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December Writers’ Meeting

Hi Everyone, Today we held our December meeting. The January meeting will be on Sunday, January 20, 2013, from 12:30 to 3PM at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN.

LuAnne, Mike, Niomi, Scott, Sharon

TALKING STICK: We will soon be sending out the Call for Submissions for Talking Stick 22. Tarah is getting it on the website.

JACKPINE WRITERS BLOC WEBSITE: Tarah has placed a donation button on the JWB site for easy use. Some of our members had requested this.

MISCELLANEOUS: Jerry wrote a letter showing our support for the Armory Square Art Center. The Board members reviewed it and it was sent to Paul of PRLAAC. We can envision using this space for Book Release parties and workshops.
We are now on the email list for the Library so we will receive notification of writing events there.

OUR WRITERS: Jerry is progressing nicely on his Good Shepherd book. All the stories are now written and various people are reviewing them.
Scott is going to be the editor for a new book on Philip Jose Farmer’s work. This is Sci-Fi. Scott and his wife have also just opened a new book store in Park Rapids.
Mike just had a story and photographs about black powder muzzleloader hunting published in Minnesota Conservation Volunteer magazine.
Niomi is working on her memoir and we discussed her whole concept today. We can’t wait to see the whole thing.
Shasha Porter of MPLS has completed her book called Canvas. This is an interactive journal for navigating difficult transitions. This is a neat book with room to write and draw as you work your way through hard situations and life changes.
Congrats to all of you!

GOOD INFORMATION: Check out Mary Carrol Moore’s blog. She often has excellent checklists for revisions or line editing. Very helpful.
Check out Book Baby. They also have great tips for editing.
Scott showed us his new toy, a Samsung Note. Amazing all the things it can do. Check one out.

Some of our writers read things they were working on and the rest of us critiqued. Another excellent and productive meeting! Hope to see you next time!

October Writers’ Meeting

Hi Everyone,

Today we held our October meeting of the Jackpine Writers’ Bloc. The next meeting will be held on Sunday, November 18, 2012, from 12:30 to 3PM at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN.

PRESENT: Marlys, Deb, Sharon, Elisa, Jerry, Julia, Betty, LuAnne.

We are still selling Talking Sticks since the Book Release Party, both on the website, by email, and at Beagle Books. We had a good day at our Book Party, though we had a few less people than usual. We are not sure if that is because of the different location or because we also had a workshop–not sure of the reason. But we still had a good turnout and a pleasant day.

OTHER PAST WRITING EVENTS Lake Region, Saturday Oct. 6. Jerry, Elisa and Marlys attended. They had an excellent poetry class with Paul Carney, a class on personality traits by Jessica and Scott Stewart, a talk by Will Weaver, and other classes. Everyone who attended enjoyed it. Lake Region always puts on a good day of classes.
Sinclair Lewis event in Sauk Centre. Jerry and Julia attended. Good speakers there also.
League of MN Poets, attended by Marlys. Joyce Sutphen was one of the speakers. Many of us know and love Joyce Sutphen’s poetry.

COMING EVENTS NA-NO-WRI-MO–National Novel Writing Month (November). Deb will again be putting on a class for this, on Mondays in November (Nov. 4-25) in Pine River at Pine River High School, Room 58. You can attend the class or participate via email or both. The goal is to write 50,000 words in the month of November. This is approximately 1700 words per day. Deb will have a special private blog where you can post sections of your work if you wish or mention your plot, etc. Cost is $10. For more information, contact Deb at cordria@hotmail.com.
For those who are interested in other challenges like this, there is also a Script Frenzy in April, a 50,000 Writing Competition in July (JUL-NO-WRI-MO), and a Poetry challenge also in April (NA-PO-WRI-MO). Email Deb above for more information.

BRAINERD WRITERS ALLIANCE 2012 Fall Writers Festival is coming up Saturday, October 27 from 9AM to 3:30PM at Central Lakes College at 501 W College Drive, Brainerd MN 56401. For more information, go to their website www.brainerdwriters.com. Speaker Bill Meissner. Several writers we know did well in their competition: Sonja Kosler, Niomi Phillips, Kevin Zepper. Our own Jerry Mevissen judged the fiction.

MISCELLANEOUS The Editorial Freelancers Association is a national, nonprofit organization of self-employed professionals in publishing and communications. www.the-efa.org.

Good book–From Where You Dream:The Process of writing fiction. This book is a transcription and condensation of Robert Olen Butler’s Masters class on writing.
This is one writer’s process for writing: thinking the whole book through first, using note cards, then beginning the writing.
Such a good meeting today. Many read things that they are working on. Jerry surprised us all with a one act play. Others read poetry or creative nonfiction. Elisa entertained us all with her story about voting in New York Mills compared to how it was in New York City. We also had a song parody by Julia–something new to us. Good work, everyone. We had conversations about working on books in progress and publishing methods.

Good to see all of you!

March Writers’ Meeting

Hi Everyone,

Today we held our March meeting. The next meeting will be on April 15, 2012, at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN from 12:30 to 3PM.

Present: Jerry, Scott, Kathy, Deb, Betty, Marlys, Sandy, Sharon.

We had our Editorial Board meeting on March 11 to choose which submissions will go in the book. Tarah is starting on the layout. Sharon is working on filling out the NO and YES letters and the contracts. They will go out in a few weeks. Sharon sent in the Region 2 grant paperwork and we will hope for the best. Walmart did not give us funds last year, but we will try again this year.

The meeting at the Park Rapids Armory will be held tomorrow at 8AM. Jerry plans to go to represent us. We are hoping that there will be meeting space, workshop space, rooms for classes, etc.

Winter Retreat for Writers, this coming Saturday March 14 from 9 to 5 at Headwaters School of Music and the Arts in Bemidji. CarolAnn Russell. Call 218-444-5606 with questions. $75.00.

Many good classes at the Loft. Deb is taking an online Loft writing class with Mary Caroll Moore.

First Saturday in October at Lake Region. Scott and his wife will put on a class called Cross-Wires. This will deal with creating realistic characters using the traits of personality disorders.

Something that is very helpful is free flow writing. Get it all down fast while it is in your mind–the you will have something to work with later.

Jerry reminded us again of writing Glimmers–just a brief description of a scene, an occurrence, an AHA moment, etc.

Congrats to Marlys for her honorable mention in the Writers’ Digest Poetry competition with her poem In Vogue. Great poem.

Remember NANOWRIMO, writing a 50,000 word novel in the month of November? Now we have the opportunity to write a 100 page screen play in the month of April. See below at the bottom of this email for more details. Scriptfrenzy.org.

Good meeting today. Hope to see you all next time.

January Writers’ Meeting

HI Everyone,

Today we held our January Meeting. Our February meeting will be held on Sunday, February 19, 2012 at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN from 12:30 to 3PM.


Mike, Sharon, LuAnne


We have started to receive submissions for TS21. We have an early deadline of Feb. 20 this year. We will send out reminders.


LuAnne watched a Teleconference called How to Bake Your Book.


We thank everyone for their donations. It looks like we will still need to get a small grant for this year’s book.


Mike has been having some great success with his writing. He had pieces published recently in three different magazines and is working on a fourth one. Congrats, Mike.

Sharon has finished her third poetry book Unspoken. Copies will be available soon.

Tarah’s big fantasy novel is now finished. It will soon be available.

Hope to see you next time! This January meeting seemed to fall so early–maybe our low attendance today was due to that.