September 2018 Brainerd Writers Alliance News

Our planning session for 2019 is complete. Look for exciting changes ahead. Details to come.

September 22
Beth Hautala, children’s book author, will talk about writing her books, Waiting for Unicorns and The Ostrich and Other Lost things.
Children are encouraged to attend.
Sage on Laurel, 11:00 to 12:30.

October 27
Brainerd Writers Alliance fall conference and book fair. Click the link for details.

August 2018 Brainerd Writers Alliance News

Writing contest deadline is extended to August 31!

August 25 Bonnie West  West will talk about her book, Boyfriends, an anthology of short stories, recently released in paperback, and share her tips on how to get your short stories published.

West’s stories and essays have appeared in numerous publications, including The Minetta Review, The Talking Stick, Women’s Day, Redbook Magazine, The Austin Chronicle, and the anthologies, Still Going Strong and The Ultimate Dog Lover.

She has four mini-mysteries for children published by Carol Rhoda Press and a bilingual Japanese/English book, Hideki and Kenji Save the Day published in collaboration with Diane Carter.

She was a finalist in both the Essay and Novel-in-progress categories of The William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition. She lives with her husband in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Boyfriends is her debut collection, published by Ink Tears, a U.K. press, celebrating the short story.

Mark your calendars! Brainerd Writers Alliance author talks,
4thSaturdays 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 
Sage on Laurel

September will be an all business meeting to review this year and plan for next year. Bring a lunch item to share with everyone. Bring your BWA likes and dislikes and hopes and dreams for the group.

June 2018 Brainerd Writers Alliance News and Conference/Contest Updates

  • Beginning in July we will meet in the large meeting room at the Brainerd library unless the room is unavailable. Please check the website/your email for changes in location.
  • New member Charlie Johnson is also a member of the Focal Point Photography Club. The club will be posting photos on their website for writers to select from and write an accompanying piece for an exhibit at the Crossing Arts Alliance. Details are forthcoming.
  • Registration links for conference/book fair and writing contest:

Brainerd Writers Alliance author talks
4th Saturdays 11a.m. to 12:30 p.m.,
Sage on Laurel

June 23 – Susan Smith-Grier  Absent Narratives: Can You Hear Me Now?
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Sue will talk about voices that are missing in the Minnesota literary world. Finding those absent narratives and listening to the stories they tell can enrich your life and broaden your horizons. It also opens a dialog for a better understanding of one another.

Sue Smith-Grier is a local writer, copywriter, and contributor to the book, Blues Vision: African American Writing from American Writers in Minnesota, available from Amazon.

Grier is a two-time winner of Poetry on the Wall People’s Choice Award sponsored by the Crossing Arts Alliance. She is a member of Brainerd Writers Alliance.


Oct. 27, 2018, 9:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Location to be announced

Erin Hart
2018 Conference Speaker

Minnesota Book Award finalist.
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: The location is yet to be determined but it will be in one of the new downtown Brainerd conference spaces soon to open. Posters will be available when we determine the location.

Registration for conference and book fair opens June 1. Seating is limited.


You are invited to enter the 2018 BWA writing contest. Submit your best original work. Open for submissions, June 18, 2018. Details and guidelines. This year entries can be paid for online and submissions emailed per guidelines. Entries submitted before payment/June 18, will be ineligible.

Fellow writers of all ages—aspiring and accomplished—are invited to join Brainerd Writers Alliance. Membership is $15 per year and includes discounts on our events and classes. Keep in mind that work discussed in critiques may not be appropriate for all ages and tastes. Visit the website or our Facebook page for breaking news.

Thanks for your interest in Brainerd Writers Alliance.

Maggie Fuller



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