Minnesota Street Summer Creative Writing Workshops

The Literary Arts Institute of the College of St. Benedict announces

The Minnesota Street Creative Writing Workshops
Summer 2020 at CSB

We are excited to announce our Manitou Fellowships Summer 2020 to the following CSB/SJU students:

Paige Christenson

Zoe Huot-Link

Lindsey Schaffer

Amber Cigelske

Noah Knapp

Nina Vue

Janessa Harms

Ashley Marek

Katherine Wagner

Our guest authors will be: 

May 18-June 5, 2020
Kendra Allen

June 15-July 3, 2020
Chelsey Johnson

July 13-July 31, 2020
신 선 영 Sun Yung Shin 
Kendra Allen is the author of the essay collection When You Learn The Alphabet (University of Iowa Press) and winner of the 2018 Iowa Prize for Literary Nonfiction. Born and raised in Dallas, TX, she's finishing up her MFA at the University of Alabama. You can find some of her work in Brevity, december, and The Rumpus among others, as well as a poetry collection, The Collection Plate, forthcoming from Ecco.

Chelsey Johnson's debut novel Stray City came out with Custom House/HarperCollins in 2018, and her stories and essays have appeared in Ploughshares, One Story, Gulf Coast, The New York Times, Out, and NPR's Selected Shorts, among others. She received an MFA from the Iowa Writer's Workshop and a Stegner Fellowship from Stanford, as well as fellowships to the MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, and Signal Fire Arts. She has taught creative writing at Iowa, Stanford, Oberlin and William and Mary, and now lives in Flagstaff, Arizona, where she is an associate professor of fiction in Northern Arizona University’s MFA and undergraduate programs. A second novel is in the works.     Sun Yung Shin is a poet, writer, artist, and independent curator. She is the author of poetry/essay collections Unbearable Splendor (Minnesota Book Award); Rough, and Savage; and Skirt Full of Black (Asian American Literary Award) (all published by Coffee House Press). She is the editor of A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota and co-editor of Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption. Her bilingual (Korean/English) illustrated children’s book is Cooper’s Lesson. She is the co-director with Su Hwang of the community literary project Poetry Asylum, which recognizes poetry as a human right. She lives in Minneapolis.

Each year a small group of CSB/SJU undergraduates will be awarded Manitou Fellowships, which include a $7,500 stipend and campus housing.  The fellowships will allow students concentrate on their writing without taking on additional summer employment. Students will work with three different authors over the course of the summer.

Description of the Minnesota Street Creative Writing Workshops

Three nationally-recognized Visiting Creative Writers (a poet, a fiction writer, and a creative non-fiction writer) will each take up a separate three-week residency at the College of St. Benedict.  Each writer will conduct a 2-hour workshop, five days a week, for the Manitou Fellows and also provide a one-on-one mentoring session for each Manitou Fellow during this residency.  Visiting writers and Manitou Fellows will participate in group excursions to literary presses, book arts studios, and other cultural group events.

The dates for the 2020 Summer Writing Program will be:

Residency 1                            Residency 2                            Residency 3

May 18 th through June 5 th         June 15 th through July 3 rd       July 13 th through July 31st

Manitou Fellows

Manitou Fellows will attend all workshops given by each of the three Visiting Creative Writers and participate in group excursions to literary presses, book arts studios, and other cultural group events.  Manitou Fellows will continue to work independently on their own creative writing projects throughout the summer. Students will compile a portfolio of their best work completed over the summer, which will be submitted to the Director and Associate Director of the Literary Arts Institute.


Eligible candidates for a Manitou Fellowship must be current CSB/SJU undergraduates and must be returning for the 2020/2021 academic year (they cannot be graduating in Spring 2020).  Candidates are not required to be English majors but they must have interest in and experience with creative writing, including one or more of the following three genres: poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.

The application deadline for the year 2020 has passed. Please look ahead to next year if you are interested in applying for the 2021 summer writing program.

 All funding for the Minnesota Street Creative Writing Summer Workshops and Manitou Fellowships has been made possible by a generous grant from Manitou Fund.