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October Writer’s Meeting

Hi Everyone,

Today we held our October 16, 2011, Jackpine Writers’ Bloc meeting. Our next meeting will be on November 20, 2011, at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN from 12:30 to 3 PM.

Jerry, Scott, Niomi, Deb, Bridgette, Sharon.

TS20 is done and sales are going well. The book party was a great success. Between book sales and donations, we are in better shape financially and looking forward to the next book. Thanks to all who donated to our group. We deeply appreciate your support. We will still need to work on a grant for additional funds but at least we can now get started!

We are looking ahead to TS21. We are considering a slightly earlier date for the next book. We plan to put the call for submissions on the website in early December instead of late December. Instead of a March 1 deadline we might try for February 20 or even a bit earlier. This should allow us to finish the book a bit earlier and allow us more free time to attend writing events. Scott suggested perhaps Valentine’s Day or President’s Day for the deadline.

We are also considering a two day weekend event next year for the book release party. We might schedule a workshop on one day (taught by one of our celebrity judges) and then have the actual book release party and refreshments on the second day. We also are considering a larger location for next year. We would like to be able to include more booksellers. We may have to start charging a small amount per table for booksellers–especially if we have to go to a larger place where we will have to pay a rental fee.

Nanowrimo is the next event. Deb will again be holding a class. More information will be available very soon. This is the National Novel Writing in a Month that takes place every November. You write a novel in 30 days.

Jerry attended both the Lake Region Writers event on October 1 and the Sinclair Lewis event on October 8. Both were excellent events. Jerry brought some helpful handouts and sold a few TS books.

Sharon received an email from the Park Rapids library about some reading events. We will pursue that. Many of us would like more chances to read our work.

After these discussions, we then listened to readings by the writers present. We all enjoy listening and giving back helpful comments. It was one of those meetings where we hated to quit talking and go home. Hope to see you next time!

August Writers’ Meeting

Today we held our August meeting. The next meeting will be held at 12 Noon on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, right ahead of the Talking Stick 20 Book Release Party which begins at 1 PM. Our meeting will be held at Northwoods Bank Community Room in Park Rapids, the same place as the Book Party.


Jerry, Niomi, LuAnne, Sharon, Tarah, Kathy, Rachel, Sandi. Welcome, Rachel and Kathy. Kathy was involved with the group way back at our beginning. Good to see you again, Kathy.


This will be held at Northwoods Bank Community Room in Park Rapids MN on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, at 1 PM. We will give the writers in the book each their one free copy. They can buy others. We will have other TS books for sale as well as our two 20×20 books. We will have books for sale by our three celebrity judges. We will have Kris Bigalk, our poetry judge, in attendance. We will have 8 or 9 writers selling their own books. Also, we will have refreshments and snacks.


PRLAAC event, Friday, Sept. 23 at the Century School in Park Rapids. We will do readings and sell books. We have 5 people set up to attend.

Lake Region Writers Network, Saturday, Oct. 1 in Fergus Falls. Conference headliner: Leif Enger. Check their website for more details www.lakeregionwriters.net. 8:50 am to 4 pm at M-State. Registration begins at 8 am. Right now we don’t have anyone set to attend this for our group but we would like to send someone.


We attended the Book and Art Festival in Hackensack yesterday. We did sell books, but it was a touch audience. There were not as many people in attendance as usual and the ones there were very careful with their money. It is always a fun experience.


Our golf tournament did not collect much money for us this year. That was due to the high temperatures, the storms, and probably also the economy. We doubt that we will hold another golf tournament to raise money for the book. We will need to find other avenues to raise funds. We are looking at friendraising letters, more grants, etc.


Jerry is still working on a grant or two to help us either with this year’s book or next year’s book. He is also going to pursue the KAXE radio ideas that we had dropped a few months back.

Then we did reading of things we were working on. We did some critiquing and discussing. We had a very good group and good conversations today.

We hope to see everyone at the Book Release Party. Be sure to RSVP with number of people attending. Thanks!