2014 Fall Writers’ Festival

9:30 am—3:00 pm October 25th 

At the Northland Arburetum

Doors open at 9:00 am for registration

Featuring …   this year’s BWA Writing Contest Winners and our special guest author and professor, Geoff Herbach, who will speak on —

“The Willingness to Fail Boldly: How Bad Beginnings Make for Wise Writers”

Geoff Herbach

Geoff Herbach is the author of the award winning Stupid Fast YA series as well as Fat Boy vs the Cheerleaders. His books have been given the 2011 Cybils Award for best YA novel, the Minnesota Book Award, selected for the Junior Library Guild, listed among the year’s best by the American Library Association, the American Booksellers Association and many state library associations. In the past, he wrote the literary novel, The Miracle Letters of T. Rimberg, produced radio comedy shows and toured rock clubs telling weird stories. Geoff teaches creative writing at Minnesota State, Mankato. He lives in a log cabin with a tall wife.

Seating is limited!

Pre-register by Oct. 20th by sending your check  or contacting us to hold your spot.

Send checks payable to BWA to

6584 Parkview Circle, Baxter, MN 56425;

Email bevabear@brainerd.net or call 218-828-7750

to hold your spot and pay the day of the Festival

$25 for this all-day event includes lunch

The morning events will include:

Presentation of Awards

Reading of the winning entries for each category

Bob Peterson will speak on “Bob’s Writing Tips

 Catherine Peterson will speak on “I Had to Learn to Live Before I Learned to Write.”


Keynote Speaker: Geoff Herbach

“The Willingness to Fail Boldly: How Bad Beginnings Make for Wise Writers”



Lakes Area Writers Alliance is a writers group in Brainerd, Minnesota that offers support, encouragement, and critique to members and visitors to their monthly meetings.


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