Feb 18 2019

February Writers’ Meeting

Hello Everyone, Today we held our February meeting.

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

TALKING STICK 28: Be sure to get in your submissions for this year’s Talking Stick—only a couple weeks left!

OTHER BOOKS: We are coming along with Mike’s third book. He calls his three books his “cabin trilogy.”

PRLAAC: Mike attended the February meeting. He said they did get a grant for another Great American Storytellers event. We are always surprised how many art events are happening in the Park Rapids area—concerts, musicals, writing events, a sculpture trail, the Nemeth art center.

CLASSES AND WRITING EVENTS: Marlys is enjoying an online Loft class on Metaphors. Sharon has just finished an online poetry class at the Loft called Prompt and Circumstance.

Book Release—Erin will have the book release for her poetry book Disability Isn’t Sexy at the Watermark Art Center in Bemidji. This will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2019, at 6 PM.

A movie about a writer that we discussed is Can You Ever Forgive Me? This is about writer Lee Israel. She was a celebrity biographer and then could no longer get published because she had fallen out of step with current tastes and turns her art form to deception. Actress Melissa McCarthy.

Farm By The Lake Storyteller Series presents a Free Writing Workshop with Author Wendell Affield, “Reawakening Memory through our Senses” to be held February 24, 2019 from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm at the Bagley Public Library. Open to public.

Mike gave an inspirational talk through the Chanhassen Library. The Chanhassen Library also put on another event with a short workshop called “Don’t be Afraid to Write Shitty First Drafts.”

Marlys mentioned “Take Your Journal for Coffee.” Write down what you ate, what the food looked like, what it tasted like. Turn the food into a metaphor and write it out.

MISCELLANEOUS: Ryan mentioned he had read that a certain order is important for your adjectives. In cases where you use more than one, go to:


That was fascinating—something many of us hadn’t thought about before. Check it out.

We are all tired of winter but it goes on and on. Most of us brought poems or stories to read. We had a great time listening and critiquing. Hope to see you all next time!

Jan 25 2019

January Writers’ Meeting

Hello Everyone, today we held our January meeting.

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

TALKING STICK 28: Submissions are open. Please see submission guidelines and get your best writings sent in by the March 1, 2019 deadline.

MISCELLANEOUS: We are nearing completion of Richard’s poetry book. We have started Mike’s third book of cabin stories. Sharon is slowly compiling poems for her fourth poetry book.

Tarah, who does the layout and cover design for our TS books and the others that we publish, has her own website www.grandmashousediy.com. You can sign up there for her newsletter.

BOOK EVENTS: The Hackensack Book & Art event will be held on August 10, 2019. We plan to have a table there again.

Applications are available for the Northwoods Writers Conference to be held June 17-23 in Bemidji. www.northwoodswriters.org.

Go to the Loft website to read about Wordplay on May 2 and 3, 2019. Stephen King will be involved. www.loft.org.

Erin will have her book release party for her new poetry book on April 6, 2019 at the Watermark Art Center in Bemidji, MN. Congrats, Erin.

Best Places to Submit Poetry: A Ranking of Literary Magazines:  https://thejohnfox.com/2016/05/poetry-submissions/.

Chanhassen Library event #1: Saturday Jan 26 from 10:30 to noon: Write Like There’s Nobody Criticizing. Presented by the Loft. Registration is required at your library or on their website calendar www.carverlib.org. 7711 Kerber Blvd, 952-227-1500.

Second Chanhassen Library event is on Feb 1. That is a closed meeting for library staff only. Our Mike will be talking about writing, the environment, and humor.

We had a good time reading and critiquing today. Hope to see you all next time!

Dec 17 2018

December Writers’ Meeting

Hello Everyone,

Today we held our December 2018 meeting.

PRESENT: Sharon, Dawn, Mike, Jan, Marcie, Niomi, Marlys, Erin, Scott.


We will soon be sending out the Call for Submissions for the next Talking Stick. The deadline will be March 1, 2019. We will have the same three genres: poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction. Out of these, we will also choose one for a Humor prize.


We will be done this week with the book by Jan’s friend. Richard’s poetry book will be just a few more weeks. Sharon is working on her fourth poetry book. Tarah is considering a book of her short stories. Mike will have the manuscript for his next book to us shortly.


Mike was the author for the October Bookends Second Saturday event in Wadena. He said it was a fun event and he read, talked, and sold books. We have just received a news release stating that the Wadena County Historical Society will take charge of this event beginning in January 2019.

Both Mike and Niomi attended the December PRLAAC meeting. The Great American Story got another grant and will be having another storytelling event in 2019. Ryan might be able to attend some of these meetings in the future.

Marlys is going to be taking an online class on Metaphors at the Loft. Sharon loves these classes and hopes to be able to take another one soon.

Erin has 3 poems published by Wordgathering.com. She has also gotten a poetry book published called “Disability Isn’t Sexy.” She will have a celebration in April at Watermark in Bemidji. Congrats, Erin!


Scott mentioned software called Atomic Scribbler, previously named PageFour. It is like a bare bones Scrivener or WriteItNow. These programs all keep notes for you. Other helpful programs to check out: Evernote, Dropbox, OneNote, Google Cloud.

We had a good meeting, great conversation, lots of good writings, lots of good critique. Hope to see you all next time.

Nov 18 2018

November Writer’s Meeting

Hi Everyone, today we held our November meeting.


Jan, Dawn, Sharon, Ryan, Marlys, Pete, Lina, Toni.


We have begun sending out invitations for the May 2019 writers’ retreat that Ryan is planning at his resort. We have two signed up. We have one that says she can’t afford it this year. We have at least one more interested. We know we are way early, but we will keep sending reminders. We need six more.


We will put out our call for submissions sometime in December. The Board of Directors will vote. We will probably stay with our shorter submissions and we will keep the humor prize again. That added a lot of fun to the book release party. Check the JWB website at www.jackpinewriters.com now and then through December. The deadline will be March 1.


We are close to being finished with Jan’s friend’s book. We are also working on Richard’s next poetry book. Sharon is working on her fourth poetry book. Mike will have his third book of short stories to us around the first of the year.

Suggested excellent book: Stephen King, On Writing.


Dawn attended a Storyteller’s Slam in Bemidji. There were seven writers who got up and either told or read their stories. It was called “Finding Your Voice” and had cash prizes. Sometime before the event, they had had a professional storyteller put on a workshop.


May 10-14, 2019 The Writer-Warrior Workshop at Crow Wing Crest Lodge in Akeley MN. This is a five-day, four-night immersive workshop. The instructor is Kim Kessler. Contact sharrick1@wcta.net for more information.

March 22-23, 2019, Third Annual Rosemount Writers Festival in Rosemount, MN. Stei0010@gmail.com or lpettit@gowebway.com.


We always say, “Show, don’t tell.” Another good phrase: “Don’t draw the conclusion—show the evidence.”

We handed out some prompts. Go to the website for Poets & Writers to find good prompts.

We took turns reading things we are working on and the others critiqued. It was a good meeting. Hope to see you next time!