Jan 21 2015

January Writers’ Meeting

Hello Everyone,


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



Jan, Mike, Sharon, Mary, Ryan



The call for submissions for the next Talking Stick book has gone out and submissions are arriving every day. Remember—the deadline is March 1, 2015. We have selected some of the judges for the book—still working on one.



MN Northwoods 2015 Writers Conference at Bemidji State University, June 20-26, 2015. More info, www.northwoodswriters.org. Always excellent.

The Great Novel contest, Columbus Creative Cooperative. Jan.1-31, 2015. Email msowash@macalester.edu for more info. Molly Sowash.

Glimmer Train. www.glimmertrain.com. Five submission categories for 2015.

Bloomington Writers Festival and Book Fair, March 28, 2015 at the Bloomington Center for the Arts in Bloomington MN. Lpettit@gowebway.com Kate Pettit.

Listening Point Foundation in Ely. A weekend in September 2015 on nature writing. More information coming on this later.


Almost all the writers brought things to read. We enjoyed listening and critiquing each other’s work.


Hope to see you next time!

Jan 13 2015

December Writers’ Meeting

Hello Everyone,


Today we held our December meeting. The next meeting will be on Sunday, January 18, 2015, from 12:30 to 3 PM at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN.



Sharon, Mike, Deb, Ryan, Scott



We will be sending out the next Call for Submissions soon with a deadline of March 1, 2015.

We are working on the TS judges now and also the workshop on the day of the Book Release Party—tentatively September 19, 2015.



Deb had her students write books again this year. All together, they did 75,000 words and 600 pages.



This topic came up in discussion today. Scott said if you plan to go to some of these conventions, be sure to check out ahead of time who will be there. Meeting people there can be very helpful.

Scott is very involved now with Charlton Arrow comics. PopCult picked its 2014 Top 5 Fave Comics and Charlton Arrow made the list. Scott says that social networks are now very important for spreading the word about comics, books, etc.


We all brought things to read and critiqued each others work. Good meeting! Hope to see you all next time.

Dec 15 2014

November Writers’ Meeting

Hi Everyone,


Today we held our November meeting. Please join us for our next meeting on Sunday, December 21, 2014, at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN from 12:30 to 3 PM.



Sharon, Mike, Mary, Jerry, Jan, Ryan, Marlys.



Sharon has completed her third online class at the Loft. This one was The Art of Finding Poetry with Sarah Rose Nordgren. It lasted 8 weeks and was great fun. The class involved writing down things you notice, finding the sources where your writing comes from, working with sounds and colors, etc.

NANOWRIMO is on right now. Marlys is doing it this year. During the month of November, many writers are taking up the challenge of writing a rough draft of a 50,000 word novel in one month. Go to www.nanowrimo.org for more information so you can try it next year.



“Falling” by James Dickey, a long, lovely poem about a very sad true event.

Jane Hirshfield’s book on Haiku.

Check out poetry by Edith Sodergran and Lorine Niedecker.



Bloomington Writers Festival and Book Fair, March 28, 2015.

Lpettit@gowebway.com. Jerry will be attending.

Those of us in Talking Stick 23 have a chance of being asked to record their writing and have it on the radio at KAXE. You might get a phone call.



We have talked now and then about pacing. John, a writer who hasn’t attended for a while but keeps in touch, said that he recommends Mary Oliver’s poems. The way she steps through a poem is remarkable. She uses very clever phrases to slow the pace.

Thanks to everyone who donated to us, either directly, or through GiveMN recently.



Everyone who attended today brought something to read. We are always so happy with the quality of the writing our attendees bring with them. We cheerfully critique and encourage.


Hope to see you next time!

Dec 15 2014

October Writers’ Meeting

Hello Everyone,


Today we held our October meeting. Our next meeting will be held on Sunday, November 16, 2014, from 12:30 to 3:30 at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN.



Scott, Jan, Ryan, Sharon, Jerry, Mary.



Jane Hirshfield event in Bemidji on Sept. 27, 2014. Sharon and Marlys attended. It was a fun day to meet other writers and have great conversations. The day started with readings by the BEAT poets from KAXE radio. Then a class on the short poem by Jane, then book signings. Later in the day, they had a reception and snacks, followed by the evening reading.

Jan attended the Great Northern Radio show in Park Rapids MN at the Armory on Sept. 27, 2014. A lot of the show was radio. Jerry was the storyteller. There will be another program in Walker in December 2014. This was a live radio show. It should probably be archived on KAXE website.

Jerry attended the Sinclair Lewis event and told us of the speakers and workshops. William Kent Krueger was one of the speakers. He says he considers PLACE a character—it is that important. It tells you about location and mood.

No one who was at the meeting today had attended the Lake Region Writers event on October 4. We know that Harlan and Marlene attended. Sharon had received her complimentary copy of their book. We noticed that Sonja and Lina had also been selected to be in the book.

Scott had attended the Edgar Rice Burroughs conference in Fargo recently. This was for filmmakers, writers, etc.



Brainerd Writers Alliance October 25. More info, call Bev at 218-838-0839 or Julie Jo at 218-821-0263 or email jlarson@clcmn.edu. Preregister by Oct 20.

Verse Like Water, Noon on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 at Chalberg Theater, Central Lakes College, Brainerd MN. More info, jjohnson@clcmn.edu or 218-855-8102 or 320-260-4959. Robert Hass reading. Music by Brian Laidlaw at 11 AM.

Open Loft Contest—found poetry. Story of 800 words or less or poem up to 45 lines that includes a found phrase or piece of dialogue (wording that is overheard, found on a sign, read in a book, seen in graffiti, etc.) https://www.loft.org/about/opportunities/contests/ 2014 Loft Winter Writing Contest.



Sharon is taking her third online class at the Loft, The Art of Finding Poetry, and loving it!

Jerry recommends that we look into GIVEMN for getting donations to keep our group going.

Scott also showed us the cover of the book Worlds of Philip Jose Farmer which he helped to edit. He suggested we all get on email lists for anything we have passion for and be on the lookout for workshops and events.


Most of us read things that we are working on and received helpful comments and critiques. A good meeting. Hope to see you next time!