Summer Workshops & Events, College & Beyond

Bemidji State University offers a variety of continuing education and recreational programs for adults.  Below is a current listing of the 2018 offerings.

Grant Writing Workshop with Office of Minority Health

April 26-27, 2018

Bemidji State University
American Indian Resource Center
1620 Birchmont Dr. NE
Bemidji, MN 56601

Click here for information on accommodations.  Breakfast and lunch provided.  Free parking.

Click here to register for the Grant Writing Workshop.


Criminal Investigation Elderhostel

june 11-14, 2018

Elderhostel is back!  Would you like to be a detective?  Two BSU Criminal Justice Professors are creating a Criminal Investigation Elderhostel Experience where participants will learn what it takes to solve a crime!  There will be tours, guest speakers, hands-on activities and a team exercise where you will see if you have what it takes to solve a crime scenario!  Participants will become students once again and stay in the dorms and eat at the campus dining hall.  This will be a five day extremely interactive event where you will be processing a crime scene (latent prints, casting, photography, entomology) and putting together the “pieces of the puzzle” to solve the “who, what, where, when, why and how” of a mock crime scene.  There will be time allocated for you to enjoy the local attractions as well.  Participants should be able to be fit enough for moderate physical activity, both indoors and out.  Limited to 20 participants.  The program cost is $450 if registered by March 1 at 11:59 p.m.  March 2-April 6 at 11:59 p.m. the program cost is $495.  For more information, click here or register now.

Bike Bemidji: Loop the Lake FestivalBike Bemidji logo_blue

June 16, 2018

Check-in and same day registration at The Sanford Center west parking lot with rolling start between 7:30-10:00 am.  All skill levels can enjoy this bike ride around Lake Bemidji!  It is not a race but rather a festive event. Safety is a high priority.  Wearing a helmet is strongly recommended.  Reflective bike stickers will also be available while supplies last.  All participants who register early will receive a discounted rate and a t-shirt as a memento.  For more information visit

Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference

June 18-24, 2018

Since 2003, writers from all over the United States have gathered in an intimate lakeside setting with award-winning authors and teachers to practice the arts of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.  Please join us from for an exciting opportunity to create, collaborate, and commune in the great northwoods. Last year’s workshop faculty members were Elizabeth Bradfield (Poetry), Janice Harrington (Poetry), Ravi Howard (Fiction), Ernestine Hayes (Creative Nonfiction), and Ander Monson (Creative Nonfiction).

And the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and acclaimed memoirist Tracy K. Smith was the 2017 Distinguished Visiting Writer. 

Conference Workshop includes: intimate classroom atmosphere with visiting faculty, daily craft talks, editor’s talk, evening reading series, publishing seminar, all afternoon events, five conference meals.  28 CEUs available.

Auditor’s Option includes: daily craft talks, editor’s talk, evening reading series, publishing seminar, all afternoon events, five conference meals.

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