February Writers’ Meeting

Today we held our February meeting. Our next meeting will be on March 16, 2014, at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN from 12:30 to 3 PM.

PRESENT: Jerry, Jan, Sharon, Deb, Mike, Marlys, Sonja, Lina, Betty

TALKING STICK 23: Our deadline is fast approaching. March 1, 2014. Go to www.jackpinewriters.com for full details and electronic submission form.

OTHER PLACES TO SUBMIT: Call for submissions for Lake Region Review No. 4. Deadline June 1, 2014. Go to https://lakeregionwriters.net for further information.

Call for submissions for Spring Writing Contest at the Loft. Submit your poem featuring a photograph. Deadline March 27, 2014. Go to www.loft@loft.org under contests for more information.

Call for submissions for love poems to Common Good Books’ poetry contest. Deadline April 15, 2014. Go to www.commongoodbooks.com for more information.



  • March 22, 2014 Bloomington Art Fair in Bloomington
  • June 2014 MN Northwoods Conference in Bemidji

Speaking of the Past–a free lecture series from the Wadena County Historical Society. This starts off with our own Jerry Mevissen reading from his new book Good Shepherd on Friday, March 7, 2014, at 8 PM at Harvest Thyme Bistro in Wadena, MN. For more information, go to www.WadenaCountyHistory.org.

March 5, Wednesday, a one hour poetry reading in Brainerd at the Chalborg Theater at Central Lakes College at Noon with Charles Simic.

For more information on Jerry Mevissen’s scheduled readings and events, go to his website http://jerrymevissen.com/.

Go to the Loft www.loft@loft.org for information on online classes and other classes. They recently had a free Saturday class on Poems of Grief and Healing that was great. Sharon is still enjoying her current online class with LouAnn Muhm at the Loft.

MISCELLANEOUS: Today’s writing tip: make sure your modifiers don’t dilute your nouns!

Then we all read things that we have been working on and critiqued each other’s work. A great meeting–one of those where none of us wanted to stop talking and go home. Hope to see you next time!