Minnesota Conventions for Writers and Book Lovers in 2017

With all of the great bookstores, publishers, authors, and writing programs in the Twin Cities, most of us aren’t surprised that Minneapolis and St. Paul are repeatedly ranked as some of the most literate cities in the country. As part of the literary culture, there are plenty of conventions and conferences in Minnesota where you can learn about writing and publishing, see authors speak, and more—and here’s your list for 2017!

A woman at a podium reads to a seated audience

Minnesota author Danielle Sosin reads to an audience at Open Book in 2012.

Some of these events are specifically aimed at improving your writing or finding a publisher; others involve authors and literature as part of a wider range of activities. The best thing to do is to check out each event’s website to get a feel for what it offers.


American Booksellers Association Winter Institute (January 27–30, 2017)
Minneapolis, MN
Theme: Independent bookselling
Guests of Note: Roxanne Gay, Ann Patchett, Emma Donoghue, Kate DiCamillo, Benjamin Percy

Minnesota Writing Workshop (February 11, 2017)
St. Paul, MN
Theme: Getting published
Guests of Note: Yana Makuwa, Laura Zats, Erik Hane, Dawn Frederick


MarsCon (March 3–5, 2017)
Bloomington, MN
Theme: Sci fi, fantasy
Guests of Note: Sharon Lee, Steve Miller, Ruth Berman, Haddayr Copley-Woods, Lyda Morehouse, G. David Nordley

The Pitch (April 7–8, 2017)
Minneapolis, MN
Theme: Getting published
Guests of Note: Lisa Lucas

Minicon (April 14–16, 2017)
Bloomington, MN
Theme: Sci fi, fantasy
Guests of Note: Jim C. Hines; full guest list TBA

Writing the Novel and Crafting a Career Conference (April 29, 2017)
Minneapolis, MN
Theme: Novel writing
Guests of Note: Angela Flournoy, Kiese Laymon, Charles Baxter

Teen Lit Con (May 6, 2017)
Mendota Heights, MN
Theme: Teen writing
Guests of Note: Kevin Kling, Shannon Gibney, Bryan Bliss, J. M. Lee

MantiCon (May 26–28, 2017)
Bloomington, MN
Theme: Military sci fi and fantasy
Guests of Note: David Weber, Marko Kloos, David Pedersen


Minneapolis Young Writers Workshop (June 13–15, 2017)
Minneapolis, MN
Theme: Teen writing
Guests of Note: Sabaa Tahir, Shannon Hale, Ally Condie, Jonathan Friesen, Wayne Batson

Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference (June 19–25, 2017)
Bemidji, MN
Theme: Limited-attendance writer’s retreat
Guests of Note: Tracy K. Smith, Elizabeth Bradfield, Janice Harrington, Ravi Howard, Ernestine Hayes, Ander Monson

Twin Cities Antiquarian and Rare Book Fair (June 30–July 1, 2017)
Roseville, MN
Theme: Rare books
Guests of Note: Eric Lorberer, Mary Lou Judd Carpenter, Erin Hart, Paddy O’Brien

CONvergence (July 6–9, 2017)
Bloomington, MN
Theme: Sci fi, fantasy
Guests of Note: Seanan McGuire; full guest list TBA

Diversicon (July 21–23, 2017)
St. Paul, MN
Theme: Diverse sci fi
Guests of Note: Eleanor Arnason, Melissa Scott


Arcana (September 29–October 1, 2017)
St. Paul, MN
Theme: Dark fantasy
Guests of Note: William F. Nolan, Roy C. Booth, Cynthia Booth, Jason V. Brock

Twin Cities Book Festival (October 13–14, 2017)
Roseville, MN
Theme: Local authors and publishers
Guests of Note: TBA

NerdCon: Stories (TBA)
NerdCon has taken place in Minneapolis the past two Octobers, but it’s not clear whether it will be back for 2017
Theme: Storytelling across all media
Guests of Note: TBA

Tol-Con (November 3–5, 2017)
Chaska, MN
Theme: J. R. R. Tolkien
Guests of Note: TBA

So, will you be hitting any of these events this year? Is there anything you think is missing from this list? Let us know in the comments!

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