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Bear River Writers' Conference

Bear River's Response Regarding COVID-19:

For the health and safety of our Bear River community, we’ve postponed this year’s conference until 2021. Thanks so much for your understanding. We can’t wait to see you all again next year!

Bear River Writers' Conference to Celebrate 20 Years!

Twentieth Annual Conference takes place May 28 – June 1, 2020

Registration opens at 9AM EST on Monday, February 3, 2020

The Bear River Writers’ Conference will celebrate its 20th anniversary in late May of 2020. Located on the shores of Walloon Lake in Northern Michigan, the conference offers workshops, panels, readings, craft talks, and good-spirited conversation. Guided hikes and pontoon rides are available, as are canoes and kayaks. Many of our participants have gone on to publish work that they started during the conference; friendships that began in the workshop or around the bonfire have developed and deepened. We’re a community of writers who challenge and support each other, who believe in hard work, camaraderie, and serious play. We hope you’ll consider joining us as we mark our two-decade milestone.

– Laura Kasischke and Cody Walker, Co-directors, Bear River Writers’ Conference

Scholarships Available!

The Bear River Scholarship Review Board works to make the conference affordable for all writers. Please visit our scholarships page for more information.

Show your SUPPORT

We strive to support our students and faculty on the front lines of learning and research and to steward our planet, our community, our campus. To do this, Bear River Writers' Conference needs your support.

Announcing our Special Guest for 2020:

Susan Choi, author of Trust Exercise

Photo by Heather Weston
Trust Exercise, Winner of the 2019 National Book Award