RSVP for the Woodtick Writing Retreat!



On Horseshoe Lake

Retreat to Susan Stevens Chambers “cabin”

13362 SW Horseshoe Lake Road

Merrifield, Minnesota

Cabin Phone number (218) 765-3364


Thursday, July 2oth through Sunday July 23, 2017


Each poet should bring food and at least a thirty minute program.  This can be a writing workshop, talk on writing forms, a reading from a famous poet.  Let your imagination run wild!  Be sure and bring your own poems for many sessions of “read-arounds”.  We will try for a poetry "outing" to a nearby coffee/bar/art center for a reading one night.


Casual dress, you may be asked to deliver your program in the woods or on the beach. Bring a swimsuit and long sleeves to fight off mosquitoes in the evening.  You may be asked to share a room with a roommate. You do not need to bring linens or towels.  Everyone pitches in with the clean up.

Please let me know arrival plans and what you want to bring for your food so I can coordinate rooms, food etc, the earlier the better!   Most participants arrive sometime on Thursday afternoon or Friday.


From Brainerd, Minnesota. If you have come from Little Falls, follow Highway 371  to Hwy 210.  Turn right (east) and take Hwy 210 until you meet the intersection of Hwy 25. There will be a mall on your left side.  Turn left (north) on Hwy 25, follow this road approximately 8 miles to Merrifield.


Go through Merrifield, where the road changes to Co. Rd. 3.  Just outside of Merrifield take a right, on Co. Rd 3 (the old “Y” intersection). Follow Co. Rd. 3 for approximately 7 miles (through Ossippe Corners).  The speed limit reduces to 45, look for “Jim’s Campers” on the right side of the highway; turn right onto the blacktop road named “Mission Park Drive” right after that.  If you pass the Mission Township Hall or Cheeks Saloon you have gone too far.


Follow Mission Park Drive to Oak Spur, turn left.  Follow Oak Spur to the stop sign; make a sharp right on Horseshoe Lake Drive.   The Stevens Cabin is the first left driveway after the turn.  There is a “Daughters of MURRY & BARBARA STEVENS” sign out front. 


Sue Chambers:

57310 166th Lane, Good Thunder, Minnesota 56037

(507)278-4200 (h)    (507)278-4700 (w)