For our April 14 meeting, we met in the large conference room of the Brainerd Public Library. Next month we’ll meet in the small conference room. Be prepared for a packed house.

Moderator: Maggie
Teaching Moment or Writing Exercise. Writing Your Artist Statement
Snacks: Thank you, JulieJo!
Time: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Time was a little short this month. We were told another group had the room at 12:30 but that turned out not to be the case. Okay by us, we’re always still talking long after the end of the meeting.


10:00 Meet and greet / coffee and snacks.
We had 9 in attendance which included 3 new. All say they will join. Our newest paid member from the bunch is Becky F. Welcome and welcome to our visitors, too. You contributed your knowledge and goodwill to our discussions. We had no coffee this month because our beloved and faithful member, Bev, attended a writing workshop by Candace. She’ll give us the highlights at our next meeting. Phil was none too happy about dry coffee pot!

10:15 Member news & kudos. Maggie finished her novel and has started the querying process. Karen is fighting her way through all the piles of work she’s accomplished over the years and is actively submitting pieces to competitions. Jack has begun work on his travel memoir. Great work, by the way. Will was stuck but managed about 500 words. Julie Jo is still working on her novel and articles for the Lake Country Journal. Phil is working on his newest book about the best and worst leaders in history.

10:45 Discuss writing challenges. We all helped Will find his way back to the writing. Jack M. questioned how much historical information to add to his travel memoir. We all agreed that we like his stories and the historical facts could be put aside. But of course, we don’t have the final say. Maggie is struggling with empty nest syndrome after the completion of her novel that underwent a developmental assessment, revision, and content edit over 7 months. We decided to help her out by having a celebratory lunch after Barb Schlichting’s talk at Prairie Bay on April 28. A Facebook event will be created, and a member email will go out soon. Please join us to celebrate YOUR accomplishments, too!

11:15 Writing exercise or lesson. We abandoned our intended topic of Writing Your Artist Statement. New people felt they wanted time to work on it at home and to bring theirs for critiques at the next meeting. Everyone was in favor so there will be artist statements to discuss during our next meeting on May 12. Guidelines for writing the artist statement:

12:00 Workshopping. Jack M. read a few pages of his memoir and we talked about how he might transition from one memory to another. Karen Crider read a couple of her pieces.

Our next meeting will be May 12 in the small conference room at the Brainerd Public Library from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Be prepared for a packed house. 


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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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