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Lodging and Meals

Q: May I request to room with my friends who are attending the conference?
A: Yes. Please indicate on the registration form the names of those you wish to room with and we will try to accommodate those requests.

Q: Can my spouse/partner come to the conference if they stay in the same room with me and do not attend a workshop?
A: Your spouse/partner can come to the conference for an additional $675 room and board. They are welcome to attend readings and other events.

Q: I have some health concerns that make walking difficult. May I be placed in a cabin close to the central activity?
A: Please note any concerns you have and we will try to accommodate them.

Q: Can you suggest tent or trailer camping nearby?
A: We cannot suggest camping locations but you can obtain information about those sites from the Petoskey Chamber of Commerce and the City of Petoskey website. Camping on the Michigania grounds is not permitted.

Q: Is it possible to come into Camp Michigania a day early or stay after the conference?
A: No. You can find lodging in Petoskey and surrounding areas if you want to come into the area early or stay later.

Q: I have food allergies. Will the Camp dining room be able to accommodate them?
A: The dining room menus are varied enough to offer most people a satisfactory meal. If you have severe allergies, please bring your own special foods and be sure to indicate your allergies on your health form.


Q: What airports are located near Camp Michigania?
A: There are two airports accessible from Detroit as well as other parts of the country. They are Pellston Regional and Cherry Capital Airport - Traverse City. Flights run about once a day into and out of the area so you want to book your flight as early as possible and plan your ground transportation early to accommodate the flight times.

Q. Can you arrange transportation for me from the airport to Camp Michigania?
A: We are not able to arrange transportation for participants. You can obtain information via the Petoskey Chamber of Commerce website.

Q: Is it possible to carpool with someone?
A: Over the summer, please get in touch with the program manager about your desire to carpool to the conference.


Q: When will I know my workshop assignment?
A: Participants will be notified of their workshop assignment by late May.

Q: Can I bring work I have completed before the conference?
A: The Bear River Writers’ Conference is designed to inspire new work. The workshop leaders will assign writing based on their genre and the focus of their workshops.

Q: Will the workshop leaders critique my previous work?
A: Please do not ask workshop instructors to read and critique work not done in the workshops. They simply will not have time.

Q: Are there computers on site that I can use?
A: There are several computers available for participant use in the main conference building. Many participants bring their laptops. Wifi is available in the lodging areas, as well as in the main buildings at Camp Michigania.

Q: How will I produce copies to be shared in the workshop?
A: We have printers and copy machines in the office and a drop box will be provided for your copy requests. Staff will run off copies for you and have them ready for the workshop each day.