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Writer's Retreats
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Our Mission

Come to the serenity of Minnesota’s north woods to create, connect and discover. LoonSong, a unique retreat for those who write for children and young adults.

  • A place to discover new approaches to craft and enjoy sustaining conversations.

  • A place to make the kinds of connections that set careers on course. 

  • A place to retreat from the world and write.

LoonSong. An extraordinary experience. Join the conversation!


LoonSong, a writer's retreat
in partnership with the Vermont College of Fine Arts with support from (J* placeholder).

Master of Writing for Children and Young Adults



One glorious weekend in September a few years ago, three writer friends met for a writing retreat at a log cabin on an island in Elbow Lake, a beautiful lake in northern Minnesota. They enjoyed morning conversations by the fire and late night reflections under the stars. They were lulled to sleep and woke each day to the sound of water and the call of loons. The idea for Loon Song was born.

National Book Award Finalist Debby Dahl Edwardson spent wonderful summers at Elbow Lake as a girl. Her goal is to share, with other writers, the renewing power of a northern retreat.

Newbery writer Marion Dane Bauer, one of the founder of the Vermont College of Fine Arts Writing for Children & Young adult program hopes to offer writers of all levels a smorgasbord of opportunities to feed the creative spirit.

Jane Buchanan, the author of eight books for young people, hopes to make LoonSong a place where writers can rejuvenate their careers and themselves in an intimate setting with colleagues and friends.



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