 

Each workshop meets Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm – 4 days, 2.5 hours each day, for a total of 10 contact hours.

Registration in a Workshop includes:

  • Participation in a single intensive writing workshop
  • All morning Craft Conversations with faculty
  • Faculty Publishing Panel & Editor’s Talk
  • Access to and participation in all conference events including several Conference  Meals, Pontoon Ride, Yoga for Writers, Participant Reading, etc.
  • All Evening Reading Series events

Optional fees for Workshop Participants:

  • $100 for a Manuscript Consultation: half hour conference with your workshop’s faculty member on a manuscript (up to 10 pages of poetry or 20 pages of prose) submitted by May 10, 2022. Please purchase the manuscript consultation during registration, if allowed; consultations are limited and are first-come, first-served upon registration. All manuscripts must be submitted electronically.
  • $30 processing fee for 20 hours of Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Bemidji State University will issue an official Certificate of Completion for CEUs. Please pay the CEU fee during registration.

The AUDITOR Track: the cost of auditing the conference is $200. It includes access to craft talks, participant readings, editor’s talk/Q&A, publishing panel, yoga for writers, and all faculty readings. The Auditor Option does not include participation in a workshop or the opportunity for a manuscript consultation. Auditors will have a dedicated space to gather and workshop amongst themselves. Space is limited to 20 and preference goes to local and regional writers.