December Meeting Minutes 2019

Hello Everyone,

Today we held our December meeting.

PRESENT: Ryan, Sharon, Dawn, Jan, Mary.

TALKING STICK 29: In a week or so, the call for submissions will go out for our next book. We will be doing the shorter submissions again. The board has been discussing doing something special for volume 30, perhaps accepting longer submissions for that book.

WRITING EVENTS: Dawn attended a poetry slam in Bemidji. These take place at Red Stu, a restaurant in Bemidji. She has been enjoying these. They are put on my Marsh M.

Rosemount Writers Festival and Book Fair, Saturday March 21, 2020, 9 AM to 4:30 PM. Sue Stein at

 2020 MN Writing Workshop, a one day writers conference in St Paul, MN on Saturday, March 7, 2020.

MN Northwoods Writers Conference June 22-28, 2020 at Bemidji State University in Bemidji, MN. Info: 218-755-2851.

Sharon is still enjoying her class with Poets Laureate with TLA Network. She is also taking an editing class with Ed2Go. Both are good.

GOOD BOOKS: Amazing Story Generator by Jay Sacher. This is a fun flip book with various ideas of subject, location, etc. The options are endless.

Wingbeats: Exercises & Practice in Poetry

Many poets have contributed poem prompts and ideas.

If You Lived Here, You’d be Home by Now by Christopher Ingraham.

Many of us have discovered Allen Eskens’ books and love them. The Life We Bury and more.

We hope to have an update from PRLAAC at some point. We can add it to the next meeting minutes.

Most of us brought something to read this time and the rest of us critiqued. We got into a good conversation about today’s social media and the good and the bad about it. We decided it is best to Be Kind, Be Reflective, Be an Introvert, Have Humility. Stop and think before you click and send a reply out into the world.

In Sharon’s class, one of the prompts was to use a list of words and create a poem from it. We are going to be trying this. We will send out a list of words and anyone who wants to, can write a poem using those words. You can use all the words, or just some of them. You can bring the poem to the next meeting or send it to Sharon and she will print them out and bring them. Even if you can’t attend the next meeting, please do the poem and send it to Sharon. We’d love to see the variety that people can come up with. If you can’t do a poem, maybe try a really short, short story.

Good meeting! Hope to see you all next time!