Writers' Meetings
Jul 21 2022

July Meeting Minutes 2022

Hello Everyone, today we held our July meeting.

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


     Talking Stick 31 is in the final proofing stages. We are ordering one more proof next week. Then we will order our big batch of books, hopefully to receive in August.

     The Book Party and workshop—we are signing people up for the Candace Simar workshop. We have only about 10 for the workshop so far, so let’s get signed up. We have about 30 already for the book release party. We will send out the invites again soon.

     In late July or early August, we will by paying half the fee for the book party.


     Look up League of MN Poets. They are having a bunch of contests right now for poetry submissions.

     Erin attended the Northwoods Writers event in Bemidji and did in-person auditing. She said it was a great event as usual.

     The Northwoods Arts Council Book and Art Festival will be held on Saturday Aug. 13. Dawn and Sharon will be there to sell books. They are having some poems on display this year—Sharon will have one of her poems there. John T will have two of his poems there. Candace Simar will be there with a presentation.

     Mike won his event at MIPA for Cabin Fever. Hooray, Mike! We will be starting on his next book soon—this one will be about hunting.


We have been talking about doing something slightly different for TS32. We will give one or two lists of words. If a writer wants to, they can use those words in their submission. We’ll call this Words with a Twist.”


We had been noticing that many of the local publications where we used to be able to submit are now no longer in existence. We really miss them and we are glad we are still able to continue, so far, with the Talking Stick. We listed Dust & Fire from Bemidji and the Lake Region Review from Fergus Falls. We also mentioned that some of us had been published in Lake Country Journal, LakesAlive, and Northwoods Woman. Those magazines are still in existence but it seems like they have changed and perhaps don’t publish as much as they used to. We are glad there are still a few local places remaining where we can submit.

We had a lively discussion, read things we were working on, and critiqued. Hope to see you all next time!

Jun 20 2022

June Meeting Minutes 2022

Hello Everyone,

Today we had a short meeting. It was Father’s day and we only had a couple of us attending.


Sharon, Mike.


We are in the proofing stage now. We would like to hurry up and get this book done as we have others waiting.


This is on. Jack Pines Resort near Osage MN. Saturday Sept. 17, 2022. We are getting people lined up.

Writers’ workshop with Candace Simar (Scene, the Building Block of Story) from 9 to 12 including lunch for workshop attendees. Book release party from 1 until approx. 4 PM. After that, some of us will have supper at Jack Pines Resort. Cabins available at Jack Pines Resort.

PRLAAC (Heartland Arts):

No one from JWB was able to attend this meeting for June. The meetings are now on the second Monday of each month. Mike got the minutes. There will be a Heartland Arts Newsletter with 2 issues per year. This year, the group’s plans include Art Leap, Sculpture Trail, Northern Lights Opera, etc.


Next week the MIPA event will be held. Mike’s book Cabin Fever is a finalist in humor.

The Northwoods Book and Art Festival is coming up on August 13 in Hackensack MN. This year they have asked for poetry submissions and they will have some of the poems on display during the event.

North Beach Writers’ Retreat Aug. 13-17, 2022. https://northbeachwritersretreat.com

Summer Poetry Workshop with Sarah Nordgren srnordgren@gmail.com. Writing the Living World.

Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference in Bemidji, June 20-27, 2022. writersconference@bemidjistate.edu.


Annette Gagliardi has a new book A Short Supply of Viability that will be available soon. https://thepoetrybox.com/bookstore/viability.

Because there were only two of us, we did not do any reading. We will save them for the next meeting. Hope to see you all next time.

May 16 2022

May Meeting Minutes 2022

Today we held our May meeting, on May 15, 2022.


Sharon, Ryan, Mike, Erin, Marlys, Jan, Dawn.


We are working on the layout and proofing. All letters have been sent out and all winners called.


We have locked in the date of Sept. 17, 2022 for our book party at Jack Pines Resort (previously Smoky Hills Resort where we had our last two book parties). We will have a workshop with Candace Simar from 9 to 12, then lunch for the workshop writers of soup and sandwich, and then the book party starts at 1 PM. After that, we hope that some of the writers will go to the restaurant and have supper together. We are now working on flyers for the book party and workshop and hope to send them out before the end of May. We hope some writers will stay overnight at Jack Pines Resort on Friday or Saturday night.


None of us were able to attend the Heartland Arts (PRLAAC) meeting for May. We hope to attend next month.

Remember the MN Northwoods Writers Conference beginning June 20.


Questions to writersconference@bemidjistate.edu.

Place to submit poems, contest opens May 1, 2022. www.behindthevision.com for more information.

Life Writing Retreat at Crow Wing Crest Lodge, may 21-22, 2022. sthpoet@gmail.com.

Poetry submissions to Northwoods Arts and Book Festival. Submit by June 15, 2022. Questions to kokoropoets@gmail.com.


Mike’s last book Cabin Fever has been chosen as a finalist in the humor category with MIPA. Winners will be announced the end of June.

We had a good day listening to each other read and then critiquing. Hope to see you next time!

Apr 27 2022

April Meeting Minutes 2022

Hello Everyone, today we held our April meeting. Our May meeting will be held on May 15, 2022.

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


The book is slowly progressing. The Accepted and Not Accepted letters will be going out shortly. The prize money winners have been chosen by the celebrity judges but they have not been notified yet.

Sharon is going to start on the proofing soon and Tarah will be working on the cover and the layout of the book.


As of now, we are planning a book release party on Saturday, September 17, 2022. This will be at Smoky Hills Resort near Osage, now renamed Jackpines Resort. There are new owners. Sharon plans to visit the site soon to see what changes have been made, discuss the day’s events, discuss lunch, get information for flyers for the book release and a workshop, etc.

We had been planning a virtual workshop but now we can have that in person also. We hope to have flyers for both events to be ready in May.

As we usually do, we will probably have the workshop from 9 to noon followed by lunch for the workshop attendees. Then from 1 until approximately 4 PM, we will have the book party. Hopefully some writers will choose to stay overnight at Jackpines Resort either Friday or Saturday nights. Usually, a few of the writers will have supper at the resort after the book party. It will be great to be back in person again.

 We hope to promote our writers’ books at this book party. They can bring their books to sell and perhaps we can have them do some readings or talk about their books if they wish.


No one was able to attend the Heartland Arts meeting (PRLAAC) this month. They have changed the meeting dates.

 Erin did a reading from her new book at the Bagley Public Library on April 21, 2022. She had 20 to 25 attendees.

 Jerry and Mike plan to do a reading on May 7 at 10 AM at the Wilson County Store in Ottertail. Email Mike for more information: crookedlaketales@gmail.com.

 Life Writing Retreat at Crow Wing Crest Lodge May 21-22, 2022. contact sthpoet@gmail.com or relax@crowwing.com.

 Northwoods Writers Conference Monday June 20 to Sunday June 26, 2022. at Bemidji State University. www.northwoodswriters.orgwritersconference@bemidjistate.edu.

Poetry Safari. Poetry will be selected for display throughout the Northwoods Arts and Book Festival in Hackensack on August 13, 2022. Submit by June 15, 2022 to kokoropoets@gmail.com. Questions to same email. You can submit up to 3, one per page. Each poem must fit on one 8 ½ by 11 page.


Ryan told us about the methods he used to get his two books on voice recorded books. He used Draft to Digital and Find a Voice.

We took turns reading things we have been working on while others critiqued. Several of us wrote poems using the monthly set of words that we have been doing each month. We have had great fun with those.

Lots of good writing and good conversation. Hope to see you all next time! Maybe spring will actually be here.