We seem to be on the right side of bitter cold in our region for now. I know that makes me feel more like getting out and about. Yesterday I stopped in at Sage on Laurel to say, “Hi,” to owner Sarah Shaw and give her flyers promoting two of our upcoming author talks.

Sage on Laurel is hosting Brainerd Writers Alliance Presents on the 4th Saturday of each month from 10:30 to Noon, through 2018 and perhaps beyond. We hope you’ll join us to meet and learn from some of our region’s exciting authors!

Brainerd Writers Alliance presents
10:30 a.m. to Noon, 4th Saturdays
Sage on Laurel, 606 Laurel Street, Brainerd, MN
Plan on having brunch or lunch at Sage on Laurel.

These events are free and open to the public.

Feb. 24 -Diane Schlagel, The Price of New Shoes – an Older Sister’s Journey. 

Schlagel will speak about her writing process and read excerpts from her memoir The Price of New Shoes, An Oldest Sister’s Journey. Books will be available for purchase.

The Price of New Shoes, An Oldest Sister’s Journey tells the author’s story of survival and resilience in the face of childhood sexual abuse at the hands of her father. She also shares the story of the love she found with Byron, her soul mate and husband of over fifty years.

Mar. 24 – Carissa Andrews,  Author Impostor: Getting Over Impostor Syndrome So You Can Reclaim Your Power and Start Writing. 

Carissa is a self-published author, award-winning graphic designer, and freelance writer who strongly believes it’s time to take back our own power as authors. With the rise and ease of self-publishing to platforms like Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and more, the boom of authors publishing books has certainly taken the world by storm.

It’s not uncommon for writers to feel like they aren’t truly authors unless they’ve been published and represented by the big names. This mentality will not yield the publishing results you you’re looking for and could be costing you time and earnings.

Carissa will also have copies of her Pendomus Chronicles trilogy available to be signed or purchased after the event.


Apr. 28 – Barb Schlichting – details to come.

May 26 – Bob Peterson – details to come.

June 23 – Susan Smith-Grier – details to come.



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