Saturday, September 17, 2022
Jack Pines Resort
(previously Smoky Hills Resort)
Osage MN 56570

The Talking Stick 31 Book Release Party and Writers’ Workshop will be held on Saturday, September 21, 2022. Jack Pines Resort is located on Highway 34 approximately 9 miles west of Park Rapids MN (or 1 mile west of Osage MN), on the north side of the highway. The address is 53014 State Highway 34, Osage MN 56570.
Writers usually work in solitude; please join us for a whole day of learning, listening, writing, and reading with other writers. There is a fee for the workshop and meal but the Book Party is free to all who are interested in writing. If you have work in Talking Stick 31, you may also pick up your one free contributor’s copy of the book. Additional books will be available for sale.

WORKSHOP 9 AM to 12:00 Noon: We offer a workshop with Candace Simar. YOU MUST PREREGISTER FOR THIS WORKSHOP. (See information on workshop flyer.) This all-genre workshop is entitled: Scene, the Basic Building Block of Story.
Cost for the workshop is $60. (This includes lunch at noon after the workshop. You will receive a coupon for the lunch.)
12:00: Catered lunch at Jack Pines Resort. JWB will pay for your lunch if you have the above-mentioned coupon with the workshop. The Jack Pines Restaurant will be open after the book party. They do provide lodging. See below.

BOOK RELEASE PARTY 1 PM (approximately): If you have work in Talking Stick 31, you may pick up your one free contributor’s copy of the book. Additional copies of the book will be available for sale at the book party and during the workshop. They will be for sale later on Amazon.
Program with readings, introduction of winners of Talking Stick 31 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction. All writers published in Talking Stick 31 are invited to read.
Some local and/or member writers and judges may be on hand to sell their own books.

4:00 PM (approximately): After the readings, please check in with your fellow writers. Some of us will want to have dinner together in the restaurant and/or maybe hang out in one of the rented cabins for further good writers’ conversation.

Jack Pines Resort has lodging. If you are interested in a one or two room cabin for either Friday or Saturday night (or both!), visit their website to view the various cabins at Enjoy a real Northwoods experience. You must call to make reservations. Call 218-573-6600 for reservations. You can also access the internet and see photos of the rooms.

One room cabin $129.00
Two room cabin $155.00
Multi family suites (sleep 12-14) $312.00

For more information, call Sharon at 218-732-3782 evenings or email

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SCENE, the Building
Block of Story

Workshop with
Candace Simar

Jackpine Writers’ Bloc Writers’ Workshop
Date and Time: Saturday, September 17, 2022, from 9 AM to 12 Noon.
Location: Jack Pines Resort, 53014 State Highway 34, Osage MN 56570
(located 9 miles west of Park Rapids MN [1 mile west of Osage MN])
Cost of Workshop: $60.



Candace Simar lives in Pequot Lakes and began her writing career after attending a Jackpine Writers’ Bloc workshop in 1999. Candace writes historical fiction. Her work has since received awards from the Western Writers of America, Women Writing the West, Western Fictioneers, The Will Rogers Medallion, the Laura Awards for Short Fiction, The Writer’s Digest, The Midwest Book Awards, Brainerd Writer’s Alliance, The League of MN Poets, The Lake Region Writers, and other regional awards. Learn more about her work at

Course Description:
Scene, the Building Block of Story
It is daunting to attempt a longer writing project. did you know that most novels contain thirty-five to one hundred scenes? If you can write one scene, you can write as many as you need to finish your book. This class investigates ways to create vivid scenes that move your story forward to the end and keep your readers reading.

Book release party at 1 PM:

The Talking Stick 31 Book Release Party and this Writers’ Workshop will be held on Saturday, September 17, 2022, at Jack Pines Resort, 53014 State Highway 34, Osage, MN 56570.

The workshop will run from 9 A.M. to 12 Noon. The Workshop includes lunch at noon. The Book Release Party will start at 1 P.M. and run till approximately 4 P.M. There is no charge to attend the Book Release Party. Lunch at noon will be on your own if you are just attending the Book Release Party. There is a restaurant available at Jack Pines Resort but may only be open for supper after the event. Dinner/supper after the Book Release Party will be on your own.


YOU MUST PREREGISTER FOR THE WORKSHOP. Please email Sharon Harris at to sign up. Phone 218-732-3782 if questions. Be sure to include your name and mailing address, phone number, and email address. Make your $60 check out to Jackpine Writers’ Bloc and mail it to: Sharon Harris, 13320 149th Ave, Menahga MN 56464. The sign-on information will be sent to you before the workshop.

We will limit this workshop to the first 35 participants and then put names on a waiting list.