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.

Feb 21 2017

February Writers’ Meeting

Hi Everyone, Today we held our February 19, 2017 meeting.

PRESENT: Deb, Mike, Jan, Dawn, Sharon, Chris, Marlys, Erin, Mary.

TALKING STICK 26: The March 1 deadline is coming up fast. Please get your submissions handed in soon! Remember the new short short forms we want this year.

We have the three judges and the workshop instructor and the Editorial Board ready to go. We have the workshop and book party set for Blueberry Pines on Sept. 16, 2017.

MISCELLANEOUS: We are done with Richard’s poetry book Selenity and it is on order. We are now working on Mike’s second book Down at the Dock.

Sharon is enjoying another online poetry class at the Loft. These are great!

Tarah, who does the layout for our Talking Stick books and all other books we publish, is in the Wall Street Journal! Here is the link to the article: wsj.com/articles/like-my-deodorant-i-made-it-myself-1486397362?tesla=y She makes her own laundry detergent, hand soap, etc. Her photo and her recipe for laundry detergent are in the article, along with several other industrious people who do similar things. Tarah also has a DIY site at www.grandmashousediy.com. Here she shows before and after photos of many projects she has done in her house. She and her husband have completely redone the old farmhouse where her grandparents lived for over 50 years. Much of the renovation is on this site also.

WRITING EVENTS: August 12 is the big Hackensack Book Art event in Hackensack MN. We have a table lined up. So does Mike.

MN Northwoods Writers Conference June 19-25, 2017. www.northwoodswriters.org or 218-755-2068.

Rosemount Writers Festival and Book Fair, Saturday March 18, 2017 10:30 am to 4:30 pm. www.rosemountwritersfestival.com. Sue Stein at Stei0010@gmail.com. Kate Pettit, lpettit@gowebway.com or kate@artescapesmn.com.

April 1, 2017 deadline Lake Superior Writers contest. Complete guidelines at lakesuperiorwriters.org. Maddie Cohen 952-567-1845 or mad_cohen@icloud.com.

Farm by the Lake Master Storytellers Series of events in Bagley MN. Click here. farmbythelake@gvtel.com.

Almost everyone brought something to read and we listened, questioned, laughed, enjoyed, and critiqued. It was a very pleasant day. Hope to see you next time!

Jan 17 2017

January Writers’ Meeting 2017

Hi Everyone,

We held our January meeting on January 15, 2017.

PRESENT: Ryan, Mike, Erin, Jan, Dawn, Marlys, Sharon, Jerry, Mary

TALKING STICK: Our call for submissions for TS26 went out at the end of December. This year we are doing SHORT SHORTS. You can send in TWO poems and TWO creative nonfiction and TWO fiction. See our guidelines on our website www.jackpinewriters.com. Deadline March 1, 2017. Send in your best! Our book release party is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017.

OTHER BOOKS: We are almost done with Richard’s fifth poetry book. We have the manuscript for Mike’s second book of cabin stories.

COMING EVENTS: 2017 Great American Think-Off Question has been announced. Go to www.think-off.org or call 218-385-3339.

Master Storytellers events at Farm by the Lake in Bagley MN. 17797 366th Street. Farmbythelake.anderson@gmail.com. 218-694-2084. Free family event at 4 PM on various Sundays.

How to Get Published workshop on Saturday, Feb 11, 2017, in downtown St Paul. http://minnesotawritingworkshop.com/. Chuck Sambuchino, editor 513-827-1580. Marge Barrett is one of the instructors.

Rosemount Writers Festival and Book Fair, Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Rosemount Steeple Center, 14375 S RobertTrail, Rosemount, MN. Reservations MUST be received by Jan. 20. www.rosemountwritersfestival.com. Kate Pettit www.ArtEscapesmn.com. lpettit@gowebway.com or kate@artescapesmn.com.

Annual artist and author event on Sat. Feb 25, 2017 from noon to 5 PM at Cannon River Winery, 421 Mill St W, Cannon Falls MN 55009. Table fee $20. Valerie@cannonriverwinery.com 651-485-4261.

Park Rapids Public Library event Community Reads Together. Shannon Gibney Sat March 25 will do a forum on the book A Good Time for the Truth: Race in MN. Writing workshop also. 218-732-4966 to register.

MN Northwoods Writers Conference at Bemidji State University in Bemidji MN June 19-25, 2017. www.northwoodswriters.org.

Great American Story, Sept. 23, 2017 at Park Rapids Armory is in the planning stages.

Bookends events at Uptown Café in Wadena MN on every second Saturday at 11 AM—for readers and writers. A different MN author present each time. Contact Open Book in Wadena for more information. 218-632-2665.

MISCELLANEOUS: Sharon has signed up for another online poetry class with the Loft. These classes are wonderful.

RECOMMENDED: The book Barkskins by Annie Proulx.

Many of our writers read writings they’ve been working on and the rest of us critiqued. We had excellent discussions today and hated to leave. Hope to see you next time!