Krista Soukup and Rebecca Flansburg. (Corey Kretsinger Not Shown)
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This author class series consists of publishing and marketing classes that will help writers get published and successfully market themselves.

BRAINERD DAILY DISPATCH September 2015 –Central Minnesota is stepping up its game when it comes to the literary arts. Former poet laureates have visited the area, literary events abound and literary arts groups are popping up one after another. To bolster the community’s writers, the Five Wings Arts Council and the Crossing Arts Alliance have teamed up to offer a series of four classes to the public to help authors market themselves and find their path to being published.

The classes will take place Sept. 19 and Sept. 26 at the Brainerd Public Library.

On Sept. 19, “Getting your Dream on Paper: Book Publishing in Today’s World” will take place from 9-11 a.m., followed by “Find the Buzz: Social Media” from 12-2 p.m. the same day.

“Getting your Dreams on Paper: Book Publishing in Today’s World” will be taught by Krista Soukup and will cover the information new authors need to know about the book industry today, publishing options, the first steps to publication and what to expect when your book hits the shelves.

Rebecca Flansburg of and others will teach “Find the Buzz: Social Media.” Flansburg, also located in Brainerd MN., is a social media expert. In her class, Rebecca plans to dig deeply into the mysteries of Facebook, Twitter and blogging to discover how authors can build an audience and gain visibility. Authors also will learn how to harness the power of social media to gain readers, drive traffic to their website and promote their work.

On Sept. 26, “Keeping the Buzz: Publicity for Writers” will be from 9-11 a.m., and a WordPress website building class will follow from 12-2 p.m.

Krista Soukup of in Brainerd, MN. will teach “Keeping the Buzz: Publicity for Writers,” a class that will include what strategies writers can use to showcase their work to potential publishers, agents and readers. It will also discuss how marketing can fit into a writer’s daily schedule and cover the basics of publicity and marketing in today’s literary arts world: including author branding, websites, social media, book promotions, press releases and more.

The WordPress website building class will be taught by Corey Kretsinger of, a professional web designer located in Little Falls, MN. The class will explain the basics of WordPress and other internet terms, like SEO, posts, tags, categories, media and website security.

“Each author is unique, and each manuscript is unique, so guiding them to find the path they need is why I found the class series necessary” ~ Krista Soukup

This author class series is made possible by the generous support of Five Wings Arts Council and the Crossing Arts Alliance

For more information on the classes or to register go to or call the Crossing Arts office at 218-833-0416. Classes are $25 each, or $20 for Crossing Arts Alliance members.


Class Series Flyer


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