June Meeting Minutes

Hello Everyone, Today we held our June meeting.

PRESENT: Mike, Niomi, Mary, Marlys, Sharon.

TALKING STICK 28 and book release party: TS28 is progressing. Tarah is almost done with the cover. We will be ordering proofs soon. We have room for a few more in the workshop with Angela Foster on Sept. 21, 2019, at Smokey Hills Resort near Osage, MN.

WRITING EVENTS: The Second Saturday events at Nemeth Art Center (the old court house) have been a success so far. Niomi will be doing a reading at the July 13 event. Let’s all make it a point to attend some of these events. Lean2studio@gmail.com. These take place from 4:30 to 6 PM. They include writers, dancers, actors, music.

Remember the Bookends events on the Second Saturday mornings in Wadena at the Uptown Café at 11 AM. These are listed on our JWB Facebook page.

June 17 through June 23, 2019, is the Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference in Bemidji at the college. Marlys will be attending some of the events.

Saturday, June 22, 2019, will be the Dorset Boardwalk Festival with books and art for sale. Taste of Dorset is on a Sunday in August.

Brainerd Writers Alliance presents their 2019 writers contest. Deadline June 22, 2019. www.brainerdwriters.com/wiriting-contest.

August 10, 2019, from 9 to 3 is the 24th annual Northwoods Art & Book Festival at Hackensack, MN. www.northwoodsartscouncil.org.

MISCELLANEOUS: Niomi attended the June PRLAAC meeting. The Art Leap event and the Great American Story are both scheduled for September 28.

Sharon is going to take another online poetry class at the Loft. These classes are so inspiring.

Sharon is working on her fourth poetry book to be called Twice Broken.

Jackpine Writers is working on publishing a larger print second edition of Niomi’s book Growing Up Catholic.

We took turns reading things we are working on while others critiqued. Hope to see you all next time!

Mary Writers’ Meeting 2019

Hello Everyone, Today we held our May meeting.

PRESENT: Sharon, Ryan, Jan, Erin, Marlys, Dawn, Niomi, Mary.

TALKING STICK: We are progressing on TS28. We will probably be ordering a proof soon. The flyers have gone out on our Writers’ Workshop with Angela Foster and our Book Release Party, both on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019. We are getting people signed up!

MISCELLANEOUS: We have finished Mike’s third book, The Crooked Lake Chronicles. He is busily selling books.

 No one was able to attend the PRLAAC meeting for May. We now have 3 of us who could attend so we will try hard to attend each meeting.

WRITING EVENTS: Sharon was able to attend the Allen Eskens author event at the Park Rapids Library on Wednesday, May 15. He is a MN author and a very entertaining speaker. Sharon had already read 3 books and now has purchased 2 more. Another one will be out soon. His first book The Life We Bury is excellent and is being made into a feature film. Give his books a try. Sharon can’t put them down. They are mysteries but also have an underlying secondary story in each. Some of the same characters return in other books.

Second Saturdays at Wadena Uptown Café at 11 AM. List on our JWB Facebook page.

Now there is another Second Saturdays but this is from 4:30 to 6 PM at Nemeth Art Center in Park Rapids. Check this out. Minnesota authors, music, dancers. List on our JWB Facebook page. Support our writers! Niomi Phillips, LouAnn Muhm, Kevin Zepper, others who have been in our Talking Stick books.

Dawn attended the recent writers’ workshop: Jump Start Your Writing with Debra Marquart in Elbow Lake and enjoyed it immensely.

Marsh Muirhead will be having a book release party for his second Haiku poetry book this coming Thursday at Sparkling Waters in Bemidji. He is also having a workshop a few days after that.

Erin has two poems on What Rough Beast, an online poem-a-day project. She had her book release party for her poetry book recently in Bemidji with 60 attendees. Congrats, Erin.

BOOKS TO CHECK OUT: Upon Waking—58 Voices Speaking out from the Shadow of Abuse published recently by League of MN Poets.


Upon Waking: 58 Voices Speaking Out From the Shadow of Abuse https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B07QDYNR1P/ref=cm_sw_r_em_apa_i_2zA4CbEDFGZQE. Dawn has a poem published in that book.

     Bukowski in a Sundress by Kim Addonizio. This looks hilarious and a bit outrageous.

     The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens—and all his other books too.

     Small Buried Things, poems by Debra Marquart.

We had a fun meeting today, one of those where we hate to quit talking and go home. Several people brought things to read and the rest of us critiqued. We are all waiting for the real spring to arrive with 60 and 70 degree temperatures.

Talking Stick 28 Book Release Party following Workshop with Angela Foster

(and Writers’ Workshop see below for more information on the workshop)

Saturday, September 21, 2019 at Smokey Hills Resort (renamed The Branch) in Osage MN 56570

The Talking Stick 28 Book Release Party and Writers’ Workshop will be held on Saturday, September 21, 2019. Smokey Hills Resort is located on Highway 34 approximately 9 miles west of Park Rapids MN (or 1 mile west of Osage MN), on the north side of the highway. The address is 53014 State Highway 34, Osage MN 56570.

Writers usually work in solitude; please join us for a whole day of learning, listening, writing, and reading with other writers. There is a fee for the workshop and meal but the Book Party is free to all who are interested in writing. If you have work in Talking Stick 28, you may also pick up your one free contributor’s copy of the book. Additional books will be available for sale.

WORKSHOP 9 AM to 12:00 Noon: We offer a workshop with Angela Foster. YOU MUST PREREGISTER FOR THIS WORKSHOP. (See information on workshop flyer.) This all-genre workshop is entitled: Revision in Ten Steps.

Cost for the workshop is $55. (This includes lunch at noon after the workshop. You will receive a coupon for the lunch.)

12:00: Catered lunch at Smokey Hills Resort (The Branch). JWB will pay for your lunch if you have the above-mentioned coupon with the workshop. Smokey Hills does serve meals and they do provide lodging. See below.

BOOK RELEASE PARTY 1 PM (approximately): If you have work in Talking Stick 28, you may pick up your one free contributor’s copy of the book. Additional copies of the book will be available for sale.

Program with readings, introduction of winners of Talking Stick 28 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction and Humor. All writers published in Talking Stick 28 are invited to read.

Some local and/or member writers and judges may be on hand to sell their own books.

4:00 PM (approximately):  After the readings, please check in with your fellow writers. Some of us may decide to have dinner together in the restaurant or maybe hang out in one of the rented cabins for further good writers’ conversation.

Smokey Hills Resort serves meals at The Cookhouse. They also have lodging. If you are interested in a one or two room cabin for either Friday or Saturday night (or both!), visit their website to view the various cabins at www.smokeyhillsresort.com. Enjoy a real Northwoods experience. You must call to make reservations. Call 218-573-3497. Rooms have been blocked off. Writers attending this event will receive a discounted rate for either Friday or Saturday night.

One room cabin $129.00, discounted price = $109.65 per night

Two room cabin $179.00, discounted price = $152.15 per night

Multi family suites $299.00, discounted price = $254.15 per night

(Please note: Smokey Hills Resort is in the process of changing its name to The Branch but their new website is still under construction.)

For more information, call Sharon at 218-732-3782 or email sharrick1@wcta.net.         

 —Please RSVP # of attendees for book party to sharrick1@wcta.net—

(PLEASE NOTE: ART LEAP WEEKEND IN PARK RAPIDS is Sept 28 & 29. Great American Storyteller event is Saturday Sept. 28, 2019, at Calvary Lutheran Church in Park Rapids MN.)

REVISION in Ten Steps

All-genre workshop with Angela Foster

Date and Time: Saturday, September 21, 2019, from 9 A.M. to 12 Noon.

Location: Smokey Hills Resort (the Branch), located 9 miles west of Park Rapids, MN (1 mile west of Osage, MN).

Address: 53014 State Highway 34, Osage MN 56570.

Cost of Workshop and Lunch: $55. (You will receive a coupon for the lunch.)

Course Description:

During this class, we’ll delve into the process of revision with ten practical steps that writers of all genres can use to improve their prose or poetry. The three-hour workshop will touch on beginnings and endings, dialogue, description, imagery, and story arc.

Angela Foster is a poet and memoirist who teaches creative writing at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. Angela received a 2017 Loft Literary Center Excellence in Teaching Award, a 2017 Minnesota State Arts Grant, and a writing residency at The New York Mills. Other awards and recognition include a hand-carved chair and the title “Bard” from the Cambria Eisteddfod competition in New Ulm, MN, a performance by the Petaluma Readers Theatre in California of her memoir piece, Brat, and the selection of a haiku written by Angela for “Poetry on the Sidewalk” at the Pine City library. Angela holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Creative Nonfiction from Pine Manor College in Boston, MA. She served as co-editor of County Lines: 87 Minnesota Counties, 130 Minnesota Poets, published by Loon Feather Press (2008) and co-authored Farm Girls with her sister, Candace Simar, released by RiverPlace Press in 2013.

The Talking Stick 28 Book Release Party and this Writers’ Workshop will be held on Saturday, September 21, 2019, at Smokey Hills Resort, 53014 State Highway 34, Osage, MN 56570.

The workshop will run from 9 A.M. to 12 Noon. The Workshop includes lunch at noon. The Book Release Party will start at 1 P.M. and run till approximately 4 P.M. There is no charge to attend the Book Release Party. Lunch at noon will be on your own if you are just attending the Book Release Party. There is a restaurant available at Smokey Hills. Dinner/supper after the Book Release Party will be on your own.

YOU MUST PREREGISTER FOR THE WORKSHOP. Please email Sharon Harris at sharrick1@wcta.net to sign up. Phone 218-732-3782 if questions. Be sure to include your name and mailing address, phone number, and email address. Make your $55 check out to Jackpine Writers’ Bloc and mail it to: Sharon Harris, 13320 149th Ave, Menahga MN 56464.

We will limit this workshop to the first 35 participants and then put names on a waiting list.

Click on images/flyers for printable (and savable) PDF files)

April Writers’ Meeting

Hi Everyone,

PRESENT: Ryan, Sharon, Dawn, Mary.

TALKING STICK 28 PROGRESS: Tarah and Sharon are working on the book. All winners have been notified. Soon we will have flyers out and available regarding the workshop and book release party on Saturday, September 21, 2019. Angela Foster will be our instructor for the morning workshop.

WRITING EVENTS: Second Saturdays at the Uptown Café in Wadena. A monthly literary event connecting readers and writers at 11 AM on the second Saturday of the month. See our Facebook page for a list of scheduled authors.

Minnesota Voices is a series of free programs from the Wadena County Historical Society featuring program with Minnesotawriters, artists, and scientists. These are on the third Thursdays of the month from noon to 1 PM at the Wadena County Museumunless otherwise noted. See our Facebook page for a list of scheduled authors.

Annual Hackensack Book and Art Festival on Saturday August 10, 2019, from 9 AM to 3 PM.  suready@yahoo.com.

MN Northwoods Writers Conference at Bemidji State University, June 17-23, 2019. www.northwoodswriters.org.

MISCELLANEOUS: UND Writers Conference was held March 21-23. Mary and Dawn both attended. It included authors, artwork, film, fiction, memoir, poetry, receptions, workshops, readings, visual artists. This was a free event. They enjoyed the workshops and readings and thought it was a great event.

Check out Reddit online. There are a lot of categories including writing, language, prompts, Ask Me Anything, Shower Thoughts.

Check out Sue Ready’s blog. She has been using some of Sharon’s spring poems lately. We have all been so desperate for spring to get here.



Thanks, Sue.

We only had a few attendees today, probably due to the fact that we had to move our meeting back one week from the normal time. We had fun reading and listening and critiquing. This led to a good conversations that none of us wanted to leave. Hope to see you all next time!