Writers' Meetings
Feb 20 2024

February Meeting Minutes 2024

Today we held our February 2024 meeting.


Sharon, Mike, Mary, Jan.


We are receiving submissions. Be sure to get yours in. Deadline is March 1. We have our judges chosen and the instructor. Our workshop and book release party will be on Saturday Sept. 14, 2024 at Jackpines Resort near Osage.


     Sharon has just finished an online poetry class Writing Ourselves Home with Caryn Miriam Goldberg. This was a good class with lots of good writers attending.

     Sharon has just finished editing Elisa’s new book. She and Tarah are almost done with Cindy’s book. They just received the file for Mike’s next book.

     No one was able to attend the Headwaters Arts Council meeting for February.

     Northwoods Writers Conference is coming up—in June in Bemidji.

     The University of ND Writers Conference is usually held at the end of March.

     The Rosemount event is coming up in March. Mike will be attending that to sell books. They have 42 writers lined up to sell books.

Most of us read things we have been working on and the rest critiqued. We are still using the monthly word prompts and several of us used the words in poems.

Hope to see you next time!

Jan 23 2024

January Meeting Minutes 2024

Today, January 21, 2024, we held our January meeting.

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

TALKING STICK 33: Get your submissions handed in. They are starting to arrive. We are starting to think about judges and an instructor. We are set for Sept 14, 2024, at Jack Pines Resort for our book release party.

PRLAAC MEETING: Mike attended the January meeting. They discussed the DaVinci exhibit in Detroit Lakes, the tree lighting ceremony in Park Rapids and the Christmas Carol play at the Armory. Representatives from Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, the Minnesota State Arts Board, and McKnight Foundation visit the Park Rapids area occasionally to see how Legacy funds are being used. They are impressed with the amount of art events in the Park Rapids area.


  •      Eighth annual Rosemount Writers Festival and Book Fair will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2024, from 9 AM to 4:30 PM at the Steeple Center in Rosemount, MN. Any questions, email Sue Stein at stei0010@protonmail.com. Mike will be there to sell his books.
  •      Talking Stick submissions open now till March 1. See guidelines at www.jackpinewriters.com.
  •      Marlys will be attending a winter writers’ retreat with Candace Simar in February.
  •      Mike will be attending a vendor fair put on by the Walker Chamber of Commerce in February.
  •      Mike will be attending a national get together in MN from Outdoors Magazine in April.
  •      Sharon is taking an online writing class with Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg called Writing Ourselves Home.
  •      Erin mentioned that the Northwoods Writers Conference will be held in June again in Bemidji at the college.
  •      Erin mentioned Good Enough Marketing with Emily. This is a book marketing support group through Watermark in Bemidji.
  •      Mary Casanova, author of children’s books, will be visiting many libraries in MN throughout April 2024.

MISCELLANEOUS: Nearly all of us brought things to read. We had a much longer meeting than usual while some of us read and the others critiqued. Ryan had previously read us a sample of Reversible Poetry. Read the poem from top to bottom and then read it bottom to top. Today Ryan read us his own Reversible Poetry. Quite amazing.

Jan, Sharon, Dawn, Erin, and Marlys read their poetry. Mike read us the last story in his next book The Last Cabin. We had a great meeting with lots of good writing and good critiquing. Hope to see you all next time.

Dec 22 2023

December Meeting Minutes 2023

Hello Everyone,

Today we held our December 2023 meeting.


Ryan, Mike, Sharon, Mary.


We will soon be sending out the call for submissions for the next Talking Stick. We have to pick out the 8 words for the Creative Twist. We did get those words chosen.


Mike attended the December meeting of Heartland Arts. The Art Beat is now in a different form. It used to be part of the Park Rapids Enterprise. It is now a quarterly publication by Kraken Print Lab. They spoke of legacy funds, grants, Region 2 Arts Council.


Ryan attended a conference in the cities for the Better Faster Academy on how to figure out your strengths for writing. Anatomy of Tropes class, Becca Syme.

Ryan sold books at the Northern Lights Casino at the Leech Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Arts and Craft Festival.

Mike has sold books at 4 holiday events recently—Community Ed Craft Fair at Norwood Young America; Holdings by Hands Craft Fair at the school in Bemidji; Eden Prairie Lionesses at Grace Church in Eden Prairie; Forest Fair at the Mustard Seed Nursery in Chanhassen—focused on natural goods.


Mike will be going to The 8th Annual Rosemount Writers Festival and Book Fair. Saturday, March 16, 2024 from 9 to 4:30 at the Steeple Center in Rosemount MN. For more information, contact Sue Stein at stei0010@protonmail.com.

Sharon will be taking an online poetry class from January 8 through February 18. Writing Ourselves Home. Instructor Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg.

We took turns reading things we had been working on and others critiqued. Ryan told us a lot about the overall story line for his series of books: A Minnesota Book Awards Finalist, Maxwell Cooper and the Legend of Inini Makwa.

Hope to see you all next time!

Nov 27 2023

November Meeting Minutes 2023

Hello Everyone, today we held our November meeting.


Sharon, Jan, Mary.


We noted that in about another month, we will be sending out the call for submissions for Talking Stick 33!


Mike wasn’t able to attend our November JWB meeting, but he did attend the PRLAAC meeting and he sent the minutes.

There was a discussion of a Leonardo DaVinci exhibit at a museum in Detroit Lakes. It was very expensive to get it. Twelve paintings and two floors of inventions and drawings. $25 adult entrance fee.

The Arts Council voted to give $900 to a Park Rapids teacher to take his eighth grade class to the exhibit.


Sharon went to see the Event Center in the old J&B building. It is a huge room, very nice, and it would save us a lot of money. However, it has no windows at all and it is so nice to have nice scenery to look at while writing and talking with other writers. The kitchen area was right in the room itself, not separate, and would be very loud for setting up lunch while we are still in the morning workshop. It was a very nice room but we decided as long as we can afford it, we will probably keep going to Jack Pines Resort. We have the date saved at Jack Pines for 9-14-24.


Sharon signed up for another poetry class online. This one is with Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg called Writing Ourselves Home. It runs for 8 weeks from Jan 8 through Feb 18. Sharon had taken a Loft class from this same instructor a while back called Poetry Playhouse and it was excellent.

We took turns reading things we had been working on and critiquing each other. We seem to be feeling the gloom of November. We had a short meeting but a good one. Several of our regulars were out selling their books! Hope to see you all next time.