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

The Tuesday Sampler is where people can enjoy the Farmers Market in the Franklin Arts Center parking lot on Kingwood Street and then come inside and improve their artistic skills with classes in August and September.

The literary series features publishing, poetry, blogging and marketing classes and will be held every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., starting Aug. 6 at the Q Gallery. The first class in the series will be “Publishing in a New Industry” by Seal Dwyer of North Star Press. Dwyer will look at options open to writers for getting material published. Dwyer is a former president of the Midwest Independent Publishers Association.

Class fee is $10 or $5 for Crossing Arts Alliance members.

The schedule is as follows:

• Aug. 6: “Publishing in a New Industry” by Seal Dwyer, North Star Press.

• Aug. 13: “Blogging for Artists” by Mary Aalgaard.

• Aug. 20: “I have a manuscript. Now what?” by Candace Simar.

• Aug. 27: I have a manuscript. Now what?” by Simar who will present from 6-8 p.m.

• 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” by Rolfzen Soukup, 6-8 p.m.

Visual arts classes featuring pottery and fiber arts will be held 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 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 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.

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