July 23rd 2006

Today, July 23, 2006, we had our July meeting at Beagle Books in Park Rapids. The next meeting will be on Sunday, August 13, 2006 from 1:30 to 4 PM. Present were: Sharon, Tarah, Russ, Ted, Nancy, and Richard.

Talking Stick 15:
We mentioned that all the letters have gone out. Tarah is in the middle of the layout and Sharon is starting proofreading. We have our cover chosen. The winners have all been chosen by the judges and the winners have been contacted. 230 pages. Last year’s book had 190 pages.

Aug 5 Third Annual Jackpine Writers’ Celebration:
This is in process. We will have another meeting later today to review all the necessary tasks. For more information or directions, call Sharon Harris at 218-732-3782 or email sharrick1@wcta.net. Only one of our three judges can come to the celebration. It sounds like all three top winners will be there.

Meeting places:
We discussed that sometimes we are just getting too crowded at Beagle. We love the place, the atmosphere; it is just a perfect place for a meeting. If we keep getting more and more people at the meetings, we may have to consider a different meeting place. We mentioned Y Steak House for the summer and the Kitchen Cupboard (previously the Black Moose) for the winter. We may ask the Coffee House next door about their new porch addition. We might also consider Gabby’s (previously Gilbert’s). Sharon will call them and check on some things.

Poetry Workshop with LuAnn Muhm:
This was great. She is an excellent teacher. She brought handouts and made us do exercises and we really felt like we learned something. She wants to do more workshops in the future. Possible subjects might be Punctuation and Line Breaks and Manuscript Preparation.

Memoir Workshop:
This is coming up on August 5th to kick off our Annual celebration. Catherine Watson, our Creative Nonfiction judge, will hold the workshop. It will be from 1:30 to 4:30 that day. For more information or to sign up, email Cindie at cindiee@hotmail.com or call 218-652-4257.

Golf Tournament:
We will be holding a golf tournament. This will be on Tuesday, August 15, 2006. We have ads ready to go in the paper. Marilyn and Tarah are getting hole sponsors. We have a list of tasks to do and we are checking to see which JWB members can help out that day. For more information, email Sharon at sharrick1@wcta.net.

Hackensack Arts Festival:
This will be held on Saturday, Aug. 26 in Hackensack. We plan to attend and sell books. Tarah and Sharon will have their Lines and Light display up again.

Good meeting. Not many of us have had time to be writing lately. We will get back at it soon.