Jan 21 2020

January Meeting Minutes 2020

Hello Everyone,

Today we held our January 2020 meeting of the Jackpine Writers’ Bloc.


Sharon, Ryan, Mike, Jan, Dawn, Mary


     Blueberry Pines is still going up, all enclosed and the roof is on. I’ve heard it’s a small dining area so it might never work again for a book party. We are scheduled now for Smokey Hills Resort on Sept 19, 2020.

     The TS29 call for submissions has been sent out. March 1 is the deadline. Be thinking about what you want to submit. Get them in!

     We now have all our judges and instructor for TS29.


     Mike plans to attend the Rosemount event on March 21 to sell books. Info from stei0010@gmail.com.

     Ryan said he has attended the MN Writers Conference in the past. This year’s event is on March 7. More information from Chuck Sambuchino at https://minnesotawritingworkshop.com.

     MN Northwoods Writers Conference at Bemidji State University. June 22-28, 2020. 218-755-2851. writersconference@bemidjistate.edu.

     https://northbeachwritersretreat.com for information on poetry and memoir workshops in Park Rapids in 2020.


     Mike hopes to attend the next two PRLAAC meetings. No one was able to attend in December or January.

     Sharon is still enjoying a book called Wingbeats. This book has chapters from various poets, each with prompts. This book is very helpful in getting ideas and methods for creating new poems. Sharon is also still doing a class from Ed2go.

We had a good time listening to each other read and then critiquing. Last month we had sent out a list of words and asked our members to each write a poem using the words. This was a fascinating prompt and we had a good time with it.

Hope to see you all next time!

Dec 18 2019

December Meeting Minutes 2019

Hello Everyone,

Today we held our December meeting.

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

TALKING STICK 29: In a week or so, the call for submissions will go out for our next book. We will be doing the shorter submissions again. The board has been discussing doing something special for volume 30, perhaps accepting longer submissions for that book.

WRITING EVENTS: Dawn attended a poetry slam in Bemidji. These take place at Red Stu, a restaurant in Bemidji. She has been enjoying these. They are put on my Marsh M.

Rosemount Writers Festival and Book Fair, Saturday March 21, 2020, 9 AM to 4:30 PM. Sue Stein at stei0010@gmail.com.

 2020 MN Writing Workshop, a one day writers conference in St Paul, MN on Saturday, March 7, 2020. https://minnesotawritingworkshop.com.

MN Northwoods Writers Conference June 22-28, 2020 at Bemidji State University in Bemidji, MN. Info:

northwoodswriters.org. writersconference@bemidjistate.edu. 218-755-2851.

Sharon is still enjoying her class with Poets Laureate with TLA Network. She is also taking an editing class with Ed2Go. Both are good.

GOOD BOOKS: Amazing Story Generator by Jay Sacher. This is a fun flip book with various ideas of subject, location, etc. The options are endless.

Wingbeats: Exercises & Practice in Poetry

Many poets have contributed poem prompts and ideas.

If You Lived Here, You’d be Home by Now by Christopher Ingraham.

Many of us have discovered Allen Eskens’ books and love them. The Life We Bury and more.

We hope to have an update from PRLAAC at some point. We can add it to the next meeting minutes.

Most of us brought something to read this time and the rest of us critiqued. We got into a good conversation about today’s social media and the good and the bad about it. We decided it is best to Be Kind, Be Reflective, Be an Introvert, Have Humility. Stop and think before you click and send a reply out into the world.

In Sharon’s class, one of the prompts was to use a list of words and create a poem from it. We are going to be trying this. We will send out a list of words and anyone who wants to, can write a poem using those words. You can use all the words, or just some of them. You can bring the poem to the next meeting or send it to Sharon and she will print them out and bring them. Even if you can’t attend the next meeting, please do the poem and send it to Sharon. We’d love to see the variety that people can come up with. If you can’t do a poem, maybe try a really short, short story.

Good meeting! Hope to see you all next time!

Nov 19 2019

November Meeting Minutes 2019

Hello Everyone,

Today we held our November 17, 2019 meeting.

PRESENT: Ryan, Mike, Dawn, Sharon H, Niomi, Jan, Marlys, Mary.

TALKING STICK:  Next month, we will be sending out our TS29 Call for Submissions.

Regarding a place for the book release party next year, it seems like Firefly just wants to do weddings. Blueberry Pines is rebuilding their restaurant and clubhouse. We love Smokey Hills but they are very expensive.

WRITING EVENTS: Ryan went to Dallas Texas to attend Bouchercon 2019 for 3 ½ days. This was for mystery, suspense, and thriller writers. It seemed to be more for readers than writers.

PRLAAC did not have a November meeting.

Sharon is taking two classes right now—one with Caryn Miriam-Goldberg with various Poets Laureate and a second one with Ed2Go on Editing.

 March 21, 2020, Rosemount Writers Festival and Book Fair. Contact Sue Stein at stei0010@gmail.com.

MISCELLANEOUS: Good books: The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides. One Continuous Mistake: Four Noble Truths of Writing by Gail Sher.

Sharon recommends Julia Cameron’s Morning Pages.

Sharon put out her fourth poetry book this year which contained all her love poems: Twice Broken. Next year, she is planning her fifth book which will contain all her favorite poems, especially the ones she wrote in the Loft classes she has taken.

Mike has ideas for about 3 more books.

Jan will also do another poetry book at some point.

TIPS: Write down good words and good images when you think of them. Keep them in a notebook till you find somewhere to use them.

Write and write and write for a few minutes. Then look through what you wrote, find your best line, and use it to start a poem.

Only one of us brought something to read today. After we finished critiquing, we moved into a pleasant discussion of what we have each been working on lately, how much we all love words and language, how much we all enjoy writing. We mentioned keeping lists of books we have read and loved, songs we have loved throughout our lives, etc.

What a fun meeting. Hope to see you all next time!

Oct 22 2019

October Meeting Minutes 2019

Hello Everyone, Today we held our October 20, 2019 meeting.

PRESENT: Sharon, Ryan, Mike, Niomi.

TALKING STICK: Our workshop and book party are behind us now. Tentatively we are looking at Sept. 19, 2020 for our event next year. We love Smokey Hills but it is very expensive.

We need to at least check around and see what some less costly options would be. Maybe Blueberry will be rebuilt by then.

We don’t want to keep moving around. It seems like we lose people that way. We have had great attendance for our workshops but we’d like to see more attendees for the book party.

PRLAAC: Niomi attended the October meeting and brought us some news. Art Leap was a great success this year. They want to keep on doing the Great American Story. They have mentioned making some changes and we think that might bring them more submissions.

WRITERS EVENTS: Niomi attended Hostfest in Minot ND several weeks ago. This is the 40th year for this event which includes books and crafts, especially with Scandinavian ties. This event has a huge following.

League of MN Poets Oct 25-27, 2019 Fall Poetry Conference. www.Mnpoets.com.

Rosemount Writers Festival and Book Fair, Saturday March 21, 2020. Contact Sue Stein at stei0010@gmail.com.

Writers Alliance Conference and Book Fair October 26, 2018. https://brainerdwriters.com/writing-contest-and-book-fair.

Fall 2019 Nonfiction Writers Conference on Nov. 7-8, 2019. Conducted online. Cheryl@authoritypublishing.com.

Check out Aesthetica Magazine at www.aestheticamagazine.com as a place to submit.

Check out Frontier Poetry at contact@frontierpoetry.com as a place to submit.

Sharon is taking another online poetry class. She enjoyed a class with Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg at the Loft. She found a class with her on the Transformative Language Arts Network. It is called Truth to Power: Poetry for Our Times with Poets Laureate. Should be a great class.

Ryan will be attending BOUCHER-CON in Dallas TX in a few days. This is a murder/mystery/thriller/suspense writers’ event.

We took turns reading what we are working on and the rest of us critiqued. We had a great discussion regarding the first few pages of your novel—how to start out. Hope to see you all next time!