Today we held our Nov 20, 2016 meeting.

PRESENT:
Ryan, Jerry, Sharon, Mike, Dawn, Marlys, Erin.

TALKING STICK:
Next month, we will be sending out our call for submissions for TS26.

MISCELLANEOUS:
Jerry is still waiting to hear if we can move the “Reading Room” into the Armory. It was very successful when it was in the Museum for a month last summer.
Sharon and Tarah sent Jerry’s book and Mike’s book in for the design competition at MIPA.
Mike had a great write-up and review of his book Firewood Happens in the MPLS Star and Tribune on 11-7-16. Hooray, Mike!
The Great American Story event will be held again in 2017.

RECENT EVENTS:
Jerry gave us a report on the first Bookends event put on by An Open Book in Wadena. These will take place the second Saturday of each month. Faith Sullivan was the first writer for November and it was well attended. We have others coming up over the next few months: Lois Greiman, Betsy Nelson, William Kent Krueger, Lorna Landvik, Pete Hautman, Kate DiCamillo and more. They are held in the Uptown Café in Wadena.
Ryan attended the Brainerd Writers Alliance Fall Writers Festival. He enjoyed the workshop with Angela Foster and her writing prompts.
Sharon and Jerry and Sonja attended the Wild Rice Festival at the Armory and got to hear our friend Elisa Korenne sing. It was great! Her book 100 Miles to Nowhere is going to be published.

COMING EVENTS:
Dawn will be having some storytellers at Farm by the Lake on Sundays in 2017. We will have more information on this later.
2017 MN Writing Workshop will be held on Feb 11, 2017 in St Paul. For more information, go to: https://minnesotawritingworkshop.com.

Several of us read things we are working on. We had two poems and two long stories, lots of lively critique and suggestions and great conversation. An excellent meeting. Hope to see you all next time!