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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!

March Writers’ Meeting

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

PRESENT: Sharon, Deb, Sonja, Marlys, Jerry

TALKING STICK 23: We have received many submissions for TS23. Our Editorial Board members have started to read the submissions and a meeting date is set.

WRITERS EVENTS: Bloomington 2014 Writers Festival and Book Fair. Bloomington Center for the Arts, Bloomington MN. Saturday March 22, 2014, 9:30 to 5 PM. More information: 952-563-8575 or www.btacmn.org.

Funded by a MN State Arts Board grant, awarded in collaboration with the Crossing Arts Alliance, Verse Like Water (at Central Lakes College in Brainerd) will host appearances by Billy Collins (April 29), Robert Hass (Oct. 29) and Tracy K.Smith (Nov. 21). Here’s an article about the program http://www.twincities.com/entertainment/ci_25241575/teacher-lures-slate-illustrious-poets-read-at-small  and an excerpt with upcoming readings. They are usually over the noon hour during the week and are often followed by discussion or workshop.

www.CampNanowrimo.org. Email cordria@hotmail.com for more information or to join her group. This is the fourth year of the Camp NaNoWriMo retreat! Camp isn’t just an off-season alternative to National Novel Writing Month, it’s much more than that: writers choose their own projects—from novel sequels to scripts to pop-up books—and find cabin communities (and often new friends) to support them. We call it a retreat because you can write anything here, plus see what you’re capable of when you have the time and space to create. There are flexible word-count goals (10,000 to 999,999) and the ability to add your own project genre. Full project-defining power to select your genre and category. The writing starts on April 1.

Northwoods Writers Conference—Sunday, June 22, 2014 through Saturday, June 28, 2014. http://northwoodswriters.org.


  • Coming event in Wadena at An Open Book. This is a poetry event with 4 types of poetry: free verse, rhymed, shaped, and illustrated. More information on that soon.
  •  Spring Writing Contest at the Loft. Deadline March 27, 2014. Go to www.loft.org for more information.
  • Lake Region Review deadline June 1, 2014. Go to http://lakeregionwriters.net/submission-guidelines. See other places to submit on their website.
  • Common Good Books has a contest ending April 15, 2014. Go to: www.commongoodbooks.com for more details.

JERRY’S READINGS: See Jerry’s website for his upcoming readings. www.jerrymevissen.com.

WRITERS’ TIP: As you write, it is so much more effective to say something directly instead of saying it through the writer’s eyes or ears. Such as, “You ran across the room,” instead of “I watched you as you ran across the room.” Don’t force the reader to go through the person in the poem to see or hear something.

PROMPTS: We want to start bringing writing prompts and then using them in each meeting, writing for 5 or 10 minutes. We always love exercises in writing classes and workshops so we know we will benefit from doing them at the end of our monthly meetings.

We took turns reading things we have been working on and the rest of us critiqued. A very enjoyable meeting. Hope to see you next time!

February Writers’ Meeting

Today we held our February meeting. Our next meeting will be on March 16, 2014, at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN from 12:30 to 3 PM.

PRESENT: Jerry, Jan, Sharon, Deb, Mike, Marlys, Sonja, Lina, Betty

TALKING STICK 23: Our deadline is fast approaching. March 1, 2014. Go to www.jackpinewriters.com for full details and electronic submission form.

OTHER PLACES TO SUBMIT: Call for submissions for Lake Region Review No. 4. Deadline June 1, 2014. Go to https://lakeregionwriters.net for further information.

Call for submissions for Spring Writing Contest at the Loft. Submit your poem featuring a photograph. Deadline March 27, 2014. Go to www.loft@loft.org under contests for more information.

Call for submissions for love poems to Common Good Books’ poetry contest. Deadline April 15, 2014. Go to www.commongoodbooks.com for more information.



  • March 22, 2014 Bloomington Art Fair in Bloomington
  • June 2014 MN Northwoods Conference in Bemidji

Speaking of the Past–a free lecture series from the Wadena County Historical Society. This starts off with our own Jerry Mevissen reading from his new book Good Shepherd on Friday, March 7, 2014, at 8 PM at Harvest Thyme Bistro in Wadena, MN. For more information, go to www.WadenaCountyHistory.org.

March 5, Wednesday, a one hour poetry reading in Brainerd at the Chalborg Theater at Central Lakes College at Noon with Charles Simic.

For more information on Jerry Mevissen’s scheduled readings and events, go to his website http://jerrymevissen.com/.

Go to the Loft www.loft@loft.org for information on online classes and other classes. They recently had a free Saturday class on Poems of Grief and Healing that was great. Sharon is still enjoying her current online class with LouAnn Muhm at the Loft.

MISCELLANEOUS: Today’s writing tip: make sure your modifiers don’t dilute your nouns!

Then we all read things that we have been working on and critiqued each other’s work. A great meeting–one of those where none of us wanted to stop talking and go home. Hope to see you next time!

January Writers’ Meeting

Today we held our January meeting. The next meeting will be on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014 from 12:30 to 3 PM at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN.

PRESENT: Mike, Jan, Elisa, Sonja, Sharon, Jerry

TALKING STICK 23: Our call for submissions is out now and we are receiving submissions. Deadline is March 1, 2014. Our electronic submission form is up on our website www.jackpinewriters.com. You can also send your submissions in by regular mail–address is at the end of this email. Please read and follow the submission guidelines on the website. Be sure to get yours in!

 Talking Stick 22 is now for sale in Book World in Bemidji as well as on Amazon.com. Sharon also has some in stock that can be purchased from her at her email below.

JERRY MEVISSEN NEW BOOK: Jerry is having a book release party for his book of short stories, Good Shepherd. The book party will be held this coming Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, at Blueberry Pines Golf Club (located between Park Rapids and Menahga on Highway 71) from 1 to 3 PM. Join Jerry for readings from his book. This book consists of 12 short stories about the 12 residents of an assisted living home called Good Shepherd. The book is for sale on Amazon.com as well as on Jerry’s website www.jerrymevissen.com. Take a look! Jerry has two other published books: Nimrod Chronicles and Broken Hart. There will also be a book release party in the Twin Cities area late in February 2014.

Other scheduled readings:

  • Tuesday Feb. 4 at 1 o’clock, Jerry has a radio interview in Bemidji at KBXE with Heidi Holtan.
  • Saturday Feb. 8, 5-7 PM History Museum in Perham.
  • Thursday Feb. 20, Jerry’s home, by invitation only, Todd Wadena group.
  • Wed. Feb. 26, 6-9 PM The Loft in MPLS, the southern Book Release Party.
  • Dates to be determined for events at Wadena Depot, Staples, perhaps Bemidji.

 WRITING EVENTS: The MN Northwoods Writers’ Conference will be held in Bemidji in late June 2014 again. For more details, go to: http://northwoodswriters.org/the-conference/schedule/.

Bloomington 2014 Writers Festival and Book Fair on Saturday March 22, from 9:30 AM to 5 PM. An inspiring day of with Writers, Publishers, Editors and Readers. For more information, contact Kate Pettit at lpettit@gowebway.com or 952-835-5227.

WRITING CLASSES:  For classes at the Loft, go to www.loft.org and click on Classes. Sharon will be starting a new online poetry class with LouAnn Muhm next week. The Loft has great classes. A sample of what is coming up at the Loft: Saturday, Feb. 15 from 10 AM to 12:30 PM, a free class on The Art of Losing: Poems of Grief and Healing. Saturday, Feb. 22 from 10 AM to 4 PM, the Winter Poem: Inside and Out. $105.    

CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS: Go to http://lakeregionwriters.net/call-for-manuscripts/ for current places to submit your writing.

MISC: Mike got a story published in the Star Tribune about his cabin. This ran last Friday in the Outdoors Weekend section. Here is the link. http://www.startribune.com/sports/outdoors/240617621.html

Elisa recently put on some artistic/creativity events in local towns. They included creativity exercises and then discussion of social media and using it to promote your work.

Elisa has music videos which will soon be on Prairie Public TV. The first of the music videos/mini-documentaries, made from Elisa’s original historical song portraits, is premiering on Jan. 27, 2014. This one is about Dorothy Moulter, Minnesota’s Root Beer Lady. For more information: http://www2.prairiepublic.org/television/local-productions?post=34660

It was mentioned that perhaps someday the JWB and Lake Region Writers could do something up in our area somewhat like the Bloomington Art Fair. Perhaps also the Brainerd Writers Alliance. We will discuss this more in the future.

We are working on Niomi’s book. Several other JWB members have expressed interest in putting together a book.

Several of the writers read what they have been working on and the rest of us critiqued. We had a fun and inspiring meeting today. Hope to see you next time!