Writers' Meetings
Jun 19 2024

June Meeting Minutes 2024

Hello Everyone,

PRESENT: Sharon, Mike, Dawn, Marlys, Erin, Niomi


We are ready to order our second proof. We have all the contracts back. The flyers for the workshop and book party on Sept. 14 have started to go out. People are starting to sign up.


Mike attended the June meeting. They discussed opera, dance, theater, history center, antiques road show, an art show at Nemeth in Park Rapids. On display May 2 – July 6, artist reception Saturday June 22 4-6 PM. www.nemethartcenter.org. E.V. Day and Emma Beatrez.


Northwoods Writers’ Conference will be held June 24-29 at BSU in Bemidji. There will be evening readings.

The MIPA event will be held this next weekend. Mike’s hunting book Hunting Around is a finalist in the sports category.

Generative Writing Workshop with Danez Smith on Thursday June 27 from 11 AM to 12:30 PM at Watermark Art Center in Bemidji. It is free, but you must register. Call Watermark at 218-444-7570 or email Leah Grunzke lgrunzke@watermarkartcenter.org.

In one class, Dawn was using a thought generator where you needed to use all your senses. Like for music mentioned, go to specific songs. For food, list types of food.


Dawn was helping to build trolls around the Detroit Lakes area. This was started by a man from Denmark, Thomas Dambo. www.Thomasdambo.com.

In our conversation about writing, someone said one writer always reads some poetry before she sits down to write fiction. Another writer said, “I write to know what I think.” Another writer said, “I learned what I wrote from my readers.”

Several of us read what we brought while others critiqued. The others told us what they had been working on recently. We had a good day and great conversation and several of us moved over to the Good Life Café afterward to continue our talk.

Hope to see you all next time!

May 23 2024

May Meeting Minutes 2024

Hello Everyone,

Today we held our May meeting.


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


     The book is progressing. The first proof will be here early next week. We had a black and white copy of the cover to show everyone. We are using some of Dawn’s photos for the cover. We have almost all the contracts back. We are now working on the flyers for the workshop and book release party. The book party and workshop will be held on Saturday Sept. 14, 2024.

     We just got the second proof for Mike’s book The Last Cabin.


     Ben Franklin Books is having Mike do a reading from his books on June 15.

     The Author Fest is held that same day at the Armory.

     There is a crafts show in Nevis MN on June 9, 2024 and also book sales. The Dorset book sales event is on June 22, 2024.

     Mike attended the May meeting for Heartland Arts (PRLAAC). They discussed concerts, the Second street stage, opera, sculpture trail, the playwright workshop, and Art Beat. The Park Theater will be celebrating their 85th anniversary.

     Go to the Park Rapids Armory website to learn about various workshops such as drawing and paper quilling.

     Mike attended the book selling and classes event at Rosemount. He also attended an Authors and Anglers event.

We took turns reading things we have been working on while others critiqued. This was one of those meetings where we had such good conversations and we all hated to leave! Hope to see you next time!

Apr 29 2024

April Meeting Minutes 2024

Hello Everyone,


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


No one was able to attend the April PRLAAC meeting.


We got back the first and second place winners from the judges along with their comments. The letters have mostly gone out now except for the ones sent to the judges. Those will go out early next week along with judges’ comments. Winners have been called. We are working on a cover and subtitle for this year’s book.


We have completed Cindy Fox’s memoir, Black & White. We are well into working on Mike’s next book The Last Cabin as well as working on TS33. Jan is working on poems for her next book.

Recently, Lina Belar sent us information on Bookends Online Edition for National Poetry Month. This was via zoom on April 13, 2024. Several writers emailed to say that they really enjoyed this. We hope there are more events like this. lbelar@arvig.net

We had a lively meeting with most of us reading things we had been working on and the rest critiquing. Hope to see you next time!

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!