Hi Everyone,

We held our January meeting on January 15, 2017.

PRESENT: Ryan, Mike, Erin, Jan, Dawn, Marlys, Sharon, Jerry, Mary

TALKING STICK: Our call for submissions for TS26 went out at the end of December. This year we are doing SHORT SHORTS. You can send in TWO poems and TWO creative nonfiction and TWO fiction. See our guidelines on our website www.jackpinewriters.com. Deadline March 1, 2017. Send in your best! Our book release party is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017.

OTHER BOOKS: We are almost done with Richard’s fifth poetry book. We have the manuscript for Mike’s second book of cabin stories.

COMING EVENTS: 2017 Great American Think-Off Question has been announced. Go to www.think-off.org or call 218-385-3339.

Master Storytellers events at Farm by the Lake in Bagley MN. 17797 366th Street. Farmbythelake.anderson@gmail.com. 218-694-2084. Free family event at 4 PM on various Sundays.

How to Get Published workshop on Saturday, Feb 11, 2017, in downtown St Paul. http://minnesotawritingworkshop.com/. Chuck Sambuchino, editor 513-827-1580. Marge Barrett is one of the instructors.

Rosemount Writers Festival and Book Fair, Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Rosemount Steeple Center, 14375 S RobertTrail, Rosemount, MN. Reservations MUST be received by Jan. 20. www.rosemountwritersfestival.com. Kate Pettit www.ArtEscapesmn.com. lpettit@gowebway.com or kate@artescapesmn.com.

Annual artist and author event on Sat. Feb 25, 2017 from noon to 5 PM at Cannon River Winery, 421 Mill St W, Cannon Falls MN 55009. Table fee $20. Valerie@cannonriverwinery.com 651-485-4261.

Park Rapids Public Library event Community Reads Together. Shannon Gibney Sat March 25 will do a forum on the book A Good Time for the Truth: Race in MN. Writing workshop also. 218-732-4966 to register.

MN Northwoods Writers Conference at Bemidji State University in Bemidji MN June 19-25, 2017. www.northwoodswriters.org.

Great American Story, Sept. 23, 2017 at Park Rapids Armory is in the planning stages.

Bookends events at Uptown Café in Wadena MN on every second Saturday at 11 AM—for readers and writers. A different MN author present each time. Contact Open Book in Wadena for more information. 218-632-2665.

MISCELLANEOUS: Sharon has signed up for another online poetry class with the Loft. These classes are wonderful.

RECOMMENDED: The book Barkskins by Annie Proulx.

Many of our writers read writings they’ve been working on and the rest of us critiqued. We had excellent discussions today and hated to leave. Hope to see you next time!

Sharon