February Meeting Minutes 2019

Hello Everyone, Today we held our February meeting.

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

TALKING STICK 28: Be sure to get in your submissions for this year’s Talking Stick—only a couple weeks left!

OTHER BOOKS: We are coming along with Mike’s third book. He calls his three books his “cabin trilogy.”

PRLAAC: Mike attended the February meeting. He said they did get a grant for another Great American Storytellers event. We are always surprised how many art events are happening in the Park Rapids area—concerts, musicals, writing events, a sculpture trail, the Nemeth art center.

CLASSES AND WRITING EVENTS: Marlys is enjoying an online Loft class on Metaphors. Sharon has just finished an online poetry class at the Loft called Prompt and Circumstance.

Book Release—Erin will have the book release for her poetry book Disability Isn’t Sexy at the Watermark Art Center in Bemidji. This will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2019, at 6 PM.

A movie about a writer that we discussed is Can You Ever Forgive Me? This is about writer Lee Israel. She was a celebrity biographer and then could no longer get published because she had fallen out of step with current tastes and turns her art form to deception. Actress Melissa McCarthy.

Farm By The Lake Storyteller Series presents a Free Writing Workshop with Author Wendell Affield, “Reawakening Memory through our Senses” to be held February 24, 2019 from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm at the Bagley Public Library. Open to public.

Mike gave an inspirational talk through the Chanhassen Library. The Chanhassen Library also put on another event with a short workshop called “Don’t be Afraid to Write Shitty First Drafts.”

Marlys mentioned “Take Your Journal for Coffee.” Write down what you ate, what the food looked like, what it tasted like. Turn the food into a metaphor and write it out.

MISCELLANEOUS: Ryan mentioned he had read that a certain order is important for your adjectives. In cases where you use more than one, go to:


That was fascinating—something many of us hadn’t thought about before. Check it out.

We are all tired of winter but it goes on and on. Most of us brought poems or stories to read. We had a great time listening and critiquing. Hope to see you all next time!