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: 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.

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.

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

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 ( –This one included information on editing and a strength finder. 2. Alliance of Independent Authors (Indie Author Fringe) –This one has free interviews on their blog. 3. a Writing day workshop in St. Cloud on Feb 11th with Chuck Sambuchino.

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: 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 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. or 218-755-2068.

Rosemount Writers Festival and Book Fair, Saturday March 18, 2017 10:30 am to 4:30 pm. Sue Stein at Kate Pettit, or

April 1, 2017 deadline Lake Superior Writers contest. Complete guidelines at Maddie Cohen 952-567-1845 or

Farm by the Lake Master Storytellers Series of events in Bagley MN. Click here.

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!