June Meeting Minutes 2017

Hi Everyone, Today we held our monthly meeting.


Ryan, Jan, Dawn, Sharon, Marlys, Erin, Mary.


We are progressing nicely on this year’s book. Sharon is working on the editing/proofing. Tarah has the layout done and is working on the cover.


Be sure to get signed up for the September 16, 2017 workshop Short Shorts with Marge Barrett and Talking Stick 26 book release party. The workshop is almost full. For details, email sharrick1@wcta.net and I’ll send you the info.

Saturday, June 24, 2017: join us at Dorset Books in Dorset MN for an author event. It starts at 11 AM. We will have Talking Stick books for sale there, TS25 and previous books. Mike Lein and Niomi Phillips also plan to be there with their books.

June 19-25, 2017 in Bemidji, Northwoods Writers week-long event with many authors and classes. Tracy K Smith, the new Poet Laureate, will be doing a reading on Wednesday evening at 7:30. More info on the evening reading series, go to: www.northwoodswriters.org.

Dawn has her concert series at Farm by the Lake in Bagley MN every Sunday mostly all summer except July 2. More info, email: farmbythelake.anderson@gmail.com.

August 27, 2017, Author Festival at Farm by the Lake. Email: Farmbythelake.anderson@gmail.com.


Firewood Happens is selling nicely for Mike. As we mentioned last time, that book won the MIPA award in the humor category. Congrats, Mike! His new book Down at the Dock is available now. These books of cabin stories have been very popular.


Ryan is still working with his developmental editor on his novel. More info, look up Lisa Cron, Wired for Story.

We had a lively discussion about self publishing and that it can be very good for writers but we are sad at how poor the editing often is. Those who self publish still need a good editor! We all decided it should be a matter of pride to only publish something that is correct, not something poorly done.

We mentioned that with many people texting and emailing with no one paying any attention to mistakes in them, it is probably a sad thing that correct spelling and punctuation will keep on disappearing. How very sad. We hope there will be a time when that turns around and becomes important again.

Some of the writers brought things to read and the rest of us critiqued. A lot of excellent writing today. We had a good group and a good meeting and hated to stop talking! Hope to see you all next time.