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November Writers’ Meeting

Hi Everyone,  Today we held our November meeting. Our next meeting will be on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013 from 12:30 to 3 PM at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids, MN.

PRESENT: Marlys, Jan, Jerry, Niomi, Mike, Sharon, Sonja, Lina, Betty.

NEXT TALKING STICK: The next call for submissions, for TS23, will go out sometime in December.

PAST EVENTS: Jerry and Niomi attended an event at the Armory in Park Rapids on October 31. It was well attended.
We are waiting to hear from Deb to see if she had some writers sign up for NANOWRIMO this year.
Sharon is attending an online class at the Loft. The class is focusing on short forms of writing. They have covered Flash Fiction, Micro Memoir, Prose Poetry, and Hint Fiction. Sharon highly recommends the online classes at the Loft. They are slick and easy with great assignments and chats for feedback.
We were told about the League of MN Poets where many writers we knew were mentioned. The Nimrod event was mentioned also. Many of the writers had pieces they had written at Nimrod.

UPCOMING EVENTS: Marsh Muirhead sent us a notice of a Poetry Slam to be held this Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, at the American Legion in Bemidji at 7PM.
Jerry told us about Bloomington Writers Festival on Saturday March 22. Call 1-952-563-8575 or email Lpettit@gowebway.com for more information.
Marlys told us about a free online class from Harvard during the month of November about poetry in America.
Elisa Korentayer is putting on free workshops to teach marketing, social media skills, and creativity. Thurs. Nov. 21, 5 pm to 9 pm at A Center for the Arts in Frgus Falls. Saturday Nov. 23, 10:30am to 2:30 PM, Holmes Theater, Detroit Lakes. Each workshop will take place in two parts, creativity and business, separated by a bring-your-own lunch where Elisa will be available for Q&A and conversation. In the first half of the workshop, Elisa will lead participants in exercises to enhance their creativity. The second half of the workshop will focus on social media and marketing skills and tools. This is free. It is geared for adults and open to mature teenagers.

MISCELLANEOUS: Jerry is progressing nicely with his next book of short stories: Good Shepherd–almost ready to go to print.
Niomi’s book is also coming along nicely.

We had an excellent meeting with lots of good reads and good comments. Hope to see you next time!

October Writers’ Meeting

Hello Everyone, Today we held our October meeting. The next meeting will be Sunday, November 17, 2013, from 12:30 to 3 PM at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN.

PRESENT: Sharon, Jerry, Deb, Niomi

TALKING STICK 22 BOOK PARTY AND WORKSHOP: In September, we held our book release party and had a workshop with LouAnn Muhm. Both were well attended. The workshop was called Inviting the Muse. At the book party, we had lots of great readers. We really like holding the book party at Blueberry Pines. We will be holding a board meeting soon to start planning for next year. Tentative date for next year is Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014–but that may change.

Brainerd Writers Alliance, October 26 event with Candace Simar and Lorna Landvik. Preregister by emailing bevabear@brainerd.net. 9:30 AM to 3 PM at the Brainerd Public Library.
Next Armory meeting will be Thursday 10-31-13 from 1:30 to 2 PM. Jerry and Niomi will be there with a display of books. The visitors this time will be from the Senate.

RECENT WRITERS’ EVENTS: Sharon and Tarah attended the LouAnn Muhm and Kathryn Kayser poetry reading in September and enjoyed it immensely. They also (along with Jerry and Niomi) attended the Lorna Landvik event at the Park Rapids Library in October. Lorna is such a great standup comedian as well as a talented writer. Niomi attended Lake Region’s event on October 5, sold some books, took in some workshops. Jerry attended the members party at the Loft.

MISCELLANEOUS: Deb is going to check into teaching a class through the Loft. Great idea, Deb!
Sharon is now taking an online class through the Loft and enjoying it immensely.
Deb will be doing NANOWRIMO again this year. More information coming soon.

Then we took turns reading things that we are working on. The rest of us commented and critiqued. We had some excellent writings today. Hope to see you next time!

September Writers’ Meeting

Today we held our September meeting. Our next meeting will be held on Sunday, October 20, 2013, from 12:30 to 3 PM at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN.

PRESENT: Jerry, Lina, Betty, Shirley, George, Marlys, Sharon, Niomi, Penny, Sonja.

TALKING STICK 22: Our workshop and Book Release Party are scheduled for this coming Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at Blueberry Pines Golf Club. We have 29 signed up for the workshop and probably 40 or so for the book party.

BLANK CANVAS GALLERY: BCG is closing and may be only online at some point.They will be having an open house on October 5 from 10 to 5. Some of us will want to go to that.

BOOK EVENTS: Sharon and Tarah attended the dinner and talk with William Kent Krueger on August 22. It was sold out and a great time. Kent spent a lot of time going around to all the tables so he could talk with everyone and sign books. Jerry attended the Wine and Words event on August 23 that was put on by the Brainerd Library. Lorna Landvik and William Kent Krueger were two of the speakers.

UPCOMING EVENTS: Wednesday Sept. 18, there is an event at the Armory in Park Rapids. Twenty-one House Capital Investment Committee members will be there to tour the Park Rapids Armory project (Upper Mississippi Center for the Arts. Jerry and Niomi will be there with all 22 of our Talking Sticks. We supplied 21 Talking Stick books (TS#10) with the JWB history information in them to be given to the committee members.

Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013 at Detroit Lakes Public Library at 2 PM. Becca Barniskis teaches one hour creative writing workshops called Poetry and Writing Workshop. Contact the library 218-847-2168 or detroit@larl.org.

Friday evening, Sept. 20, 2013, at 6:30, there is a poetry reading by LouAnn Muhm and Kathryn Kaysar at Nemeth Gallery (the old court house now museum in Park Rapids MN.)

Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, don’t forget the workshop with LouAnn Muhm called Inviting the Muse from 9 to 12 at Blueberry Pines Golf Course near Park Rapids MN. After that, we have our Talking Stick 22 book release party from 1 to 4:30 approximately, same location. More info: www.jackpinewriters.com.

Saturday, October 5, 2013, from 9 AM to 4 PM–Lake Region Writers Network in Fergus Falls. For more information and to register, go to: www.lakeregionwriters.net.

Saturday, October 12, 2013, Sinclair Lewis Writers’ Conference at Sauk Center high school auditorium from 8:30 to 5:30. Go to: www.saukherald.com/ftp/writers for more information.

We had a great group today. Many of our writers brought poems or stories to read and the rest of us critiqued.

Hope to see you next time!

August Writers’ Meeting

Hi Everyone, Today we held our August meeting of the Jackpine Writers’ Bloc. Our next meeting will be on September 15, 2013, from 12:30 to 3 PM at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN 56470.

PRESENT: Lorelei, Marlys, Betty, Deb, Sharon, Jerry.

TALKING STICK 22, BOOK PARTY & WORKSHOP: Our books are all done and we have them back, all set for the book release party. We have had one meeting with Blueberry Pines to start planning the workshop and Book Release party on Sept. 21, 2013. We now have 22 signed up for the workshop. We are limiting it to 30.

OTHER WRITERS’ EVENTS: On Monday, Aug. 5, Sharon and Marlys attended Marsh Muirhead’s book signing and reading in Bemidji. He has a new haiku book called her cold martini. Both enjoyed it immensely. Yesterday, Aug. 17, Sharon and Marilyn and Tarah went to the Hackensack Northwoods Art & Book Festival to sell books. Niomi and Deb and Marlys also attended and/or assisted. We had a great day. Yesterday, Aug. 17, Marlys attended Marsh Muirhead’s workshop on haiku. We hope he puts this on again. Marlys really enjoyed it.

FUTURE EVENTS: Sharon is signed up for an October online Loft class called In a Flash: Short Shorts, Micro Memoir, and Prose Poetry. The instructor is Rochell Hurt. Jerry will be attending Wine and Words on August 23 at the Arrowwood Lodge in Baxter MN. At 5:30, there is social hour and silent auction and wine tasting. At 6:30, there will be dinner and presentation by authors William Kent Krueger, Wendy Webb, Sandra Brannan and Sarah Pekkanen. Lorna Landvik will be the emcee. Tickets are $40.00 each and tables of eight are $280. Drawing for an IPAD. Further questions, contact Sheila DeChantal 838-0886 or sdechantal@gmail.com. Sponsored by the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library.

August 24, two events in Park Rapids with William Kent Krueger. Book signing from 3:30 to 4:30 at Beagle Books. 5:30 dinner at the Y Steak House $30. The dinner is sold out.

Loft members party on September 12 at the Loft.

Whiskey Creek Film Festival from Sept. 13-19 at Cozy Theater in Wadena. For more information, go to: www.whiskeycreekfilmfestival.org.

SUBMISSIONS WANTED: Don’t forget–Brainerd Writers Alliance 2013 writing contest. $15 entrance fee, one entry per category. Fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry. Deadline: Sept. 13, 2013. Further questions: bevabear@brainerd.net or call Bev 218-828-7750.

WRITING TIPS: Mary Carroll Moore has weekly writing prompts on her blog. www.howtoplanwriteanddevelopabook.blogspot.com. Check it out. Sign up to receive emails with the weekly writing prompts. Deb has been working with these.

Several of us brought things to read and the rest of us did critiquing.

An excellent meeting! Hope to see you next time.

July Writers’ Meeting

Hi Everyone,
Today we held our July meeting. The next meeting will be on Sunday, August 18, 2013 at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN from 12:30 to 3 PM.

PRESENT: Mike, Marion, Jerry, Marlys, Sharon, Penny.

TALKING STICK 22: We have ordered the proof for TS22. It will arrive Monday and we will then order our big batch of books. Lots of people helped with reading this year’s book because Sharon was behind schedule. Thank you!

TS22 BOOK RELEASE PARTY AND WORKSHOP: The planned date for these two events is Sept. 21, 2013. We are going to verify this date one more time with Blueberry Pines. Then the flyers will be sent out for these two events–SOON! Sorry for the delay on getting these out.

WRITERS’ EVENTS: Last week was the week-long Writers’ Conference in Bemidji. Marlys attended the poetry class all week and enjoyed it immensely. Sharon went to the reading by Ron Carlson Monday evening with Marlys. Will Weaver was there to introduce Ron and we also saw Marsh Muirhead of Bemidji. The reading was so enjoyable. Ron Carlson is such an entertaining speaker. He read two or three of his poems and a short story. He has many books out, including The Signal and Ron Carlson Writes a Story. He also teaches writing classes and he now has a poetry book out.
Nimrod 4 was another successful event at Jerry’s farm with Marge as the instructor. Good food, good instruction, good people, good writing. Jerry plans to do a memorial book again as he did last year, with Tarah’s assistance. He is waiting for the final submissions of pictures and writings from the attendees.
Jerry plans to attend the next PRLAAC event at Armory Square in Park Rapids. It is on August 5th.
Penny will be attending the Madeline School of the Arts in September. The instructor will be Mary Carol Moore.

WRITING TIPS: Marlys shared a few of the ideas she learned in poetry classes this week. 1. Cutting up your poems is a good exercise. Move around the lines and the stanzas to see if it works better for you. 2. Twining two poems together to create a new poem can also be a good exercise. 3. Take one line of one of your already-written poems. Use that line to create a totally new poem. 4. Have the first reader for your poem or story (such as a friend or spouse) tell you not whether they liked it or not, but have them tell you what stands out. This will tell you if you need to make it more clear so they understand your objective. 5. Try this website: www.howapoemhappens.blogspot.com.

MISCELLANEOUS: Jerry would love to get more Loft instructors up in this area. We could sponsor a workshop and line up students if they would provide the instructor.

Many of our writers brought things they were working on and the rest of us gave helpful comments and suggestions. Hope to see you next time!