January Meeting Minutes 2024

Today, January 21, 2024, we held our January meeting.

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

TALKING STICK 33: Get your submissions handed in. They are starting to arrive. We are starting to think about judges and an instructor. We are set for Sept 14, 2024, at Jack Pines Resort for our book release party.

PRLAAC MEETING: Mike attended the January meeting. They discussed the DaVinci exhibit in Detroit Lakes, the tree lighting ceremony in Park Rapids and the Christmas Carol play at the Armory. Representatives from Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, the Minnesota State Arts Board, and McKnight Foundation visit the Park Rapids area occasionally to see how Legacy funds are being used. They are impressed with the amount of art events in the Park Rapids area.


  •      Eighth annual Rosemount Writers Festival and Book Fair will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2024, from 9 AM to 4:30 PM at the Steeple Center in Rosemount, MN. Any questions, email Sue Stein at stei0010@protonmail.com. Mike will be there to sell his books.
  •      Talking Stick submissions open now till March 1. See guidelines at www.jackpinewriters.com.
  •      Marlys will be attending a winter writers’ retreat with Candace Simar in February.
  •      Mike will be attending a vendor fair put on by the Walker Chamber of Commerce in February.
  •      Mike will be attending a national get together in MN from Outdoors Magazine in April.
  •      Sharon is taking an online writing class with Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg called Writing Ourselves Home.
  •      Erin mentioned that the Northwoods Writers Conference will be held in June again in Bemidji at the college.
  •      Erin mentioned Good Enough Marketing with Emily. This is a book marketing support group through Watermark in Bemidji.
  •      Mary Casanova, author of children’s books, will be visiting many libraries in MN throughout April 2024.

MISCELLANEOUS: Nearly all of us brought things to read. We had a much longer meeting than usual while some of us read and the others critiqued. Ryan had previously read us a sample of Reversible Poetry. Read the poem from top to bottom and then read it bottom to top. Today Ryan read us his own Reversible Poetry. Quite amazing.

Jan, Sharon, Dawn, Erin, and Marlys read their poetry. Mike read us the last story in his next book The Last Cabin. We had a great meeting with lots of good writing and good critiquing. Hope to see you all next time.