All-genre workshop with Sharon Chmielarz


All-genre workshop with Sharon Chmielarz

Date and Time: Saturday, September 22, 2018, from 9 A.M. to 12 Noon.

Location: Smokey Hills Resort, located 9 miles west of Park Rapids, MN (1 mile west of Osage, MN).

Address: 53014 State Highway 34, Osage, MN 56570

Cost of Workshop and Catered Lunch: $45. (You will receive a coupon for the lunch.)


Course Description: Whether you write prose or poetry, you want the words to “bounce off the walls,” as Maya Angelou once said. You want to capture your listeners’ and/or readers’ attention and keep it. You want your writing to move; your timings, sure-footed; your sentences and/or lines, eye catchers. Meditations? They can be muted but not leaden.

Our workshop will have a 4-step approach to strengthen your skills–introductory remarks; use of examples/ handouts; writing to prompts; and feed back, paying special attention to your writing’s strengths (we build on strengths). 

Sharon Chmielarz has had eleven books of poetry published. Her most recent book (2017), little eternities, received the silver medallion from the Independent Book Publishers Award in poetry. The Widow’s House was a finalist for the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and is listed in Kirkus Review’s the 100 Best Books of 2016. Her other 2015 book, Visibility: Ten Miles, a Prairie Memoir in Photography and Poetry, was a finalist for the Midwest Book Awards. Her The Other Mozart, a biography of Mozart’s sister in poetry, was made into an opera. She has had many other awards and publications. A more complete bio will be available at the workshop.

Prose or Fiction Publications:

In anthologies–Essays on writing in Women on Poetry, Educators as Writers, A View from the Loft.

Travel Memoir in The Talking of Hands, An Inn near Kyoto, The House on Via Gombito.

Picture books:  The Pied Piper of Hamelin, End of Winter, Down at Angels.


The Talking Stick 27 Book Release Party and this Jackpine Writers’ Bloc Writers’ Workshop will be held on Saturday, September 22, 2018, at Smokey Hills Resort, 53014 State Highway 34, Osage, MN 56570. See more info on book party flyer.

The workshop will run from 9 A.M. to 12 Noon. The Workshop includes catered 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. A restaurant is NOT available at Smokey Hills. Dinner/supper after the Book Release Party will be on your own—perhaps some of us can arrange to meet in Park Rapids.


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 $45 check out to Jackpine Writers’ Bloc and mail it to: Sharon Harris, 13320 149th Ave, Menahga, MN 56464.


We will limit this workshop to the first 30 participants and then put names on a waiting list.