Novel Writing Month (November) Workshop to be led by award-winning author and writing instructor Maureen Aitken

Rachel Anderson
October 7, 2019

In honor of Novel Writing Month, the Barnes & Noble Galleria is happy to present the writing workshop How to Draw Inspiration from Personal Experiences to Develop Characters, which will be led by University of Minnesota writing instructor Maureen Aitken, recipient of the Foreword Review INDIE Prize (General Fiction, Gold Winner) and the Nilsen Prize for her collection of stories, The Patron Saint of Lost Girls.

The collection has earned a Kirkus Star and a Foreword Star and was named a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award. Her work has received a Minnesota State Arts Board’s Artist Initiative Grant, a Loft Mentor Award, a grant from the SASE/Jerome Foundation, and an award from Ireland’s Fish Short Story Prize.

During the workshop, which will be held on Saturday, November 16, 2019, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble Galleria (3230 Galleria, Edina, MN 55435), Aitken will share the story behind her book and lead exercises that teach attendees how to draw inspiration from personal experiences to develop characters in their own writing. Bring paper and a writing instrument to take notes and participate in a writing exercise.

Cost to attend the workshop is just $18. Barnes & Noble members qualify for a 10% discount. Each attendee will go home with a signed copy of The Patron Saint of Lost Girls.

Register for the workshop in advance through Eventbrite here:

No payment is required when you register. The workshop cost of $18 can be paid in person any time between now and November 16 at the Barnes & Noble Galleria. Once payment is made, attendees will receive a wristband to attend the workshop and their copy of The Patron Saint of Lost Girls. Learn more about Maureen’s work at

For more information, contact Rachel M. Anderson, publicist, RMA Publicity, at 952-240-2513 or