March Meeting Minutes 2022

Hello Everyone, today we held our April meeting of the Jackpine Writers’ Bloc.

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


We have received all the submissions for TS31 and we are starting to read them. We do have a virtual workshop scheduled for Sept. 17 but we don’t know yet if we will be able to have a book release party or not. Sharon will contact the place where we had our last few book release parties and see if they are open and available.


     Jan’s book is done and ordered. Erin’s book is done and will be ordered next week. Erin will be having a reading for her new book on 4-21-22 at the Bagley Public Library at 5 PM.

     Tarah is working on Mike’s hardcover book. Sharon will start soon on Mike’s next book, a collection of hunting stories. Ryan has his new book available.

     Ryan attended the Heartland Arts (PRLAAC) meeting for March. The story telling is not being renewed. The meetings have been moved to the second Monday of the month at the Armory in Park Rapids. They will have a playwriting even this year.

     Mike attended the Rosemount workshops and sold some books. There were 40 authors there.

     Mike did a zoom meeting with Normandale College Creative Writing. He talked about the Talking Stick, rules for submissions, getting rejected, getting published.

     Emily Enger is a freelance book marketer in Bemidji. Check out her services at


     Life Writing Retreat at Crow Wing Crest Lodge on May 21-22, 2022. To register, contact Susan Thurston at Contact the resort directly for cabin options 218-652-3111.

     Minnesota Northwoods Writers’ Conference will be held from June 20 through June 26, 2022.

     Ryan is going through a writing project where they give you a short story and you go through and analyze it, seeing what works in a short story. A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: In…

     Northwoods Writers’ Conference will be held in June again.

     2022 UND Writers Conference.  — Conference schedule  — Main website (for featured authors, history of conference, past conferences, etc.)

It was good to see everyone. We spent some time reading what we had been working on while the others critiqued. Hope to see you all next time!