Housing and Dining

On campus housing for the Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference is full for 2019. We are opening up a few more spots, so if you are registered for the conference and still need housing, please contact the Conference Coordinator at writersconference@bemidjistate.edu.

Linden Suites are newly remodeled and air-conditioned. WiFi and high speed Internet are standard. Stay in comfort, close to Lake Bemidji and Diamond Point Park, and an easy walking distance from all Northwoods Writers Conference workshops and activities.

linden two person suite dimensions

Linden Hall has two-bedroom suites with private entrances adjoined by a shared bathroom.  Each floor has a comfortable lounge area and access to stoves and sinks. Once admitted to the conference, housing registration materials will be sent to you.  For more information about Linden Hall, please visit:  http://www.bemidjistate.edu/students/reslife/housing/residence_halls/linden/index.cfm  Only $252/week per person.



Participants may extend their stay in the residence halls a day before and/or after the conference dates for the same weekly rate. This year, we are not offering daily rates and we encourage all participants to come for the full week of the conference.

Families, including children, are also heartily welcome to stay at BSU. While here, family members are encouraged to enjoy the abundant recreational opportunities offered by BSU’s Outdoor Program Center and the surrounding Bemidji area.

Smoking is not permitted in residence hall and campus buildings. This includes all residence hall rooms and public areas.


Bemidji Offers excellent and varied accommodations at its many hotels, motels and resorts. Information is available from the Bemidji Chamber of Commerce (800-458-2223).


There are five meals included in the conference fee: Monday evening’s opening dinner, the Tuesday afternoon BBQ picnic in Diamond Point Park, a Thursday evening lakeside picnic, a continental breakfast on Saturday, and Sunday morning’s closing breakfast.

On-Campus Dining
Bemidji State University Dining Services offers affordable and convenient American cuisine and ethnic dishes.  Meal rates for 2018 are $5.20 for breakfast, $7.30 for lunch, and $8.30 for dinner.  A schedule of operating hours will be posted closer to the conference.

Off-Campus Dining
Dining options in Bemidji include many excellent locally owned cafes and restaurants, and franchised restaurants, many within walking distance from the conference. Information is available from the Bemidji Chamber of Commerce (800-458-2223).


BSU’s Outdoor Program Center is open to the public and located in beautiful Diamond Point Park adjacent to the Writers Conference headquarters. OPC offers pontoon cruises, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, water skiing, clinics and safety courses. Bicycles are available for reasonable rates. The OPC is fully staffed and open daily.

Hiking and biking trails along Lake Bemidji are conveniently accessible to Writers Conference participants. A stroll to the shops and cafes of downtown Bemidji and the statues of Paul and Babe takes about fifteen minutes.

For a small fee, campus recreation also offers:

  • 200 Meter Indoor Track
  • 5 Racquetball/Handball Courts
  • Weight and Workout Equipment
  • Dance Studio
  • Tennis, Basketball and Volleyball Courts
  • 6 lane, 25 Yard Swimming Pool