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April Writers’ Meeting

Hi Everyone, Today we held our April meeting. PRESENT: Sharon, Dawn, Kim, Ryan, Mike, Mary. TALKING STICK 26: The Editorial Board met on April 2. We have almost all the rejection or acceptance letters mailed out to the submitters. That should be completed over the next week and winners will also be contacted next week. […]

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March Writers’ Meeting

Hi Everyone, today we held our March meeting. PRESENT: Ryan, Mike, Jan, Dawn, Sharon, Kim, Mary. TALKING STICK 26: The submissions are all in, with the deadline of March 1. Those of us on the Editorial Board are busily reading for a meeting in a couple of weeks to decide which submissions will go in the book. […]

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February Writers’ Meeting

Hi Everyone, Today we held our February 19, 2017 meeting. PRESENT: Deb, Mike, Jan, Dawn, Sharon, Chris, Marlys, Erin, Mary. TALKING STICK 26: The March 1 deadline is coming up fast. Please get your submissions handed in soon! Remember the new short short forms we want this year. We have the three judges and the […]

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January Writers’ Meeting 2017

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. […]

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November Writer’s Meeting

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 […]

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October Writers’ Meeting

Hi Everyone, Today we held our October meeting. The next meeting is Sunday, November 20, 2016. PRESENT: Ryan, Erin, Marlys, Jan, Mike, Scott, Jerry, Richard, Sharon. PAST EVENTS: The TS25 book release party went very well. The new location was almost too small for us. We will need to have discussions about next year—whether we […]

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August writers’ meeting

Hi Everyone, We will skip our next meeting since it is on the same weekend as our TS25 Book Release Party. Our workshop with Faith Sullivan will be from 9 to 12 noon on Saturday Sept. 17, 2016 at The Patio near Hubbard MN. Lunch for the workshop attendees is from Noon to 1 PM. […]

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July Writers’ Meeting

Hi Everyone, Today we held our July meeting. PRESENT: Ryan, Marlys, Erin, Dawn, Sharon, Deb, Jan, Jerry, Mike. TALKING STICK 25: We are progressing on the book, still working on the proofing. We are also planning final details on our Book Release Party and workshop on Saturday, September 17, 2016. The workshop is full and we have […]

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June Writers’ Meeting

Hi Everyone, Today we held our June meeting. PRESENT: Sharon, Jan, Mike, Jerry. TALKING STICK 25: TS25 is in the editing stage. This will be a larger book than usual. PAST WRITING EVENTS: Jerry attended parties for Marge Barrett and Laura Hansen for their new books. Both events were very well attended. FUTURE WRITING EVENTS: There will be a […]

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May Writers’ Meeting

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 […]

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April Writers’ Meeting

Hi Everyone, Today we held our April 2016 monthly meeting. PRESENT: Ryan, Mike, Niomi, Jan, Dawn, Sharon, Mary, Jerry, Lina, Jill. TALKING STICK: TS25 is progressing. All the NO letters have been sent out last week. The YES letters went out Friday. I have now called the 6 top winners to inform them. The letters […]

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April Writers’ Meeting

Hi Everyone, Today we held our March meeting. The next meeting will be held on April 17, 2015, from 12:30 to 3 PM at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN. PRESENT: Mike, Ryan, Scott, Donna, Jill, Jill, Jerry, Sue, Joan, Barb, Dawn, Sharon, Marlys. TALKING STICK 25: We are progressing on the book. The Editorial […]

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February Writers’ Meeting

Today we held our February meeting. Our next meeting will be on Sunday, March 20, 2016, from 12:30 to 3 PM at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids, MN. PRESENT: Ryan, Susan, Ploy, Jan, Marlys, Jerry, Mary, Dawn, Sharon. PLACES TO PUBLISH:      The deadline for submissions for Talking Stick 25 is March 1, 2016. Get your submissions […]

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The Talking Stick 25 Revised call for Submissions!

Hi Everyone, We decided to allow each writer to send in more submissions! Take a look at the slightly revised Submission guidelines. Mainly we did this because we have been a bit short on stories the last couple of years. WE ARE NOW ACCEPTING NOT ONE BUT TWO ENTRIES FOR BOTH FICTION AND CREATIVE NONFICTION […]

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January Writers’ Meeting

Hi Everyone, Here are the minutes for today’s meeting. The next meeting will be on Sunday, February 21, 2016, at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN from 12:30 to 3 PM. PRESENT: Sharon, Mary, Jan, Marlys, Erin, Angie, Donna, Ryan, Jerry, Mike, Doug, Rachel. Welcome, Donna and Rachel and Doug. TALKING STICK 25: We are receiving […]

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December Writers Meeting

Hello Everyone, Today we held our December meeting. Our January meeting will be held on Sunday, January 17, 2016, at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN from 12:30 to 3 PM. PRESENT: Dawn, Sharon, Ryan, Jerry, Marlys, Erin, Carol, Angie, Mary, Lina. WRITING EVENTS: Talking Stick 25 call for submissions is now out! Deadline 3-1-16. Nelson […]

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November Writers’ Meeting

Hi Everyone, Today we held our November meeting. Our next meeting will be held on Sunday December 20, 2015, at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN from 12:30to 3 PM. PRESENT: Deb, Jan, Ryan, Mike, Carol, Jan, Wendy, Brett, Dawn, Jerry, Marlys, Scott, Angie, Mary, Niomi, Sharon. TALKING STICK BOOKS: In December, we will be sending out […]

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October Writers Meeting

Hi Everyone, Our next meeting will be held on Sunday, November 15, 2015, at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN from 12:30 to 3 PM. PRESENT: Erin, Marlys, Jan, Ryan, Sharon, Carol, Janice, Bradi, Angie, Mike, Jerry, Brett, Wendy PAST WRITING EVENTS: Our Talking Stick 24 Book Release Party and Workshop by Mary Casanova were held on Sept. […]

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Talking Stick 24 book release party!

Our next regular monthly meeting will be on Sunday, October 18, 2015, from 12:30 to 3 PM at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN. See below for report on the TS24 book release party AND also a report on the PRLAAC 10th birthday event. REPORT ON THE TALKING STICK 24 BOOK RELEASE PARTY: Thanks to […]

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August Writers’ Meeting

Hi Everyone, Today we held our August meeting. We will not hold a meeting in September since the normal third Sunday would be the day after out big Book Release Party on Saturday Sept. 19, 2015. Catch us at our regularly scheduled October meeting on Oct. 18, 2015 at Bella Caffe from 12:30 to 3 […]

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July Writers’ Meeting

Hi Everyone,   Today we held our July meeting. The next meeting will be held on Sunday, August 16, 2015, at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids, MN from 12:30 to 3 PM.   PRESENT: Sharon, Ryan, Jan, Mike, Mary TALKING STICK 24: We have the Talking Stick books back. Our Book Release party is Sept. 19, 2015 […]

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June Writers’ Meeting

Hi Everyone, Today we held our June meeting. The next meeting will be held on Sunday, July 19, 2015, from 12:30 to 3 PM at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN. PRESENT: Ryan, Niomi, Mike, Sharon, Mary TALKING STICK 24:    The editing is basically done. We will be ordering our first proof soon. RECENT […]

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May Writers’ Meeting

Hi Everyone. Our next meeting will be held on Sunday, June 21, 2015, at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN from 12:30 to 3 PM. PRESENT: Ryan, Jan, Sharon, Deb, Elisa, Jerry, Marlys, Mary, Lina TALKING STICK 24 PROGRESS: We are busy working on the proofreading. We want to get this done earlier than normal this year since […]

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April 2015 Writers’ Meeting

Hi Everyone,   Today we held our April meeting. Our next meeting will be held on Sunday, May 17, 2015, from 12:30 to 3 PM.   PRESENT: Ryan, Jan, Marlys, Sharon, Niomi, Mike, Mary, Jerry, Betty, Lina.   TALKING STICK 24 PROGRESS: We have had our Editorial Board meeting to choose the submissions to go […]

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March Writers’ Meeting

Hi Everyone, Today we held our March meeting. The next meeting will be held on Sunday April 19, 2015 from 12:30 to 3 PM at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN.   PRESENT: Ryan, Jan, Sharon, Mike, Diane, LuAnne, Mary, Lina, Sonja, Betty. Diane is new and we have not seen LuAnne or Betty for […]

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February Writers’ Meeting

Today we held our February meeting. Our next meeting will be held on March 15, 2015, from 12:30 to 3 PM at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids, MN. PRESENT: Marlys, Lina, Jan, Deb, Jerry, Mike, Sharon CALLS FOR SUBMISSION: Call for Submissions deadline for Talking Stick 24 is March 1, 2015. Hurry and get them […]

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January Writers’ Meeting

Hello Everyone,   Today we held our January meeting. Our next meeting will be on Sunday, February 15, 2015, at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN from 12:30 to 3 PM.   PRESENT: Jan, Mike, Sharon, Mary, Ryan   TALKING STICK 24: The call for submissions for the next Talking Stick book has gone out […]

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December Writers’ Meeting

Hello Everyone,   Today we held our December meeting. The next meeting will be on Sunday, January 18, 2015, from 12:30 to 3 PM at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN.   PRESENT: Sharon, Mike, Deb, Ryan, Scott   TALKING STICK 24: We will be sending out the next Call for Submissions soon with a […]

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November Writers’ Meeting

Hi Everyone,   Today we held our November meeting. Please join us for our next meeting on Sunday, December 21, 2014, at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN from 12:30 to 3 PM.   PRESENT: Sharon, Mike, Mary, Jerry, Jan, Ryan, Marlys.   WRITING EVENTS: Sharon has completed her third online class at the Loft. […]

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October Writers’ Meeting

Hello Everyone,   Today we held our October meeting. Our next meeting will be held on Sunday, November 16, 2014, from 12:30 to 3:30 at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN.   PRESENT: Scott, Jan, Ryan, Sharon, Jerry, Mary.   PAST EVENTS: Jane Hirshfield event in Bemidji on Sept. 27, 2014. Sharon and Marlys attended. […]

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September Writers’ Meeting

Hi Everyone, Today we held our Sept. meeting. Our next meeting will be held on Sunday, October 19, 2014, from 12:30 to 3 PM at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN. PRESENT: Sharon, Jan, Ryan, Cindy, Mary, Richard, Jerry TALKING STICK: We had our Book Release Party on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, for TS23. We […]

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August Writers’ Meeting

Hi Everyone,   Today we held our August meeting. Our next meeting will be on Sunday, September 21, 2014 from 12:30 to 3 PM at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN.   PRESENT: Sharon, Deb, Mike, Jan, Ryan, Niomi, Jerry, Marlys, Mary, Lina.   BOOK RELEASE PARTY AND WORKSHOP: Our Marsh Muirhead workshop and Talking […]

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July Writers’ Meeting

Today we held our July meeting. Our next meeting will be Sunday, August 17, 2014, at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN from 12:30 to 3 PM.   PRESENT: Sharon, Jan, Jerry, Niomi, Ryan, Mary. Welcome, Ryan and Mary, both new to our meetings.   TALKING STICK 23: We are in the process of editing […]

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June Writers’ Meeting

Today we held our June meeting. The July meeting will be held on Sunday, July 20, 2014, from 12:30 to 3 PM at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN. PRESENT: Niomi, Jan, Marlys, Jerry, Sharon.  TALKING STICK 23: We are in the process of editing TS23. The book cover has been chosen. We have not […]

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May Writers’ Meeting

Hi Everyone, Today we held our May meeting. Our June meeting will be on Sunday, 06-15-14, at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN from 12:30 to 3 PM. PRESENT: Sharon, Jerry, Lorelei, Deb TALKING STICK: We are currently editing Talking Stick 23. We have not decided on a cover or a subtitle yet. RECENT EVENTS: […]

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March Writers’ Meeting

Today we held our March meeting. The next meeting will be on Sunday, April 20, 2014, at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN from 12:30 to 3 PM. PRESENT: Sharon, Deb, Sonja, Marlys, Jerry TALKING STICK 23: We have received many submissions for TS23. Our Editorial Board members have started to read the submissions and […]

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February Writers’ Meeting

Today we held our February meeting. Our next meeting will be on March 16, 2014, at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN from 12:30 to 3 PM. PRESENT: Jerry, Jan, Sharon, Deb, Mike, Marlys, Sonja, Lina, Betty TALKING STICK 23: Our deadline is fast approaching. March 1, 2014. Go to www.jackpinewriters.com for full details and […]

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January Writers’ Meeting

Today we held our January meeting. The next meeting will be on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014 from 12:30 to 3 PM at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN. PRESENT: Mike, Jan, Elisa, Sonja, Sharon, Jerry TALKING STICK 23: Our call for submissions is out now and we are receiving submissions. Deadline is March 1, 2014. […]

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December Writers’ Meeting

Today we held our December meeting. The next meeting will be held on January 19, 2014 at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN from 12:30 to 3 PM. PRESENT: Niomi, Deb, Jerry, Marlys, Sharon, Jan. TALKING STICK: We will be sending out the Call for Submissions for the next Talking Stick soon. MISCELLANEOUS: Jerry is […]

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November Writers’ Meeting

Hi Everyone,  Today we held our November meeting. Our next meeting will be on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013 from 12:30 to 3 PM at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids, MN. PRESENT: Marlys, Jan, Jerry, Niomi, Mike, Sharon, Sonja, Lina, Betty. NEXT TALKING STICK: The next call for submissions, for TS23, will go out sometime in […]

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October Writers’ Meeting

Hello Everyone, Today we held our October meeting. The next meeting will be Sunday, November 17, 2013, from 12:30 to 3 PM at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN. PRESENT: Sharon, Jerry, Deb, Niomi TALKING STICK 22 BOOK PARTY AND WORKSHOP: In September, we held our book release party and had a workshop with LouAnn […]

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September Writers’ Meeting

Today we held our September meeting. Our next meeting will be held on Sunday, October 20, 2013, from 12:30 to 3 PM at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN. PRESENT: Jerry, Lina, Betty, Shirley, George, Marlys, Sharon, Niomi, Penny, Sonja. TALKING STICK 22: Our workshop and Book Release Party are scheduled for this coming Saturday, […]

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August Writers’ Meeting

Hi Everyone, Today we held our August meeting of the Jackpine Writers’ Bloc. Our next meeting will be on September 15, 2013, from 12:30 to 3 PM at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN 56470. PRESENT: Lorelei, Marlys, Betty, Deb, Sharon, Jerry. TALKING STICK 22, BOOK PARTY & WORKSHOP: Our books are all done and […]

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July Writers’ Meeting

Hi Everyone, Today we held our July meeting. The next meeting will be on Sunday, August 18, 2013 at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN from 12:30 to 3 PM. PRESENT: Mike, Marion, Jerry, Marlys, Sharon, Penny. TALKING STICK 22: We have ordered the proof for TS22. It will arrive Monday and we will then […]

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June Writers’ Meeting

Hi Everyone, The next meeting will be held on Sunday, July 21, 2013 from 12:30 to 3PM at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN. PRESENT: Niomi, Mike, Jerry, Anna, Deb, Marlys, Cindy, Sharon. TALKING STICK 22: Sharon is a bit behind on the proofing so Jerry and Niomi are helping, along with Tarah and Marilyn. […]

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May Writers’ Meeting

The May meeting was held at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids. The next meeting will be held on Sunday, June 16, 2013, from 12:30-3:00pm at the Bella Caffee in Park Rapids. PRESENT: Marian, Niomi, Lorelei, Deb, Jerry, Marlys, Kathy, Anna We missed Sharon today due to the loss of her mother.  The group expresses condolences […]

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April Writers’ Meeting

Hi Everyone, The next meeting will be held on Sunday, May 19, 2013, at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids Mn from 12:30 to 3PM. PRESENT: LuAnne, Niomi, Mike, Jerry, Scott, Sonja, Elisa, Sharon, Deb, Betty. TALKING STICK 22:   We had 164 submitters with 334 submissions. We selected 87 poems, 29 creative nonfiction and 25 fiction […]

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March Writers’ Meeting

Today we held our March meeting of the JWB. The next meeting will be held on Sunday, March 21, 2013, at Bella Caffe from 12:30 to 3PM at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN. PRESENT: Sharon, Jerry, Deb, Betty TALKING STICK 22: We had over 160 submitters this time with a total of 327 writings. […]

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February Writers’ Meeting

Hello Everyone: Today we held our Feb 17, 2013 meeting. Our next meeting will be on Sunday, March 17, 2013, at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN from 12:30 to 3PM. PRESENT: Mike, LuAnne, Marlys, Sharon, Jerry, Betty TALKING STICK 22: We are receiving submissions. So far, we have received from 50 to 55 submitters, […]

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January Writers’ Meeting

Hi Everyone, Today we held our January meeting, a week late due to the extreme cold last Sunday. The next meeting will be held on Sunday, February 17, 2013 from 12:30 to 3 PM at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN. PRESENT: Sharon, Marlys, Jerry, LuAnne, Deb TALKING STICK 22: We have sent out the […]

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December Writers’ Meeting

Hi Everyone, Today we held our December meeting. The January meeting will be on Sunday, January 20, 2013, from 12:30 to 3PM at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN. PRESENT: LuAnne, Mike, Niomi, Scott, Sharon TALKING STICK: We will soon be sending out the Call for Submissions for Talking Stick 22. Tarah is getting it […]

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November Writers’ Meeting

Hi Everyone, Our next meeting will be on December 16, 2012 from 12:30 to 3PM at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN. PRESENT: Jerry, Elisa, Niomi, LuAnne, Sharon TALKING STICK: We recently had a board meeting to start discussing our next book, TS22. We have the date scheduled for our next book release party, Sept. […]

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October Writers’ Meeting

Hi Everyone, Today we held our October meeting of the Jackpine Writers’ Bloc. The next meeting will be held on Sunday, November 18, 2012, from 12:30 to 3PM at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN. PRESENT: Marlys, Deb, Sharon, Elisa, Jerry, Julia, Betty, LuAnne. TALKING STICK 21 We are still selling Talking Sticks since the […]

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August Writers’ Meeting

Today we held our August meeting for JWB. We will have NO September meeting. We will have a full day of writing events on Saturday Sept. 15 with our workshop and book release party for TS21, but no meeting. The next meeting will be on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012 from 12:30 to 3 PM at […]

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July Writers’ Meeting

Hi Everyone, Today we had our July meeting. The next meeting will be on Sunday, August 19, 2012, from 12:30 to 3PM at Bella Caffee in Park Rapids MN. RESENT: Sharon, Deb, Scott, Jerry, Marlys TALKING STICK: We had proof books for TS21. We have a purple cover this year! We like the bluer color […]

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June Writers’ Meeting

Today we held our June meeting. The July meeting will be held on Sunday July 15, 2012 at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN from 12:30 to 3 PM. PRESENT: Scott, Richard, Betty, Marlys, LuAnne, Sharon TALKING STICK: TS21 is in the final stages of proofing and editing. We hope to order a couple of […]

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May Writers’ Meeting

Today we held our May meeting of the JWB. The next meeting will be on Sunday, June 17, 2012, from 12:30 to 3PM at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN. PRESENT: Mike, Sharon, Jerry, LuAnne TALKING STICK 21: We are making good progress on TS21 on the proofing. We brought a proof copy today so […]

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April Writers’ Meeting

Hello Everyone, Today we held our April meeting. The next meeting will be held on May 20, 2012, at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids, MN, from 12:30 to 3 PM. PRESENT: Niomi, Mike, Deb, Marlys, LuAnne, Sharon. TALKING STICK: Tarah is working on the layout and Sharon has started proofing. All letters have gone out […]

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March Writers’ Meeting

Hi Everyone, Today we held our March meeting. The next meeting will be on April 15, 2012, at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN from 12:30 to 3PM. Present: Jerry, Scott, Kathy, Deb, Betty, Marlys, Sandy, Sharon. TALKING STICK 21: We had our Editorial Board meeting on March 11 to choose which submissions will go […]

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February Writers’ Meeting

Hi Everyone, Today we held our February meeting. The next meeting will be held on March 18, 2012, from 12:30 to 3PM at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN. PRESENT TODAY: Sharon, Jerry, Deb, LuAnne, Marlys TALKING STICK SUBMISSIONS: The submissions are coming in for TS21. Unfortunately, we have been having trouble with our electronic […]

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January Writers’ Meeting

HI Everyone, Today we held our January Meeting. Our February meeting will be held on Sunday, February 19, 2012 at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN from 12:30 to 3PM. PRESENT: Mike, Sharon, LuAnne TALKING STICK BOOKS: We have started to receive submissions for TS21. We have an early deadline of Feb. 20 this year. […]

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December Writers’ Meeting

Hi Everyone, Today, Dec. 18, 2011, we held our December meeting. Our next meeting will be Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012 at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN from 12:30 to 3 PM. Present: Deb, Cindy, John, Sharon, Christine, Scott, Jerry. MISCELLANEOUS: We had a short meeting today so we could have a board meeting at […]

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November Writers’ Meeting

Hi Everyone, Today we held our November JWB meeting at Bella Caffe. Our next meeting will be held on Dec. 18, 2011 from 12:30 to 3PM at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN. Present: Tarah, Niomi, Scott, Jerry, LuAnne, Sharon TALKING STICK: We plan to do TS21 a little early for next year. We hope […]

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October Writer’s Meeting

Hi Everyone, Today we held our October 16, 2011, Jackpine Writers’ Bloc meeting. Our next meeting will be on November 20, 2011, at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN from 12:30 to 3 PM. PRESENT: Jerry, Scott, Niomi, Deb, Bridgette, Sharon. TALKING STICK BOOKS: TS20 is done and sales are going well. The book party […]

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September Writer’s Meeting

Hello Everyone, Thanks to all of you who attended the book party and made it a great success. We had around 70 people in attendance. Before the book party, we had a quick monthly meeting at noon. The next monthly meeting will be on Sunday, October 16, 2011, at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN […]

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August Writers’ Meeting

Today we held our August meeting. The next meeting will be held at 12 Noon on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, right ahead of the Talking Stick 20 Book Release Party which begins at 1 PM. Our meeting will be held at Northwoods Bank Community Room in Park Rapids, the same place as the Book Party. […]

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July 17th 2011

Hi Everyone, Today we held our July meeting during our benefit golf tournament to earn money for our Talking Stick book. Between the heat and stormy weather, we had a small turn-out for the tournament, but we made the best of it. We had lots of good food and we held our July meeting. The […]

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May 15th 2011

Hello Everyone, Today we held our May meeting for JWB. Our next meeting will be on June 19, 2011, at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN from 12:30 to 3PM. PRESENT: LuAnne, Mike, Scott, Deb, Carol, Sharon H TALKING STICK 20: The book is progressing and is in the proofing stage now. We still don’t […]

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April 17th 2011

Hello Everyone, Today we held our April meeting. Our next meeting will be held on Sunday, May 15, 2011, from 12:30 to 3PM at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN. PURPOSE OF A WRITERS GROUP: The purpose of a writers’ group is to learn to write better, to learn to take criticism and suggestions graciously […]

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March 20th 2011

Today we had our March meeting. The next meeting will be held on Sunday, April 17, 2011 at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN from 12:30 to 3PM. PRESENT: Jerry, Mike, Tarah, Sharon H, Deb, Joyce, Carol, LuAnne TALKING STICK 20: We had the largest number of writers submitting than we ever had before. Just […]

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February 20th 2011

Our next meeting will be held on March 20, 2011 at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN from 12:30 to 3PM. Present: Joyce, Sari, Carol, Jerry, LuAnne, Sharon, Mike, Tarah. TALKING STICK 20 We are receiving submissions daily for our next book. We have 50 to 60 writers now, usually 100. PLACES TO SUBMIT Be […]

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January 16th 2010

Hi Everyone, Today we held our January 16, 2011, Jackpine Writers’ Bloc meeting. Our next meeting will be on Sunday, February 20, 2011, from 12:30 to 3PM at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN. PRESENT: Joyce, Carol, Scott, Mike, Sharon, LuAnne, Jerry, Sandi. GRANTS: We are gathering information on grants with Region 2, Minnesota Power, […]

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December 19th 2010

Hello Everyone, On Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010, we held our December meeting. Our next meeting will be Sunday, January 16, 2011, from 12:30 to 3PM at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN. Present: Sharon, LuAnne, Joyce, Tarah, Scott, Ali, Terry, Sandi. GOOD BOOKS: On Writing by Stephen King is a great book on writing. It […]

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November 21st 2010

Hello Everyone, Today we held our November meeting. The next meeting is scheduled for December 19, 2010, at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN from 12:30 to 3PM. It is possible that we may reschedule or skip this one if we have too many Holiday conflicts. PRESENT: Jerry, Tarah, Sharon, Sandy, Scott We had 4 […]

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October 17th 2010

Today we had such a fun meeting. The next meeting will be held on Sunday, November 21, 2010, at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN from 12:30 to 3PM. PRESENT: Tarah, Niomi, Deb, Cindy, Elizabeth, LuAnne, Sharon. We had all women today! WRITERS EVENTS: The Billy Collins event in Bemidji was fabulous. He had a […]

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September 19th 2010

Today we held our September 2010 Jackpine Writers’ meeting at noon, followed by the Book Release Party for Talking Stick 19 at 1 o’clock. Both of these were held at Northwoods Bank Community Room in Park Rapids MN. Present at JWB meeting: Sharon, Jerry, John, Scott, Russ, Vern, Tarah, Deb, Marilyn, Christine, LuAnne and new […]

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August 15th 2010

Hello Everyone, Today we held out August meeting. Our next meeting will NOT be on the third Sunday like it usually is. We will have our September JWB meeting on SATURDAY SEPT. 18, 2010, at 12 Noon right ahead of the book release party that starts at 1PM. It will be held at Northwoods Bank […]

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July 18th 2010

Today we held our July meeting. Our next meeting will be on August 15, 2010, from 12:30 to 3PM at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN. Present: Richard, Niomi, Sharon, Jamie, LuAnne, Deb, Vern, Mike. BOOKS Talking Stick 19 and Richard’s second poetry book are both at Morris Publishing right now. Marion is thinking of […]

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June 20th 2010

We had such a fun meeting today–and great attendance even though it was Father’s Day. The next meeting will be on Sunday July 18, 2010 at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN from 12:30 to 3PM. Present: Sharon, Marion, Mike, Vern, John T, Harvey, Scott, LuAnne, Jerry, Deb. TALKING STICK 19 The book is back […]

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May 16th 2010

Today our May meeting was held at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN from 12:30 to 3PM. The next meeting will be June 20, 2010. PRESENT: Jerry, Tarah, LuAnne, Scott, Vern, Mike, Sharon TALKING STICK 19 The book is progressing. We are still in the proofing stage. We hope to get it sent in in […]

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April 18th 2010

Today we held our April meeting. The next meeting will be held on Sunday, May 16, 2010 at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN from 12:30 to 3PM. Present today: Mike, Deb, Niomi, John, Harvey, Tarah, Sharon TALKING STICK BOOK We are well on our way with TS19. We are now in the proofing stage. […]

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March 21st 2010

Our next meeting will be held on Sunday, April 18, 2010, at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN from 12:30 to 3 PM. Today we had such a fun meeting. It was one of those days with lots of laughter where we hated to quit talking and go home. Present: Vern, Deb, Scott, Jerry, Tarah, […]

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February 21st 2010

PRESENT: Scott, Jerry, Deb, Mike, Vern, Sharon Next meeting will be on Sunday, March 21, 2010 at Bella Caffe from 12:30 to 3 PM. TALKING STICK 19: For some reason, our submissions are low this year. We hope that we will get a whole bunch this week and get us up to our normal 120 […]

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January 17th 2010

Today we held our January 2010 meeting at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN. Present: Cindy, LuAnne, Deb, Mike, Sharon, Jerry. The next meeting will be held on Sunday, February 21, 2010, from 12:30 to 3PM at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN. TALKING STICK 19 We are starting to receive submissions for the next […]

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December 20th 2009

The next meeting will be Jan. 17, 2010 at Bella Caffe from 12:30 to 3PM. Present: Harvey, Niomi, Scott, John, Deb, Jerry, LuAnne, Mike, Sharon. TALKING STICK 19 We recently had our Board meeting to discuss the next book. We are ready to send out the Call for Submissions for TS19. We will be paying […]

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November 15th 2009

Today we held our November meeting. The next meeting will be held on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009, at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN from 12:30 to 3PM. Present: Sharon, John, Deb, Jerry, Marion, LuAnne, Beverlee MISCELLANEOUS We will be having a board meeting soon, in early December, to discuss the next book, TS19. The […]

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October 18th 2009

Our next meeting will be held on Sunday, November 15, 2009, at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN from 12:30 to 3PM. Present today: Scott, Mike, Judy, John, Christine, Deb, Niomi, Jodi, and Sharon. BOOK EVENTS For our last meeting in September, we just held a brief meeting on Saturday Sept. 26, right ahead of […]

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September 26th 2009

Today we had a quick meeting right ahead of our Talking Stick 18. Present: John, Scott, Tarah, Sharon, Niomi, Marion, LuAnne, Marsha, Christine, Luke. For our next meeting, we will go back to our normal third Sunday of the month. The meeting will be held on Sunday, October 18, 2009, from 12:30 to 3PM at […]

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August 16th 2009

Today, August 16, 2009, we held our August meeting of the Jackpine Writers’ Bloc at Bella Caffe from 12:30 to 3PM. Present: Mike, Regina, John, Scott, Deb, Jodi, Christine, Sharon, Tarah, Richard. TALKING STICK 18 Our book should be delivered the last week of August. HACKENSACK Several of us will be attending the Hackensack Book […]

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July 19th 2009

Today we held our July meeting for the Jackpine Writers’ Bloc. The next meeting will be held on August 16, 2009, from 12:30 to 3PM at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN. Present: John, Scott, Niomi, Tarah, Sharon, Shirley. JWB BENEFIT GOLF TOURNAMENT Last Sunday, July 12, we held our benefit golf tournament at Fair […]

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June 21st 2009

Our June meeting was held on June 21 at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids. Our next meeting will be on Sunday, July 19, 2009 from 12:30 to 3 PM at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN. Present: Jerry, Marion, John, Vern, Mike, Tarah, Sharon, LuAnne. TALKING STICK 18: We are busy proofing the book. We […]

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May 17th 2009

Today we had our May meeting. The next meeting will be on June 21, 2009 from 12:30 to 3PM at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN. Present: Sharon, Tarah, Niomi, Vern, Scott, John T, Harvey, Luke. TALKING STICK 18 We are making progress on this year’s book. Tarah has the layout done. We are proofing […]

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April 19th 2009

Today we held our April 2009 meeting for Jackpine Writers’ Bloc. The next meeting will be on Sunday, May 17, 2009, at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN. Present: Mike, John, Tarah, Sharon, Vern, Jodi, Sandi, Deb. TALKING STICK 18 The book is progressing. We had the Editorial Board meeting on March 15. We chose […]

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March 15th 2009

Today we held our March meeting at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN. The next meeting will be held on April 19, 2009 from 12:30 to 3PM at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN. Present: Vern, John, Scott, Sharon, Tarah. TALKING STICK 18 BOOK We have collected all our submissions. We are having our Editorial […]

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February 15th 2009

Today we held our Feb 15, 2009 Jackpine Writers’ Bloc meeting at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN. The next meeting will be on Sunday March 15, 2009 from 12:30 to 3PM at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN. Present today: Sharon, Jodi, LuAnne, Rosy, Vern, Mike, Susanna, Mark. TALKING STICK 18 We have a […]

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January 18th 2009

We held our meeting today at Bella Caffe. Our next meeting will be held on Sunday February 15, 2009, at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN from 12:30 to 3PM. Present today: Sharon, Vern, Mike, John, Scott, Judy TALKING STICK 18 The call for submissions for the next book was sent out in early January. […]

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November 16th 2008

So many people emailed and said that they could not make the meeting today. We did have 5 of us and we had a great time. The next meeting will be on Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN from 12:30 to 3 PM. Present today: Russ, Beverlee, LuAnne, Rhoda, Sharon. […]

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October 19th 2008

Our next meeting will be held on November 16, 2008 at Bella Caffe from 12:30 to 3PM. Present today: Vern, Jodi, Luke, LuAnne, Sharon. 20X20 BOOKS We have another order of 20×20 books. These will be available for $12.00. Otherwise, they can be purchased from lulu.com for $14.00 plus tax and shipping. BOOK RELEASE PARTY/ANNUAL […]

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September 20th 2008

2008 Talking Stick 17 Book Release Party and Jackpine Writers Annual Celebration Saturday, September 20, 2008 Northwoods Bank Community Room, Park Rapids MN Our event today was a great success. We had nearly 70 people. Writers and readers came from all over the state to pick up their contributor copies or to buy books. We […]

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