December 19th 2010

Hello Everyone,

On Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010, we held our December meeting. Our next meeting will be Sunday, January 16, 2011, from 12:30 to 3PM at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN.

Present: Sharon, LuAnne, Joyce, Tarah, Scott, Ali, Terry, Sandi.

On Writing by Stephen King is a great book on writing. It talks about language and the choices you make, the words you choose, to make your writing clear.

We had a good discussion about Stephen King’s writing. Some people love his books, some feel they are too scary. The title of the new one, Full Dark, No Stars, is great. King’s writing seems to have changed since he had an accident. Lisey’s Story is a book by King that made people cry instead of scaring them.

We hope for a report from Deb next month about her November Novel class. No one in attendance today had done the November Novel this year.

LuAnne’s book The Perfect Man is completed. Marion’s book of poetry is also done. Richard has a third poetry book ready to go. Sharon is close to done with her third poetry book. Tarah’s long novel is nearing the end of the editing process and she is working on her sequel. And we are contemplating another 20×20 event in 2011. And of course, the Call for Submissions for TS20 will be out soon.

We haven’t gotten any further yet on the realgoodwords on KAXE radio. Scott and Jerry are working on that.

Jerry and Scott are also working on the Minnesota Power grant. LuAnne has filled them out before. They need to be done well ahead of the deadline and you should ask for small amounts.

Sharon and LuAnne attended the Region 2 meeting in early December in Park Rapids. Sharon got some good samples of completed grants. We hope to apply for a Project grant for the TS20 book and/or 20×20 project. They also have the Legacy Grant and a Hewitt Foundation Grant that has to do with Park Rapids, not necessarily just for the arts.

Marsh Muirhead from Bemidji is putting on a haiku workshop at Headwaters on Jan. 22, 2011. Cost is $35. Email Marsh at : for more information.

Scott mentioned that on you can look up greeting card writing or how to write greeting card verse. You can earn money writing verses for cards. We discussed that we could actually make our own line of cards.

Several of our members read what they were working on. Every time we read something short and very touching, we said “That’s a card!” That now seems to be our new saying.

Hope to see you next time!