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May Writers’ Meeting

Hi Everyone, today we held our May meeting. (If you are interested in attending a meeting, please email Sharon at sharrick1@wcta.net)

Marlys, Erin, Dawn, Ryan, Sharon, Deb, Jan, Mike, Niomi, Mary, Barb.

Tarah has the cover and the layout mostly done for the book. Sharon is now starting serious editing. This is our special 25th book (though the group has only been together for 23 years) and is quite a bit larger than previous books.

Sharon, Tarah, and Jan attended a poetry reading by James Bettendorf on Saturday, May 14, 2016, at the Park Rapids Library. We have enjoyed many of James’ poems in past Talking Sticks and we love his reading voice.

The Loft in MPLS has many excellent writing classes as usual. There are some very good poetry online classes right now that Sharon wishes she could attend.
June 20-26, 2016 MN Northwoods Writers conference at Bemidji State.
July 2, 2016. Mike Lein will have a book signing at Book World in Park Rapids. His book is called Firewood Happens. More info on that to come.
August 13, 2016 Northwoods Book and Art Festival in Hackensack MN. More info on that to come.
September 17, 2016 Jackpine Writers’ Bloc workshop with Faith Sullivan and Book Release Party for Talking Stick 25. More info being sent out on this. New location this year: The Patio near Hubbard MN.
September 11, 2016. Farm by the Lake in Bagley will have an event with singers, writers, etc. We will send out more info on that in the future.

Many of the attendees read things that they are working on. All in all, it was a fun day with lots of great conversation. Hope to see you next time!

April Writers’ Meeting

Hi Everyone, Today we held our April 2016 monthly meeting.

PRESENT: Ryan, Mike, Niomi, Jan, Dawn, Sharon, Mary, Jerry, Lina, Jill.

TALKING STICK: TS25 is progressing. All the NO letters have been sent out last week. The YES letters went out Friday. I have now called the 6 top winners to inform them. The letters to the other top honorable mention writers (with judges’ comments) will go out Monday. We were delighted to have so many submissions this year but it has, of course, made everything take a bit longer. Tarah has the cover mostly done. We are just beginning basic editing and then Tarah will get serious on the order of the book and the layout.

COMING WRITING EVENTS: Jerry is progressing on the Great American Story event for September. He is also progressing on the event at the museum in August where we will have a room of books for the whole month there.

April 22 at Central Lakes College, Verse Like Water to host the current US Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera to celebrate National Poetry Month. Also he will be reading at Long Prairie/Grey Eagle that morning at 8:45. Verse Like Water is the visiting poet program at Central Lakes College. Email Jeffrey Johnson at JJohnson@clcmn.edu or call 218-855-8102 or 320-260-4959 for more information.

April 22-24, 2016, 2nd Annual Writers’ Weekend in Lanesboro, MN with Candace Simar. www.Candacesimar.com for more information. www.annavbb.com or 507-467-2686 to register.

April 23, 2016, 1-4 PM at Midland Hills Country Club, Roseville MN—10th annual publishing vendor fair, sponsored by Midwest Independent Publishing Association (www.mipa.org) is a chance to talk to publishing professionals, including editors, designers, printers, publishers, etc. Also on hand will be authors to talk about their writing lives, including Faith Sullivan, who will talk about her books and how she writes. Her latest book, Good Night, Mr. Wodehouse, was selected by the Wall Street Journal as one of the ten best fiction books of 2015.

Self-Publishing E-books and Print Editions—a free webinar on April 27, 2016, at 1 PM EDT. From: Publishers Weekly [mailto:PW_Daily=email.publishersweekly.com@mail14.atl71.mcdlv.net]

Subject: Join BookLife for this FREE Webinar on Self-Publishing E-Books and Print Editions.

PAST WRITING EVENTS: Jerry attended a Loft class with Kate St. Vincent on memoir writing. Here are a few tips that he learned: have a strong beginning, have a dramatic arc, watch tenses and point of view, use sense of smell and touch. An event is important but the person’s response to an event is more important.

MISCELLANEOUS: Niomi is back from Hawaii! Mike is now a master naturalist.

We had a discussion of commas and how the use of them has changed over the years. We decided that being correct in punctuation is very important. But someone also said that meaning can be more important than form. Sometimes you do need extra commas for pacing or for clarity.

Good to see everyone today. Several of us read and others critiqued. We kept talking out on the street, not wanting to stop! Hope to see you all next time.

April Writers’ Meeting

Hi Everyone,
Today we held our March meeting. The next meeting will be held on April 17, 2015, from 12:30 to 3 PM at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN.

Mike, Ryan, Scott, Donna, Jill, Jill, Jerry, Sue, Joan, Barb, Dawn, Sharon, Marlys.

We are progressing on the book. The Editorial Board meeting was yesterday so we have chosen the submissions to be published in the book. We had over 100 more writings than last year so this was a big job.
Over the next week or two, we will get the acceptance or rejection letters sent out.
We will have a flyer out soon for both the book release party and the workshop with Faith Sullivan.

Jerry will be taking a class on memoirs at the Loft on Saturday April 16, 2016, with Kate St. Vincent Vogt.
Sharon has enjoyed several of the online poetry classes at the Loft. They are expensive but they really work for her. You get lots to print out and read and there are chats if you want them. Or you can just do the assignments. There are many great poem prompts.
PRLAAC The Great American Story program is progressing. The deadline for entries is April 15, 2016. Limited to 50 entries. The program is September 24, 2016. The stories are meant to be read aloud.
For the month of August, we will have a room at the Museum in Park Rapids with books and furniture. This will be to help celebrate our 25th book this year.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016. Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning presents Eric Bergeson with A Treasury of Old Souls. This will be from 1 to 2:30 at Armory Square in Park Rapids MN. The program is free. The book is about the lives of older members of Eric’s hometown.
April 6-8, 2016 at the University of ND in Grand Forks. This is the 47th annual UND Writers Conference. This year’s focus is The Art of Science. No charge but a gift is requested to support the conference ($50 or more is suggested). For more information, the schedule of events, and list and bios of guest writers, see www.undwriter4sconference.org.

Deb has had her baby. She is now editing Jerry’s next book which she plans to be done with by the end of March.
We are nearing completion on Mike’s book. The next proof books will come next week.
Scott showed us his Cloud Book and highly recommended it. This is a smaller lighter tablet/laptop that is used for writing. He has Right Monkey, Focus Writer, and Novelize programs on the device. If anyone is interested, we can get Scott to write up his information and get it in the next meeting minutes. It sounded like a great device.

Many attendees read things that they are working on and the rest of us critiqued. Hope to see you next time!

February Writers’ Meeting

Today we held our February meeting. Our next meeting will be on Sunday, March 20, 2016, from 12:30 to 3 PM at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids, MN.

PRESENT: Ryan, Susan, Ploy, Jan, Marlys, Jerry, Mary, Dawn, Sharon.

PLACES TO PUBLISH:      The deadline for submissions for Talking Stick 25 is March 1, 2016. Get your submissions in! Send either by regular mail or by the electronic submission on our website. Submission guidelines are also on the website. We are also allowing extra submissions this year. www.jackpinewriters.com.

Writers conference at Bemidji State University June 20-26, 2016. www.northwoodswriters.org or 218-755-2068.

Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry, Milkweed Editions, deadline March 1, 2016. 612-332-3192. abby_travis@milkweed.org.

WRITING EVENTS:  2nd Annual Writer’s Weekend in Lansboro, MN. April 22-24, 2016 with Candace Simar. Cost $100. 4 sessions. Register by April 1, $50 deposit. Space is limited. Contact Anna V’s Bed & Breakfast in Lanesboro. 507-467-2686. www.annavbb.com.www.candacesimar.com.

Tentative plans for our book release party: Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, at The Patio near Hubbard MN. We are working on a workshop by Faith Sullivan. More details out in March. Save the date!

Jerry is working on an event at the Museum in Park Rapids MN. During the month of August, we can have a room there to display our Talking Stick books. During the first week, we plan to have an open house. Jerry is setting the room up like a reading room with lots of books.

Jerry is also working on the Great American Story event. There will be a program for the winners on Sept. 24, 2016, at the Armory. This is on Art Leap weekend.

Elisa Korenne, singer/songwriter, has an event on March 13 at the Robertson theater in the Wadena Deer Creek Middle/High School. Her signature work features original songs and stories about people whose significance was perhaps overlooked at the time. This performance will focus on MN women. Elisa has many performances in March and April in the surrounding area.

Jerry has put on 6 annual writers’ retreats at his ranch near Nimrod. He will NOT be putting one on this year. He is taking at least a one year hiatus. We will revisit this next year. We always loved Jerry’s special events.

MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS: In a future meeting, we will perhaps have a Bemidji Publisher attend and tell us about his company.

Today we had a special guest. She is the guest writer at the retreat in New York Mills. Ploy is living in San Francisco and is fromThailand. We enjoyed listening to the story she read. Ploy is working on a book of short stories while at the retreat in New York Mills.

MISCELLANEOUS JACKPINE ITEMS: We wanted to mention that we greatly appreciate the interest and support of many MN writers. Over the last few meetings, we have had many new writers. At times, we had so many that it was beginning to get unwieldy and difficult for our core members to get time to read. We did want to mention and give everyone a heads-up—we may eventually have to divide into two separate meetings if we continue to frequently have a large number of writers. Again, we appreciate everyone’s interest and support, but we may have to do this so that everyone will have enough time to read. Our Board is going to be discussing this in the near future. There are several ways of splitting into two separate meetings and we are not sure what might work best: by genre (we don’t like this idea), date of joining the group, level of writing skills, whether very beginner or advanced, whether published or not, etc. There are various ideas and we will let everyone know when the Board comes to a decision and if we feel we need to put this in place.

Many writers read from their work and received helpful critique. A good productive meeting today!

The Talking Stick 25 Revised call for Submissions!

Hi Everyone,

We decided to allow each writer to send in more submissions! Take a look at the slightly revised Submission guidelines. Mainly we did this because we have been a bit short on stories the last couple of years.


If you already submitted and you want to submit another one or two, you can still do that. PLEASE do mention that you already submitted some, though. I like to get all the writings of one writer together.

Thanks! Remember the deadline of March 1, 2016.

Wanted: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

Published by Jackpine Writers’ Bloc of northern Minnesota.
THE TALKING STICK is a locally published and nationally recognized publication.

1. Writers must be from Minnesota or have some connection to this area.

2. DEADLINE: March 1, 2016. This year we will again offer monetary prizes in each of the 3 categories. Writers may submit for more than one category. Our Editorial Board will select the poetry and prose to be published in TS25. A published Minnesota author in each field will judge for the monetary prizes from the selected submissions, with authors’ names removed. Writers will be invited to our Book Release Party in September (tentative date is September 17, 2016). PLEASE READ SUBMISSION GUIDELINES COMPLETELY.

3. Prizes are $250 for first place and $100 for second place in each of the three categories. Works are to be UNPUBLISHED. This must NOT be on your Website or on a Blog. We want new things, unseen by the public. Submit manuscripts with name, address, and email address in upper right corner of each page. THIS MUST BE THE WAY YOU WANT YOUR NAME IN THE BOOK. Clearly mark the genre for which you are submitting: POETRY, FICTION, or CREATIVE NONFICTION. No simultaneous submissions, please. We would prefer that you do NOT start out your written piece with “inspirational” or “referenced” quotes from other literary works because of possible copyright issues, etc.

POETRY – Limit THREE entries per writer, each poem no longer than ONE page, typed single-spaced.  No word count necessary. See other requirements under #3 above.
FICTION – Limit TWO short story of 1500 words or less, typed single-spaced. Number the pages and include word count at end. See other requirements under #3 above.
CREATIVE NON-FICTION – Includes essays, travel, biography, memoir, etc. Limit TWO entry of 1000 words or less, typed single-spaced. Number the pages and include word count at end. See other requirements under #3 above.

4. Send only ONE copy of each submission along with SHORT bio. Please list any writing groups you belong to and tell us if you want them included on our writing group email list. If you have a pen name, you MUST stress in a cover letter what your real name is (for the contract and mailing) and the name you want on the submission in the book, in the table of contents, and back of book MUST BE THE WAY YOU HAVE IT ON THE PAGE(S) OF SUBMITTED WORK. Also, tell us what name you want in press releases. If you do not do this, we cannot promise that we will catch the different name. PLEASE SEND ALL OF YOUR WORK AT THE SAME TIME.

5. Send ONE SASE so we can send an acceptance letter and contract to you. All contracts are to be signed and returned, but in the event a contract is not returned, submission implies permission to publish. FORMAL NOTIFICATION is required if you wish to withdraw your submission or if it is published elsewhere during this time period. After May 1, 2016, submissions
cannot be withdrawn. SUBMISSIONS WILL NOT BE RETURNED. Decision of the editorial board and judges is final. Editors and editorial board of the JWB and JWB board members are eligible for publication in TS25, but not for the monetary prizes in this contest.

6. Send hard copy to: Sharon Harris, TS SUBMISSIONS, 13320 149th Ave, Menahga, MN 56464. Send ALL your submissions for ALL categories in ONE 9×12 ENVELOPE—do not fold or staple sheets. Submission guidelines are also on our website: www.jackpinewriters.com. We are accepting submissions in electronic format again this year!! We will NOT accept submissions in the body of an email—only with our electronic form, either pdf or Word document. Do NOT send docx files—we cannot guarantee format to be correct. A SASE is not required but would be greatly appreciated. CLICK HERE TO GO TO OUR ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION FORM!

7. Contributors who have one or more pieces selected for publication in TS25 will receive ONE free copy of TS25. Your copy may be picked up at our Book Release Party in September 2016. Any books not picked up will be mailed later—we appreciate receiving $3.00 for postage. JWB requires first publication rights only. Submissions may be chosen for future publication on our website.