August Writers’ Meeting

Hi Everyone, Today we held our August meeting of the Jackpine Writers’ Bloc. Our next meeting will be on September 15, 2013, from 12:30 to 3 PM at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN 56470.

PRESENT: Lorelei, Marlys, Betty, Deb, Sharon, Jerry.

TALKING STICK 22, BOOK PARTY & WORKSHOP: Our books are all done and we have them back, all set for the book release party. We have had one meeting with Blueberry Pines to start planning the workshop and Book Release party on Sept. 21, 2013. We now have 22 signed up for the workshop. We are limiting it to 30.

OTHER WRITERS’ EVENTS: On Monday, Aug. 5, Sharon and Marlys attended Marsh Muirhead’s book signing and reading in Bemidji. He has a new haiku book called her cold martini. Both enjoyed it immensely. Yesterday, Aug. 17, Sharon and Marilyn and Tarah went to the Hackensack Northwoods Art & Book Festival to sell books. Niomi and Deb and Marlys also attended and/or assisted. We had a great day. Yesterday, Aug. 17, Marlys attended Marsh Muirhead’s workshop on haiku. We hope he puts this on again. Marlys really enjoyed it.

FUTURE EVENTS: Sharon is signed up for an October online Loft class called In a Flash: Short Shorts, Micro Memoir, and Prose Poetry. The instructor is Rochell Hurt. Jerry will be attending Wine and Words on August 23 at the Arrowwood Lodge in Baxter MN. At 5:30, there is social hour and silent auction and wine tasting. At 6:30, there will be dinner and presentation by authors William Kent Krueger, Wendy Webb, Sandra Brannan and Sarah Pekkanen. Lorna Landvik will be the emcee. Tickets are $40.00 each and tables of eight are $280. Drawing for an IPAD. Further questions, contact Sheila DeChantal 838-0886 or Sponsored by the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library.

August 24, two events in Park Rapids with William Kent Krueger. Book signing from 3:30 to 4:30 at Beagle Books. 5:30 dinner at the Y Steak House $30. The dinner is sold out.

Loft members party on September 12 at the Loft.

Whiskey Creek Film Festival from Sept. 13-19 at Cozy Theater in Wadena. For more information, go to:

SUBMISSIONS WANTED: Don’t forget–Brainerd Writers Alliance 2013 writing contest. $15 entrance fee, one entry per category. Fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry. Deadline: Sept. 13, 2013. Further questions: or call Bev 218-828-7750.

WRITING TIPS: Mary Carroll Moore has weekly writing prompts on her blog. Check it out. Sign up to receive emails with the weekly writing prompts. Deb has been working with these.

Several of us brought things to read and the rest of us did critiquing.

An excellent meeting! Hope to see you next time.