Professor discusses novel

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Bill Meissner, author and English professor

Bill Meissner will present "Starts, Stops and Detours" 7 p.m. Nov. 22 at the Bremer Room of the St. Cloud Public Library.

Award winning novelist will share insights about the ups and downs of writing. Bill Meissner presents “Starts, Stops and Detours: The Process of Writing a Novel” an informal workshop and reading 7 p.m. Nov. 22 at the Bremer Room of the St. Cloud Public Library.

Meissner, professor of English and creative writing, will discuss the process of writing a novel and read brief sections from his novel “Spirit in the Grass,” which won the 2008 Midwest Book Award from the Midwest Independent Bookseller’s Association. The talk will include an informal question and answer session.

The St. Cloud resident has authored six books – three poetry collections and two collections of short stories, including “Hitting into the Wind” and “The Road to Cosmos.” Meissner has won the Loft-McKnight Award of Distinction in Fiction, a Loft-McKnight Award in poetry, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in poetry and a Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship.

The event is part of National Novel Writing Month. For more information or to register, contact the St. Cloud Public Library at (320) 650-2500 or go to

The project was funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage fund.

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