THAT WAS FUN! Our first Brainerd Writers Presents author talk with Diane Schlagel at Sage on Laurel filled the small room with 16 in attendance. Diane’s presentation was engaging. Her memoir, The Price of New Shoes: An Older Sister’s Journey, is beautifully descriptive even though her story of family abuse is a challenging topic for any writer to tackle. We’re proud of you, Diane!

Brainerd Writers Alliance bannerWe’ll change the venue for March-May to Prairie Bay Grill. New time: 11:00-12:30. Watch for our new banner, too!

The Prairie Bay space will hold 20 to 30. If we outgrow that, they have a larger space as well. In June we’ll return to Sage on Laurel. We’ve been offered the main dining space and use of their stage.

Spread the word about our authors. Let’s grow this event so our area writers can receive the exposure they deserve! Also, please visit the website to RSVP so we have a good head count before the events.

If you know an area writer who would like to give a talk, have them contact If you’re interested in classes, please send us your ideas.

 Upcoming authors:

Apr. 28 – Barb Schlichting – “Making Historical Figures Modern,” Location: Prairie Bay Grill, 15115 Edgewood Dr. N, Brainerd

May 26 – Bob Peterson, details to come. Location: Prairie Bay Grill, 15115 Edgewood Dr. N, Brainerd

June 23 – Susan Smith-Grier, details to come. Location: Sage on Laurel, 606 Laurel, Brainerd

Please invite fellow writers of all ages—aspiring and accomplished—to join us. Membership is $15 per year and includes discounts on Brainerd Writers Alliance events and classes. Keep in mind that work discussed in critiques may not be appropriate for all ages and tastes.

March 10, 2018 Brainerd Writers Alliance Meeting Agenda
Please sign up to moderate: If you have an idea for a teaching moment, please sign up. We will do “Situation Starters” in lieu of other teaching options.

Moderator: Maggie (or ? Please email to sign up)
Teaching Moment or Writing Exercise. We’ll decide on the fly!
Snacks: Everybody!
Location: Small meeting room, Brainerd Public Library
Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.


  • 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 Teaching moment or Writing exercise
  • 12:00 Workshopping. (Members only.) Sign up to have work critiqued. Bring 5 t0 10 copies for readers.



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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