Great writers writing in Minnesota

In the three years that I’ve been involved with Brainerd Writers Alliance while learning the how-tos of writing a novel, I’ve been stunned at the level of great talent I’ve found in Minnesota.  Talented writers abound. Maybe it’s the isolation of winter that opens the creative spirit – create or die from Read more…

Writing Fiction

Not that I’m doing that this week. I’m imaging myself writing fiction but instead, I’m promoting the Brainerd Writers Alliance MN writers contest and the writers’ conference. We still need submissions and we still need registrations to make this thing go. So that’s how my time is used. If you Read more…

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 Read more…

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

BWA 2017 Writing Contest, Fall Festival and Book Fair

Call for Entries, Minnesota writers Enter the Brainerd Writers Alliance 2017 Writing Contest   GUIDELINES and INFORMATION This contest is open to all writers who are residents of Minnesota. CATEGORIES Fiction: 2500 word limit. Tips: Stories need a strong hook to get the reader into the first scene; good development Read more…

2016 BWA Writing Contest Judges and Festival Speaker Announced!

We’re announcing our 2016 Judges and featured speaker for the BWA writing contest and Fall Festival. Details on the contest, festival and writing contest guidelines are on our 2016 Writing Contest and Fall Festival page. Remember to enter before August 24! We encourage writers of all ages to enter the contest.  2016 Read more…

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…

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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