September Meeting Minutes 2021

Hello Everyone, today we held our September 2021 meeting.

PRESENT: Sharon, Mike, Jan, Ryan, Niomi

TALKING STICK 30: We are almost done proofing. We are getting the book done later than usual but we should probably be able to mail it out in late October. Then before we know it, it will be time to send out the next call for submissions in December!

WORKSHOP: We are hoping to put on another virtual workshop in February 2022, perhaps with Candace.

PRLAAC: Niomi attended the September meeting. They spoke of Art Leap, the Blank Canvas event (which was a huge success), and the Community Band.

WRITING EVENTS: Mike will be reading and selling books at Bookends in Wadena in November.

Niomi mentioned that author Jeanne Cooney had done a presentation for the Northwoods Arts Council in mid-September and did an excellent job. She writes humorous mysteries and had books for sale. This was at the Hackensack Hub and was a hotdish lunch. Cooney’s books: Hot Dish Heaven, A Second Helping, and A Potluck of Murder and Recipes.

We took turns reading things that we are working on while the rest critiqued. It was a good day with good conversation. Hope to see you all next time!

August Meeting Minutes 2021

Hello Everyone, today we held our August 2021 meeting.

PRESENT: Sharon, Mike, Jan, Erin, Dawn, Niomi, Mary.

TALKING STICK 30: We are still reading proofs. We hope to have the book done by the end of August. We can then mail them out to the published writers.

At some point, we need to pursue the idea of a virtual writers’ workshop. Perhaps we could do one in October or November.

WRITING EVENTS: A special thank you to Niomi and Dawn for taking care of book sales in Hackensack at the Art and Book Festival this year. What a great job they did!

League of MN Poets had 21 categories for recent contests. Dawn entered some of her poems.

Today was the last day for the Blank Canvas event at the armory.

Poetry classes—Sarah Rose Nordgren

Piper Writers Studio Fall 2021, creative writing classes and workshops.

Women of Words, classes and speakers, 11th annual writers’ conference via zoom. To register, go to

Place to submit poetry: Poems of Hope and Reassurance.

Poetry Walk at Green Island in Wadena, MN. Open daily free of charge from 9 to 9. Flowers and sculpture.

We had a great time reading things we were working on while others critiqued. We had a great day and lots of good conversation. Hope to see you all next time!

No book party this year!

Hello Everyone, we had been hoping that we could have a book release party this year. We hated missing the one last year due to COVID.
Now we keep hearing about a possible resurgence of COVID this fall. And it seems like the Delta variant is spreading rapidly. Because of this uncertainty, we feel it is best if we do NOT have a book party again this year. We are all very sorry about this but we hope to come back better than ever in 2022.
Talking Stick 30 is well on its way to production. We hope to be able to mail the books out in September and they should be available for sale on Amazon around that time.
We also hope to be able to do a virtual workshop again this year—perhaps in October or November. We will have more information later about this.
Again, sorry to have no book party this year. We do hope to have a presence at the Hackensack Book and Art Festival in Hackensack in August. Our group is alive and well and anxious to get back to normal.

July Meeting Minutes 2021

Hello Everyone,

PRESENT: Niomi, Jan, Dawn, Sharon, Mary.

TALKING STICK 30 PROGRESS: We are still editing. We have ordered two proofs. We are on track to order the final book in August. We will not be having a book party this year due to a possible COVID resurgence. Some states are masking up again due to more cases.

We will be mailing out the books like we did last year. We hope that we can still have a book release party perhaps in October or November.

BOOK EVENTS: We will have a presence in Hackensack on August 14, 2021. We hope to sell lots of books. Niomi and Dawn will be selling books this year. We hope to be next to Mike again with his cabin story books.

Northwoods Writers Conference. This was all virtual this year. Dawn did auditing.

 Blank Canvas Gallery Art Show Revisited, August 11-15, 2021. They are having an 11 year anniversary celebration at the Armory Arts and Events Center.

 PRLAAC meeting—we were unable to attend the July meeting. It was noted that the concerts this year have been well attended.

Everyone who attended today had brought something to read. We had a great time listening and critiquing each other’s work. Most of us brought poetry but Niomi read us the beginning and end of her novel. We all enjoy these conversations. We love to talk about language and the way words work. Hope to see you all next time!