December Meeting Minutes 2023

Hello Everyone,

Today we held our December 2023 meeting.


Ryan, Mike, Sharon, Mary.


We will soon be sending out the call for submissions for the next Talking Stick. We have to pick out the 8 words for the Creative Twist. We did get those words chosen.


Mike attended the December meeting of Heartland Arts. The Art Beat is now in a different form. It used to be part of the Park Rapids Enterprise. It is now a quarterly publication by Kraken Print Lab. They spoke of legacy funds, grants, Region 2 Arts Council.


Ryan attended a conference in the cities for the Better Faster Academy on how to figure out your strengths for writing. Anatomy of Tropes class, Becca Syme.

Ryan sold books at the Northern Lights Casino at the Leech Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Arts and Craft Festival.

Mike has sold books at 4 holiday events recently—Community Ed Craft Fair at Norwood Young America; Holdings by Hands Craft Fair at the school in Bemidji; Eden Prairie Lionesses at Grace Church in Eden Prairie; Forest Fair at the Mustard Seed Nursery in Chanhassen—focused on natural goods.


Mike will be going to The 8th Annual Rosemount Writers Festival and Book Fair. Saturday, March 16, 2024 from 9 to 4:30 at the Steeple Center in Rosemount MN. For more information, contact Sue Stein at

Sharon will be taking an online poetry class from January 8 through February 18. Writing Ourselves Home. Instructor Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg.

We took turns reading things we had been working on and others critiqued. Ryan told us a lot about the overall story line for his series of books: A Minnesota Book Awards Finalist, Maxwell Cooper and the Legend of Inini Makwa.

Hope to see you all next time!