JUNE 19TH – 25TH AT BEMIDJI STATE UNIVERSITY
For the 15th year, writers from all over the United States will be gathering in the intimate, lakeside town of Bemidji to meet with award-winning authors and accomplished teachers to practice the arts of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction writing. A week-long event, the Northwoods Writer’s Conference, distinguished as the “jewel in the crown on Minnesota’s literary tradition,” will be held June 19th to the 25th, hosted by Bemidji State University (BSU).
“Our goal,” explained Conference Director Sean Hill, “is to create a very intimate setting for people to focus on creative writing, the craft of writing.” This goal has been more than achieved, with past participant comments on the Bemidji conference that include…“One of the best, if not the best conferences I’ve attended. Lots of honesty, absence of arrogance, and genuinely helpful people.” And another that wrote, “I love this place. I’m impressed with the emphasis on the arts here & the beautiful lake setting – inspiring in itself. A fabulous discovery.”
Conference faculty member Joni Tevis identified reasons why the Bemijdi conference is so popular. “The level of interaction between participants and each other, between participants and different workshops and each other, participants and faculty, and participants and staff, is really something that makes this special. You can go to a conference and not feel welcomed…here…I always feel welcomed!”
Scheduled activities for participants throughout the week include daily craft and editor talks, manuscript consultations, publisher panels and more. There is a nightly reading series that is open to the public. These readings will take place at 7:30 PM in the Gathering Room of the American Indian Resource Center at BSU. A reception and book signing is to follow each reading, with books also available for sale.
2017 Workshop Faculty members will include:
- Elizabeth Bradfield (Poetry). Founded Broadsided Press. Teaches creative writing at Brandeis University and in the University of Alaska.
- Janice Harrington (Poetry). Harrington’s poetry appears regularly in American literary magazines. Teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Illinois.
- Ravi Howard (Fiction). Author of two books of fiction. Professor of creative writing at Florida State University.
- Ander Monson (Creative Nonfiction )Author of six books of nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. Directs the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Arizona.
- The Distinguished Visiting Writer for this year’s conference is Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tracy K. Smith. Author of the critically acclaimed memoir Ordinary Light (Knopf, 2015), Smith was a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award in Nonfiction, selected as a Notable Book by the New York Times and Washington Post, as well as author of three books of poetry. Her most recent collection of poems, Life on Mars (Graywolf, 2011), won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize and was selected as a New York Times Notable Book. Describing her writing style, Minneapolis Star Tribune had this to say…“Smith’s spare yet beautiful prose transforms her story into a shining example of how one person’s shared memories can brighten everyone’s world.”
For more information and a complete schedule of evening readings, click here.