May Writers’ Meeting

Hi Everyone,

Today we held our May meeting. Our next meeting will be on June 17, 2018.

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

TALKING STICK 27: We are progressing on the book. We will soon be ordering our next proof. We have sent out Book Release Party flyers and Workshop flyers to all the writers published in TS27. We will soon send it out to our whole email list. The date is September 22, 2018 and the location is Smokey Hills Resort, Osage, MN. Get signed up!

MISC: Niomi went to the May PRLAAC meeting. She will report on that and the Great American Storyteller competition at our June meeting.

MIPA: Mike won the humor category at MIPA with Down at the Dock. Congrats, Mike! Good job! He said to thank everyone for all their help on the stories that he brings to the meetings for critique.

FUTURE EVENTS: Ryan spoke about a writers’ retreat that he is working on for May of 2019. This would take place at his resort near Akeley, MN. He is hoping to get this worked out so all meals and lodging would be included in the workshop cost. The instructor he is talking with now would do a 5 day immersion workshop, with all attendees working on fiction. Ryan is hoping to get a grant. When we get more details, we will send out emails to see who might be interested.

Perhaps this can develop into the annual writers’ retreat somewhat like we used to have at Jerry’s place. We had those for 6 years and we miss them! Our instructor there was Marge Barrett. Here are the topics we covered over the years:

  1. Short Shorts
  2. Telling the Story
  3. The Sense of Place
  4. Voice
  5. Beginnings and Endings
  6. Dialogue

Quite a few writers read things today that they have been working on and we had our usual lively discussion. Hope to see you next time!