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Lodging and Fees

NOTE: Prices below include a required and nonrefundable $100 deposit.

Plan A: Includes tuition, lodging and all meals. Lodging options and pricing for Plan A are listed below.

                Private Room and Private Bath: $905 per person

                Semi-Private room and shared bath: $850 per person
                (Queen Bed/Shared Bath with 1-3 others)

                Bunk room: $740 per person
                (Single bunk bed in a 4-bunk bedroom shared with 1-3 others/shared bath with 1-3 others)

Plan B: Includes tuition and all meals, but not lodging for those who live in the Petoskey area. In addition, there are many hotels and motels available within twenty minutes of the conference for those who prefer greater privacy: $645 per person

Hotel Options offsite:  Inquire at

If your spouse/partner wishes to attend the conference, it will be $440 for room, board, meals and use of the grounds. If he/she wants to attend readings, the cost would be $570. Spouses and partners need to understand that workshops will take a lot of your attention in the four days.

Register early to secure your workshop & lodging choice: 

Workshops and lodging will be assigned on a first come first serve basis. In the unlikely event of a workshop cancellation, your entire payment will be refunded upon request if you do not wish to enroll in an alternate workshop.

Private rooms with private bath are in limited supply and are filled very quickly on the morning of registration. 

We will not be taking any dropped-off or faxed registrations. Payment by check may delay your registration up to two weeks as it must come by snail mail. 

Registration begins Monday, February 4, 2019 at 9:00 AM EST. 

Bear River does offer scholarships. Learn how to apply here