Pencil to Paper: Write your way through the Pandemic CLASS SERIES

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Pencil to Paper: Write your Way through the Pandemic Join us for an Eight Week Class Series led by Award Winning Author Candace Simar When: Thursdays, Noon to 2:00 p.m. CST, January 7 to February 25, 2021 Where: Zoom What: An 8 week series to move you forward in your writing, improve your writing skills […]

Frank Weber Launches “LYING CLOSE”

Weber Celebrates Release of Fourth True Crime Book Award-winning author Frank Weber will celebrate the release of “Lying Close, the fourth book in his true crime mystery series, with two live events scheduled in Brainerd and St. Cloud. “Lying Close”, a thrilling mystery, involves a hunting accident, a rural home break in, the disappearance of […]

Never Underestimate the Power of a Good Book

In 2009, Abercrombie Trail by Candace Simar changed the course of my career.  I loved this book. I devoured every page. It became the catalyst to Blue Cottage Agency. Abercombie Trail, a debut novel by a local writer, was already getting the word-of- mouth buzz around town when our book club made it our November […]

Finish Your Book in Three Drafts presented by Stuart Horwitz

You may have asked yourself while writing: how many drafts is this going to take? Stuart Horwitz, is a nationally-known expert on structure and revision, thinks the answer is three–provided you know what draft you’re in and what action steps to take between drafts. Stuart will teach his secrets on revision, followed by a Q&A session.  […]

How to Make Self-Publishing Work for You

Do you know how to publish and still keep your rights and all of the royalties? My friend and fellow-faculty member Nancy Barnes just released her new course this week! Independent Publishing with Profitable Authors Institute. Whether you’re a FICTION OR NONFICTION AUTHOR, her four-part course on independent book publishing answers will show you how […]

Play off the Page review of Poet Robert Hass

This Post written by Mary Aalgaard and originally published on her Play off the Page Blog Quote of the Day:  Figure out what is in you and how to make it sing. Robert Hass as he spoke to an audience at the Central Lakes College in Brainerd, MN. We were a mixed group, some college students, […]

Western Writers of America guest post by author Bill Markley

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 Western Writers of America 2014 Convention, June 24-28 Sacramento, California Western Writers of America  is the friendliest organization I have ever belonged to in my life. It’s one of those organizations that when asked to do something, I don’t mind doing it. In 1953, a small group of traditional western fiction writers founded WWA to […]

Candace Simar featured Literary Artist at Tuesday Sampler

  —Brainerd, MN- Author Candace Simar will be the featured literary artist at the Crossing Arts Alliance ‘Tuesday Sampler’ event Tuesday, September 18 from 10 am to 1 pm in The Crossing Arts Sales and Gift Gallery.  The “Tuesday Sampler” event highlights both literary and visual artists on farmer market Tuesday’s held in the Franklin […]

Charmaine Donovan wins Northeastern Minnesota Book Award

On May 17, Poet Charmaine Donovan won the Northeastern Book Award for her debut collection, Tumbled Dry. Statement and comment from the Northeastern Book Award committee of judges: “In her first collection, Tumbled Dry (Lost Hills Books), Charmaine Donovan takes everyday experiences and transforms them into words that capture the moment perfectly. Clean, clear and […]