North Beach Writers' Retreat: Memoir


Get away from the hurry of daily life to unwind and reflect at the North Beach Writers’ Retreat. This generative workshop provides the time and space to push “pause” on the daily responsibilities of life and give yourself the mental space to write. Enjoy writers’ craft talks, writing prompts, fellowship with other writers, feedback, and time for quiet reflection and writing.


Memoir, with visiting writer Kao Kalia Yang: August 20-24, 2019

Application deadline: June 15, 2019 (see below for details)

The week will include morning sessions consisting of craft talks and a daily writing prompt, the results of which may be shared on a voluntary basis the following morning. After lunch, participants will have the afternoon to write, reflect, take advantage of the lake and resort amenities, get a massage or take a yoga class, have a personal consultation with retreat leader Tanya Miller, and/or attend an optional afternoon session in which writers will present work to the group for  workshopping.

While the cabins will be quiet spaces for writing, there are plenty of outside areas and a community room for impromptu conversations with other writers, including the workshop leader, Tanya Miller, who will be onsite and available throughout the week.

Our visiting writer, accomplished Minnesota memoirist Kao Kalia Yang, will conduct one afternoon and one morning session, and give an evening reading, followed by  a book signing.

Our goal has been to find a good balance between structured time in workshops and unstructured time to write, relax, and reflect.  The afternoons can be somewhat shaped by the wishes of the group, once we’ve met and discussed.

 To Apply:

Submit the following items by email to [email protected]

  • $25 non-refundable fee via PayPal  (will be applied towards the cost of the retreat if you are accepted–you will receive an invoice upon acceptance)
  • Cover letter that explains who you are, and what you are hoping to accomplish in this retreat
  • Ten-page writing sample 

Application Deadline:

Memoir: June 15, 2019

Opportunity Opens

Wednesday, Feb 20th 2019

Opportunity Closes

Saturday, Jun 15th 2019, 11:45pm

Application Location

MN Artists