2016 Writing Contest – call for entries

The Brainerd Writers Alliance is now accepting entries for their 2016 Writing Contest. This ‪contest‬ is open to all ‪Minnesota‬ ‪‎writers‬. Categories are fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry. The Brainerd Writers Alliance Fall Festival will be held October 29th at the Northland Arboretum. Winners of this year’s writing contest will Read more…

Writing Prompts

Our members have one thing in common, they write. Some are professional; some are trying their hand at articles and stories. Some are poets, some are writing memoirs, and some are laboring over first novels. Some are bloggers. When trying to come up with a generic topic that could appeal Read more…

Stalled

Have you ever been stalled – or had writer’s block – when you’re working on a poem or prose? Of course, you have. I just had a whopper while working on my novel. The story was complete but needed an additional 45,000 words to take it to novel size. Stall. Read more…

Structure

Have you ever been halfway through a piece and realized that events, even your timeline, may be out of order for good reader flow? It can happen to less experienced writers (raising my hand). How can you get the work back on track without losing enthusiasm and inspiration? I’ve learned Read more…

Local Writers, Join Us!

The Brainerd Writers Alliance is encouraging all local writers – young, old, poets, novelists, all genres, and forms – to join us for encouragement, helpful resources, and creative community. Our next meeting will be held on June 11, 2016, at 10:00 a.m., Brainerd Public Library, small meeting room. We are excited Read more…

Winners of 2014 BWA Writers Contest

Non-Fiction 1st Place “Annette Grosse” by Carol Jean Campbell, Brainerd, MN 2nd Place “Season of Lefse and Loss”  by Norma Thorstad Knapp, Alexandria, MN Honorable Mention “The Splinter” by Craig Nagel, Pequot Lakes,MN Fiction 1st Place  “In Joy and in Sadness” by Lisa M. Bolt Simons, Fairbault, MN 2nd Place Read more…

2014 Fall Writers’ Festival – updated info

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 Read more…

Fall Writers Festival

Winners in the 2013 BWA Writers Contest

Congratulations to the 2013 BWA Writing Contest winners!   CREATIVE NONFICTION 1st Place–The Farm by Laura Murray from North Mankato, MN 2nd Place–Kinsee by Janet Preus from Minneapolis, MN   FICTION 1st Place–Loving Sanya by Kirstin Ruth Bratt from Sauk Rapids, MN 2nd Place–Sunrise, Banana, Chair by Bonnie West from Read more…

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