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May Writers’ Meeting

Today we held our May meeting of the JWB. The next meeting will be on Sunday, June 17, 2012, from 12:30 to 3PM at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN.


Mike, Sharon, Jerry, LuAnne


We are making good progress on TS21 on the proofing. We brought a proof copy today so people could look at the book layout and the cover. Sharon will soon have a flyer ready for the TS21 Book Release Party and Workshop on Sept. 15, 2012 at Blueberry Pines.


June 2, 2012 in Wadena at Burlington Northern Park and the Depot, attend the Affaire-des Artes from 11 to 4PM. There will be authors and artists selling their books and arts, food vendors, music, etc. For more information, contact wadenaarts@hotmail.com or Cheryl Prindle at 651-283-1811 cheryl_prindle@yahoo.com or Mim Maas at 218-631-1751 mimsations@yahoo.com. There will be BBQ and more music events from 4 to 6PM.

June 3 through Sept. 23, 2012. Sunday Classic Series at The Y-Steak House, featuring authors and musicians such as Candace Simar, Will Weaver, Nate Jorgenson, William Kent Krueger, Jill A Johnson. For information and tickets, call 218-732-4565. $30 per ticket for a dinner, performance, wine or liquor tasting.

June 11-16, 2012 in Bemidji. The Bemidji Library Book Festival. Some events are at the library, some at Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, some at Bemidji High School. There is a Book Fair Friday evening, June 15, from 5 to 7 PM at Bemidji High School. There are writers’ workshops, readings, children’s authors, Ann Bancroft as keynote speaker. For more information, go to www.krls.org or call Bemidji Public Library 218-751-3963.

July 28, 2012 Ror Schach Music and Arts Festival, July 28, 2012. Vendors will be a range of art, authors and local musicians From 11 AM to 1 AM. Tarah Wolff will be there with her new book Embraced by Darkness. Contact Nate Decker at : nated@rorschachmusicfest.com.


BCG is having its annual meeting tomorrow, May 21, 2012 at 9 AM. Jerry and Scott will attend.


Jerry is now a member of the board for the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center. He hopes that we will be able to encourage more literary events there, perhaps classes and contests.

Some of us read things we had been working on and the rest of us enjoyed and critiqued.

Hope to see you next time!

November Writers’ Meeting

Hi Everyone,

Today we held our November JWB meeting at Bella Caffe. Our next meeting will be held on Dec. 18, 2011 from 12:30 to 3PM at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN.

Present: Tarah, Niomi, Scott, Jerry, LuAnne, Sharon


We plan to do TS21 a little early for next year. We hope to send out the call for submissions early in December 2011 and have the deadline on Feb. 20, 2012, instead of March 1. We will have a board meeting soon to work on that along with our next book release party. We are considering having a two day event in Sept. 2012 instead of one day.


Tarah and Sharon are working on Tarah’s big fantasy novel and hope to have it out by the end of the year. Check it out on Tarah’s website www.embracedbydarkness.com. Sharon’s third poetry book is also almost done. She hopes to get a few copies from lulu before the end of the year and do a larger printing later on.


We are still getting in donations along with book sales from the website. We plan to email out our donation friendraiser letter to all our email address soon.


Blank Canvas wants to order some of our 20×20 books to sell for the holidays. They should be ordered through Tarah to get the wholesale price. We will look for specials. Sharon and Scott and Tarah will work on this.


Jerry attended a fiction writers event at the loft. There was some interesting information on publishers and agents. Gray Wolf and Milkweed get 300 manuscripts a year. They maybe publish 12 of those. 70% are agented. Agents save you time and they know which publisher to send your book to.


AWP Annual Conference and Book Fair in Chicago is coming up in March. Authors, publishing houses, agents, publicists.


Narrative and Glimmer Train both have November 30, 2011, deadline.


Jerry mentioned Glimmers. These are short writings, a page or less. They are a moment in time, a glimpse of life, a detailed description of a scene or a feeling or a brief happening. They are almost poetic. They can be taken from journals or just used as an exercise. Maybe they can be used in some future longer writing. These are also called Snapshots or Vignettes.

Niomi and Jerry spoke of writing in long hand versus writing on the computer. They like to do their first drafts in long hand. It slows you down so you can think. You can rework it and digest it and live with it as you write it out in script. It seems like if you do your first draft on the computer, you don’t have time to really live with it until later on.

Tarah spoke of describing something. When you see something beautiful that you want to describe–if you can’t come up with a way to describe what you see, perhaps try describing how it makes you feel, how it changes you, how it affects you.

Hope to see you next time!