Call for Writers and Poets – The Crossing Arts Alliance

The Crossing Arts Alliance is looking for writers and poets who would like to have their work shared in our newsletter, The Crossing Currents. We are looking to include a variety of literary styles, including short works of poetry and prose as well as selections from larger works such as novels (250-500 words).

The Crossing Currents is published quarterly and is distributed to over 650 readers, and we would like to take advantage of this opportunity to feature our literary community and share their work with our broader readership. There is no submission deadline as this opportunity is ongoing.

If you are a writer and interested in having your work featured in The Currents, please contact TCAA AT

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Looking for a writers’ group in MN?

Minnesota Writing Groups:

Alexandria, MN — Alexandria Area Writers Group (All Genres)

Alexandria, MN — Alexandria Word Weavers (All Genres)

Brainerd, MN — Brainerd Heartland Poets (Poetry)

Brainerd, MN — Brainerd Writers Alliance (All Genres)

Duluth, MN — Lake Superior Writers (All Genres)

Elbow Lake, MN — Elbow Lake Grant County Writers’ Group (All Genres)

Fergus Falls, MN — Fergus Falls Writers’ Group (All Genres)

Hackensack, MN — Hackensack Bards of a Feather (All Genres)

Little Falls, MN — Great River Writers (All Genres)

Maple Grove, MN — Minnesota Christian Writers Guild (Spiritual)

Minneapolis, MN — Loft Literary Center (All Genres)

Minneapolis, MN — Midwest Fiction Writers (Fiction)

Minneapolis, MN — Minnesota Science Fiction Society (Science Fiction)

Minneapolis, MN — Minneapolis Writers Workshop (All Genres)

Minneapolis, MN — Open Book (All Genres)

Ottertail, MN — Ottertail Writers’ Group (All Genres)

Park Rapids, MN — Park Rapids Jackpine Writers’ Bloc (All Genres)

Perham, MN — Perham Thousand Lakes Writers’ Group (All Genres)

Sauk Centre, MN — Sauk Centre Gopher Prairie Writers’ Group (All Genres)

St. Paul, MN — Write, Create, Communicate (All Genres)

Twin Cities, MN — Twin Cities Writers Group (All Genres)

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BWA member, Candace Simar, upcoming events

  • Saturday 12/9/17 Cherry Street Books Alexandria 12-2pm
  • Saturday 12/16/17 Nat’s Books Uptown Minneapolis noon to 3pm
  • Tuesday 12/19/17 Pequot Lakes Rotary Club
  • Monday 1/8/18 Crosby Women’s Club 1pm

Candace Simar is a Pequot Lakes, Minnesota author with a passion for her Scandinavian heritage and a deep love of history. Candace grew up dreaming how life might have been for her family in the early days of Minnesota settlement.  She became concerned when her college-aged children did not know this history and took her son’s challenge to “write a book.”

Her historical novels include:  SHELTERBELTS 2015, receiving awards from both the Midwest Book Awards and the Willa Literary Awards in Historical Fiction;  Spur Award Winning  ABERCROMBIE TRAIL  SERIES ( Abercrombie Trail 2009, Pomme de Terre 2010, Birdie2011,  and Blooming Prairie 2012).

Her work has received awards from the Western Writers of America, Women Writing the West, Midwest Book Awards, Bob Dylan Creative Writing Contest, Lake Region Review, League of Minnesota Poets, National Federation of State Poetry Societies, Dust and Fire, and Brainerd Writer’s Alliance.  FARM GIRLS 2013 co-written with her sister, celebrates growing up on a dairy farm. Candace is a grateful Five Wings Arts grant recipient.


Visit her website for more information and to purchase books. 

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December 9 BWA meeting agenda

Brainerd Writers Alliance News and November Meeting Agenda

Date: December 9, 2017
Location: Brainerd Public Library, large meeting room
Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Visitors are always welcome. BWA is a member organization. We encourage you to join. Membership is $15 per year and includes discounts for BWA sponsored classes and events.

December greetings!

Last month we covered a lot of ground in our discussions about growth potential and options for Brainerd Writers Alliance. This month, during our holiday meeting, we’ll finish up with input, make some decisions, and map out our plans for the coming year.

Essentially, we are looking to expand our member base to include all ages. We’ve talked about a cafeteria-style meeting agenda to allow members to come for what they need, be it teaching moments, meet and greet, brag board, and/or feedback. We also hope to offer classes and workshops and we’ll do a better job of promoting our writer’s events and accomplishments.

Please invite fellow writers of all ages – aspiring and accomplished – to add input. We’re still looking for logo and new tagline ideas so please email your submissions to consider. You must be a member to vote.

We’ll meet in the large meeting room at the Brainerd library so let’s fill it up! And please, bring holiday snacks to share.

Thanks, Maggie

In this newsletter:

  • December 9 meeting agend
  • BWA 2018 discussion – proposed organization, meeting, and festival updates (changes) – Maggie
  • Sign up to moderate meetings, bring snacks, offer teaching moments

December 9, 2017 BWA Meeting Agenda

Moderator:  Maggie? Contact us if you would like to moderate this meeting.
Snacks: bring something to share
Location: Large meeting room, Brainerd Public Library
Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.


10:00 Meet & Greet – welcome new members, share holiday snacks

10:10 Member news & kudos (brag board)

10:20 Member recaps of writing events and classes – Melissa, Maggie, other?

11:00 Readings and Critiques

11:45 Business reports & discussion

Note: business reports will not be included in future monthly meetings. Reports will be included in the monthly newsletter/upcoming meeting agenda. Business meetings at other times will be scheduled on an as-needed basis.

  • BWA 2018 discussion – proposed organization, meeting, and festival updates (changes) – Maggie.
  • Please sign up to moderate, provide Teaching Moment, or to supply snacks for future meetings. Thanks!

January 13, 2018

Moderator: ___________________________

Teaching Moment : _____________________

Snacks: _______________________________


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BWA Member Carissa Andrews Launches Final Pendomus Chronicles Novel

November is a big month for local Brainerd Lakes author, Carissa Andrews. After seven years of writing her three-book series, The Pendomus Chronicles, the final installment, Revolutions, will be released on November 21st, 2017 to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and iBooks—as well as in paperback at CatTales Books and Gifts for a limited time.

The Pendomus Chronicles consists of three books: Pendomus, Polarities, and Revolutions. A young adult sci-fi/fantasy/dystopian mix series, reads like a blend of movies like Matrix and novels like Maze Runner.

FACEBOOK LAUNCH PARTY NOVEMBER 21-27  To join the Facebook launch party and get some exclusive insights to the Pendomus Chronicles, as well as join some fun giveaways throughout the week, mark yourself as “going” and check in each day from November 21-27. There will be signed copies, other fandom trinkets, and gift cards up for grabs. Join here:

BOOK SIGNING NOVEMBER 25TH, 2017 For those interested in a physical copy—and if you’re a real fan of books—Carissa is having a book signing for all three books on Small Business Saturday, November 25th, 2017 from noon-2:00pm at CatTales Books & Gifts in downtown Brainerd.

For a reminder about the Book Signing at CatTales on November 25th, mark yourself as “going” out on Facebook:

ABOUT THE SERIES. For those unfamiliar, the series takes place on a completely different planet—Pendomus—and follows the trials and tribulations of a girl named Runa, as she steps into an unbelievable destiny. What starts out as a decision to live a life different from what society deems appropriate, turns into an ultimate ride to balance her choices with fate. There’s more to Pendomus than meets the eye, and Runa only begins to scratch the surface of this reality in book one. In book 2, Polarities, her journey continues as she struggles to make sense of what it means to be the prophesied Daughter of Five. She undergoes trials in order to manifest the power hidden within her. Revolutions, Book 3, continues with Runa as she steps into her role, as well as tying together some unbelievable twists you won’t see coming—but wonder how you missed them.

To learn more about the Pendomus Chronicles and where you can purchase her books, visit Carissa’s website:


Pendomus (Book 1) is currently free in all digital formats.
Polarities (Book 2) is just 99¢ in digital formats – for a limited time.
Revolutions (Book 3) is also just 99¢ in all digital formats – for a limited time.

GET IN TOUCH. To get in touch with Carissa or follow her on social media, check out her links:







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BWA needs a logo and a tagline

Here’s a call out to our members and prospective members – we will consider all options for a logo and a new tagline (short and sweet) at our December 9 meeting. This is a freebie, which is why we’re asking members only to submit. The logo should reflect our literary energies and the tagline, as I said, should be short.

Our name is long – Brainerd Writers Alliance

The tagline cannot be more than 4 words.

Keep the visual relationship in mind, as well as use of color. In some instances, the image may be reproduced in black and white so there needs to be some contrast.

The art provided must be scalable. We may want to produce a banner or other large format signage, so we have to have a final image that will scale to a large size.

Either bring your ideas to the meeting or email to us.

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Recap of November meeting

We had a great meeting today with nine members in attendance. We spent a lot of time on proposed changes to BWA for 2018. Members, please check your email for complete minutes and if you have any input, the December 9 holiday meeting is open to hearing what you have to say. For that meeting, please bring holiday snacks to share! Newcomers are welcome. If you are an aspiring or accomplished writer, we’d love to have you join Brainerd Writers Alliance.

Our BWA member, Diane Schlagel has published her book, “The Price of New Shoes: An Oldest Sister’s Journey,” a memoir. Please plan to attend either event listed below.

  • Dec. 9 – Book launch. Aitkin Library, 1 p.m., 110 First Ave. NE Aitkin MN 56431 Phone: (218) 927-2339
  • Dec. 12 – Book signing. Hallet Library, 1 p.m., 101 1st Street SE, Crosby, MN 56441 Phone: (218) 546-8005
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