May 18 2015

May Writers’ Meeting

Hi Everyone. Our next meeting will be held on Sunday, June 21, 2015, at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN from 12:30 to 3 PM.

PRESENT: Ryan, Jan, Sharon, Deb, Elisa, Jerry, Marlys, Mary, Lina

TALKING STICK 24 PROGRESS: We are busy working on the proofreading. We want to get this done earlier than normal this year since Tarah is so busy finishing her house remodel and her wedding is coming up!

WRITING EVENTS: Jerry attended the Midwest Book Awards event on May 13, 2015. He was a finalist with his Good Shepherd book but did not win. Congrats on being a finalist, Jerry! There were over 300 people at the event and was very enjoyable.

UPCOMING EVENTS: The Loft/Lake Region classes are in progress. Jerry and Elisa are attending one of them with Kate St. Vincent Vogel as instructor and they are enjoying it immensely.

Sinclair Lewis Writers Conference, 10-10-15. for more information.

WRITING PROMPTS:  This was a good prompt that one of the attendees shared from the Kate St. Vincent Vogel class:

  • Write down:
  • 3 important events in your life,
  • 3 important people in your life
  • 3 important things in your life,
  • 3 important places in your life,
  • 3 important secrets in your life.
  • Choose one from each category and write 400 words about those items.

Good tip: Starting your book or story with dialogue is generally not the best way. In some cases, it will work. In most cases, you need to use your opening lines to do these things: give you the narrator’s voice, point of view of the book, and show what conflict will be in the book.

Many of us read items we had written. The rest of us critiqued. Again today, we had spirited conversations and we hated to quit talking and go home! We love it when that happens.

Hope to see you next time!

Apr 20 2015

April 2015 Writers’ Meeting

Hi Everyone,


Today we held our April meeting. Our next meeting will be held on Sunday, May 17, 2015, from 12:30 to 3 PM.



Ryan, Jan, Marlys, Sharon, Niomi, Mike, Mary, Jerry, Betty, Lina.



We have had our Editorial Board meeting to choose the submissions to go in the book and we have received back the top winners from the celebrity judges. The rejection or acceptance letters will be all sent out shortly. Tarah is working on the format and Sharon is ready to start proofing.



Ryan attended a Sci-Fi literary convention in the cities.

Jerry attended the Bloomington Writers Festival and Art Fair in March. He says it is a great event for networking.

April 15-17 Indie Recon Convention. There are U-Tube videos available with information on self-publishing.



The Loft and Lake Region Writers Network have 4 workshops coming up. Go to for more information. Some of these meet in person for the first class and then are online after that. Starting soon.

St. Cloud State University presents the 2015 Mississippi River Creative Writing Workshop June 15-18, 2015. 320-308-3936. Writing exercises, discussions, and interaction between students and professional writers in an informal setting. Bill Meissner, Margaret Hasse, Thomas Maltman, more.

Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference at Bemidji State University in Bemidji June 20-26, 2015. 218-755-2851.

PRLAAC event during Art Leap weekend in Park Rapids MN. (Sept. 26-27).



Very short fiction award, deadline April 30, 2015.



Mike had a story published in the Life on the Water section of Northwoods Press.

Jerry is a finalist with his book Good Shepherd in the Midwest Book Awards.


Following these discussions, we took turns reading what we had written recently. Almost everyone brought something today. The readings sparked critiques and many ideas and feelings. It was one of those magical days when we hated to stop talking and leave each other. I believe we all feel inspired by good meetings such as the one today. Hope to see you all next time!

Mar 17 2015

March Writers’ Meeting

Hi Everyone, Today we held our March meeting. The next meeting will be held on Sunday April 19, 2015 from 12:30 to 3 PM at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN.


PRESENT: Ryan, Jan, Sharon, Mike, Diane, LuAnne, Mary, Lina, Sonja, Betty. Diane is new and we have not seen LuAnne or Betty for a while.


TALKING STICK 24: Progressing nicely. We have all our submissions and we are scheduled for our Editorial Board meeting.


WRITING PROMPT: Several of us tried that neat writing prompt “If You Knew Me, You Would Know . . .” It was great. We had good laughs. Some wrote poems, some wrote stories. We all enjoyed it. We encourage more writers to try it.



AGNI is a place that accepts longer short stories.


Poets and Writers
Writers’ Digest


Ryan is thinking of attending an April Sci-fi event in the cities in April.
Speaking of the Past is a free lecture series from the Wadena County Historical Society in Wadena MN from March through May. More info will be sent out on this.

We had a good time today listening and critiquing.

Hope to see you next time!

Feb 17 2015

February Writers’ Meeting

Today we held our February meeting. Our next meeting will be held on March 15, 2015, from 12:30 to 3 PM at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids, MN.

PRESENT: Marlys, Lina, Jan, Deb, Jerry, Mike, Sharon


Call for Submissions deadline for Talking Stick 24 is March 1, 2015. Hurry and get them sent in! See for more submission rules and electronic submission form.

Glimmer Train. Go to

Check out Two of Cups Press. We just missed the current deadline but they do have poetry contests and chapbook contests.


Check out Ed to Go. There are many writing classes offered. You can also check with your local Community Ed or Community College for these classes at a discount.

Open Mike Readings at Brigid’s Pub in Bemidji on some Thursday evenings from 5;30 to 7 PM. All genres.

The Loft and Lake Region Writers Network are collaborating to offer four creative writing classes in April and May 2015 in four locations—Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Glenwood, and New York Mills.

Writers’ Weekend at Listening Point will be held Sept. 11-13-2015. Call 218-365-7890 or email

MN Northwoods 2015 Writers Conference June 20-26, 2015 on the lake at Bemidji State University.

Writing from the Spirit with Candace Simar, April 10-12, 2015, a writers’ retreat in Lanesboro, MN. Call 1-507-467-2686, 1-952-836-7904 or email

Bloomington Writers’ Festival and Brook Fair 2015, March 28, 2015.,


Use this title: If You Knew Me… Go from there with a poem or short story and see where it takes you. Great prompt.

All of us who attended read and were critiqued by the others. We had a fun meeting today—one of those days where we hate to quit talking and go home! Hope to see you next time!