September Meeting Minutes 2019

Hello Everyone,


Sharon, Dawn, Ryan, Jan, Mary, Niomi.


     Our workshop will be from 9 to 12 on Saturday morning, Sept. 21, 2019. Angela Foster is the instructor and the class is Revision in Ten Steps. Then there will be a catered lunch for the workshop attendees. There is NO restaurant open this year at Smokey Hills. At 1 PM, we will start the book release party. It generally lasts till 3 or 4.

     We will have rectangular tables this year which should be better than the round ones. Mike and Ryan and Marlys will come early at 8 AM. It should be 70 or 75 degrees this year, much better than last year.

     We have 34 for the workshop and it sounds like lots of people will be coming to the book party.

     Sharon H will go out to Smokey Hills Friday evening to meet with Angela and the owners to go over details.

     Niomi will help Sharon H to put together the folders for the workshop.


     No one was able to go to the last PRLAAC meeting. As far as we know, the Great American Story event is still on.

     Ryan will be attending BoucherCon in Dallas Tex on Oct. 30 through Nov. 3. This has to do with murder/mystery/thriller/ suspense writing.

     Sinclair Lewis 2019 Writers’ Conference. Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, at the First Lutheran Church in Sauk Centre, MN. Cost is $75. Jim Umhoefer at 320-429-0825.

     MN Voices: a gathering of Authors at the Park Rapids Library on Wednesday, Sept. 25 from 3:30 to 5:30. Marcie Rendon, Mai Neng Moua, Nora Murphy, Art Coulson.

     2019 Lakes Area Writers Alliance (formerly Brainerd Writers Alliance) has their conference and book fair on Oct. 26, 2019.


Several of us read things we were working on and the rest of us critiqued. Hope to see you next time and also at the book party!

August Meeting Minutes 2019

Hello Everyone, It was good to see everyone, especially since we had to skip the July meeting. We do want to have the regular September meeting the weekend before the book party and workshop.

PRESENT:  Sharon, Dawn, Mike, Marlys, Erin, Mary.

TALKING STICK 28: The books are ordered and should be here next week. We are working on plans for the Workshop with Angela Foster on Saturday Sept. 21 from 9 to noon. We wanted around 30 people. We have 35 already. Looks like we’ll have lots of people attending.

BOOK EVENTS: The Hackensack Book and Art Festival was successful. Mike sold lots of books. Sharon, Tarah, Niomi, and Dawn all helped sell Talking Stick books. Niomi and Sharon each sold a few of their books also.

Remember there should be one more Second Saturday event at the Museum in Park Rapids before the end of the summer. Niomi did readings at one of them. The Second Saturday events in Wadena will continue on. They should be listed on our Facebook page.

Check out the Poetry Post Card Fest by Paul Nelson. Dawn is doing this. You pay a small fee and get a list of names. You write one poem a day on a postcard and mail it to the first name on the list. She got some back, fun to read, fun to do.

This Wednesday, August 22, 2019, The Song Poet will do a reading at the Nemeth Art Center (the museum) in Park Rapids. Sorry—don’t know the time.

Several of our writers attended some of the evening events at the Northwoods Writers Conference in Bemidji in June and enjoyed them immensely.

MISCELLANEOUS: We will have to wait till next month to get more information from the PRLAAC meeting regarding the Great American Story. We suggested they should have a little tutorial on the website to explain how to record your story.

Erin will be traveling to New Mexico to do a workshop and readings in about 3 weeks.

BOOKS TO CHECK OUT: New Poets of Native Nations edited by Heid E. Erdrich.

Then we spent some time reading things we are working on. The rest of us critiqued. Hope to see you all next time!

June Meeting Minutes 2019

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. 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.

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

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!

May Meeting Minutes 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 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.