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Jackpine Writers’ Bloc Writers’ Workshop
Date and Time: Saturday, September 19, 2020, from 10 AM to 12 Noon.
Location: Virtually using Zoom.
Cost of Workshop: $30.

Instructor: Candace Simar lives in Pequot Lakes and began her writing career after attending a Jackpine Writers’ Bloc workshop in 1999. Her work has since received awards from the Western Writers of America, Women Writing the West, The Will Rogers Medallion, the Laura Awards for Short Fiction, The Writer’s Digest, The Midwest Book Awards, Brainerd Writer’s Alliance, The League of MN Poets, The Lake Region Writers, and other regional awards. Learn more about her work at www.candacesimar.com.

Course Description from Candace:
As a beginning writer, I was often challenged to “write deeper.” I had no idea what that meant. My grammar and spelling were correct, the story was in order and yet something was missing. And while others knew something was wrong, they provided neither definition nor remedy for my dilemma. The phrase “deeper” left me stymied and frustrated.
What is the fairy dust that transforms ordinary words into spell-binding prose? How does one add depth to the written page?
This two-hour class investigates ways to do so using tricks of the writing craft. Though writing deeper alone will not provide all the fairy dust needed to create an extraordinary piece of literature, it certainly steers a writer in the right direction.
Examples from famous and not-so-famous writers will assist our evaluation, including examples from this year’s Talking Stick. Don’t worry! It will be fun and positive.

Together we will:
• Look at the world “in its shifty, blood-shot eye”
• Consider the advantage of the “outsider eye”
• Determine where to begin
• The role of sensory details and emotion
• Evaluate larger versus smaller
• Measure the alchemy of research—how much is enough? How much is too much? How does one know if it should be fiction or non-fiction?
• Q&A
• Writing prompt as time allows

Though we can’t meet in person as planned, it will be great to meet online. I hope you join the fun. Please attend with a notepad and pen handy. There will be opportunity to submit questions. Together we’ll discuss the writing craft. If you’re like me, it is your favorite topic.

YOU MUST PREREGISTER FOR THE WORKSHOP. Please email Sharon Harris at sharrick1@wcta.net to sign up. Phone 218-732-3782 if questions. Be sure to include your name and mailing address, phone number, and email address. Make your $30 check out to Jackpine Writers’ Bloc and mail it to: Sharon Harris, 13320 149th Ave, Menahga MN 56464. The sign-on information will be sent to you before the workshop.


Hello Everyone, we are sorry to announce that we are cancelling our 2020 book release party due to COVID issues. We just don’t know how things might be by September.

We plan to get TS29 done a little earlier than usual so we can mail it out to all the published authors in August. You will be able to purchase copies of the book through Amazon after the published writers have received their books.
There will be no book party in September like we usually have, but we are hoping to be able to put together an online Zoom writers’ workshop on September 19, 2020. We will see how this develops and send out information on this as soon as we can.
We regret the cancellation of the book party but hope we can still get the book published and have a workshop. It seems like so many of us writers are really hungry for contact with other writers. We are doing what we can to make us all feel a little bit closer.

Thanks for all your support over the years. We hope 2021 will be a more normal year for all of us.


The Jackpine Writers’ Bloc has been publishing books since 1995 – a remarkable achievement. What started as a writer’s group hoping to get itself published became a state-wide literary journal. Follow us back through our years and you can see the changes in the times and the people in the volumes of the Talking Stick.

We also accomplished a great achievement in 2007: we published an individual for the first time! Our very own Jerry Mevissen. In 2008 we published the 20×20 and also published another version of the 20×20 in 2011 joined by The Blank Canvas Gallery. We published another of our members: Richard Fenton Sederstrom, in 2009, 2010 and 2011 with his three poetry books, we also published Marion Holtey and LuAnn White in 2010. In 2012 we published our own Board of Director’s member Sharon Harris.

Twice Broken by Sharon HarrisTwice Broken
by Sharon Harris

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Growing up Catholic
by Niomi Rohn Phillips

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Crooked Lake Chronicles
by Mike Lein

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The Talking Stick
Volume 27

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Sorgmantel by Richard
Fenton Sederstrom

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Down at the Dock
by Mike Lein

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The Talking Stick
Volume 26

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Finding True North
by Janice Larson Braun

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Animal Life
by Jerry Mevissen

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Selenity by Richard
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That Reminds Me
by Jerry Mevissen

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Firewood Happens
by Mike Lein

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Good Shepherd
by Jerry Mevissen

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Unspoken
by Sharon Harris

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Eumaeus… by Richard
Fenton Sederstrom

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Folly… by Richard
Fenton Sederstrom

2011 20×20
Art & Words

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Disordinary… by Richard
Fenton Sederstrom

Perfect Man
by L L White

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Seasons of Light
by Marion Holtey

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Fall… by Richard
Fenton Sederstrom

Broken Hart by
Jerry Mevissen

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2008 20×20
Art & Words

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