Category Archives: Retreat

Red Shoes Writing Retreat on Lake of the Woods Sept 26-Oct 2

A Red Shoes Writing Retreat on Lake of the Woods will take place in Warroad, MN from September 26 – October 2, 2021.

This is a generative writing retreat where each of the ten workshops will provide you with new lessons on writing craft and challenge you to write something new and original. These workshops will not focus on criticism and you will not be required to share your work or read aloud. Instead, the format is intended to support and encourage you and provide a safe place to take new risks with your writing.

Each workshop offers instruction, examples from published literature, and an exercise to complete during the session. These workshops are designed to generate new and creative writing and will engage the writer in a form of play that provides a portal to the profound.  

This is a Generative Writing Retreat with excursions in the area and events with local, unique Lake of the Woods artists and artisans. The cost is $1,500 (price is all-inclusive except transportation to Warroad). Registration limited to 10 writers. Register at www.redshoeswriting.com or https://kimhruba.com/reservations/


Red Shoes Writing Retreat on Lake of the Woods will inspire your creative writing in a place where the natural landscape and local culture offer both stimulation and serenity. Participants will gather from September 26-October 2 to write, relax, and explore the art, history, and culture of the Lake of the Woods area in northern Minnesota. Ride a tandem bike, take a boat ride, taste walleye, see toboggans and snowshoes made, harvest honey, tour a CCC camp, hike in the state forest, learn about willow basket-making, painting, and sweat lodges from Ojibwe artisans, enjoy locally roasted coffee and craft beer, participate in a community storytelling event, and stay in a historic inn or newly constructed hotel. All kinds of writers are welcome. Whether you write fiction, nonfiction, memoir, short stories, essays, humor, or poetry, the craft sessions contain something new for everyone, beginners and experienced alike.

During the retreat, you will have the opportunity to schedule a one-on-one private consultation with both a published author (Kim Hruba) and a literary agent (Jill Swenson) to receive feedback on your writing, ask questions, and receive publishing advice.

Registration is limited to 10 writers and the price of the retreat is $1,500 which is an all-inclusive price, covering your participation, lodging, and meals. Thanks to a Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Arts Legacy Grant, the registration fee has been reduced to keep access to the arts affordable. The retreat experience is valued at $3,000. Transportation to and from Warroad is not included and the responsibility of participants. English proficiency is required and there will not be an on-site ASL interpreter.

Please come with your memories, ideas, hopes, and visions. Be prepared to open your mind and heart to find out what you didn’t even know you knew.

“This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.”
If you have any questions, please contact Kim Hruba at kim@redshoeswriting.com or visit https://kimhruba.com/red-shoes-writing-retreat/
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Online Summer retreats for writers

The North Beach Writers’ Retreat is offering three online retreats this summer, with some excellent professional writers. Patrica Hampl, a world-renowned memoirist, will lead a virtual memoir writing retreat June 12-13. Patrica Smith, a poet extraordinaire, will lead a virtual poetry writing retreat June 17-18. Also, Minnesota author Shannon Gibney will lead a young adult fiction writing retreat June 25-26.

More information can be found on their website: https://northbeachwritersretreat.com/

Artist in Residence applications open

The North Dakota Museum of Art is accepting applications for the 2021 McCanna House Artist-in-residence season.

Artists working in music, theatre, literature, or the visual arts are encouraged to apply. Open to artists in all stages of their career.

The North Dakota Museum of Art presents a unique opportunity with the McCanna House Artist-in-residence program. This retreat consists of a 1920’s farmhouse sitting on ten acres in the midst of the thriving Red River Valley. McCanna, North Dakota is a small farming community about 35 miles west of Grand Forks, just north of the town of Larimore.

While the residency affords no dedicated media specific facilities at this time, the open mutable space of the house, barn and grounds affords opportunity for the creation of work of many scales. The powerfully vast physical space of the Great Plains allows the imagination to run wild, with the close proximity to large scale agriculture drawing one into the cycles of growth and harvest. Out of this open horizon emerges a peace and presence of mind uniquely conducive to creativity and artistic shift.

The solo residency consists of 2-4 week blocks throughout the operating year. Winter dictates that the house is only open from June 1st to the end of September.

While there are no expectations for the artist to complete work during the residency, artists are asked to use their time wisely, and be aware of the transformative potential of time spent there. Artists will not be asked to teach classes, or give public lectures as a requirement of the residency.

Applications accepted until January 15th of each year. Residencies announced February 1st. Preference given to regional artists, with remaining availability open to all.

For more information, photos and the application, visit https://www.ndmoa.com/artist-in-residence

Arts Retreat Artist Residency in New York Mills Accepting Applications

Applications Now Being Accepted for Early Spring 2021 Residencies

Application Deadline October 24

The Arts Retreat Artist Residency Program of the Cultural Center in New York Mills provides dedicated artists time to work and  offers a unique taste of life in rural Minnesota. Artists from all disciplines (performance, written, audio and visual media) will be considered for a residency. Art residencies are awarded based on artistic merit and commitment to the arts. Artists are provided with a place to stay and work.  No stipend is available.

Go to: https://www.kulcher.org/programs/artist-retreat/ to read more and apply.

For further information contact: cheryl@kulcher.org

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.