August Meeting Minutes 2015

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 PM in Park Rapids MN.

PRESENT: Mike, Ryan, Jan, Jerry, Mary, Sharon, Bradi. Welcome, Bradi!

TALKING STICK 24 BOOK RELEASE PARTY AND WORKSHOP: We can still take a few more writers in the workshop with Mary Casanova from 9 to 12 on Saturday 09-19-15. Please email me to get signed up! I can send anyone more information if they want it. Also, please email me to let me know if you will be attending the book party program at 1 o’clock. The whole thing will last till 4 or 4:30. Then anyone who would like to, should stay and have supper there at Blueberry Pines.

WRITING EVENTS OR NEWS: Sharon and Marilyn and Niomi and Jerry attended the Northwoods Arts Council Book and Art Festival in Hackensack on Saturday, August 15, 2015. We have had a table there for many years. It was so hot. We did sell around $80 in books and talked to lots of people. It is always a great event.

Jodi Tweed is the new contact person for Lake Country Journal. Mike has had quite a bit of success getting his stories published there.

Ryan took an online class called Story Puzzle with David Farland, a fantasy author. It was on outlining.

Jerry reported that the Loft Literary Center in MPLS is having its fortieth birthday and there will be 40 parties. He will be attending several of them. We love the Loft’s online classes.

Jerry is now on the Board of MIPA (Midwest Independent Publishers’ Association) and they will be keeping him very busy.

Jerry reported that Northwoods Press in Nevis has been printing stories by some of our members called Life on the Water. He also showed us an insert from the Pine River paper called Our Neck of the Woods.

PRLAAC is having a 10 year birthday party. This is on Sept. 26 from 7 to 8:30 PM at the Armory in Park Rapids. Niomi and Ryan and Jerry will probably be there to do some reading.

PLACES TO SUBMIT: PULP Literature has a deadline in August—coming up soon. Email for information and fiction guidelines.

Brainerd Writers Alliance has a deadline coming up soon also—August 20, 2015. 2015 Writing contest and Fall Writers Festival.

Mystery Writers All Day Workshop on Sept. 12, 2015 from 9 to 4 at Bloomington Old Town Hall for registration information. Kate Pettit 612-860-3359 or or Susan Anderson 952-393-8707.

After discussing the above items, we took turns reading things we had been working on. The rest of us gave comments and suggestions. There were some really great writings today. Even with all the things going on in the summer time, we still find time to write. And again, welcome to Bradi.

Hope to see you all next time.