April 19, 2018

Guest post by author Catherine Holm

  For Writers~Thoughts on Creation and Publication What keeps a writer going? What should keep a writer going? Is it publication? I’m not so sure. We all dream of publication. We want our work out there. And yes, it’s a very very cool thing when a reader (a stranger!) comes to you, or writes to you, and tells you that your book really moved them, or really made an impact. Then, it all feels worth it. WE want to matter. We want to connect. We want our work to move … [Read more...]

Quinn Nystrom Celebrates release of book, “If I Kiss You, Will I Get Diabetes?”

At Age 10, Quinn Nystrom knew what her lifelong mission would be. After her younger brother Will was diagnosed with type-1 diabetes, she began knocking on neighborhood doors in her small northern Minnesota town to raise money for a cure for diabetes. Three years later, she was diagnosed with diabetes and re-doubled her efforts. She now devotes her full time efforts to diabetes advocacy and has been recognized nationally for her contributions. For the past 16 years, Quinn has shared her struggle … [Read more...]

Poets Selected for Poetry on the Wall II

  Poets Announced! The Poetry on the Wall reading and reception will take place on February 8, 1 to 3pm. Don't miss it!! Poetry on the Wall was brought back by demand. The poetry exhibit is display at the Q Gallery at Franklin Arts Center, 1001 Kingwood St #222 in Brainerd, MN, from January 23 to February 28, 2014. The reception and reading on February 8, and exhibition is free and open to the public. Enjoy over fifty poems by twenty-one poets that reside in Minnesota's Region Five … [Read more...]

Elements of Creative Writing Series

The Crossing Arts Alliance presents “Elements of Creative Writing Series” at the Q Gallery located at the Franklin Art Center, 1001 Kingwood Street, Brainerd, Saturdays 9 a.m. to noon, January 11, January 25, February 8 and February 22.  The class series includes: Memoir I and Memoir II, instructed by Angela Foster and Creating Place in Fiction and Creating Characters in Fiction, instructed by Sheila O’Connor. Class fee is $15 per class, or $10 for Crossing Arts Alliance members.  Classes are … [Read more...]

Poetry on the Wall 2014

Exciting news!  The Crossing Arts Alliance received a grant from The Five Wings Arts Council for our second “Poetry on the Wall” project and event. The project goal is to inspire and uplift poets by honoring their art form. The Crossing Arts Alliance (TCAA) invites those interested to submit up to three poems for Poetry on the Wall. Poets, consider this opportunity to exhibit your work and read during the reception. The Submission deadline is January 10, 2014.  Poets of any age must have … [Read more...]

Richard Blanco’s Inspirational Visit

Writer and Reviewer Mary Aalgaard said it best in her 'Play off the Page' blog post on our day with Richard Blanco. Quote of the Day:  Of course, it is always good advice to write every day. But, it's not always possible to sit down at the same time every day and write a certain amount. What is important is to pay attention to the world, to life, every day. Paraphrase from Richard Blanco's presentation at Central Lakes College in Brainerd, MN, Sept. 13, 2013. What a thrill to meet the poet … [Read more...]

Congratulations to Nancy Plain, 2013 Nebraska Book Award Winner

Award Winners to be Honored at October 26 Celebration of Nebraska Books An awards presentation ceremony will highlight the Nebraska Center for the Book's Celebration of Nebraska Books on October 26 at the Nebraska State Historical Society's Museum of Nebraska History, 15th and P Streets, in downtown Lincoln. Winners of the 2013 Nebraska Book Awards will be honored and the celebration will include readings by some of the winning authors. And the winners are: Congratulations to Nancy Plain, … [Read more...]

Lake Region Writers Network Conference presents Marketing for Writers by Krista Rolfzen Soukup

  Writers Conference   Landscapes of the Writer 5th Annual Writers Conference October 5, 2013 M|State Fergus Falls Marketing for Writers: Know Me, Like Me, Follow Me, Promote Me, Buy Me!  – Presenter, Krista Rolfzen Soukup Learn to promote your work through author branding, Internet presence, and social media. Investigate ways to incorporate marketing into your busy writing schedule. The presenter, a literary publicist and owner of Blue Cottage Agency, will share proven … [Read more...]

Publicity and Marketing Class for writers offered by Literary Publicist Krista Rolfzen Soukup

Krista Rolfzen Soukup will present the class “Publicity and Marketing for Writers”  on  Tuesday, September 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Tuesday, September 24 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Franklin Art Center in Brainerd as part of the Taste of the Arts Tuesday Sampler series. This class is for both published and pre-published writers.  The class covers how writers can promote their work, including discussion on establishing a platform, on-line marketing through websites and social media and … [Read more...]

Writing Retreat at the Bed And Breakfast

Join us for a weekend writing retreat for all genres at the beautiful W.W. Smith Bed and Breakfast in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota. Retreat features classes presented by award winning author Candace Simar, author and writing instructor Angela F. Foster and literary publicist Krista Rolfzen Soukup. This retreat also includes scheduled blocks of writing time and a limited number of individual editing, publicity and fiction writing  consultations available throughout the weekend. Retreat … [Read more...]


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