Oct. 27, 2018
9:30 to 3:30 p.m., Location to be announced
Ticket sales open June 1

2018 Conference Speaker|
Minnesota Book Award finalist
Erin Hart
Author of Haunted Ground, Lake of Sorrows,
False Mermaid, The Book of Killowen

Spread the word to your writer friends to attend our annual conference and book fair:

BWA Members Conference only: $2o.00
BWA Members Conference plus Book Vendor: $25.00
Non-member Conference only: $25.00
Non-Member Conference plus Book Vendor: $30.00

The location is yet to be determined but it will be in one of the new downtown Brainerd conference spaces soon to open. Posters will be available when we determine the location.

You are invited to enter the 2018 BWA writing contest.
Submit your best original work.
Open for submissions, June 18, 2018.

Spread the word! Details and guidelines here: https://brainerdwriters.com/2018-writing-contest/ This year entries can be paid for online and submissions directed to brainerdwriters.contest@gmail.com  Entries submitted before payment/June 18, will be ineligible.

BWA Member writing contest entry: $10.00
Non-Member writing contest entry: $15.00

 Our 3rd Brainerd Writers Presents author talk with Barbara Schlichting was fun and informative. There were twelve in attendance and discussion about Barb’s research was lively. Thanks to all our authors who have given us their time.

We won’t have an author talk in May due to the Memorial Day weekend.

Cracked Walnut Hosts Heartland Poets including our own member, Char Donovan. Open to the public. Sat., May 5, 3-5 p.m. at Prairie Bay Grill, 15115 Edgewood Dr, Baxter, Minnesota 56401

Upcoming Author talks at Sage on Laurel, 11:00 to 12:30.

June 23
Susan Smith-Grier will talk about oral and written traditions of storytelling.
Children are encouraged to attend.

July 28
Jerry Mevissen will introduce his new book, Animal Tracks.

August 25
Bonnie West will talk about her book, Boyfriends, an anthology of short stories, recently released in paperback!

September 22
Beth Hautala, children’s book author, will talk about writing her books, Waiting for Unicorns and The Ostrich and Other Lost things. Children are encouraged to attend.

November 24
Doug Lewnadowski“Psychology and Storytelling”

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


May 12, 2018 BWA Meeting Agenda.

We will meet in the small conference room of the library. We have the room from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Visitors are welcome.

Teaching Moment or Writing Exercise. Writing Your Artist Statement. Bring what you’ve worked on and we’ll discuss.


  • 10:00 Meet and greet / coffee and snacks
  • 10:15 Member news & kudos (brag board) – includes a review of events members have attended.
    • Angela Foster’s class on writing memoir (Maggie)
    • Quick overview of notes from Five Wings Art Council “Design for Success” Day in Staples. Guides to BWA mid-year planning for 2019. (Maggie)

There will be no critiques this month since we’ll be working on everyone’s artist statement together.

JOIN BRAINERD WRITERS ALLIANCE. 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.

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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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