Brainerd Writers Alliance Annual Conference and Book Fair

 Saturday, October 27, 2018 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This year you can register online for tickets. Your registration includes a buffet lunch, coffee break beverages, and snacks. (Menu is to be announced.) Tickets are on sale June 1, 2018. Seating is limited. https://brainerdwriters.com/writing-contest-and-book-fair/ This year’s conference will feature Minnesota Book Award finalist Erin Hart, author of Haunted Ground, Lake of Sorrows, False Mermaid, The Book of Killowen. Our volunteer judges will share their thoughts on this year’s writing Read more…

Our annual writing competition is open for submissions!

You can submit your work at https://brainerdwriters.com/2018-writing-contest/. Please follow guidelines carefully. Our judges will be announced soon. Don’t forget to register for our annual conference with guest speaker, Erin Hart. https://brainerdwriters.com/writing-contest-and-book-fair/  

May 2018 Brainerd Writers Alliance News and Meeting Agenda

2018 WRITERS CONFERENCE & BOOK FAIR 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 Read more…

April 18 meeting minutes

For our April 14 meeting, we met in the large conference room of the Brainerd Public Library. Next month we’ll meet in the small conference room. Be prepared for a packed house. Moderator: Maggie Teaching Moment or Writing Exercise. Writing Your Artist Statement Snacks: Thank you, JulieJo! Time: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Time was a little short this month. We were told another group had the room at 12:30 but that turned out not to be the case. Read more…

April 14, 2018 BWA Meeting Agenda

We will meet in the large conference room of the Brainerd Public Library. We have the room from 10.00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Another group has the room at 12:30. Moderator: Maggie Teaching Moment or Writing Exercise. Writing Your Artist Statement Snacks: Everybody! Location: Large meeting room, Brainerd Public Library Time: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. AGENDA 10:00 Meet and greet / coffee and snacks 10:15 Member news & kudos (brag board) – includes a Read more…

April Meeting AGENDA

Visitors are encouraged to attend. We’ll meet in the large meeting room at the Brainerd Public Library. Bring paper and pen/pencil. This will be a working meeting. 10:00 Meet and greet / coffee and snacks 10:15 Member news & kudos (brag board) – includes a review of events members have attended 10:45-12:30 p.m. Work on artist statements  (Meeting will adjourn at 12:30 this month.) We’re switching things up for this meeting to focus on the Read more…

March 2018 Newsletter

THAT WAS FUN! Our first Brainerd Writers Presents author talk with Diane Schlagel at Sage on Laurel filled the small room with 16 in attendance. Diane’s presentation was engaging. Her memoir, The Price of New Shoes: An Older Sister’s Journey, is beautifully descriptive even though her story of family abuse is a challenging topic for any writer to tackle. We’re proud of you, Diane! We’ll change the venue for March-May to Prairie Bay Grill. New time: Read more…

Another great meeting and what’s coming up.

Our second BWA meeting of the year is behind us. Our new meeting agenda is working well. We’re having fun, lots of discussions, and we’re writing together. We hope you can join us next month. BWA member, Carissa Andrews, is featured on the Self Publishing Journey podcast.  Great job, Carissa! We’re moving along on planning for our fall writer and book event. Our speaker this year will be Erin Hart. A brainstorming session is coming Read more…

Critiques

We want feedback and we hate feedback. One of the toughest parts of the  writing process can be hearing the reader’s and the editor’s perspective. We all want to improve our writing and if we want readers, then it’s critical that we allow critique. Below is the Minnesota Nice way to critique. I tend to take my critiques New York style. Know your writer! Giving Critiques Critique the writing, not the writer. Always start with Read more…

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