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!


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!