Jun 19 2017

June Writer’s Meeting

Hi Everyone, Today we held our monthly meeting.


Ryan, Jan, Dawn, Sharon, Marlys, Erin, Mary.


We are progressing nicely on this year’s book. Sharon is working on the editing/proofing. Tarah has the layout done and is working on the cover.


Be sure to get signed up for the September 16, 2017 workshop Short Shorts with Marge Barrett and Talking Stick 26 book release party. The workshop is almost full. For details, email sharrick1@wcta.net and I’ll send you the info.

Saturday, June 24, 2017: join us at Dorset Books in Dorset MN for an author event. It starts at 11 AM. We will have Talking Stick books for sale there, TS25 and previous books. Mike Lein and Niomi Phillips also plan to be there with their books.

June 19-25, 2017 in Bemidji, Northwoods Writers week-long event with many authors and classes. Tracy K Smith, the new Poet Laureate, will be doing a reading on Wednesday evening at 7:30. More info on the evening reading series, go to: www.northwoodswriters.org.

Dawn has her concert series at Farm by the Lake in Bagley MN every Sunday mostly all summer except July 2. More info, email: farmbythelake.anderson@gmail.com.

August 27, 2017, Author Festival at Farm by the Lake. Email: Farmbythelake.anderson@gmail.com.


Firewood Happens is selling nicely for Mike. As we mentioned last time, that book won the MIPA award in the humor category. Congrats, Mike! His new book Down at the Dock is available now. These books of cabin stories have been very popular.


Ryan is still working with his developmental editor on his novel. More info, look up Lisa Cron, Wired for Story.

We had a lively discussion about self publishing and that it can be very good for writers but we are sad at how poor the editing often is. Those who self publish still need a good editor! We all decided it should be a matter of pride to only publish something that is correct, not something poorly done.

We mentioned that with many people texting and emailing with no one paying any attention to mistakes in them, it is probably a sad thing that correct spelling and punctuation will keep on disappearing. How very sad. We hope there will be a time when that turns around and becomes important again.

Some of the writers brought things to read and the rest of us critiqued. A lot of excellent writing today. We had a good group and a good meeting and hated to stop talking! Hope to see you all next time.




May 22 2017

May Writers’s Meeting

Hi Everyone, Today we held out May meeting of the Jackpine Writers’ Bloc.

PRESENT: Sharon, Dawn, Mike, Ryan, Niomi, Jan, Mary, Scott.

TALKING STICK 26: All the submitters have now been notified. The layout and editing are started. We will be sending out flyers shortly regarding the Book Release Party and workshop. These will be held on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, at Blueberry Pines Golf Club. Marge Barrett will be the instructor of the morning workshop.

MIKE’S BOOKS: Mike’s first book Firewood Happens won first place in the Humor category for Midwest Independent Publishers Association. Hooray, Mike! His book was published by Jackpine Writers’ Bloc, Inc. We have put more information on our JWB website as well as the JWB Facebook page. We will be sending more info out shortly by email.

Mike’s second book Down at the Dock will be out soon. This book is also published by Jackpine Writers’ Bloc, Inc.

MISCELLANEOUS: Sharon and Dawn attended Bookends in May, the Second Saturday event at the Uptown Café in Wadena. William Kent Krueger was the speaker. They had a huge crowd and filled the room to overflowing. Jerry Mevissen was there as the MC.

Dawn announced her concert series for this summer at Farm by the Lake near Bagley MN. For more information, contact her at: farmbythelake.anderson@gmail.com. Concerts are held on Sundays at 4 PM. On August 27, there is an end of the season festival with entertainers and arts and crafts.

Don’t forget the Northwoods Writers’ Conference in Bemidji MN from June 19-25, 2017. www.northwoodswriters.org.

Many of our writers read things they were working on. The rest of us critiqued. We had a lively discussion today and it was one of those days where we just hated to quit talking and leave. Hope to see you all next time!

Apr 24 2017

April Writers’ Meeting

Hi Everyone, Today we held our April meeting.

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


The Editorial Board met on April 2. We have almost all the rejection or acceptance letters mailed out to the submitters. That should be completed over the next week and winners will also be contacted next week. We are starting on the layout.


We are working on Mike’s second book, Down on the Dock. He has had great success with this first book Firewood Happens. We will order another proof this week for final reading and editing. Mike is a finalist for the Humor category for the MIPA awards with Firewood Happens. Hooray, Mike!


ShoreIndie is a new contest in 2017. https://shoreindie.blogspot.com/2016/11/shoreindie-contest-2017.html?m=1

Indie Author Fringe online conference on Saturday June 3. For info, email info@ornaross.com.

Dawn at Farm by the Lake had successful Storyteller events over the last few months. She is now planning entertainers for June, July, and August.

Mike will be at Bethany Books in Baxter on Saturday, April 29, for Indie Book Day (Independent Book Store Day).

The second Saturday in May (May 13) will feature Wm Kent Krueger as the author for the Bookends event at the Uptown Café in Wadena. 11 AM. Presented by An Open Book bookstore.

Check out Evernote as a way to record thoughts and ideas on your Smart Phone and other devices. Great for story ideas so you don’t lose them.


Ryan has an editor doing developmental editing on his story every two weeks. (Lisa Cron.) He is finding this very helpful but challenging.

Mike says the Chanhassen Library has put on some writing seminars that have had good tips. He says the libraries are very supportive of local writing groups.

Sharon has been so busy with the Talking Stick 26 book and Mike’s second book that she has gotten a bit behind on sending out emails. She is trying to catch up now.

We had a good time reading things we were working on and having others critique. After that, we had a lively discussion on our writing habits and whether or not we have specific schedules for writing. Most of us don’t but we would like to!

Hope to see you next time.

Mar 21 2017

March Writers’ Meeting

Hi Everyone, today we held our March meeting.

PRESENT: Ryan, Mike, Jan, Dawn, Sharon, Kim, Mary.

TALKING STICK 26: The submissions are all in, with the deadline of March 1. Those of us on the Editorial Board are busily reading for a meeting in a couple of weeks to decide which submissions will go in the book.

MISCELLANEOUS: We are working on Mike’s second book of cabin stories: Down at the Dock. We’ll be ordering our first proof soon.

WRITING EVENTS ATTENDED: Sharon has finished her sixth online poetry class at the Loft. This one was 8 weeks long and she loved it and has many new poems.

Ryan attended several good events: 1. Lawson Writing Academy with Margie Lawson (www.margielawson.com) –This one included information on editing and a strength finder. 2. Alliance of Independent Authors (Indie Author Fringe) https://www.allianceindependentauthors.org. –This one has free interviews on their blog. 3. a Writing day workshop in St. Cloud on Feb 11th with Chuck Sambuchino. https://minnesotawritingworkshop.com.

Jerry attended the Rosemount Writers Festival and Book Fair in the cities yesterday. We’ll have to get a report on that at a later date.

Most who attended did some reading of items they were working on. The rest of us critiqued. It was an enjoyable day where we hated to quit talking and leave. Eventually, we did go out into the bitter wind. Is it spring or is it winter? Hope to see you all next time.