Click on the links below for details on our retreats, workshops, and online classes for 2020 and 2021, including application guidelines and deadlines.
Due to COVID -19 and concern for our participants and visiting writers, all retreats for 2020 have been moved to similar dates in 2021. We are THRILLED that our visiting wiriters, Patricia Smith and Patricia Hampl, as well as our retreat locations, have agreed to maintain the structure and plans we had for 2020 and simply postpone to similar dates in 2021. The retreats will happen as planned, just not exactly when we originally planned. Those who were accepted for the 2020 retreats are automatically accepted for 2021, but not obligated if the new dates do not work with your schedules. APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN!
Click on the links below for updated information!
Meanwhile, we are offering online classes for the remainder of 2020, and we hope you will consider joining our growing community of writers to challenge yourself and focus on your writing as we all move through these unusual circumstances.
(postponed to 2021)
North Beach Retreats in poetry, memoir, and mixed genres are held at a lakeside lodge in or near Park Rapids, Minnesota. Participants stay at the lodge and the days are split between group instruction and private time to write, reflect, and relax.
“The facilitators and participants were inspiring, knowledgeable, positive and encouraging for all. I loved the quality of the food, the extra activities, Itasca was a highlight as was the reading in town on Saturday night.“
(postponed to 2021)
North Beach Workshops are one-or two-day classes and are held in a stately, 1914 Victorian home in Park Rapids, Minnesota. These sessions allow us to focus closely on particular topics and aspects of writing in the various genres.
“I was impressed with the quality of instruction, the relationship of facilitators and participants. I’d definitely go again! Thanks for an inspiring and productive time.“
(ongoing in 2020)
A number of online classes are offered at various times during the year, allowing participants to access both instruction and a community of writers without the costs or complications of travel.
“The participants were an exceptional group and interacted well. LouAnn Muhm is a wonderful teacher/poet whose suggestions, critiques and resources are very helpful and approachable. She is encouraging of our work and very respectful when “mucking about” in our poems. I really learned the value of critiquing poetry and this is changing the way I think about my own poetry.“
Applications open now!
LouAnn Shepard Muhm is a poet and teacher from northern Minnesota. Her poems have appeared in Antiphon, Alba, Red River Review, Eclectica, Pirene’s Fountain, and CALYX, among other journals and anthologies, and she was a finalist for the Creekwalker Poetry Prize and the Late Blooms Postcard Series. Muhm is a recipient of Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grants in Poetry in 2006 and 2012, and was chosen as one of two Artist Fellows by Region 2 Arts Council of Minnesota in 2016. Her full-length poetry collection Breaking the Glass (Loonfeather Press, 2008) was a finalist for the Midwest Book Award in Poetry. Muhm was awarded an MFA in poetry from Sierra Nevada College in 2016. She also serves as an associate instructor of English for Lake Tahoe Community College in South Lake Tahoe, California, and taught poetry writing online for The Loft Literary Center 2011-2018.
Tanya Stafsholt Miller has an MFA in memoir and poetry from Minnesota State University, Moorhead and MA in English from Bemidji State University. Her poems and memoir essays have appeared in The Talking Stick, Bombshells: War Stories and Poems by Women on the Homefront, Red Weather, The Minnesota English Journal and others. She won a scholarship to the Northwoods Writers’ Conference in Bemidji, MN. Most recently, she was one of twelve writers chosen to attend the Pelee Island Book House writers’ retreat with Margaret Atwood and Wayne Grady. She currently teaches writing classes in Park Rapids, MN, and is an adjunct instructor at the University of Minnesota, Crookston.