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About Us


The Bear River Writers’ Conference has attracted writers to Northern Michigan for over two decades. Located on the shores of Walloon Lake, the conference offers generative workshops, readings, craft talks, and good-spirited conversation. 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!

– Cody Walker, Director, Bear River Writers’ Conference


Bear River Writers' Conference - August 31- September 4, 2023


To learn more about this year’s conference, please visit the Conference Information page, where you will find information on the faculty and their workshops, current conference schedule, frequently asked questions, as well as lodging and fees. 


Registration will open this year on April 3 at 9:00 AM EST. The form will be listed under the Registration page. 


With the support of the University of Michigan Department of English and our generous anonymous donors, we are proud to offer scholarships for this conference. If you are interested in applying for 2023, please visit the Scholarships page.


Each year, we publish the Bear River Review, which comprises work of our faculty as well as our participants. To order a copy, please visit the Bear River Review tab. 


Please contact us if you have any questions and stay connected with us through our Facebook forum page!