September 24, 2020

Work of Art+: Amplify Your Work – A PR Primer

FREE PUBLICITY WORKSHOP FOR ARTISTS You’ve worked hard to develop your craft, now get noticed by the press. Learn how to gain the attention of local, regional and national press by establishing your artist PR toolbox, understanding what is "News,” best practices for pitching and when to bend the rules of PR. Date: Saturday, August 29, 10:00 am -12:30 pm Online Platform: Zoom Presenters: Alison Bergblom Johnson and Krista Rolfzen Soukup, Artist Career Consultants, Springboard … [Read more...]

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 pick. With the fire roaring in the living room at Lynda’s house, Candace visited our discussion group. Excitement filled the room to have a real author present to discuss her work. She … [Read more...]

Book Publishing Class in Brainerd Minnesota

Get Your Dream on Paper: Book Publishing 101 Do you dream of writing a book? Learn about today's book industry, publishing options, first steps to publication, and what to expect once your book is published. When: Tuesday, March 24, 2020   Instructor: Krista Rolfzen Soukup, Owner Blue Cottage Agency Cost: $20 Where: Forestview Middle School, Baxter Minnesota Room 1717 Offered by Brainerd Community Education Register HERE OR by phone: 218-454-6924 … [Read more...]

Kacey Ruegsegger Johnson Releases New Book, “Over My Shoulder: A Columbine Survivor’s Story of Resilience, Hope, and a Life Reclaimed”

On April 20, 1999, Kacey Ruegsegger Johnson was trapped in the library when two teenage boys carried out an attack on Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. When the shooting began, Kacey hid under a table with only a chair to protect her. Moments later, she was shot at close range, her shoulder bones reduced to dust and hand severely injured. Minutes later, she fled the school with fellow survivors, in shock and at risk of bleeding to death. Johnson has spent nearly two decades coming … [Read more...]

Write Your Life Workshop Series

Do you have a story to tell? Do you worry your children and grandchildren will never know the simple pleasures of growing up in a world without cell phones and internet? does your history include family lore that should be captured on paper? Through the use of free writes and prompts, we'll begin putting those memories on paper. Workshop attendees will learn practical ways to create stories their family will enjoy for generations. Classes are intended for all levels of writing ability, Join … [Read more...]

Forensic Psychologist Frank Weber Launches “The I-94 Murders”

Book Launch Event at the Crossing Arts Alliance Tuesday, October 16 As a 21+ year veteran of the forensic psychology profession, Frank Weber has spent a large portion of his life in service to those in need. As the Clinic Director at CORE Professional Services, P.A, Weber has testified as an expert witness in numerous sexual assault and homicide cases and has received the President’s Award from the Minnesota Correctional Association for his forensic work. Having been in every prison in the … [Read more...]

Master Class Workshop: Women Writing the West National Convention

Master Class Workshop Publicity and Marketing for Authors 24th Annual Women Writing the West National Convention Thursday, October 25, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Marcus Whitman Hotel, Walla Walla, Washington We are excited to present to the Women Writing the West! This workshop is for both new and established authors. Learn the basic elements necessary to showcase your author brand, amplify promotional opportunities and market your book successfully. Whether you are traditionally published, … [Read more...]

Spring Workshops for Writers

Spring is here! It's time to write! Four Writing Workshops offered in the Brainerd Lakes Area The Brainerd Public Library and The Crossing Arts Alliance are offering spring workshops for all levels of writers in a cross section of topics. Class instructors are Angela Foster and Candace Simar.   Boot Camp for Writers Splash your Story on the Page! When: Saturday, April 14, 2018, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost $25 for Crossing Arts Members, $30 for Non-Members Where: Northern Lakes … [Read more...]

Writer’s Path to Publishing FREE Workshop [UPDATED]

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.   CLICK HERE TO REGISTER Date: Saturday, February 10, 1:00pm – 7:00pm (see full schedule and details below) Location: … [Read more...]

Donna Salli Book Talk at Upsala Library

Meet Minnesota Author Donna Salli Author Event Branch: Upsala Date: Fri Nov 17, 2017 Agegroups: Adults, Seniors Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Salli's first book, A Notion of Pelicans, has received praise from numerous sources. The often hilarious story of five church women and their husbands and families will remind you of your own home, your own community. Meet Donna as she talks about the book and writing. … [Read more...]

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