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North Beach Writers Retreat

North Beach Writers Retreat offers a chance to write and unwind in a beautiful northwoods Minnesota setting in Park Rapids, Minnesota, while working with world-class writers and writing teachers in an intimate, small group.

Visit northbeachwritersretreat.com to see the full slate of retreats, workshops, and online classes in poetry, memoir, and multiple genres. Visiting writers for 2020 include Patricia Smith in Poetry, and Patricia Hampl in Memoir.

Poetry Retreat June 2-6
Application Deadline: April 1
Patricia Smith, Visiting Writer

Memoir Retreat June 23-27
Application Deadline: May 1
Visiting Writer: Patricia Hampl

Mixed Genre Retreat for K-12 Teachers: August 9-13 (at Breezy Point, Nisswa, MN)
Application Deadline: June 1
Discount for MN Writing Project members

NorthBeachWritersRetreat.com for details.

North Beach Writer’s retreat

Join other writers in beautiful Park Rapids, MN from June 26-30 for a poetry writing retreat and workshop.  You will have a chance to write, reflect, improve your craft, and work with visiting writer Heid Erdrich.

The deadline has been extended, and will be open until all spots are filled.  Two spots are left for those who need lodging and two spots are left for local writers who don’t need lodging.  All the details are at https://northbeachwritersretreat.com

North Beach Writers’ retreats

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.

 To Apply:

Submit the following items by email to northbeachwriters@gmail.com:

·                            $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 

Application Deadline:

Poetry: April 15, 2019, Memoir: June 15, 2019

For more information visit their website at https://northbeachwritersretreat.com.

Calling all poets

April 1 Deadline to Submit Original Poetry for Minnesota Voices 

April 1st is the deadline for area poets to submit an original poem which may be selected for reading at “Minnesota Voices” on Thursday, April 18, 2019 at noon at the Wadena County Museum as part of National Poetry Month.  Between 10 to 15 poems will be selected by the panel.  The guidelines for submission are as follows:  Only poems written by the poet will be considered.  The poem should be no more than 30 lines.  The poem may be in any form:  rhymed, free verse, prose, rap, etc.  The poem may have been previously published. The poets selected will be invited to read their poem at the event on April 18, 2019.  You are not required to be present in order to be selected.  Instead, the poet may elect to have the poem read by a member of the panel.  Submissions should include your name, address, email, the title of the poem, and the complete text of the poem.  Please indicate whether you will be present to read the poem on April 18, 2019.  Submissions must be postmarked or received by April 1, 2019 to be eligible.  Poets selected will be notified by April 5, 2019. Submit via email to:  603wchs@arvig.net or mail to:  Wadena County Historical Society, 603 Jefferson Street North, Wadena, MN 56482

Minnesota Voices is a free program featuring Minnesota writers and their work. It is held the third Thursday of each month from noon to 1:00 p.m.