Writers' Meetings
Jun 20 2022

June Meeting Minutes 2022

Hello Everyone,

Today we had a short meeting. It was Father’s day and we only had a couple of us attending.


Sharon, Mike.


We are in the proofing stage now. We would like to hurry up and get this book done as we have others waiting.


This is on. Jack Pines Resort near Osage MN. Saturday Sept. 17, 2022. We are getting people lined up.

Writers’ workshop with Candace Simar (Scene, the Building Block of Story) from 9 to 12 including lunch for workshop attendees. Book release party from 1 until approx. 4 PM. After that, some of us will have supper at Jack Pines Resort. Cabins available at Jack Pines Resort.

PRLAAC (Heartland Arts):

No one from JWB was able to attend this meeting for June. The meetings are now on the second Monday of each month. Mike got the minutes. There will be a Heartland Arts Newsletter with 2 issues per year. This year, the group’s plans include Art Leap, Sculpture Trail, Northern Lights Opera, etc.


Next week the MIPA event will be held. Mike’s book Cabin Fever is a finalist in humor.

The Northwoods Book and Art Festival is coming up on August 13 in Hackensack MN. This year they have asked for poetry submissions and they will have some of the poems on display during the event.

North Beach Writers’ Retreat Aug. 13-17, 2022. https://northbeachwritersretreat.com

Summer Poetry Workshop with Sarah Nordgren srnordgren@gmail.com. Writing the Living World.

Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference in Bemidji, June 20-27, 2022. writersconference@bemidjistate.edu.


Annette Gagliardi has a new book A Short Supply of Viability that will be available soon. https://thepoetrybox.com/bookstore/viability.

Because there were only two of us, we did not do any reading. We will save them for the next meeting. Hope to see you all next time.

May 16 2022

May Meeting Minutes 2022

Today we held our May meeting, on May 15, 2022.


Sharon, Ryan, Mike, Erin, Marlys, Jan, Dawn.


We are working on the layout and proofing. All letters have been sent out and all winners called.


We have locked in the date of Sept. 17, 2022 for our book party at Jack Pines Resort (previously Smoky Hills Resort where we had our last two book parties). We will have a workshop with Candace Simar from 9 to 12, then lunch for the workshop writers of soup and sandwich, and then the book party starts at 1 PM. After that, we hope that some of the writers will go to the restaurant and have supper together. We are now working on flyers for the book party and workshop and hope to send them out before the end of May. We hope some writers will stay overnight at Jack Pines Resort on Friday or Saturday night.


None of us were able to attend the Heartland Arts (PRLAAC) meeting for May. We hope to attend next month.

Remember the MN Northwoods Writers Conference beginning June 20.


Questions to writersconference@bemidjistate.edu.

Place to submit poems, contest opens May 1, 2022. www.behindthevision.com for more information.

Life Writing Retreat at Crow Wing Crest Lodge, may 21-22, 2022. sthpoet@gmail.com.

Poetry submissions to Northwoods Arts and Book Festival. Submit by June 15, 2022. Questions to kokoropoets@gmail.com.


Mike’s last book Cabin Fever has been chosen as a finalist in the humor category with MIPA. Winners will be announced the end of June.

We had a good day listening to each other read and then critiquing. Hope to see you next time!

Apr 27 2022

April Meeting Minutes 2022

Hello Everyone, today we held our April meeting. Our May meeting will be held on May 15, 2022.

PRESENT: Sharon, Dawn, Mike, Erin, Marlys, Ryan, Jan.


The book is slowly progressing. The Accepted and Not Accepted letters will be going out shortly. The prize money winners have been chosen by the celebrity judges but they have not been notified yet.

Sharon is going to start on the proofing soon and Tarah will be working on the cover and the layout of the book.


As of now, we are planning a book release party on Saturday, September 17, 2022. This will be at Smoky Hills Resort near Osage, now renamed Jackpines Resort. There are new owners. Sharon plans to visit the site soon to see what changes have been made, discuss the day’s events, discuss lunch, get information for flyers for the book release and a workshop, etc.

We had been planning a virtual workshop but now we can have that in person also. We hope to have flyers for both events to be ready in May.

As we usually do, we will probably have the workshop from 9 to noon followed by lunch for the workshop attendees. Then from 1 until approximately 4 PM, we will have the book party. Hopefully some writers will choose to stay overnight at Jackpines Resort either Friday or Saturday nights. Usually, a few of the writers will have supper at the resort after the book party. It will be great to be back in person again.

 We hope to promote our writers’ books at this book party. They can bring their books to sell and perhaps we can have them do some readings or talk about their books if they wish.


No one was able to attend the Heartland Arts meeting (PRLAAC) this month. They have changed the meeting dates.

 Erin did a reading from her new book at the Bagley Public Library on April 21, 2022. She had 20 to 25 attendees.

 Jerry and Mike plan to do a reading on May 7 at 10 AM at the Wilson County Store in Ottertail. Email Mike for more information: crookedlaketales@gmail.com.

 Life Writing Retreat at Crow Wing Crest Lodge May 21-22, 2022. contact sthpoet@gmail.com or relax@crowwing.com.

 Northwoods Writers Conference Monday June 20 to Sunday June 26, 2022. at Bemidji State University. www.northwoodswriters.orgwritersconference@bemidjistate.edu.

Poetry Safari. Poetry will be selected for display throughout the Northwoods Arts and Book Festival in Hackensack on August 13, 2022. Submit by June 15, 2022 to kokoropoets@gmail.com. Questions to same email. You can submit up to 3, one per page. Each poem must fit on one 8 ½ by 11 page.


Ryan told us about the methods he used to get his two books on voice recorded books. He used Draft to Digital and Find a Voice.

We took turns reading things we have been working on while others critiqued. Several of us wrote poems using the monthly set of words that we have been doing each month. We have had great fun with those.

Lots of good writing and good conversation. Hope to see you all next time! Maybe spring will actually be here.

Mar 28 2022

March Meeting Minutes 2022

Hello Everyone, today we held our April meeting of the Jackpine Writers’ Bloc.

PRESENT: Sharon, Ryan, Jan, Mike, Marlys, Erin, Dawn, Mary.


We have received all the submissions for TS31 and we are starting to read them. We do have a virtual workshop scheduled for Sept. 17 but we don’t know yet if we will be able to have a book release party or not. Sharon will contact the place where we had our last few book release parties and see if they are open and available.


     Jan’s book is done and ordered. Erin’s book is done and will be ordered next week. Erin will be having a reading for her new book on 4-21-22 at the Bagley Public Library at 5 PM.

     Tarah is working on Mike’s hardcover book. Sharon will start soon on Mike’s next book, a collection of hunting stories. Ryan has his new book available.

     Ryan attended the Heartland Arts (PRLAAC) meeting for March. The story telling is not being renewed. The meetings have been moved to the second Monday of the month at the Armory in Park Rapids. They will have a playwriting even this year.

     Mike attended the Rosemount workshops and sold some books. There were 40 authors there.

     Mike did a zoom meeting with Normandale College Creative Writing. He talked about the Talking Stick, rules for submissions, getting rejected, getting published.

     Emily Enger is a freelance book marketer in Bemidji. Check out her services at www.emilyenger.com/good-enough.


     Life Writing Retreat at Crow Wing Crest Lodge on May 21-22, 2022. To register, contact Susan Thurston at sthpoet@gmail.com. Contact the resort directly for cabin options 218-652-3111.

     Minnesota Northwoods Writers’ Conference will be held from June 20 through June 26, 2022. northwoodswriters@gmail.com.

     Ryan is going through a writing project where they give you a short story and you go through and analyze it, seeing what works in a short story. A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: In… https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0871LKPJ3?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share

     Northwoods Writers’ Conference will be held in June again. northwoodswriters@gmail.com.

     2022 UND Writers Conference.

https://und.edu/writers-conference/53rd-annual-writers-conference/schedule.html  — Conference schedule

https://und.edu/writers-conference/53rd-annual-writers-conference/index.html  — Main website (for featured authors, history of conference, past conferences, etc.)

It was good to see everyone. We spent some time reading what we had been working on while the others critiqued. Hope to see you all next time!