Thanks to all of you who attended our TS27 book release party!

Hi Everyone, Thanks to all of you who attended our TS27 book release party yesterday. Our location was Smokey Hills Resort near Osage, MN—so beautiful this time of year. Quite a few of the writers stayed overnight in some of the Smokey Hills cabins.

We had an excellent morning workshop with Sharon Chmielarz entitled “Put Some Zip in Your Writing: Torque It!” The attending writers came up with some superb writings that they shared after Sharon’s prompts.

Then the restaurant at Smokey Hills served a tasty lunch of soup and sandwich that got rave reviews.

Beginning at 1 PM, we had the book release party. We had some announcements about our group and how we produce our annual anthologies. Then we announced the winners in each of the genres. Besides our usual prizes in Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, and Fiction, we also gave one prize for Humor this year. All the winners who were present were asked to read their winning submissions. Then we opened it up to all the other writers published in the book who wanted to read. We had a good time listening to serious stories and poems as well as some hilarious ones. We met a couple new writers this year who could almost be stand-up comedians.

As usual, when these events end, we hate to stop visiting and go home. It is so good to see old friends and meet new writers. Over a dozen writers went to the Cookhouse (the restaurant at Smokey Hills) and continued visiting for several more hours. We had a good meal and lots more laughs.

Thanks to all who attended today and thanks to all who submitted to Talking Stick 27. Be sure to watch for the next call for submissions! It will be in December 2019 for Talking Stick 28. It will be here before we know it—start collecting your best new writings to send to us for the next anthology!