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

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.

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

Writers Alliance Conference and Book Fair October 26, 2018.

Fall 2019 Nonfiction Writers Conference on Nov. 7-8, 2019. Conducted online.

Check out Aesthetica Magazine at as a place to submit.

Check out Frontier Poetry at 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!

Sep 17 2019

September Meeting Minutes 2019

Hello Everyone,


Sharon, Dawn, Ryan, Jan, Mary, Niomi.


     Our workshop will be from 9 to 12 on Saturday morning, Sept. 21, 2019. Angela Foster is the instructor and the class is Revision in Ten Steps. Then there will be a catered lunch for the workshop attendees. There is NO restaurant open this year at Smokey Hills. At 1 PM, we will start the book release party. It generally lasts till 3 or 4.

     We will have rectangular tables this year which should be better than the round ones. Mike and Ryan and Marlys will come early at 8 AM. It should be 70 or 75 degrees this year, much better than last year.

     We have 34 for the workshop and it sounds like lots of people will be coming to the book party.

     Sharon H will go out to Smokey Hills Friday evening to meet with Angela and the owners to go over details.

     Niomi will help Sharon H to put together the folders for the workshop.


     No one was able to go to the last PRLAAC meeting. As far as we know, the Great American Story event is still on.

     Ryan will be attending BoucherCon in Dallas Tex on Oct. 30 through Nov. 3. This has to do with murder/mystery/thriller/ suspense writing.

     Sinclair Lewis 2019 Writers’ Conference. Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, at the First Lutheran Church in Sauk Centre, MN. Cost is $75. Jim Umhoefer at 320-429-0825.

     MN Voices: a gathering of Authors at the Park Rapids Library on Wednesday, Sept. 25 from 3:30 to 5:30. Marcie Rendon, Mai Neng Moua, Nora Murphy, Art Coulson.

     2019 Lakes Area Writers Alliance (formerly Brainerd Writers Alliance) has their conference and book fair on Oct. 26, 2019.


Several of us read things we were working on and the rest of us critiqued. Hope to see you next time and also at the book party!

Aug 20 2019

August Meeting Minutes 2019

Hello Everyone, It was good to see everyone, especially since we had to skip the July meeting. We do want to have the regular September meeting the weekend before the book party and workshop.

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

TALKING STICK 28: The books are ordered and should be here next week. We are working on plans for the Workshop with Angela Foster on Saturday Sept. 21 from 9 to noon. We wanted around 30 people. We have 35 already. Looks like we’ll have lots of people attending.

BOOK EVENTS: The Hackensack Book and Art Festival was successful. Mike sold lots of books. Sharon, Tarah, Niomi, and Dawn all helped sell Talking Stick books. Niomi and Sharon each sold a few of their books also.

Remember there should be one more Second Saturday event at the Museum in Park Rapids before the end of the summer. Niomi did readings at one of them. The Second Saturday events in Wadena will continue on. They should be listed on our Facebook page.

Check out the Poetry Post Card Fest by Paul Nelson. Dawn is doing this. You pay a small fee and get a list of names. You write one poem a day on a postcard and mail it to the first name on the list. She got some back, fun to read, fun to do.

This Wednesday, August 22, 2019, The Song Poet will do a reading at the Nemeth Art Center (the museum) in Park Rapids. Sorry—don’t know the time.

Several of our writers attended some of the evening events at the Northwoods Writers Conference in Bemidji in June and enjoyed them immensely.

MISCELLANEOUS: We will have to wait till next month to get more information from the PRLAAC meeting regarding the Great American Story. We suggested they should have a little tutorial on the website to explain how to record your story.

Erin will be traveling to New Mexico to do a workshop and readings in about 3 weeks.

BOOKS TO CHECK OUT: New Poets of Native Nations edited by Heid E. Erdrich.

Then we spent some time reading things we are working on. The rest of us critiqued. Hope to see you all next time!