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Red Shoes Writing Retreat

weekend writing retreat

August 25-27, 2022

The Red Shoes are headed to Fosston, Minnesota!

Located forty-five miles west of Bemidji in northwestern Minnesota, this exciting retreat collaboration with the Fosston Community Library & Arts Association (FCLAA) pairs Fosston’s small-town charm and big-town vibe with the Red Shoe’s mission of empowering writers with confidence and clarity so they can step out into the world with their best story.

The retreat weekend has been designed to give each individual the opportunity to dive into the writing craft, the writer’s life, and, of course, writing! Thursday night kicks off with an informal reception followed by a Meet & Greet with our guest authors and a get-to-know-you activity for everyone. Start the mornings with a Yoga for Writers session, or shop our guest authors’ titles in the retreat bookstore. Throughout the day, enjoy panel discussions with our guest authors who will share tips and tricks for living the writer’s life and their respective publishing journeys. Workshops cover a range of genres such as children’s literature, poetry, mystery, memoir, and fiction and topics such as writing a series, crafting unforgettable characters and settings (especially from the Midwest!), and publishing. Evenings include songs and stories with a featured artist Friday and a storytelling event on Saturday night featuring YOU!

Retreat participants also have the opportunity to schedule a one-on-one consultation with one of our retreat presenters to receive feedback on writing, ask questions, and get some general suggestions and guidance on how to move forward with your writing.

Whether you write fiction, nonfiction, memoir, short stories, essays, humor, or poetry, the workshops and panels contain something for everyone, beginners and experienced writers alike. 

Enjoy a creative getaway that will inspire your writing in a place where the natural landscape and local culture offer both stimulation and serenity.

August 25-27, 2022

Registration includes:

  • Thursday Night Reception
  • 3 Author Panels
  • 4 Workshops
  • One-on-One Consultations (Optional)
  • Yoga for Writers
  • Friday and Saturday Continental Breakfast 
  • Saturday Lunch
  • Friday and Saturday Dinner & Entertainment
  • Public transportation during the retreat
  • Complimentary tote filled with goodies and writing materials

Cost: $245.00

Registration does not include lodging or Friday lunch. (Coupons for area eateries will be available in the registration goodie bag.)

Lodging Suggestions

LePier Lodge – If you would like to make a reservation at the hotel, please email Kim at

Sand Hill Lake Bible Camp Chalet – Spend your retreat evenings sleeping among the trees and night sky in the Sand Hill Lake Bible Camp Chalet. Cozy, private bedroom with shared bath. Only a ten-minute drive from Fosston. To reserve a room, email

Airbnb – Coming as a group? Consider booking a local AirBnb. To learn more and for availability, visit 

Note: Partial scholarships are available. Please email to inquire. Residents of the seven-county service region of the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (Polk, Pennington, Marshall, Kittson, Red Lake, Norman, and Roseau) are also encouraged to apply for a Quick Turn Around Grant

What to Bring:

  • Laptops and favorite writing materials
  • Comfortable clothing (dress is casual) and dress for the weather!
  • Walking shoes (to enjoy the area!)
  • Personal water bottle
  • Yoga mat (optional)
“This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.”

Write, relax and explore the art, history, and culture of the Fosston area in northern Minnesota. Red shoes not required, but encouraged!