Jun 17 2019

June Meeting Minutes

Hello Everyone, Today we held our June meeting.

PRESENT: Mike, Niomi, Mary, Marlys, Sharon.

TALKING STICK 28 and book release party: TS28 is progressing. Tarah is almost done with the cover. We will be ordering proofs soon. We have room for a few more in the workshop with Angela Foster on Sept. 21, 2019, at Smokey Hills Resort near Osage, MN.

WRITING EVENTS: The Second Saturday events at Nemeth Art Center (the old court house) have been a success so far. Niomi will be doing a reading at the July 13 event. Let’s all make it a point to attend some of these events. Lean2studio@gmail.com. These take place from 4:30 to 6 PM. They include writers, dancers, actors, music.

Remember the Bookends events on the Second Saturday mornings in Wadena at the Uptown Café at 11 AM. These are listed on our JWB Facebook page.

June 17 through June 23, 2019, is the Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference in Bemidji at the college. Marlys will be attending some of the events.

Saturday, June 22, 2019, will be the Dorset Boardwalk Festival with books and art for sale. Taste of Dorset is on a Sunday in August.

Brainerd Writers Alliance presents their 2019 writers contest. Deadline June 22, 2019. www.brainerdwriters.com/wiriting-contest.

August 10, 2019, from 9 to 3 is the 24th annual Northwoods Art & Book Festival at Hackensack, MN. www.northwoodsartscouncil.org.

MISCELLANEOUS: Niomi attended the June PRLAAC meeting. The Art Leap event and the Great American Story are both scheduled for September 28.

Sharon is going to take another online poetry class at the Loft. These classes are so inspiring.

Sharon is working on her fourth poetry book to be called Twice Broken.

Jackpine Writers is working on publishing a larger print second edition of Niomi’s book Growing Up Catholic.

We took turns reading things we are working on while others critiqued. Hope to see you all next time!

May 20 2019

Mary Writers’ Meeting 2019

Hello Everyone, Today we held our May meeting.

PRESENT: Sharon, Ryan, Jan, Erin, Marlys, Dawn, Niomi, Mary.

TALKING STICK: We are progressing on TS28. We will probably be ordering a proof soon. The flyers have gone out on our Writers’ Workshop with Angela Foster and our Book Release Party, both on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019. We are getting people signed up!

MISCELLANEOUS: We have finished Mike’s third book, The Crooked Lake Chronicles. He is busily selling books.

 No one was able to attend the PRLAAC meeting for May. We now have 3 of us who could attend so we will try hard to attend each meeting.

WRITING EVENTS: Sharon was able to attend the Allen Eskens author event at the Park Rapids Library on Wednesday, May 15. He is a MN author and a very entertaining speaker. Sharon had already read 3 books and now has purchased 2 more. Another one will be out soon. His first book The Life We Bury is excellent and is being made into a feature film. Give his books a try. Sharon can’t put them down. They are mysteries but also have an underlying secondary story in each. Some of the same characters return in other books.

Second Saturdays at Wadena Uptown Café at 11 AM. List on our JWB Facebook page.

Now there is another Second Saturdays but this is from 4:30 to 6 PM at Nemeth Art Center in Park Rapids. Check this out. Minnesota authors, music, dancers. List on our JWB Facebook page. Support our writers! Niomi Phillips, LouAnn Muhm, Kevin Zepper, others who have been in our Talking Stick books.

Dawn attended the recent writers’ workshop: Jump Start Your Writing with Debra Marquart in Elbow Lake and enjoyed it immensely.

Marsh Muirhead will be having a book release party for his second Haiku poetry book this coming Thursday at Sparkling Waters in Bemidji. He is also having a workshop a few days after that.

Erin has two poems on What Rough Beast, an online poem-a-day project. She had her book release party for her poetry book recently in Bemidji with 60 attendees. Congrats, Erin.

BOOKS TO CHECK OUT: Upon Waking—58 Voices Speaking out from the Shadow of Abuse published recently by League of MN Poets.


Upon Waking: 58 Voices Speaking Out From the Shadow of Abuse https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B07QDYNR1P/ref=cm_sw_r_em_apa_i_2zA4CbEDFGZQE. Dawn has a poem published in that book.

     Bukowski in a Sundress by Kim Addonizio. This looks hilarious and a bit outrageous.

     The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens—and all his other books too.

     Small Buried Things, poems by Debra Marquart.

We had a fun meeting today, one of those where we hate to quit talking and go home. Several people brought things to read and the rest of us critiqued. We are all waiting for the real spring to arrive with 60 and 70 degree temperatures.

May 01 2019

April Writers’ Meeting

Hi Everyone,

PRESENT: Ryan, Sharon, Dawn, Mary.

TALKING STICK 28 PROGRESS: Tarah and Sharon are working on the book. All winners have been notified. Soon we will have flyers out and available regarding the workshop and book release party on Saturday, September 21, 2019. Angela Foster will be our instructor for the morning workshop.

WRITING EVENTS: Second Saturdays at the Uptown Café in Wadena. A monthly literary event connecting readers and writers at 11 AM on the second Saturday of the month. See our Facebook page for a list of scheduled authors.

Minnesota Voices is a series of free programs from the Wadena County Historical Society featuring program with Minnesotawriters, artists, and scientists. These are on the third Thursdays of the month from noon to 1 PM at the Wadena County Museumunless otherwise noted. See our Facebook page for a list of scheduled authors.

Annual Hackensack Book and Art Festival on Saturday August 10, 2019, from 9 AM to 3 PM.  suready@yahoo.com.

MN Northwoods Writers Conference at Bemidji State University, June 17-23, 2019. www.northwoodswriters.org.

MISCELLANEOUS: UND Writers Conference was held March 21-23. Mary and Dawn both attended. It included authors, artwork, film, fiction, memoir, poetry, receptions, workshops, readings, visual artists. This was a free event. They enjoyed the workshops and readings and thought it was a great event.

Check out Reddit online. There are a lot of categories including writing, language, prompts, Ask Me Anything, Shower Thoughts.

Check out Sue Ready’s blog. She has been using some of Sharon’s spring poems lately. We have all been so desperate for spring to get here.



Thanks, Sue.

We only had a few attendees today, probably due to the fact that we had to move our meeting back one week from the normal time. We had fun reading and listening and critiquing. This led to a good conversations that none of us wanted to leave. Hope to see you all next time!

Mar 20 2019

March Writers’ Meeting

PRESENT: Pete, Ryan, Jan, Marlys, Mike, Dawn, Sharon, Mary.


Over 150 writers sent in submissions. We will have our Editorial Board meeting soon. Our Book Release Party and workshop are scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019 at Smokey Hills Resort (renamed The Branch) near Osage MN. Our workshop instructor will be Angela Foster.


We are working on Mike’s third book of cabin stories. We regret that our Writer Warrior event for May has been cancelled. We will definitely be planning more events at Crow Wing Crest Lodge.

Ryan reported on the PRLAAC meeting in early March. They are going to have the Great American Story event in September again. There will be a free workshop with Will Weaver on April 27, 2019.

Arts of the Earth Festival in Bemidji at BSU, April 27 and 28, 2019—including poetry reading. The Midwest Independent Publishers will hold their awards event on May 4, 2019.

The World International Mystery Convention (Bouscher-Con) will be held in Dallas Texas from Oct 30-Nov 1.


The UND Writers Conference and film festival with speaker Heid E Erdrich will be held in Grand forks. This if free and open to the public. March 20-22, 2019.crystal.alberts@email.und.edu.

Meet Author M. E. Fuller for her book release for Saving the Ghost. Saturday March 30 from 1 to 3 PM. Sage on Laurel, 606 S St, Brainerd MN. Savingtheghost.com mefuller.com

April 1 deadline to submit to MN Voices. lbelar@eot.com.

Write your Life Workshops at the Crossing Arts Alliance, Brainerd, MN. April 5, 13, 20, and 27 from 1-4 PM. Phone 218-833-0416.

Nature Poetry Workshop with Kevin Zepper. Sunday April 7, 1-4 PM at Tamarac Discovery Center near Detroit Lakes MN. Registration and more info 218-847-2641.

League of MN Poets spring poetry conference, April 26-28 at Grand Ely Lodge. Mnpoets.com.

9th annual Nonfiction writers conference May 8-10, 2019. Email Cheryl@authoritypublishing.com for info.

MN Northwoods Writers Conference BSU, June 17-23, 2019. northwoodswriters.org.

Writing retreats near Park Rapids MN. Information at www.northbeachwritersretreat.com. Poetry retreat with Heid Erdrich June 26-30, 2019. Memoir retreat with Ko Kalia Yang August 20-24, 2019.

We spent some time reading and listening and critiquing. Hope to see you all next time!