Winners of the 2017 BWA writing contest

Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 BWA Writing Contest!

Creative nonfiction:
First place: “With This Ring,” Anjanette Bandel, Rochester
Second place: “Butterflies,” Brielle Bredsten, Aitkin

1st place: “After School,” Melissa B. L. Birch, Pequot Lakes
2nd place: “The Costco Man,” Dan Nelson, Pillager

1st place: “The White Ibis,” Lina Belar, Perham
2nd place: “Death of an Uncle,” Jean Murray Driscoll, Pillager
Honorable mention: “She’s laid right down for us,” Theresa B. Falsani, Duluth

Register to attend the BWA Fall Festival and Book Fair today!


  • A separate fee of $25 for the Festival includes a catered lunch.
  • Reservations are due on or before Oct. 25th.
  • To reserve your spot, send $25.00 check payable to BWA
    • Postal Mail: 6584 Parkview Circle, Baxter, MN 56425
    • Email:, attn.: Bev, with your RSVP and pay at the door.

BOOK FAIR VENDORS: $5 for 1/3 of an 8-foot table space to sell your books. Space is limited. Be sure to mention you’d like a spot when registering.

Contact Contest Chair Bev Abear with questions at



BWA meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 10.

Join us! Members, bring work to share for critique. Brainerd Public Library, small meeting room. 10 a.m.

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 For this event, we will be meeting in the large meeting room at the Brainerd Public Library.

March meeting – annual Write-in! and more…

Next meeting is March 11. Starting early, at 9:00 for annual WRITE-IN.
Bring something to work on. Meeting at 11:30. Bring your lunch and something to share.
Members only! April’s guest speaker, Doug Lewandoski, on the psychology of characters.
If you haven’t joined, now’s the time. Annual dues only $15.

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

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, 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.

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