Bear River Writers’ Conference 2004
|Keith Taylor of the U-M English department teaching
a poetry workshop at the 2003 Bear River Writers’ Conference.
This year’s Bear River
Writers’ Conference will be held June 3 through June 7, 2004, at
Camp Michigania, located on the shores of Walloon Lake in Northern Michigan.
Camp Michigania, owned and operated
by U-M’s Alumni Association, offers extensive amenities while still
maintaining the natural harmony and up-north aesthetic that is a staple
of the Bear River experience. This year’s conference, the fourth
annual, reflects the enrichment afforded by University sponsorship, says
director Richard Tillinghast a poet and member of the U-M English department
faculty. "We have modified the conference," he notes, "to
accommodate an increasing participant population with an expanded faculty
roster and a host of new activities, including discussion panels on publishing
and writing in Michigan."
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," U-M President Mary Sue Coleman said
in announcing the U-M's decision to sponsor the workshop. In
addition to this year’s special guest, novelist Charles
Baxter, who will discuss fiction, the Bear River faculty includes
Thomas Lynch (creative nonfiction) and Keith Taylor (poetry)
of U-M's creative writing program. Other genres to be explored
are outdoor writing, music lyrics and memoir.
Former US Poet Laureate
Robert Hass assessed the Bear River conference as "beautifully
conceived" to "grow a culture that connects our
lived lives, our culture and
cultural history to stewardship of the land."
Running from Thursday until
Monday, the 2½ hour morning workshops leave afternoons free for
the panel discussions, craft talks, writing, hiking and kayaking the coves
of Walloon Lake.
After the evening meal, faculty
members give readings before the day ends with writing or cocktails or
Attendance for 2004 is anticipated
at 150 participants with availability already becoming limited, so early
registration is encouraged to ensure workshop preference. For
workshop descriptions, information on Camp Michigania and registration
materials, please visit their Web site: www.lsa.umich.edu/bearriver.
To receive additional information or a brochure please contact: Bear
River Writers’ Conference, U-M Dept. of English Language & Literature,
3187 Angell Hall, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1003. Phone:
734.764.4139; fax: 734.763.3128.