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…

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 Read more…

Call for submissions for Talking Stick 27

THE TALKING STICK is a locally published and nationally recognized publication. CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS Again, this year we celebrate the short form. Wanted:  SHORT Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction. Writers must be from Minnesota or have some connection to this area. ALL ENTRIES MUST BE VERY SHORT. Focus on short forms, Read more…

Hey, Minnesota writers, where are you?

Last week I attended the North Shore Readers and Writers Festival in Grand Marais, MN. This 4-day event is sponsored by the Grand Marais Art Colony. There is something for everyone and I have to say, it’s exhausting! A person’s mind can only accept so much stimulation before it’s stuffed 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…

Read Local – #readlocal

Oh, summer, take me away! And that’s exactly what she did. I spent a week out on the western edge of the Minnesota prairie with other writers and artists and friends. I was inspired by the creative energy of everyone. Minnesota published authors take note. Ann Thompson of Billy Maple Read more…

Who’s your favorite Minnesota author?

I’m on a read local mission. Donna Salli, from Brainerd, has published her new work, “A Notion of Pelicans” – available for pre-order on her website: http://www.donnasalli.com/ Candace Simar, also from the lakes area, has written numerous books in a variety of genres. She is an award-winning author of poetry and 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…

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