Local authors to host writing workshops in Brainerd
The Brainerd Public Library will offer three free writing workshops in April and May led by local authors and sisters Angela Foster and Candace Simar.
Each workshop will cover a different skill set, so writers may take one, two or all three. All workshops will be held in the large meeting room of the library. Registration is requested by calling the library at 218-829-5574 or online at www.tinyurl.com/brainerd-library-calendar.
• "Tame the Memoir Monster: What to Put In, What to Leave Out" with Foster will take place from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 25. Foster will discuss memoirs and lead quick writing exercises. Students will leave with a better understanding of story and how to hone it down to the best it can be.
• "Business Writing: How to Get Your Point Across in a Clear and Interesting Way" with Foster will take place from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 2. During this fast-paced class, participants will read and discuss actual newsletters, blogs and letters to the editor. Then they will tear them apart and put them back together again to create interesting reads. Students will walk away from this class with an understanding of the pitfalls to avoid and the skill to create work readers will enjoy.
• "Dig Deeper: Mining Research Details to Enhance Your Story" with Simar will be held from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 9. This class will investigate ways to find pertinent research, how to filter through the excess data and how to integrate the best details into a story to bring it to life. Participants should bring a notebook or laptop.
Simar is an award-winning Pequot Lakes author who has published six historical novels and a book of short stories. She has received the Spur Award, a Willa Literary Award for Historical Fiction and was a Midwest Book Award finalist.
Foster is a poet and memoirist who teaches creative writing at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. She received a Loft Literary Center Excellence in Teaching Award and a writing residency at the Madeline Island School of the Arts in July 2017. Foster served as co-editor of "County Lines: 87 Minnesota Counties, 130 Minnesota Poets" and holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree in creative nonfiction from Pine Manor College in Boston.
This project is funded in part with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008, which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota's arts and cultural heritage.
For more information or to register for the workshops, call the library at 218-829-5574 or visit the library's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/brainerdpubliclibrary.