May 18 2020

May Meeting Minutes 2020

Hello Everyone, Today we held our May meeting of JWB. This was our second virtual meeting.

PRESENT: Mary, Dawn, Mike, Ryan, Sharon.

TALKING STICK 29: We have chosen the cover and subtitle. This book will be dedicated to Luke Anderson, a fellow writer who died earlier this year. We are busy reading and proofing. We are hoping to publish as normal.

At this point, we are just not sure if we will be able to hold our annual workshop and book release party like normal. We are trying to contact Smoky Hills (The Branch) to get some information on them. Of course, things change daily, so we just don’t know yet if we will be able to have a gathering of a group of people or not.

Maybe our workshop could be done as a webinar online? We will be looking into that. If we think we might want to try that, we will do some experimenting ahead of time.

WRITING EVENTS: The Book and Art Festival in Hackensack in August has been cancelled for this year.

Most writing events are going online now. The Loft has all their events online now.

Mike says his book reading events have been cancelled but he does hope to get more books into book stores.

Dawn reminded us of the 6 word stories through Midway Journals. Go to their website for more information Then you mail your postcards with 6 word stories or artwork to Midway Journal, PO Box 425882, Cambridge Massachusetts 02142. This goes till 6-30-20.

MISCELLANEOUS: Mike told us that his third book, Crooked Lake Chronicles, has been chosen as a finalist for the humor category by Midwest Independent Publishers Association (MIPA). There will be a virtual announcement of the winners on 6-27-20.

Dawn has been taking a class with LouAnn Muhm online. This class is on writing the short poem.

Mike intended to attend the virtual meeting of PRLAAC. He was not able to attend but he did get the minutes and told us about them. Nemeth Art gallery hopes to open July 1, 2020. The Great American Story and a Blank Canvas event have been cancelled. The Opera has been canceled. We did    send in some information on our group for Art Beat.

A good book for writers: The Hodges Harbrace Handbook, 18th Edition.

Several writers brought things to read and the rest of us critiqued. It was a good day! Hope to see you all next time.

Apr 20 2020

April Meeting Minutes 2020

Hello Everyone, Today we held our first-ever online JWB monthly meeting. It was a success!


Ryan, Sharon, Mary, Marlys, Mike, Cindy, Lina, Deb, Erin, Dawn.

TALKING STICK 29:      The Editorial Board chose the submissions that would go into the book. Their favorites, with names removed, were sent to our celebrity judges so they could choose first and second places. The letters will be sent out this week.

     We plan to move ahead with getting the book published as usual. We hope that the world will be back to normal so that we can have our Workshop and Book Release Party on September 19, 2020, as we are planning. We will send out information on that later.

WRITING EVENTS:     It seems like most writing events for April have been canceled or postponed or moved to online.

     The Northwoods Writers event at Bemidji State University in June will now be online.

     The PRLAAC meeting for April was canceled.

     The MIPA event to announce winners will be rescheduled and probably done virtually.

     The deadline for MN Voices was 4-1-20. They still had the poets submit but were not able to have a meeting. They will be publishing a booklet.

     We were told that there is a Save the Post Office event. You can find out more about it on the Midway Journal website. You write a six word story and mail it before June 30. Send to PO Box 425882, Cambridge Massachusetts 02142.

     We were told that Billy Collins is reading a poem every day at 4:30 on Facebook. (I have not been able to find it since I’m not on Facebook and I don’t have a Smartphone but if someone can find it, I bet it’s great. If we can get the info, I’ll send it out.)

Almost everyone brought something to read. We had sent it in ahead of time so we each had a copy. Then we had each person read their own and the rest of us critiqued. It was so good to see everyone and to be able to share the time together today.

Since this online meeting seemed to work, we will do this again in May if we need to. Hope to see you all next time!

Mar 18 2020

March Meeting Minutes 2020

Hello Everyone, Sorry. I am a bit late getting these minutes out.


Sharon, Dawn, Ryan, Marlys, Erin, Jan, Trevor, Kelly, Mary.


     March 1 was our deadline for submissions. We are reading them now and will have an Editorial Board meeting in early April to choose the ones to go into the book and the top few to go to the outside judges for the prize money. We have slightly less submissions this year but they look to be good quality.

     We have made the first down payment for our workshop and book release party on September 19, 2020.


     We heard that Luke Anderson has died. We fondly remember Luke and his farm poems. We miss you, Luke.

     We are still accepting bids on the sculpture that was donated to Jackpine Writers’ Bloc. The information is on our website.

     The UND Writers’ conference on March 25 (?) was cancelled.

     No one who attended today’s meeting was able to attend the March PRLAAC (Heartland Arts) meeting. We hope to get a report next month.

     Dennis Staples from Cass Lake has had a murder mystery published. It is called This Town Sleeps.

     Check out online poetry classes at SpeakEasy poetry.

     We had two new writers that we invited to this meeting. Kelly and Trevor, welcome.


Who knows with this coronavirus if we will be able to meet next month or not. Even if we are under 10 people meeting, maybe Bella Caffe won’t be open. We just don’t know. We will address when we get closer.

We read and critiqued and had great conversations. Hope to see you all next time!

Feb 18 2020

February Meeting Minutes 2020

Hello Everyone,

Today we held our February 16, 2020 meeting.


Mike, Sharon, Jan, Marlys, Mary


     The call for submissions has been out since late December. Deadline is March 1, 2020. Be sure to get in your submissions. Send us your best!

     We have been in touch with Smokey Hills Resort near Osage, MN. Our date of Sept. 19, 2020 for our workshop and book release party has been confirmed. We have our workshop instructor and the judges all determined. Advertising flyers will be out in a few months.


The Blank Canvas Art Gallery opened in Park Rapids in June 2010. It was open until 2010 and now just have an online presence. They have a tentative reservation for the Park Rapids Armory for June 17-21, 2020. It will be open to the public on June 19, 20, and 21. If you are interested in assisting or exhibiting, please contact Jerry Wegenast at 218-234-1416 cell and 928-252-3048 home.


     Mike is going to talk soon with the Nevis Seniors about writing. They are taking a class on MN Authors with LouAnn Muhm.

     Mike attended the February PRLAAC meeting. They always have many events in progress. They are going to take a year off from the Great American Storyteller event.

     Erin was asked to be part of a group doing readings in Minneapolis at the Plymouth Congregational Church.

     April 1 is the deadline to submit original poetry for MN Voices. Some will be selected for reading on Thursday, April 16, 2020 at noon at the Wadena County Museum as part of National Poetry Month. Contact Lina Belar:

     4th annual Rosemount Writers Festival and Book Fair, Saturday March 21, 2020 9 AM to 4:30 PM.

     Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference at Bemidji State University June 22-28, 2020.

     Check out for info on Memoir Retreat with Patricia Hampl on June 23-27, 2020 and Poetry Retreat with Patricia Smith on June 2-6, 2020.


Check out Ed2Go.

Check out Online Coursera University.

Check out The Loft in MPLS.

We read and critiqued and enjoyed each other’s company. Hope to see you all next time!