Chairs on the Lake
Saturday Picnic
Sailboats on the Lake
Canoe at Sunset
Bear River Rainbow
Peaceful Stream
Lake Chairs
Area Foliage
Book Sale
Green Forest
Peaceful Waters
Canoe Cruising
2014 Bear River Subcons Look over the Lake

Welcome to Bear River Writers' Conference May 28 - June 1, 2015

Scholarship Options Available

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Keith Taylor

Keith Taylor

Bear River Writers’ Conference is a place where writers can enjoy the beauty of Northern Michigan and meet writers from all over the country. We hope to bring people with general literary interests together with those who are interested in writing about place and the natural environment. We hope the mix will create new ideas that would send writers home with good work to continue. We hope the shores of Walloon Lake, which have already inspired one American classic, Hemingway’s Nick Adams stories, will be a good place to accomplish that goal. After ten years of conferences, and a number of successful publications, it seems to be working!

- Keith Taylor
Director, Bear River Writers' Conference

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Mary Sue Coleman 2008

Mary Sue Coleman 2008

Bear River Writers’ Conference, which takes place in northern Michigan, connects the Ann Arbor campus with communities hundreds of miles away. With the new initiative Michigan has taken in sponsoring Bear River, we are now reaching out to writers at all levels of experience and expertise. Based on the participation of writers with Michigan connections, as well as internationally known authors, Bear River is well on its way to becoming the premier literary gathering in the Great Lakes region.

- Mary Sue Coleman,
President, University of Michigan