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January 17th 2010

Today we held our January 2010 meeting at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN. Present: Cindy, LuAnne, Deb, Mike, Sharon, Jerry. The next meeting will be held on Sunday, February 21, 2010, from 12:30 to 3PM at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN.

TALKING STICK 19
We are starting to receive submissions for the next book. Be sure to get yours turned in! Deadline is March 1, 2010. We are offering an electronic submission form this year. Try it out.

WRITING EVENTS

Tom McGrath Visiting Writing Spring Semester Series 2010 in Moorhead MN. Call 218-477-2199 or go to www.mnstate.edu/finearts for more information.
Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning will start back in on February 2, 2010 with new programs. Contact LuAnne White at 218-732-7939 or luicakes@arvig.net for more information.

WRITING CLASSES
Mike says there are quite a few good classes through Normandale Community College’s website.

They cost $79 for a 6 week 12 lesson Internet course. Example: Publishing your nonfiction book.

Also check out The Loft for classes. Jerry is taking one there called The Short Short Story taught by Marge Barrett. It starts January 25, 2010, every Wednesday evening for 6 weeks.

GOOD WRITING SITES
This is a good site for mystery writers. Connected with Lois Greiman. Murder and Mayhem Minnesota style.

Minnesota Crime Wave connected with Wm. Kent Krueger.

Check out Anne Morgan’s blog. This is a discussion site that features posts about the process of getting published. We also interview authors (especially first-time), as well as agents and editors.

BOOKS TO CHECK OUT
Not One Clue by Lois Greiman, mystery.

Escaping into the Open by Elizabeth Berg

MISCELLANEOUS
Cindy told us that there will be a new writing group starting up in Ottertail. I will send more details as soon as I have them.

Everyone except Sharon had stuff to read. We all enjoyed listening and critiquing. Hope to see you next time!

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