March Meeting Minutes 2023

Today we held our March meeting.


Sharon, Ryan, Marlys, Erin, Jan.


We have received submissions from 130 writers. We got quite a few for the Creative Twists. They are all being copied and we will have our Editorial Board meeting in April. We have our judges and the instructor all chosen. Our book release party and workshop will be held on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023 at Jack Pines Resort near Osage MN.


     Ryan has had good success selling his young adult book Maxwell Cooper and the Legend of Inini-Makwa by Simon Hargreaves. The book is a finalist for the Midwest Book Awards. Winners will be announced in May. Hooray, Ryan!

     Spring Fling is April 15th at the Akeley Community Center  at 210 Pleasant Ave in Akeley MN from 11 to 4—Chili Cookoff, Ryan will be there selling his books from 10 to 4. He is working on sequels. There will be Arts and Crafts vendors at this event. 507-215-3038.

     Poetry Slam at Fozzie’s in Bemidji MN at 7 PM on April 20, 2023. Information 218-444-7570 or

     March 23-25, 2023 (Thursday-Saturday) UND Writers Conference, a literary festival on the prairie. 54th UND Writers Conference, in person and online. Six featured speakers. This year’s theme is “The Healing Arts.”

     Missouri Review, the 2023 Perkoff Prize opened January 13. deadline is April 2, 2023. The Perkoff Prize is a tri-genre contest that awards $1000 and publication each to writers of the best story, set of poems, and essay that engage in evocative ways with health and medicine as judged by the editors.

Most of us brought things to read and others critiqued. This was one of those days where none of us wanted to leave and we spent a lot of time talking about getting published, word choice, books, writing events, etc. Hope to see you all next time!