About MNWC

We are grateful for our place in the Northwoods at Bemidji State University beside the lake known as Bemidjigamaag – where the river crosses – which has been a sacred gathering place for countless generations of indigenous peoples, including Dakota, Lakota, and Anishinaabeg, who remain the spiritual caretakers and thriving members of the greater community to which we all belong, situated as we are, between three Ojibwe reservations – Leech Lake, White Earth, and Red Lake. We recognize and support the sovereignty of Native nations. We will continue to work with indigenous teachers, elders, and youth to protect and honor all of our relationships with the land, all our relatives, and the truth.

Writers gather on the shores of beautiful Lake Bemidji in Northern Minnesota for a week of enlivening literary activity at the Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference.  Each morning, participants gather their thoughts, notebooks, and writing utensils and head off to their workshops where their teacher and fellow participants provide constructive feedback and encouragement.  Conference faculty are chosen for their writing accomplishments and their success in teaching.

Afternoons can be spent attending a literary event, writing, visiting with new friends, exploring downtown Bemidji, hiking on nature trails, renting a kayak, canoe, or sailboat, or visiting the Bemidji State University Recreation Center.

Each evening, at the Reading Series, a conference faculty reads from his or her work and shares insights on writing.  Participants often gather informally, on their own, for readings and workshops, late into the evening.

Conference Features

  • Accomplished, successful teaching staff
  • Intimate workshops
  • Auditors Track
  • Daily Craft Talks
  • Publishing with Guest Editor
  • Evening Reading Series
  • Publishing Panel with teaching staff
  • Economical Housing

Here are faculty and attendee testimonials.

Here’s a video we made of the 2015 conference:


Here’s a video clip of the 2013 Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference from LakelandPTV’s Common Ground.


We are grateful for to following:

The American Indian Resource Center, Bemidji State University, Extended Learning,
The Loft Literary Center, Red River Valley Writing Project, The Minnesota Writing Project, Jackpine Writers Bloc, Lake Superior Writers, Ecotone Journal, The Missouri Review, Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing, Rain Taxi Review of Books, and our numerous community supporters, including KAXE Northern Community Radio, Watermark Art Center
and others. If you would like to support, partner, sponsor, or in some way contribute to the Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference, please contact us.