April 8 – BWA Guest speaker, Doug Lewandowski

Doug is the author of “Woman River.” He will be talking about human motivation as it relates to the development of characters in stories. You can learn more about Doug on his website at douglewandowski.com. For this event, we will be meeting in the large meeting room at the Brainerd Public Library.

Jack Pine Writers announce submissions for “Talking Stick” now open

Make sure and read this year’s submission guidelines carefully as they are doing something VERY different this year!!

Dream the Scene

By M E Fuller.

At Saturday’s Brainerd Writers Alliance meeting, one of our members, Bev Abear, shared her notes from a weekend workshop with Sheila O’Connor. The theme of the workshop was “Dream the Scene.” Ms O’Connor shared her thoughts on how to approach the writing of a scene for a novel. Her insights can also be applied to a short story or a work of nonfiction. According to O’Connor, the way to start any writing is in the writer’s imagination: dream (imagine) first the scene, then mind-map, then write. To read more, please visit mefuller’s blog, at mefuller.com.

Wrapping up the year

Our heartfelt thanks to all who attended this year’s BWA Fall Festival. Our speaker, Angela Foster, was just awarded a 2017 Artist Initiative project grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board to complete her memoir “Falling Away.” Events will include a public reading, as well as a memoir writing workshop in Pine City. We look forward to forthcoming details about the workshop. Congratulations, Angela!

From left to right. 1-3: Winners reading their work. 4: Judge Theresa Jarvela. 5: Winner Sara Gall 6: Participants 7: BWA member accepting registrations 8: Julie Jo Larson, Emcee 9: Angela Foster, Guest Speaker

Workshop workshop2 Winner Theresa Jarvela Sara Gall Participants Registration Julie Jo Larson, Emcee   Angela Foster, Guest Speaker

Our BWA member M E Fuller is launching a weekly blog series, Greyhairs Rising, on November 13 on her website, mefuller.com. Greyhairs Rising is a work-along weekly series to help you renew your commitment to your inner artist. Posts will follow her experiences, after retirement, of putting her artist-self first.

Join the discussion: https://www.facebook.com/groups/greyhairsrising/