Housing and Dining


Participants are invited to stay in the university’s residence halls. Linden Suites are newly remodeled and air-conditioned. WiFi and high speed Internet are standard. Stay in comfort, close to Lake Bemidji and Diamond Point Park, and an easy walking distance from all Northwoods Writers Conference workshops and activities. Only $25/night per person early bird rate ($30/night per person after April 1)!

Two Person Suite

Suites are fully furnished in modern, modular style, complete with beds, closets, dresser, desk and desk chair. Social and study lounges are often the site of impromptu participant gatherings for informal readings, workshops, and conversations that carry on into the night. http://www.bemidjistate.edu/students/reslife/housing/residence_halls/linden/

Families, including children, are also heartily welcome to stay at BSU. Participants may extend their stay in the residence halls beyond the conference dates. While here, family members are encouraged to enjoy the abundant recreational opportunities offered by BSU’s Outdoor Program Center and the surrounding Bemidji area.

Smoking is not permitted in residence hall and campus buildings. This includes residence hall rooms and public areas.


Bemidji Offers excellent and varied accommodations at its many motels and resorts. Information is available from the Bemidji Chamber of Commerce (800-458-2223).


Sunday evening’s Opening Dinner, a picnic Wednesday evening, and Friday morning’s Closing Breakfast are included in the conference fee.

On-Campus Dining
Bemidji State University Dining Services offers quality American cuisine and ethnic dishes.

Off-Campus Dining
Dining options in Bemidji include locally owned cafes and restaurants, and franchised restaurants.

Information is available from the Bemidji Chamber of Commerce (800-458-2223).


BSU’s Outdoor Program Center is open to the public and offers pontoon cruises, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, open water skiing, clinics and safety courses, weekend excursions, and more. A state of the art indoor climbing Rock Wall was opened in September 2000. Outdoor equipment rental is available for individual Boundary Waters adventures. The OPC is fully staffed and features programs for every ability level.

For a small fee, campus recreation also offers:

  • 200 Meter Indoor Track
  • 5 Racquetball/Handball Courts
  • Weight and Workout Equipment
  • Dance Studio
  • Tennis, Basketball and Volleyball Courts
  • 6 lane, 25 Yard Swimming Pool