January Meeting Minutes 2020

Hello Everyone,

Today we held our January 2020 meeting of the Jackpine Writers’ Bloc.


Sharon, Ryan, Mike, Jan, Dawn, Mary


     Blueberry Pines is still going up, all enclosed and the roof is on. I’ve heard it’s a small dining area so it might never work again for a book party. We are scheduled now for Smokey Hills Resort on Sept 19, 2020.

     The TS29 call for submissions has been sent out. March 1 is the deadline. Be thinking about what you want to submit. Get them in!

     We now have all our judges and instructor for TS29.


     Mike plans to attend the Rosemount event on March 21 to sell books. Info from stei0010@gmail.com.

     Ryan said he has attended the MN Writers Conference in the past. This year’s event is on March 7. More information from Chuck Sambuchino at https://minnesotawritingworkshop.com.

     MN Northwoods Writers Conference at Bemidji State University. June 22-28, 2020. 218-755-2851. writersconference@bemidjistate.edu.

     https://northbeachwritersretreat.com for information on poetry and memoir workshops in Park Rapids in 2020.


     Mike hopes to attend the next two PRLAAC meetings. No one was able to attend in December or January.

     Sharon is still enjoying a book called Wingbeats. This book has chapters from various poets, each with prompts. This book is very helpful in getting ideas and methods for creating new poems. Sharon is also still doing a class from Ed2go.

We had a good time listening to each other read and then critiquing. Last month we had sent out a list of words and asked our members to each write a poem using the words. This was a fascinating prompt and we had a good time with it.

Hope to see you all next time!