Hi Everyone, today we held our May meeting. (If you are interested in attending a meeting, please email Sharon at sharrick1@wcta.net)

PRESENT:
Marlys, Erin, Dawn, Ryan, Sharon, Deb, Jan, Mike, Niomi, Mary, Barb.

TALKING STICK 25:
Tarah has the cover and the layout mostly done for the book. Sharon is now starting serious editing. This is our special 25th book (though the group has only been together for 23 years) and is quite a bit larger than previous books.

PAST WRITING EVENTS:
Sharon, Tarah, and Jan attended a poetry reading by James Bettendorf on Saturday, May 14, 2016, at the Park Rapids Library. We have enjoyed many of James’ poems in past Talking Sticks and we love his reading voice.

FUTURE WRITING EVENTS:
The Loft in MPLS has many excellent writing classes as usual. There are some very good poetry online classes right now that Sharon wishes she could attend.
June 20-26, 2016 MN Northwoods Writers conference at Bemidji State.
July 2, 2016. Mike Lein will have a book signing at Book World in Park Rapids. His book is called Firewood Happens. More info on that to come.
August 13, 2016 Northwoods Book and Art Festival in Hackensack MN. More info on that to come.
September 17, 2016 Jackpine Writers’ Bloc workshop with Faith Sullivan and Book Release Party for Talking Stick 25. More info being sent out on this. New location this year: The Patio near Hubbard MN.
September 11, 2016. Farm by the Lake in Bagley will have an event with singers, writers, etc. We will send out more info on that in the future.

Many of the attendees read things that they are working on. All in all, it was a fun day with lots of great conversation. Hope to see you next time!