Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference

Bemidji, Minnesota, United States


Details
Jun 21 - Jun 26, 2021

Conference

APPLICATION DEADLINE:May 1, 2021
TUITION / COST:$500 Early Bird before April 1 and $575 thereafter; $100 Auditor Option
SCHOLARSHIP:Available
http://northwoodswriters.org/apply/ (apply by March 1, 2021)

CONTACT: Mathew Hawthorne - Coordinator
PHONE: (218) 755-2851
EMAIL: writersconference@bemidjistate.edu
WEBSITE: http://northwoodswriters.org/

Every summer in late June, writers at every stage of development gather for an enlivening week of literary activity with award-winning faculty – including Pulitzer-prize winners and National Book Award winners – who are also known for their success in teaching.

Last June we moved from Minnesota’s northwoods to a virtual format to keep our MNWC community safe in light of the global COVID Pandemic. And due to the continuing pandemic, we have decided to conduct the conference online again this year. We've used our experience to refine this year's online conference and continue 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 conference fee includes an intensive weeklong workshop limited to 12 participants, all craft talks, editor and publishing talks, participant reading, and the evening reading series. Manuscript consultations are available. Several scholarships are offered as well as an affordable Auditor Option.

The workshop experience is at the core of the Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference. MNWC participants sign up for a single workshop led by one faculty member for the span of the conference so that they can inhabit an intimate writing community that fosters a special learning opportunity. According to Camille Dungy, “the level of engagement the Northwoods Conference allows faculty to have with participants means that we can accomplish an immense amount of quality instruction in a short time. I've encountered some of the best crops of conference participants I've had the pleasure of working with anywhere.”  

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, Robin Wall Kimmerer, 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, Scott Russell Sanders, Tim Seibles, Brenda Shaughnessy, Sue Silverman, Tracy K. Smith, Meera Subramanian, Joni Tevis, Natasha Trethewey, Rich Wallace, Nancy Willard, and Kevin Young.


Faculty

Featured Writers Include:

Danielle Evans (Fiction)

Faith Adiele (Creative Nonfiction)

J. Drew Lanham (Creative Nonfiction)

Jennifer Elise Foerster (Poetry)

John Murillo (Poetry)

Our Distinguished Visiting Writer is National Book Award winner, Nikky Finney!


Genres

Poetry, Fiction, Creative nonfiction


Location

Bemidji State University
1500 Birchmont Drive #4
Bemidji
Minnesota, United States
56601-2699



Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference

"Fantastic - one of the best conferences in the country!" Aimee Nezhukumatathil

The Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference thanks our generous donors and partners who help to keep the cost of a conference of this caliber affordable and within the reach of our wonderful constituency of engaged writers.

The Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference thanks our generous donors and partners who help to keep the cost of a conference of this caliber affordable and within the reach of our wonderful constituency of engaged writers. This activity is also made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.