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February Writers’ Meeting

Hello Everyone:

Today we held our Feb 17, 2013 meeting. Our next meeting will be on Sunday, March 17, 2013, at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN from 12:30 to 3PM.

Mike, LuAnne, Marlys, Sharon, Jerry, Betty

We are receiving submissions. So far, we have received from 50 to 55 submitters, each person sending in 1 to 4 pieces.  Hopefully, we will get a lot more in the next two weeks.
We have our 3 judges decided and we are close to deciding on our workshop for the Book Release Party.
We plan to have the Book Release Party on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at Blueberry Pines, the same location as last year.

CarolAnn Russell, Bemidji–the Spoken Word Series.
The Art Center Spoken Word Committee invites you to join us on March 1st as a part of the First Friday Art Walk for a reading by Poet Carol Ann Russell. Reception begins at 5:30, reading at 6 pm with Q&A and signing to follow. This event is free and open to the public.
Poetry Workshop Offered – In conjunction with the reading the Art Center will be hosting a writer’s workshop with Carol Ann Russell – on Saturday March 1st from 9 am to noon.  $40 for Adults / $20 for Students.   Space is limited.
The POEM as Kaleidoscope –  An individual’s poem contains not only a map of undivided consciousness, but also the potential for generating work in other genres:  creative nonfiction; memoir, short fiction; experimental writing. Bring 3 pages of your typed poetry for discussion and critique. Will include dynamic exercises and ideas to stimulate new writing.
To register, call the art center at 218-444-7570.  The BCAC is free and open to the public.  Visit the BCAC and Shop 426 at 426 Bemidji Ave N (upper level of the Historic Carnegie Library on 5th St) or at www.bcac.wordpress.com  For information contact us at (218) 444-7570 or at bcac@paulbunyan.net Hours are Tues. to Fri. 12 to 5pm and Sat. 10am to 2pm.
Upcoming Spoken Word Events
June – Minnesota Poet Laureate – Joyce Setphen – June 21st and 22nd
September – Non-fiction writer – Tom Evans – September 6th and 7th

The Art of Subtext by Charlie Baxter
Burning Down the House by Charlie Baxter
Reindeer Camp by Bart Sutton

Several writers took turns reading what they have been working on. The rest of us critiqued. We had such a good meeting today with great writing and lots of laughter. Hope to see you next time!

November Writers’ Meeting

Hi Everyone,

Our next meeting will be on December 16, 2012 from 12:30 to 3PM at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN.

PRESENT: Jerry, Elisa, Niomi, LuAnne, Sharon

TALKING STICK: We recently had a board meeting to start discussing our next book, TS22. We have the date scheduled for our next book release party, Sept. 21, 2013, again at Blueberry Pines. We are starting to gather information on various instructors for a workshop that morning. We are also contacting MN writers for our celebrity judges. Tarah is looking at artwork for the next cover.

NANOWRIMO: We hope Nanowrimo is going well for everyone involved. We were hoping to see Deb for an update–we hope we will have some information on that by the December meeting. Elisa is doing the November Novel this time. Some of the rest of us had done it in the past and enjoyed it a great deal.

WRITING EVENTS: Niomi reported on the Alison McGhee event at the library recently. She really enjoyed it and wished more people had attended. She spent some time talking with Alison about her writing process. Alison said something like this when asked how she is able to write as an 11 year old: I am all the ages I ever was. We are all the people we ever were. The Loft in MPLS is sponsoring a Crime Mystery Thriller Conference April 28 and 29, 2013. www.loft.org for more information.

LOCAL EVENTS: PRLAAC  (Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts council) is continuing their work to transform the old Armory building in to the Armory Square Center for the Arts. There will be room for: the performing arts, home of the Northern Light Opera Company, concerts, community events and programs, home for the Nemeth Arts Center, classrooms for arts education, offices for arts-related organizations, room for conferences, trade shows, private parties, healthy living activities and more. We are hoping that perhaps someday we can hold Book Release parties there and have various classrooms with several workshops offered at one time.

MISCELLANEOUS: Our own Niomi won first place for creative nonfiction for “Thirteenth Summer” at the Brainerd Writers Alliance Fall Festival held Oct. 27. She also got honorable mention for her poetry, “Remembering Hawaii.”
Our own Jerry served as judge for fiction and presented the awards for fiction at this same Fall Festival.

GOOD BOOKS: Horizontal World by Debra Marquart

OUR OWN WRITING: Several of the writers took turns reading things they are working on and the rest of us gave thoughtful comments. Both Niomi and Elisa are working on memoirs that sound excellent. LuAnne has been writing spiritual poems. Jerry is working on another story for his Good Shepherd book.

This was one of those meetings where everyone just clicked with everyone else and we hated to stop talking and leave. A good group, good writing, good conversation.

Hope to see you next time!

September Writer’s Meeting

Hello Everyone,

Thanks to all of you who attended the book party and made it a great success. We had around 70 people in attendance.

Before the book party, we had a quick monthly meeting at noon. The next monthly meeting will be on Sunday, October 16, 2011, at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN from 12:30 to 3PM.

Jerry, Scott, Cindy, Tarah, Russ, Scott, David, Niomi, Marion

We reminded everyone of the PRLAAC event coming up next Friday, September 23, 2011. We need to set up at 4PM. Jerry, Marion, LuAnne, and Niomi will attend. They will be next to Blank Canvas.

Also don’t forget about the two poetry events coming up soon. September 27, 2011 from 1 to 2:30 PM at Northwoods Bank Community Room in Park Rapids MN, poetry readings by Marsh Muirhead and John Thornberg. Then on October 4, 2011, same time of day, same location, we have readings by Penny Swan and Laura L Hansen.

Also coming up, October 1, Lake Region Writers in Fergus Falls. Leif Enger will be the speaker. Jerry will attend.


At 1PM, people started arriving for the book party. We had a tremendous crowd. It is so inspiring to see so many people who enjoy writing and/or listening to writers reading their work. We had some excellent information on grants from Kris Bigalk, our poetry judge. Kris enjoyed judging our top poetry submissions this year and said it was difficult to choose the winner.

We sold many Talking Stick books. We had 8 or 10 writers selling their own books this year. We hope to expand on that next year.

Our group has been in existence since 1993. We hope to be able to continue. We charge no reading fees or membership fees. We have survived quite a few years now mainly with book sales and funds from a benefit golf tournament and some donations. We would like to continue being able to pay prize money but this year, things were very difficult. Probably because of the economy, our benefit golf tournament funds and donations have really decreased. We hate to have to ask for donations from people, but we did hand out a friendraising letter at the book party. We hear all the time how people enjoy the books and the workshops and the parties and we want to be able to continue. People responded very nicely. We will probably also send out the friendraising letter to our email contacts.

Thank you so much to those of you who donated to our group to enable us to keep publishing. Thanks to those of you who bought books. We appreciate all of you so much!

Also, those of you who are published in Talking Stick 20 but were not able to attend the book party—we will be mailing out your free book over the next few weeks. Several of our winners who did not attend will also receive their checks in the mail over the next few weeks.

Thanks again for your support. It was great to see old friends and meet new ones!