June Meeting Minutes 2024

Hello Everyone,

PRESENT: Sharon, Mike, Dawn, Marlys, Erin, Niomi


We are ready to order our second proof. We have all the contracts back. The flyers for the workshop and book party on Sept. 14 have started to go out. People are starting to sign up.


Mike attended the June meeting. They discussed opera, dance, theater, history center, antiques road show, an art show at Nemeth in Park Rapids. On display May 2 – July 6, artist reception Saturday June 22 4-6 PM. www.nemethartcenter.org. E.V. Day and Emma Beatrez.


Northwoods Writers’ Conference will be held June 24-29 at BSU in Bemidji. There will be evening readings.

The MIPA event will be held this next weekend. Mike’s hunting book Hunting Around is a finalist in the sports category.

Generative Writing Workshop with Danez Smith on Thursday June 27 from 11 AM to 12:30 PM at Watermark Art Center in Bemidji. It is free, but you must register. Call Watermark at 218-444-7570 or email Leah Grunzke lgrunzke@watermarkartcenter.org.

In one class, Dawn was using a thought generator where you needed to use all your senses. Like for music mentioned, go to specific songs. For food, list types of food.


Dawn was helping to build trolls around the Detroit Lakes area. This was started by a man from Denmark, Thomas Dambo. www.Thomasdambo.com.

In our conversation about writing, someone said one writer always reads some poetry before she sits down to write fiction. Another writer said, “I write to know what I think.” Another writer said, “I learned what I wrote from my readers.”

Several of us read what we brought while others critiqued. The others told us what they had been working on recently. We had a good day and great conversation and several of us moved over to the Good Life Café afterward to continue our talk.

Hope to see you all next time!