Writers' Meetings
Aug 18 2020

August Meeting Minutes 2020

Hello Everyone,

Today we held our August meeting. We will not have a September meeting since it would be on the same weekend as our writers’ workshop with Candace Simar. (More info below.)

PRESENT:

Mike, Jan, Sharon, Dawn, Niomi, Mary.

TALKING STICK 29:

The books are here. We will be mailing them out to all the writers in the book starting this week. We will be mailing ALL of them this year since we are not having a book release party so it will take a little longer than usual. We will then have them on our JWB website with a link to Amazon where they are for sale. That is the best place for people to buy them. We will have a few on hand for locals. We may have them for sale at Book World in Park Rapids later on.

WRITERS’ WORKSHOP:

     We are having our virtual Zoom workshop called Go Deeper with Candace Simar on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, from 10 AM to 12 noon. If you wish to attend, email Sharon at sharrick1@wcta.net. There is more information on our website www.jackpinewriters.com. Cost is $30.

     This morning Sharon and Ryan tested the Zoom workshop connections and verified how things will work. We will test again on Sunday August 30, 2020 at 1:30. We hope to have quite a few people log on that day so we can test with more people. Since we have never done this before, we want to learn as much about it ahead of time as we can.

NORTHWOODS ARTS COUNCIL:

Since the NAC was not able to have their Book and Art Festival in Hackensack this year, they are promoting their writers and their books on their website, one per week. Talking Stick 29 will be promoted during the week of Sept. 21, 2020.

PRLAAC:

Niomi was not able to attend the August meeting but she did get the minutes from them. LuAnn Hurd-Lof had asked for a write-up about the JWB and our 2020 book for Art Beat, the supplement to the Park Rapids paper. This will be in the paper around Labor Day. Niomi prepared that and sent it in.

WRITING EVENTS:

     We are surprised that there have not been more virtual writers’ workshops. We hope there will be more.

     Mike did a virtual talk using Google Hangouts for the Chanhassen writers’ group. The talk lasted two hours and he told the 15 listeners about how he got started writing for magazines and eventually got to his very popular books of cabin life in Minnesota. Mike is now working on his fourth book of cabin stories.

     Be sure to check out the online writing classes at the Loft in Minneapolis. Sharon loves the poetry classes and just finished one called Night Writing. The Loft has many excellent classes, all of them online at this point.

BOOK STORE:

     We have a new book store in Park Rapids. The old Book World is no longer in business but they will use that name for a while. The owners are local and also own Ben Franklin and an antique toy store, both in Park Rapids.

     Our last two volumes of Talking Stick are for sale there, along with Mike Lein’s three books and one of Sharon H’s poetry books. The store wants to get more local authors. They also plan to have used books.

We had a great time critiquing each other’s work. Some of us have been taking classes and hope to do more. We are looking forward to the writer’s workshop on Sept. 19 with Candace Simar. Hope to see you there!

Jul 13 2020

July Meeting Minutes 2020

Hello Everyone, today we held our July meeting.

PRESENT: Sharon, Mike, Jan, Marlys, Erin, Dawn.

TALKING STICK 29:

We have final proofs coming next week. Then we’ll order books. We’ll be able to order less than usual because we won’t have a book release party. That will save us some money but we will have to mail out books to all the writers, not just the ones who didn’t come to our usual book party. Writers have been generous about sending us their $3 for postage—and some wonderful folks have sent $6 so they can pay for another writer’s postage. Aren’t writers just great people?

WRITERS’ WORKSHOP:

Candace Simar will be putting on a virtual workshop for us using Zoom. Ryan will be assisting with that. This is being planned for Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020 from 10 AM to 12 noon. We will have flyers going out later this week for that so people can start signing up.

HACKENSACK:

The Book and Art Festival in August was also cancelled. The Northwoods Arts Council is planning to help promote all the writers and their books on their website. We hope to get our Talking Stick 29 mailed out in August so we can promote the book in September.

PRLAAC (HEARTLAND ARTS):

Niomi attended the July meeting and reported that Art Leap is scheduled for Sept. 26 and 27. We thought perhaps we could ask one of those places to sell our books. As we already knew, some of the other events have been cancelled, such as the Storyteller event. Niomi said she will also attend the August Heartland Arts meeting. That one will be held in a park.

WRITERS EVENTS:

     Erin and Marlys both attended some of the Northwoods Writers Conference events in Bemidji. That was also virtual this year. They said it worked just fine and seemed successful. Writers were allowed to comment and it was all engaging. They said that some of the speakers now have their videos archived on the Northwoods Writers Conference website.

     Mike will be doing a Google Hangouts event himself for a Chanhassen group. This will be on how to get started in writing for magazines.

     Mike was a finalist for humor with his third book Crooked Lake Chronicles. Instead of a live event, they had a video of the recorded event online.

     Dawn attended a virtual poetry class with LouAnn Muhm, both her Short Shorts I and II.

     Sharon is still enjoying her Loft Class, Night Writer, Poems from the Darkness with Sarah Ann Winn.

GOOD BOOKS OR VIDEOS:

     Audubon’s Sparrow, A Biography in Poems by Juditha Dowd.

     Woman in Closet with Flashlight during Quarantine, a hilarious UTube video.

We had a good day. Many of us read things we have been working on and the rest of us critiqued. Hope to see you all next time.

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 www.midwayjournal.com/submissions. 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. www.northbeachwritersretreat.com/onlinepoetry.

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!

PRESENT:

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!