Welcome to Brainerd Writers Alliance

We are a group of published and unpublished writers at every skill level, who write in a variety of genres. We’ve been meeting and evolving for over two decades and welcome visitors to our monthly meetings.

We meet on the 3rd Saturday morning of the month, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Brainerd Public Library  (415 So. 5th St.). Visitors are welcome. Monthly meetings include a talk on a relevant writing topic and brag time. Let us know ahead of time if you have work to read for critique or just to share.

Annual dues are $15. Members are encouraged to read their work and receive critiques. Members receive discounts on BWA events.

Meeting AGENDA – times are flexible as needed.

  • 10:00 Meet and greet / coffee and snacks
  • 10:15 Member news & kudos (brag board) – includes a review of events members have attended
  • 10:45 Discuss writing challenges – everyone!
  • 11:15 Writing exercise or lesson (sign up to teach)
  • 12:00 Workshopping – Members only. (sign up to have work critiqued)


Good critique is not criticism!

Be constructive, meaning, have the best intentions for helping the writer. This may mean telling hard truths. If hard truths must be told, do so respectfully. If praise is deserved, offer it. Highlight the strong points of a piece—even if they are far outweighed by the negative points. Be genuine in your motivations, and genuine action will follow. https://www.scribophile.com/academy/how-to-write-a-great-critique

More about effective critiques and “workshopping” writer’s work.

Writing prompts.



7 Responses to Welcome to Brainerd Writers Alliance

  1. Jean O'Keefe says:

    I would like information on your writing contest…..number of words etc.

  2. Roxie says:

    When is your next meeting? I just realized I missed it today.
    Roxie Cibuzar

  3. Michelle Ingels says:

    I met Maggie at the Books, Burgers & Brew event. She provided basic information but I would just like to get connected with the group.

  4. Maree says:

    I have an idea that has been floating in my head which will make an interesting book. So how do I start. I need direction…please!

    • admin4bwa says:

      Hi, Maree. Please join us at our next meeting on Saturday, July 21, 10:00 a.m. at the Brainerd Public Library. Learn with other area writers!

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