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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.

PRESENT AT MONTHLY MEETING:
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.

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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!

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.

PRESENT:

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.

BOOK RELEASE PARTY:

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.

OTHER WRITING EVENTS:

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.

HACKENSACK:

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.

GOLF TOURNAMENT:

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.

MISCELLANEOUS:

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!