MNWC 2020 the Virtual Edition

What are the dates of the Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference? June 22 – 27, 2020

Can anyone attend the Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference or are there requirements? Those interested in attending a writing workshop must submit a writing sample, which will be reviewed to determine eligibility for attendance. Auditors do not need to submit a writing sample. All participants are subject to conference fees. However, the evening readings are free and open to the public.

How can I pay for registration once I have been accepted to the conference? Once you have applied online and been accepted (allow two days), you will receive an electronic link to a secure payment site hosted by Bemidji State to pay for the conference online. Contact the Conference Coordinator at writersconference@bemidjistate.edu with any questions.

Can I mail in a check? Yes, although we prefer electronic payment online. Please verify with the conference coordinator at writersconference@bemidjistate.edu the amount you need to pay. Our mailing address is:

Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference
Bemidji State University
1500 Birchmont Dr. NE #4
Bemidji, MN 56601

Is there a dress code? Business Casual is the norm.

Where do I go on the first day of the conference to check in?

Will I be able to buy copies of the authors’ books at the conference? Yes. During the conference we will have a full selection of books for sale at the American Indian Resource Center. In addition, copies of books will be available in the campus bookstore.

Can I get my books signed? A reception and book signing will follow each faculty reading in the Evening Reading Series.

After I’ve applied for the conference, do I need to pre-register for the workshops or could I just attend any or all? Conference participants apply for a specific workshop for the week. It is an intensive workshop. Auditors do not attend one of our five faculty-led workshops, but auditors are given a digital classroom to workshop among themselves, and auditors can partake in all other conference activities and amenities.

Are the morning craft talks and nightly readings included in my registration fee? Yes.

I opted for the manuscript consultation with one of the presenters. When do I meet with him/her? Time has been set aside for consultations during most afternoons (see schedule) but your faculty member and workshop intern will make arrangements for a time that is suitable for both of you.

I’ve opted for the manuscript consultation with one of the presenters. According to your guidelines, my manuscript cannot exceed 10 pages for poetry (no more than one poem per page) or 25 doubled-spaced pages for prose. My manuscript is quite a bit longer than 25 pages. In fact, it’s a novel/memoir. Can I submit my entire manuscript? Given the time constraint of the faculty’s time it is difficult to review manuscripts that exceed the guideline. In addition, the consultation is 30-minutes. To make the most of the time with the faculty, we suggest that you hone in on the parts of your manuscript where you feel you need the most guidance.

Will commemorative merchandise be sold or given out at the conference? Books from the authors will be available through the Bookshop page.

What do I need to have? 

Can I submit ideas for future conferences? Like classes I’d like, or authors to invite? Yes. We encourage feedback. Participants will be invited to fill-out an evaluation at the end of the conference for an opportunity to share ideas or interests.

Are the evening reading series free and open to the public? Yes.

If I can’t make it there early will I get shut out of the event? The events will remain open. However, we encourage timely participation for your benefit and the benefit of the faculty and other attendees.

Are the public readings suitable for all ages? Many of the readings pertain to an adult audience.

Will I be able to meet with the presenters one-on-one? The workshops are capped at 12, which will allow for more personal interactions with the faculty. You can also submit a manuscript and fee to have a 30-minute private consultation with the faculty member that matches your genre. Manuscripts consultations are limited to 8 per workshop, first-come, first-served, and manuscripts are due through an electronic submission page by May 10.

Can I have a presenter critique one of my works? Sure, if you are participating in a workshop, you can submit a manuscript and fee to have a 30-minute private consultation with the faculty member that matches your genre. Manuscripts are due May 10.

Who can apply for a scholarship? Anyone can apply. Scholarships are awarded based on need and literary merit. See the Scholarship Opportunities heading under the Conference Cost page. The scholarship deadline for 2020 is February 20.

I have other questions that aren’t addressed here. Who can I contact? Mathew Hawthorne at writersconference@bemidjistate.edu or Angie Gora 218-755-2851.

What Sponsorship Opportunities are there for the Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference? There are many opportunities to support the Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference. Donations of any value help us to provide scholarships for our participants. In addition, we have scholarship naming opportunities for sponsorship of higher values. Please contact Mathew Hawthorne at writersconference@bemidjistate.edu to discuss options.