Ready to get your writing out in the world, but not sure where to start? Stumped on how to know if your writing is ready for publishing, or how to connect with an agent? Get tips directly from regional authors and publishers on writing and publishing, and network with other writers and brush up on your writing skills to get closer to your publishing goals.



Date: Saturday, February 10, 1:00pm – 7:00pm (see full schedule and details below)
Location: Roosevelt Education Center, 340 Friberg Ave., Fergus Falls, MN, 56537
Presenter: Regional authors and publishers, Springboard staff
Tuition: Free. If you have questions, please call 218-998-4037 or e-mail

Full schedule:

Author Candace Simar

1:00pm – 2:30pm: Getting Started: The Building Blocks of Story.
writing workshop with Candace Simar

2:30 – 3:00 pm: Networking Break: Make new connections with other writers and learn about local resources.

3:00 – 3:45 pm: Reflecting on the Journey: Regional Authors’ Panel
with writers Chrissy Kolaya, Vernal Lind, Gerald Anderson & Candace Simar

Krista Rolfzen Soukup
Krista Rolfzen Soukup

4:00 – 5:00pm: Finding Your Path: Publishers’ Panel
with Krista Soukup (Blue Cottage Agency), David Unowsky (Springboard for the Arts), Nayt Rundquist (New Rivers Press), & Gerri Moeller (MN Writes, MN Reads)

6:00 – 7:00pm: Open Mic Reading hosted by the Fergus Falls Writers’ Network

PLUS! One-on-one 45-minute career consultations with David Unowsky or Krista Soukup
Appointments available from 10:00am to 4:00pm, 10 slots are available.
Consultations are $45. Limited scholarships available. Register when you sign up for this event.
Click here to read more about Springboard’s career consultations.

This project was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage fund, with additional sponsorship from the Lake Region Arts Council, Victor Lundeens Company and Fergus Falls Community Education.


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Krista Rolfzen Soukup
Publicist and Owner

Blue Cottage Agency was founded by Krista Rolfzen Soukup in 2009. Krista is a literary publicist and Owner of Blue Cottage Agency.

Some Nice Words

“When I needed a publicist to help promote my book, The Lily of the West, I found there were quite a few available, but upon discovering the highly recommended  Krista Rolfzen Soukup and Blue Cottage Agency, there was no need to look further. Krista is reliable, creative, ethical and well connected. She personifies that elusive quality of being a straight-shooter who is kind and non-judgmental. She’s been a tremendous help to me and I can’t recommend her highly enough. Simply the best.”

Author The Lily of the West, Five Star Publishing March 2019

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