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September Writers’ Meeting

Hi Everyone,

Today we held our Sept. meeting. Our next meeting will be held on Sunday, October 19, 2014, from 12:30 to 3 PM at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN.

PRESENT: Sharon, Jan, Ryan, Cindy, Mary, Richard, Jerry

TALKING STICK: We had our Book Release Party on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, for TS23. We had 29 people for the morning workshop with Marsh Muirhead and many great comments afterward. We had about 60 people for the readings at the Book Party. We got to greet old friends and meet many new people. Some of us stayed on for supper at Blueberry Pines afterward.

WRITING EVENTS:

  • Jane Hirshfield event in Bemidji on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Sept. 26, 27, 28. Contact: Marsh Muirhead mgmuirhead@midco.net.
  • Great Northern Radio show at Armory in Park Rapids on Sept. 27, 2014. Admission is free but tickets are a must. Two hour show begins at 5 PM, but be in your seats at 4:30 PM. 1-800-662-5799.
  • Lake Region Writers conference on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014. http://lakeregionwriters.net.
  • Sinclair Lewis Writers’ conference—Saturday Oct. 11, 2014 at     Sauk Centre High School. http://www.saukherald.com/writers.
  • Book Lovers Ball, Milkweed Press, November 1, 2014, at Mill City Museum in Minneapolis MN. http://milkweed.org/bookloversball
  • Brainerd Writers Alliance Writing Contest and Fall Festival—deadline was August 25 and winners will be announced Sept. 25, 2014. Email bevabear@brainerd.net regarding festival.

COMPETITION: The League of MN Poets, 27th Annual Manningham Poetry Competition for School year 2014-2015. Grades 6-8 and Grades 9-12. Contact Peter Stein at pwilliamstein@yahoo.com for more information. Deadline January 15, 2015.

POETS TO READ:

Tomas Transtromer

William Carlos Williams

We mentioned “pacing” in poetry. Later, I looked up on the Internet and found some good descriptions of this.

From auburn.edu: By pacing I mean the speed of utterance, how quickly or slowly the language moves through the poem. Obviously, the decisions we make about pacing are based on many factors. You pause differently for different kinds of punctuation, for difficult words or hard to pronounce word-combinations; your assessment of the tone of the poem is likely to affect the speed with which you read it, as will rhyme, formality, and a host of other things.

From Answers.com: Using short words like “lick, flick” that convey quick actions and convey speed in some way, increase the pace or speed of the poem.

Whereas words that linger longer, for example “oozing” and often alliterations slow down the pace of the poem

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Many of us brought things to read and the others critiqued. A good meeting! Hope to see you all next time!

August Writers’ Meeting

Hi Everyone,

 

Today we held our August meeting. Our next meeting will be on Sunday, September 21, 2014 from 12:30 to 3 PM at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN.

 

PRESENT:

Sharon, Deb, Mike, Jan, Ryan, Niomi, Jerry, Marlys, Mary, Lina.

 

BOOK RELEASE PARTY AND WORKSHOP:

Our Marsh Muirhead workshop and Talking Stick 23 Book Release Party are both coming up soon. September 13, 2014 at Blueberry Pines Golf Club. The workshop is from 9 to 12. The book party is from 1 to approximately 4:30. More information on our website www.jackpinewriters.com or by emailing Sharon Harris at sharrick1@wcta.net. There are a few spots left for the workshop but please sign up soon!

 

TALKING STICK 23:

The books have arrived. We will not give them out until the book party. After that, I will mail out one copy to each writer published in the book if they were not able to attend the book party.

 

BOOK EVENTS:

The Hackensack Book Art event is coming up this coming Saturday August 23, 2014 from 9 to 3. This is an all day event with many booksellers and artists. We have a JWB table and Jerry also has a table for his books. This event is put on by the Northwoods Arts Council. www.northwoodsartscouncil.org for more information.

Friday through Saturday, Sept. 26-28, 2014. Watermark’s Mississippi Headwaters Festival of Poetry and Haiku in Bemidji, MN. Jane Hirshfield lecture and reading plus many other events. Contact Mgmuirhead@midco.net.

Great Northern Radio show (KAXE Radio) in Park Rapids on Saturday Sept. 27 at Park Rapids Armory Square from 5 to 7. www.kaxe.org for more information.

Brainerd Friends of the Library Wine and Words coming up soon. Arrowwood Lodge, Brainerd MN. August 22, 2014. 218-838-0886 for more information.

Milkweed Press Book Lovers Ball, November 1, 1014. 1-800-520-6455 for more information.

 

PAST EVENTS:

Marlys attended the Northwoods Writers Conference in Bemidji in June and says it was the best one so far. She attended many of the events during the day and also some of the evening reading events. She told us about Haibuns, phobia poems, superstition poems, etc.

Marlys also attended a small workshop in Park Rapids with Erin Marsh. She also enjoyed this event regarding looking at a picture and writing a poem.

 

WRITERS PUBLISHED:

Niomi showed us that her story about a river cruise was published in Boomers magazine.

Sharon had a poem accepted by Lake Region Review.

 

Many of the attendees read poems or stories that they were working on. The rest of us critiqued. A good meeting!

 

Hope to see you next time!

July Writers’ Meeting

Today we held our July meeting. Our next meeting will be Sunday, August 17, 2014, at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN from 12:30 to 3 PM.

 

PRESENT:

Sharon, Jan, Jerry, Niomi, Ryan, Mary.

Welcome, Ryan and Mary, both new to our meetings.

 

TALKING STICK 23:

We are in the process of editing this year’s Talking Stick book. We hope to be done and books ordered by the end of July.

 

RECENT WRITERS’ EVENTS:

Nimrod Literary Festival #5 at Jerry Mevissen’s was a great success. This year’s writers’ retreat was on Beginnings and Endings. It was well attended with great food and great writing, as usual. Jerry is making plans for next year’s event. It looks like they may also be doing a smaller event in February. These events are always by invitation only.

Niomi’s book signing at Summer Hill Farm was also a great success. Thanks to all of the writers who came out in support of Niomi.

The Bemidji Library week and the Northwoods Writers Conference in Bemidji took place recently. No one who attended today’s meeting went to these but we hope to hear about them in the near future. These are both excellent events.

 

FUTURE EVENTS:

Friday, August 22, 2014 Friends of the Brainerd Public Library, Wine and Words. For more information, go to www.wineandwordsandfriends.com/#!authors/cee5.

     Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, workshop with Marsh Muirhead and Talking Stick 23 Book Release Party, both at Blueberry Pines Golf Course south of Park Rapids MN. For more information, email sharrick1@wcta.net or go to www.jackpinewriters.com.

     Friday through Sunday, Sept. 26-28, 2014, Watermark’s Mississippi Headwaters Festival of Poetry and Haiku. Jane Hirshfield lecture and reading plus many other events. Contact Mgmuirhead@midco.net.

     Saturday, October 4, 2014, Lake Region Writers Network meeting. For more information, go to www.lakeregionwriters.net.

 

Several of our writers read things that they have been working on and the rest of us critiqued. We had a good time discussing writing. One of the things we said was that you don’t want to spell everything out for the reader. You need to give subtle hints and use word choices and then trust the reader. But you also have to realize that not all readers will make the leap.

 

It was one of those meetings where we just hated to stop talking and go home! Welcome again, Ryan and Mary.

 

Hope to see you all next time!

June Writers’ Meeting

Today we held our June meeting. The July meeting will be held on Sunday, July 20, 2014, from 12:30 to 3 PM at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN.

PRESENT: Niomi, Jan, Marlys, Jerry, Sharon.

 TALKING STICK 23: We are in the process of editing TS23. The book cover has been chosen. We have not chosen the subtitle yet.

BOOK RELEASE PARTY: Sharon will soon be sending out flyers for our TS23 Book Release Party on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, and the morning workshop on that same day. Save the date!

MISCELLANEOUS: The Red Bridge Inn in Park Rapids is open again. We would like to do some small workshop there someday. It is such a beautiful place.

One of Jerry’s stories from Good Shepherd is being made into a radio show. More information coming.

BOOK SIGNINGS: Niomi will be doing a book signing for her book Growing Up Catholic at Summerhill Farm on Sunday, July 6, 2014. More information coming on that event.

Jerry recently did a book signing at Book World. Check his website for more book signings. http://jerrymevissen.com

WRITERS’ EVENTS: June 16-21, 2014. Check out the Bemidji Library Book Festival. Events and workshops. Pre-registration required. Call Paul Ericsson 218-751-3963 or email ericssonp@krls.org or go to www.krls.org for more information. Also Poetry Slam. Events in various locations.

June 22-28, 2014. Northwoods Writers’ Conference in Bemidji in Bemidji MN. Go to http://northwoodswriters.org. Workshops during the day, reading series in the evenings.  Since 2003, writers from all over the United States have gathered in an intimate lakeside setting with award-winning authors and teachers to practice the arts of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.

August 23, 2014. Hackensack Book and Art Festival in Hackensack MN. http://www.northwoodsartscouncil.org.

After discussion, then we took turns reading things that we were working on. The rest critiqued.

Hope to see you next time!

May Writers’ Meeting

Hi Everyone,

Today we held our May meeting. Our June meeting will be on Sunday, 06-15-14, at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN from 12:30 to 3 PM.

PRESENT: Sharon, Jerry, Lorelei, Deb

TALKING STICK: We are currently editing Talking Stick 23. We have not decided on a cover or a subtitle yet.

RECENT EVENTS: Deb has a young writers’ group in Pine River. She showed us some of the books she has had printed for them. At the next meeting, we hope to hear about the Billy Collins event on April 29.

PLACES TO SUBMIT: Lake Region Review, June 1 deadline.

BOOKS TO READ: Jerry has been reading and enjoying books with collections of stories. Vacationland by Sarah Stonich. Bark by Laurie Moore and another book by George Saunders.

We had a short meeting today. Only one person brought something to read. Evidently, people wanted to be outside enjoying the weather today! We did another writing exercise and were pleasantly surprised at what we came up with.

Hope to see you next time!