The Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference has become an affiliate of Bookshop, an online bookstore with a mission to financially support local, independent bookstores.

Bookshop believes that bookstores “are essential to a healthy culture. They’re where authors can connect with readers, where we discover new writers, where children get hooked on the thrill of reading that can last a lifetime. They’re also anchors for our downtowns and communities.” We couldn’t agree more!

We’ve joined Bookshop’s mission to support local bookstores by joining their affiliate program which pays 10% commission on every sale. Proceeds earned will be used to help support the MNWC.

Join us in helping Bookshop “strengthen the fragile ecosystem and margins around bookselling and keep local bookstores an integral part of our culture and communities.”

MNWC 2021 Reading Guide

Nikky Finney 

Distinguished Visiting Writer

John Murillo 


Faith Adiele 

Memoirist, Essayist 

J. Drew Lanham 

Essayist, Memoirist, Poet 

Danielle Evans 


Jennifer Foerster 


Sean Hill

Poet & MNWC Conference Director

Archived Book Guides

Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference 2020 

Robin Wall Kimmerer

Distinguished Visiting

Elizabeth Bradfield

Workshop Leader

Brenda Shaughnessy

Workshop Leader

Scott Russell Sanders 

Workshop Leader

Alison Hawthorne Deming

Creative Nonfiction
Workshop Leader

Meera Subramanian

Creative Nonfiction
Workshop Leader

The Northwoods & Donald Jordan Reading Series Book Guide

Debra Jo Immergut


  • You Again 
  • The Captives 
  • Private Property, Stories

Lucy Jane Bledsoe

Fiction Writer

  • Lava Falls: Stories
  • The Evolution of Love, a novel
  • A Thin Bright Line, a novel
  • The Big Bang Symphony, a novel
  • Biting the Apple, a novel
  • The Ice Cave: A Woman's Adventures from the Mojave to the Antarctic
  • This Wild Silence, a novel
  • Working Parts, a novel
  • Sweat: Stories and a Novella
  • How to Survive in Antarctica
  • The Antarctic Scoop
  • Hoop Girlz
  • Cougar Canyon
  • Tracks in the Snow
  • The Big Bike Race

Donald Jordan

Fiction Writer 

  • Negative Space

  • Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

James Han Mattson

Fiction Writer

  • The Lost Prayers of Ricky Graves 

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Region 2 Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.