Literary Arts

Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts engages writers and readers in a variety of ways!


Reading Series

The second Friday evening of each month at 7:30 pm, Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts hosts a free reading series. The 2018 Reading Series Curator is Janna Knittel.  These readings take place at BLCA and are free to attend. The reading series is made possible through a partnership with Anoka Library and is funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota’s Art and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Check the online calendar to find out who is reading at Banfill-Locke. If you are interested in being considered as a reader at this series, please email

Practice Writing Group

Each Tuesday, from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm, a group of writers come together at Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts for a facilitated time to exercise the act of writing. Prompts are provided; this format is perfect for any type of writer and any ability. Practice Writing is also offered on the second Thursday evening of the month from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. All sessions are free to attend and participate. No sign up needed; just stop on by.

NorthWords Writers

The NorthWords Writers meet together monthly to critique each other’s work.  The meetings are facilitated by our Writer-in-Residence.  NorthWords meets on the fourth Saturday of the month from 10 am to 12 pm.  Interested writers can attend the group once without being a member of Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts.  Questions about the group can be addressed to


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    Writer in Residence Program

      Sarah Ratermann Beahan is a writer, facilitator and coach. She originally hails from rural mid-Missouri, but recently relocated to the Twin Cities from Seattle, […]