Poetry, with visiting writer Heid Erdrich: June 26-30, 2019
Memoir, with visiting Writer Ko Kalia Yang: August 20-24, 2019
Application deadline: April 15, 2019 (Poetry), June 15 (Memoir)
Where: Nestled in the heart of the Park Rapids lakes area, the North Beach Writers’ Retreat is located on the property of the North Beach Resort. During free time, attendees have access to the entire resort, which includes a sandy swimming beach on beautiful Potato Lake, an indoor swimming pool, sauna, volleyball nets, canoes, and kayaks. The resort is located only a short drive from Minnesota’s oldest state park, Itasca, where you can walk across the headwaters of the Mississippi River and spend time in one of the few areas of original timber in the state. Hiking trails, bike and kayak rentals, scenic drives, and two beautiful interpretive centers await visitors to Itasca State Park.
The week will include morning sessions consisting of craft talks and a daily writing prompt, the results of which may be shared on a voluntary basis the following morning. After lunch, participants will have the afternoon to write, reflect, take advantage of the lake and resort amenities, get a massage or take a yoga class, have a personal consultation with retreat leaders LouAnn Muhm (poetry) or Tanya Miller (memoir), and/or attend an optional afternoon session in which writers will present a poem or excerpt to the group for workshopping.
While the cabins will be quiet spaces for writing, there are plenty of outside areas and a community room for impromptu conversations with other writers, including the workshop leaders, LouAnn Muhm and Tanya Miller, who will be onsite and available throughout the week.
The visiting writers, accomplished Minnesota writers Heid E. Erdrich and Kao Kalia Yang, will conduct one afternoon and one morning session, and give an evening reading, followed by an open mic reading of participants and a book signing.
The goal has been to find a good balance between structured time in workshops and unstructured time to write, relax, and reflect. The afternoons can be somewhat shaped by the wishes of the group, once we’ve met and discussed.
Submit the following items by email to firstname.lastname@example.org:
· $25 non-refundable fee via PayPal (will be applied towards the cost of the retreat if you are accepted)
· Cover letter that explains who you are and what you are hoping to accomplish in this retreat
· Ten-page writing sample
Poetry: April 15, 2019, Memoir: June 15, 2019
For more information visit their website at https://northbeachwritersretreat.com.