Events
Sep 30 2020

Go Deeper writers’ workshop with Candace Simar.

We held our writers’ workshop on Saturday, September 19, 2020, from 10 AM to 12 Noon Central. This was our first-ever online writers’ workshop using Zoom. Though we were new to this, the session went smoothly. We had 26 attendees. Writers could ask questions using the Chat feature. Candace spoke about setting the scene, character development, point of view, and story arc. She said: “Don’t ask if your writing is good enough; just ask how to improve what you’re writing right now. No one else sees the world the way you do, so no one else can tell the stories that you have to tell.”

Throughout the session, Candace gave the attendees writing prompts to work with. She also referred to lines from our current Talking Stick 29 book that demonstrated what she was teaching. She showed us how some of our writers were “going deeper” correctly. Candace gave away 5 door prizes (copies of her books) to the attendees.

Afterwards, Candace sent out handouts to the attendees for additional reading.

Candace—Jackpine Writers Bloc thanks you for all the time and effort that you put into making this workshop a success! You brought us many good writing prompts, suggestions, and ideas for going deeper in our writing. It was such a nice touch that you took the time to go through TS29 and find certain lines to highlight what you were teaching.

Also we thank all of you who attended the workshop. We are sorry that we could not have our regular book release party this year but we are glad we were able to bring you the workshop. We all hope next year will be more normal. We appreciate all of you!

May 08 2019

Talking Stick 28 Book Release Party following Workshop with Angela Foster

JACKPINE WRITERS’ BLOC
TALKING STICK 28 BOOK RELEASE PARTY
(and Writers’ Workshop see below for more information on the workshop)

Saturday, September 21, 2019 at Smokey Hills Resort (renamed The Branch) in Osage MN 56570

The Talking Stick 28 Book Release Party and Writers’ Workshop will be held on Saturday, September 21, 2019. Smokey Hills Resort is located on Highway 34 approximately 9 miles west of Park Rapids MN (or 1 mile west of Osage MN), on the north side of the highway. The address is 53014 State Highway 34, Osage MN 56570.

Writers usually work in solitude; please join us for a whole day of learning, listening, writing, and reading with other writers. There is a fee for the workshop and meal but the Book Party is free to all who are interested in writing. If you have work in Talking Stick 28, you may also pick up your one free contributor’s copy of the book. Additional books will be available for sale.

WORKSHOP 9 AM to 12:00 Noon: We offer a workshop with Angela Foster. YOU MUST PREREGISTER FOR THIS WORKSHOP. (See information on workshop flyer.) This all-genre workshop is entitled: Revision in Ten Steps.

Cost for the workshop is $55. (This includes lunch at noon after the workshop. You will receive a coupon for the lunch.)

12:00: Catered lunch at Smokey Hills Resort (The Branch). JWB will pay for your lunch if you have the above-mentioned coupon with the workshop. Smokey Hills does serve meals and they do provide lodging. See below.

BOOK RELEASE PARTY 1 PM (approximately): If you have work in Talking Stick 28, you may pick up your one free contributor’s copy of the book. Additional copies of the book will be available for sale.

Program with readings, introduction of winners of Talking Stick 28 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction and Humor. All writers published in Talking Stick 28 are invited to read.

Some local and/or member writers and judges may be on hand to sell their own books.

4:00 PM (approximately):  After the readings, please check in with your fellow writers. Some of us may decide to have dinner together in the restaurant or maybe hang out in one of the rented cabins for further good writers’ conversation.

Smokey Hills Resort serves meals at The Cookhouse. They also have lodging. If you are interested in a one or two room cabin for either Friday or Saturday night (or both!), visit their website to view the various cabins at www.smokeyhillsresort.com. Enjoy a real Northwoods experience. You must call to make reservations. Call 218-573-3497. Rooms have been blocked off. Writers attending this event will receive a discounted rate for either Friday or Saturday night.

One room cabin $129.00, discounted price = $109.65 per night

Two room cabin $179.00, discounted price = $152.15 per night

Multi family suites $299.00, discounted price = $254.15 per night

(Please note: Smokey Hills Resort is in the process of changing its name to The Branch but their new website is still under construction.)

For more information, call Sharon at 218-732-3782 or email sharrick1@wcta.net.         

 —Please RSVP # of attendees for book party to sharrick1@wcta.net—

(PLEASE NOTE: ART LEAP WEEKEND IN PARK RAPIDS is Sept 28 & 29. Great American Storyteller event is Saturday Sept. 28, 2019, at Calvary Lutheran Church in Park Rapids MN.)


REVISION in Ten Steps

All-genre workshop with Angela Foster

Date and Time: Saturday, September 21, 2019, from 9 A.M. to 12 Noon.

Location: Smokey Hills Resort (the Branch), located 9 miles west of Park Rapids, MN (1 mile west of Osage, MN).

Address: 53014 State Highway 34, Osage MN 56570.

Cost of Workshop and Lunch: $55. (You will receive a coupon for the lunch.)

Course Description:

During this class, we’ll delve into the process of revision with ten practical steps that writers of all genres can use to improve their prose or poetry. The three-hour workshop will touch on beginnings and endings, dialogue, description, imagery, and story arc.

Angela Foster is a poet and memoirist who teaches creative writing at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. Angela received a 2017 Loft Literary Center Excellence in Teaching Award, a 2017 Minnesota State Arts Grant, and a writing residency at The New York Mills. Other awards and recognition include a hand-carved chair and the title “Bard” from the Cambria Eisteddfod competition in New Ulm, MN, a performance by the Petaluma Readers Theatre in California of her memoir piece, Brat, and the selection of a haiku written by Angela for “Poetry on the Sidewalk” at the Pine City library. Angela holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Creative Nonfiction from Pine Manor College in Boston, MA. She served as co-editor of County Lines: 87 Minnesota Counties, 130 Minnesota Poets, published by Loon Feather Press (2008) and co-authored Farm Girls with her sister, Candace Simar, released by RiverPlace Press in 2013.

The Talking Stick 28 Book Release Party and this Writers’ Workshop will be held on Saturday, September 21, 2019, at Smokey Hills Resort, 53014 State Highway 34, Osage, MN 56570.

The workshop will run from 9 A.M. to 12 Noon. The Workshop includes lunch at noon. The Book Release Party will start at 1 P.M. and run till approximately 4 P.M. There is no charge to attend the Book Release Party. Lunch at noon will be on your own if you are just attending the Book Release Party. There is a restaurant available at Smokey Hills. Dinner/supper after the Book Release Party will be on your own.

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 $55 check out to Jackpine Writers’ Bloc and mail it to: Sharon Harris, 13320 149th Ave, Menahga MN 56464.

We will limit this workshop to the first 35 participants and then put names on a waiting list.

Click on images/flyers for printable (and savable) PDF files)

Sep 24 2018

Thanks to all of you who attended our TS27 book release party!

Hi Everyone, Thanks to all of you who attended our TS27 book release party yesterday. Our location was Smokey Hills Resort near Osage, MN—so beautiful this time of year. Quite a few of the writers stayed overnight in some of the Smokey Hills cabins.

We had an excellent morning workshop with Sharon Chmielarz entitled “Put Some Zip in Your Writing: Torque It!” The attending writers came up with some superb writings that they shared after Sharon’s prompts.

Then the restaurant at Smokey Hills served a tasty lunch of soup and sandwich that got rave reviews.

Beginning at 1 PM, we had the book release party. We had some announcements about our group and how we produce our annual anthologies. Then we announced the winners in each of the genres. Besides our usual prizes in Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, and Fiction, we also gave one prize for Humor this year. All the winners who were present were asked to read their winning submissions. Then we opened it up to all the other writers published in the book who wanted to read. We had a good time listening to serious stories and poems as well as some hilarious ones. We met a couple new writers this year who could almost be stand-up comedians.

As usual, when these events end, we hate to stop visiting and go home. It is so good to see old friends and meet new writers. Over a dozen writers went to the Cookhouse (the restaurant at Smokey Hills) and continued visiting for several more hours. We had a good meal and lots more laughs.

Thanks to all who attended today and thanks to all who submitted to Talking Stick 27. Be sure to watch for the next call for submissions! It will be in December 2019 for Talking Stick 28. It will be here before we know it—start collecting your best new writings to send to us for the next anthology!

May 14 2018

JACKPINE WRITERS’ BLOC TALKING STICK 27 BOOK RELEASE PARTY

The Talking Stick 27 Book Release Party and Jackpine Writers’ Bloc Writers’ Workshop will be held on Saturday, September 22, 2018. Smokey Hills Resort is located on Highway 34 approximately 9 miles west of Park Rapids, MN (or 1 mile west of Osage, MN), on the north side of the highway. The address is 53014 State Highway 34, Osage, MN 56570.

Writers usually work in solitude; please join us for a whole day of learning, listening, writing, and reading with other writers. There is a fee for the workshop and lunch but the Book Party is free to all who are interested in writing. If you have work in Talking Stick 27, you may also pick up your one free contributor’s copy of the book. Additional books will be available for sale.

WORKSHOP 9 AM to 12:00 Noon: We offer a workshop with Sharon Chmielarz. YOU MUST PREREGISTER FOR THIS WORKSHOP. (See information on workshop flyer.) This all-genre workshop is entitled: Put More Zip in Your Writing: Torque it!

Cost for the workshop is $45. (This includes lunch at noon after the workshop. You will receive a coupon for the lunch.)

12:00: Catered lunch at Smokey Hills Resort. JWB will pay for your lunch if you are attending the workshop. Smokey Hills does NOT serve meals but they do provide lodging. See below.     

BOOK RELEASE PARTY 1 PM (approximately): If you have work in Talking Stick 27, you may pick up your one free contributor’s copy of the book. Additional copies of the book will be available for sale.

Program with readings, introduction of winners of Talking Stick 27 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction and Humor. All writers published in Talking Stick 27 are invited to read.

Some local and/or member writers may be on hand to sell their own books.

4:00 PM (approximately):  After the readings, please check in with your fellow writers. Some of us may decide to go have dinner somewhere together or maybe visit in one of the rented cabins for further good writers’ conversation.

Smokey Hills Resort does NOT serve meals. They DO have lodging. If you are interested in a one or two room cabin for either Friday or Saturday night (or both!) call 218-573-3497 to make a reservation. Enjoy a real Northwoods experience. Visit their website to view the various cabins at www.smokeyhills.com.

Writers attending this event will receive a discounted rate for either Friday or Saturday night.

One-room cabin $129.00. They will discount 15% off that price per night.

Two-room cabin $179.00. They will discount 15% off that price per night.

Multi-family suites $299.00. They will discount 15% off that price per night.

(Please note: later this year, Smokey Hills Resort will change its name to The Branch and their new website will be www.thebranch.camp.)

For more information, call Sharon at 218-732-3782 or email sharrick1@wcta.net.         

—Please RSVP # of attendees to sharrick1@wcta.net—

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PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS ART LEAP WEEKEND IN PARK RAPIDS. Maps will be available online at www.parkrapids.com and www.prlaac.org or at the Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce.

MORE INFO ON ART EVENTS: luann47@gmail.com

Great American Storyteller event is Saturday Sept. 22, 2018

at 7 P.M. at Calvary Lutheran Church in Park Rapids, MN.