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'Tuesday Sampler' literary, visual arts classes offered in Brainerd

The Crossing Arts Alliance presents Tuesday Sampler, a literary and visual arts series of classes on Farmers Market Tuesdays at the Franklin Arts Center in Brainerd.

Browse the Farmers Market at the Franklin Arts Center parking lot, 1001 Kingwood St., Brainerd, then come inside and improve your artistic skills with a selection of classes in August and September.

The literary series features publishing, poetry, blogging and marketing classes. All literary art classes are from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays with two classes repeated from 6-8 p.m. at the Q Gallery, unless noted. Class fee is $10 or $5 for Crossing Arts Alliance members.

Candace Simar, Pequot Lakes author, will present “I have a manuscript. Now what?” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 20 and from 6-8 p.m. Aug. 27. Simar will discuss how to know a manuscript is ready, finding an agent or publisher and how to navigate the submission process.

Simar is author of the “Abercrombie Trail” series of historical novels from North Star Press of St. Cloud, which recount the story of Scandinavian immigrants in early Minnesota during the 1862 Sioux Uprising. The series includes “Abercrombie Trail” (2009), “Pomme de Terre” (2010) and “Birdie” (2011). “Birdie” won the Spur Award for Best Western Juvenile Fiction in 2012.

Call 218-833-0416 to register or visit

Other upcoming classes:

Sept. 3: Poetry: Generating New Work by Sonya Chamberlain.

Sept. 10: Poetry: Pruning your Poetry by Chamberlain.

Sept. 17: Publicity and Marketing for Authors by Krista Rolfzen Soukup.

Sept. 24: Publicity and Marketing for Authors evening session by Rolfzen Soukup, 6-8 p.m.

The visual arts classes feature pottery and fiber arts from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays. The pottery classes will be held in August with instruction by Bill Grange and Paul Bloom at Franklin Arts Pottery and the September classes will feature Fiber Art Techniques by Carolyn Abbott in Room No. 114.

Class fee is $25 per month or $20 for Crossing Arts Alliance members, plus $25 material fee.

Pre-registration is recommended and class sizes are limited. Registration forms are available at The Crossing Arts Alliance, at or by calling 218-833-0416.

This activity is funded, in part, by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Five Wings Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund; and grants from Sertoma Winter Wonderland, Brainerd Service League, Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union, and the Anderson Family Legacy Fund.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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