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January Writers’ Meeting

Hi Everyone,

Today we held our January meeting, a week late due to the extreme cold last Sunday. The next meeting will be held on Sunday, February 17, 2013 from 12:30 to 3 PM at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN.

PRESENT: Sharon, Marlys, Jerry, LuAnne, Deb

TALKING STICK 22: We have sent out the call for submissions for TS22 and we are receiving them, both in the mail and electronically. The deadline is March 1, 2013. Full details and guidelines are found BY CLICKING HERE. We are still working on cover details, judges, grant, etc.

NEXT 20X20: We are considering doing another 20×20 book in 2014. This time we would like to do the writing first and then the art will be created from that. We have a list of writers that we will be contacting later in the year of 2013 to get that started. We will probably wait till after TS22 is mostly completed.

WRITERS’ GAMES: Sharon received from really fun games for Xmas that are especially fun for writers. Haikubes: This is a bunch of cubes like dice with words on each side. You use the words on these cubes to create Haiku poetry, with 5 syllables in the first line, 7 in the second, 5 in the third. This was really quite challenging. Try it!
Liebrary, The Game Where the First Line Speaks Volumes: This is a game using the first lines of books. One person will read the title and a description of a book. All players must write out what they think the first line of the book could be. Their answers, along with the real answer, are then read to all the players and they each must choose the one they think is the real one. What a great idea! Try it out too.

NANOWRIMO: Deb did her Nanowrimo class in November. She had 7 people, all new to the event. 5 of them completed the 50,000 words required. The writers appreciated Deb’s helpful feedback and what to do if you are stuck and what to do with your manuscript when you are done.

MISCELLANEOUS: Sharon is editing Elisa’s book and enjoying it immensely. Jerry’s book is still going through content editing by Deb. Niomi is working on her memoir and meanwhile nursing her husband back to health after an injury and surgery.

WRITING EVENTS: Marlys and Jerry attended Writers’ Boot Camp with Angela Foster and Candace Simar. This was not for first time writers. Topics included: point of view, tense, great handouts like a character inventory, etc.  They thought it was an excellent class and the time was very well managed.
From that, Jerry read Charlie Baxter’s book The Art of Subtext and he thinks it was life-changing. It is as important what you don’t say as what they do say.  Use senses and smells. Know what your character wants. You don’t always get what you want, but try giving the character all he wants and see what happens. What is the thing that no one knows about your character. Don’t make your characters all bad or all good. Let your characters yearn for something, be vulnerable to the point of destruction. Let them have a passion for things. Other good books include: The Emotion Thesaurus and Your Book Starts Here.
Marlys took a online class on Flash Fiction at the Loft with Rochelle Hurt and really enjoyed it. The class taught about white spaces and hinting at things, good critiques. It also mentioned Hint Fiction, telling a whole story in 25 words.
We mentioned Pam Houston’s books and how much we enjoyed them. Also Louise Erdrich’s books.

GREAT AMERICAN THINK-OFF: New York Mills Regional Cultural Center announces its 21st annual Great American Think-Off.  This years topic: Which  Is more ethical:  sticking to your principles or being willing to compromise?  Details, including due dates (April 1), word count (750), entry fee (none), and prizes ($500 to each of four winners) can be found on the NYMRCC website — kulcher.org.  Go to Arts and Culture on the main menu and select Great American Think-Off.

Good meeting today! We took turns reading things we were working on and gave each other helpful comments. Hope to see you next time! Don’t forget to send in your Talking Stick submissions!

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.

PRESENT:
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!

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.

TALKING STICK 21:
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.

COMING EVENTS:
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.

WRITING TIPS:
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.

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

WRITING OPPORTUNITIES:
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.

February Writers’ Meeting

Hi Everyone,

Today we held our February meeting. The next meeting will be held on March 18, 2012, from 12:30 to 3PM at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN.

PRESENT TODAY:

Sharon, Jerry, Deb, LuAnne, Marlys

TALKING STICK SUBMISSIONS:

The submissions are coming in for TS21. Unfortunately, we have been having trouble with our electronic submissions. We sent out an email asking everyone who had used our electronic method to send me an email stating what they had sent. I have heard from many of you, but certainly not all. Please send any remaining submissions to sharrick1(a)wcta.net as an attachment. Be sure to also send your name, mailing address, bio, etc. in the email. Sorry for the inconvenience.

BOOK RELEASE PARTY:

We are making plans for our Book Release Party in September 2012. Tentative plans are that we will hold it at Blueberry Pines this year on Saturday Sept. 15. We are planning to have a workshop from 9 to 12, then lunch, then the Book Party from 1 to 5, approximately. Information will be sent out when things are finalized.

KAXE RADIO/KBXE RADIO:

Jerry attended a meeting in Bemidji recently. This was the KBXE Community Meeting. This is a new radio station. The two stations will share the same program content. The programming will have a large art/culture component. We look forward to future possibilities.

NEW BOOKS:

Tarah Wolff has now completed her book Embraced by Darkness, a fantasy novel. Sharon Harris has completed her poetry book Unspoken. Last Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, they did readings and signings at Beagle Books as part of the third Thursday Art Series in downtown Park Rapids. They had a great time and a nice turnout. Both books are available on Amazon.com. Embraced by Darkness is also available as an e-book.

WRITING EVENTS:

In January, Jerry had a small group of writers at his home for a retreat for several days. They all had projects they were working on. They spent time writing, reading, and critiquing. It was a great time.

WRITING TIPS:

When writing stories or novels, as you are creating your characters, ask yourself: What does this character want?

We enjoyed meeting Marlys today. We hope to see her again at the next meeting!

December Writers’ Meeting

Hi Everyone,

Today, Dec. 18, 2011, we held our December meeting. Our next meeting will be Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012 at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN from 12:30 to 3 PM.

Present: Deb, Cindy, John, Sharon, Christine, Scott, Jerry.

MISCELLANEOUS:
We had a short meeting today so we could have a board meeting at 2PM. Marilyn and Tarah joined us for that.

TALKING STICK 21:
The call for submission for the next book is out on the website and we are already receiving submissions. The deadline is a bit earlier this year–Feb. 20, 2012.

DONATIONS:
Thank you so much to all who responded to our Friendraiser letter. Your generosity will enable us to keep on publishing our TS books.

BOOKS:
Sharon has received a few advance copies of her third poetry book Unspoken. Tarah’s big fantasy novel is almost complete and ready to go. That will make 6 books this year.

NANOWRIMO:
Deb reported that she had 6 people in her Novel in a Month class for the month of November. 4 or 5 of the 6 finished their 50,000 words.

WRITING EVENTS OR CLASSES:
Deb is taking an online writing course with Mary Carroll Moore called Your Book Starts Here. Deb has gone to retreats with this same author at Madeline Island in Wisconsin.

Most of the writers read some things they were working on. It was good to see Christine and Cindy again–it has been a while. Cindy is working on short stories and sending to magazines. Christine has started a story that may evolve into a book. Jerry is still working on his collection of stories for his next book. It was good to see John T again also–he caught us up on all his monthly collections of new poems. Keep up the good work, all of you!

Thanks to all who attended–we had a great meeting.