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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 conferenceoffers 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 whochallenge 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


Twenty-first Bear River Writers' Conference - May 19-23, 2022


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 February 7, 2022 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 2020, 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 Finished Work tab. 


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