Mystery Writers Workshop: An exciting all-day workshop for writers

September 12, 2015 at the Bloomington Old Town Museum

A revealing full-day workshop for writers. Learn about crime detection and the legal system from a forensic psychologist, a prosecutor, a BCA criminalist, a public defender and a criminal defense lawyer.

See how real-life crime detection techniques can make your writing more unique and authentic.

See for workshop description and registration information
ESCAPE WITH US … for artsy fun and good company

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Bloomington Writers Festival and Book Fair 2015

The Bloomington Writers Festival and Book Fair is currently taking applications from published authors for table space at the 12th annual event, March 28, 2015 at the Bloomington Center for the Arts, 1800 W Old Shakopee, Bloomington, MN. The Book Fair hours are 10:30am – 4:00pm.  Space is limited and is assigned on a first come, first served basis. The necessary form for this event is attached for your convenience or you may go to to download the form. Registration applications are due January 15, 2015.

This year’s Keynote Speaker is Jeff Shotts, Executive Editor of Graywolf Press, an award-winning publisher whose authors have won the Nobel Prize for Literature, National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. This small, not-for-profit publisher is highly successful in a very difficult, highly competitive book market.

Workshops, author readings and companies who provide services to authors will also be available as resources for all who attend.  The full program of workshops will be available online at after November 19.  This program is supported by the Bloomington Theatre and Art Center in Bloomington, MN.

Kate Pettit
Bloomington Literary Council
Bloomington Writers Festival and Book Fair

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Sights and Sounds Photography Tour of Belgium

GS-Normandy-001GS-Normandy-002Sights and sounds of Belgium and Northern France
April 14-24, 2015
led by Gail Speckmann

Small group tour allows you to enjoy personal attention from 2 experienced guides (Gail+Travel guide). Experienced Chauffeur in Motor Coach + includes 10 overnights in Bruges, Honfleur, Bayeux, Dinant, Le Mans, paris. Throughout each day local hisotry, music, authors and artists will be highlighted. Personal photography assistance to enhance the composition of your photos. Gail is an international award-winning artist and photographer.

Tour price per person is $3,685. Double occupancy only. Full brochure is available on Contact Gail Speckmann +1.763.218.2031

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Writers’ Workshops and Events in Caver County, MN

Caver County Library System is writer-friendly. A writer’s group including all genres has been active for 5 years now at Chanhassen Library, 7711 Kerber BLvd. It meets the third Saturday of every month from 10:00-noon. Fourth Saturdays from 1-3:30pm the Author’s Collective meets in the building for information about contracts, self-publishing, letters of inquiry and marketing.  Waconia Branch hosts Writer’s Club on the first Saturday of every month at 10:30am. A champion for the writers colony is Angela Hunt, CCLS Librarian who organizes events. October 7 the 4th annual Open Mike Poetry event took place with live music to start and 45 poems read by audience members who brought favorite classics and original work. “The night was heartwarming”, Beth Hammers, local poet, summed up.

A Memoir Writer’s Group was started this fall (Last Wednesday of the month) after an all-day Writer’s Retreat for Memoir at Charlson Meadows by guest speaker Judy Budreau. Angela is heading up the new Chaska Area Poetry Writer’s Group which meets  quarterly on the last Wednesday of the month (January 28, 2015 next meeting). There are also live reading events planned nearly monthly for all genres in local coffee houses. Angela says she is busy planning the 3rd Annual Writer’s Fair which is hosted at Chanhassen Library. This year it will be held on Sat, April 11, 2015. “We’ll hear Tom Kerber, CEO of Beaver’s Pond Press, talk about how to prepare a manuscript for submission,  mystery and non-fiction writer Jan Dunlap will speak on “Switching Genres Successfully” and “Managing Writer Workload”, and there will be other notable speakers  including Laurel Means, Editor-in-Chief of Prairie Editing Services, who will be doing free 15-min one-on-one editing sessions. For more information or to register your email for an e-newsletter of upcoming events at  Carver County Library System, call Angela at Chaska Library 952-448-3886. All events are free and open to the public.

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Paint and Paper Art Show by “The Alexanders”

MargeAlexander-201410-eInvite-72Exhibition “The Alexanders”,
Marge and Alex

Undercroft Gallery
St. Matthew Episcopal Church
2136 Carter Ave., St. Paul, MN 55108
Phone 651.645.3058

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12th Bloomington Writers’ festival 2015

Bloom-Fest-XXX-002The date for the 12th Bloomington Writers’ Festival has been set for March 28, 2015. Venue: Bloomington Center for the Arts, 1800 W. Old Shakopee Rd., Bloomington MN.

Contact for more information.

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Welcome to the World of the Minnesota Pen Women

MN Pen Women LogoWelcome to the Minnesota Pen Women News.

We are a group of inspired and inspiring women artists, who love to share their art and experience with other artists. We meet regularly and welcome guests to our meetings.

Our News page will inform you about the events and art adventures our members are sharing with one another and you.

Music, Painting, Sculpture, Photography, Purse and Jewelry Making, Writing, Poetry–you name it, we find our way into these areas of creativity.

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