Mar 8, 2010

Writers' conference

Candace Simar of Pequot Lakes will be the featured speaker at the second annual Central Lakes College Writers' Conference April 8 on the Brainerd campus. Simar, currently writing her third historical novel, will give closing remarks after the one-hour break-out session in which she will discuss character creation and give guests the chance to leave the hands-on workshop with a "character of their own." Simar's first book, "Abercrombie Trail," was published in 2009, after years of research and style development aided by friends such as Diana Ossana, Academy Award-winning co-author of "Brokeback Mountain." Simar's second novel is "Pomme de Terre," scheduled for release in June. A third novel is being written around the grasshopper plague. The conference will start in the Music Rehearsal Hall at 2:30 p.m., and break-out sessions will feature CLC instructors and published authors Donna Salli, Ryan Deblock, Marilyn Moses, Leann Perius, and Lori-Beth Larsen.