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!


Nov 21 2016

November Writer’s Meeting

Today we held our Nov 20, 2016 meeting.

Ryan, Jerry, Sharon, Mike, Dawn, Marlys, Erin.

Next month, we will be sending out our call for submissions for TS26.

Jerry is still waiting to hear if we can move the “Reading Room” into the Armory. It was very successful when it was in the Museum for a month last summer.
Sharon and Tarah sent Jerry’s book and Mike’s book in for the design competition at MIPA.
Mike had a great write-up and review of his book Firewood Happens in the MPLS Star and Tribune on 11-7-16. Hooray, Mike!
The Great American Story event will be held again in 2017.

Jerry gave us a report on the first Bookends event put on by An Open Book in Wadena. These will take place the second Saturday of each month. Faith Sullivan was the first writer for November and it was well attended. We have others coming up over the next few months: Lois Greiman, Betsy Nelson, William Kent Krueger, Lorna Landvik, Pete Hautman, Kate DiCamillo and more. They are held in the Uptown Café in Wadena.
Ryan attended the Brainerd Writers Alliance Fall Writers Festival. He enjoyed the workshop with Angela Foster and her writing prompts.
Sharon and Jerry and Sonja attended the Wild Rice Festival at the Armory and got to hear our friend Elisa Korenne sing. It was great! Her book 100 Miles to Nowhere is going to be published.

Dawn will be having some storytellers at Farm by the Lake on Sundays in 2017. We will have more information on this later.
2017 MN Writing Workshop will be held on Feb 11, 2017 in St Paul. For more information, go to: https://minnesotawritingworkshop.com.

Several of us read things we are working on. We had two poems and two long stories, lots of lively critique and suggestions and great conversation. An excellent meeting. Hope to see you all next time!

Oct 21 2016

October Writers’ Meeting

Hi Everyone,

Today we held our October meeting. The next meeting is Sunday, November 20, 2016.

Ryan, Erin, Marlys, Jan, Mike, Scott, Jerry, Richard, Sharon.

The TS25 book release party went very well. The new location was almost too small for us. We will need to have discussions about next year—whether we should stay with the Patio but use their bottom floor or if we might consider going back to Blueberry. We were getting too large for Blueberry but now they have made some changes that would give us more room. The two places cost us about the same amount of money but the new location was so much more work for us. Thanks to all who attended and helped. We are still selling books and receiving donations. Sharon still has some books on hand for sale and they are on sale on Amazon now.
The reading room at the museum for the month of August in Park Rapids was well attended. The books are still stored at the museum. The furniture is back at Jerry’s. We are hoping there will be room for a permanent reading room at the Armory in Park Rapids MN.
The American Story event at the Armory on Oct. 24 was well attended by over 150 people. It was good to have it on Art Leap weekend. There were only 9 entries but the word has spread and there should be more next year.
Erin Marsh taught a poetry class in Bemidji for 4 Saturdays in a row. They are considering meeting once a month. The class used the book Triggering Town for prompts. There may be another class on Revision using the Ted Koozer book Poetry Home Repair Manual.
Dawn attended a Poetry Slam workshop at the Headwaters School of Music in Bemidji called SLAM Rools and Tools School. The teacher was Julia Oxenreider. It was a 3 hour class covering basics, tools, types, examples, suggestions, and writing.
Jerry attended a writers’ workshop in Hill City SD near Mount Rushmore on Oct 7-9. This was put on by the Hill City Arts Council and cost 150.00 for 3 days.

Brainerd Writers Alliance Fall Writers’ Festival will be held on October 29, 2016 at the Northland Arboretum in Baxter MN. www.brainerdwriters.com. To register: brainerdwriters@gmail.com or 218-828-7750 by October 24.
Wild Rice Festival at Park Rapids Armory on 10-22-16 from 10 AM to 12 Midnight. Our friend Elisa Korenne will be playing music from 1:45 to 2:30 PM. She is a singer/songwriter as well as a writer. The day-long event has more music, a wild rice hotdish contest, artwork, presentations on wild rice species and processing, winnowing and sage baskets, birch bark star making.
An Open Book in Wadena will have monthly events on the second Saturdays. Faith Sullivan will start out November. Jerry will read their books and ask questions of the author and then the author will read.
There will be a Poetry Slam at Toddies in Bemidji on October 27. Register with Headwaters School of Music. Open to all but limited to about 15-20 people.

If you are stuck, try making a list of words. It might trigger something or you can start by writing something using the words you came up with.

Many attendees brought something to read and the rest of us critiqued. After the readings, several of us discussed sending some of our recent books in to the MIPA contests.

Another excellent meeting. Good reads, good friends. Hope to see you all next time!

Aug 22 2016

August writers’ meeting

Hi Everyone,

We will skip our next meeting since it is on the same weekend as our TS25 Book Release Party. Our workshop with Faith Sullivan will be from 9 to 12 noon on Saturday Sept. 17, 2016 at The Patio near Hubbard MN. Lunch for the workshop attendees is from Noon to 1 PM. The book party is right after that from 1 till about 4 PM.

PRESENT: Ryan, Niomi, Jan, Sharon, Scott, Mike, Jerry.

WRITING EVENTS:      The Northwoods Book and Art Festival in Hackensack last Saturday was a good time. It seemed like there were less crafts and tents than usual, but more booksellers. Mike sold lots of his Firewood Happens books and Tarah and Sharon sold quite a few Talking Stick books.

Jerry organized the JWB reading room at the Museum for the month of August to celebrate our 25th book. This has been very popular. We discussed when we would take it down and the possibility of moving it to a room at the Armory.

Don’t forget the Brainerd Writers Alliance 2016 Writing Contest. Deadline is 8-24-16. go to www.brainerdwriters.com or emailbrainerdwriters@gmail.com or call Bev Abear 218-828-7750.

Saturday, Sept. 23, 2016, The Great American Story event at the Armory.

TALKING STICK 25: The books have arrived! We will not hand any out till the book release party. Jerry’s book That Reminds Me will be here in a week or so.

TALKING STICK 25 BOOK RELEASE PARTY: This is coming up soon! Just 4 weeks away. Sharon will be checking final details with The Patio and the caterer. Hopefully we will save money this year with this new location but it will be a lot more work. If we can get the room set up the night before (tables and chairs), it will be ideal. We will have to supply pop, water, paper plates, etc. and get all those things hauled in that morning. Not to mention, all our books that will be for sale.

MISCELLANEOUS: Mike sold his books at Taste of Dorset and at the Wadena An Open Book bookstore. He and Jerry are scheduled to be at the Sept. 11 (Sunday) event at Farm by the Lake in Bagley MN. Mike is also scheduled for a Headwaters Lifelong Learning event coming up.

Scott brought in a book about writing called The Irresistible Novel by Jeff Gerke. This looked like a fun book to read. There were chapters on Adverbs, Outlining, etc. Then it said why some were in favor of it and how to use these things, and why some were opposed to it. It seemed to tell you pros and cons but leaves you in charge to decide how to use these various writing tools.

We took turns reading things we have been working on. As usual, we were amazed to see what others come up with. A great day and a great meeting. Hope to see you next time.