Writing for Beginners
Workshop with Alice Marks
4 sessions Saturdays in October

Alice Marks

This class is for the beginning writer; someone who has always wanted to write. Writers will be encouraged to write in their prefered genre as they learn some of the “tricks of the trade.” Each class will provide timed writing opportunities, including exercises and personal creating. Participants will learn the art of gentle critiquing as each reads and asks for critiques. While not denying that writing can be hard work, this class will stress the joy and therapeutic value of writing and strive to make the writing fun, rather than daunting, for each new writer.

This is a four-session class, and will take place every Saturday morning in October 2018 (Oct 6, 13, 20, 27) from 10am-12pm at Duluth Sister Cities (the Lake Superior Writer’s office).

Cost: $50/LSW members, $85/non-LSW members (includes one-year Lake Superior Writers membership).

Scholarships are available. To sign up, please email Jenna at

LSW Panel: “Getting Started”
Oct 6 (Sat) 1-3 pm
The College of Saint Scholastica Science Building Rm 1109
LSW members – free; general public – $5

Join us on October 6th for “Getting Started,” a panel combining the wisdom of published poets, and fiction and nonfiction writers. Sheila Packa, Naomi Musch, Bob “Astro Bob” King, and Emily Stone will describe their process for getting started, and offer a variety of prompts for you to jumpstart your own new projects. Come ready to learn and try some new techniques – you might start a surprising new enterprise! Here’s some background about our talented panelists:

Sheila Packa teaches writing at Lake Superior College and lives in Duluth, Minnesota. She has four books of poems, The Mother Tongue, Echo & Lightning, Cloud Birds and Night Train Red Dust. She was the poet laureate of Duluth, 2010-2012.  She has received three Arrowhead Regional Arts Council fellowships for poetry, two ARAC Career Opportunity grants, two Loft McKnight Awards, (poetry 1986 and prose 1996) and a Loft Mentor Award in poetry (1995), and a Community Arts Learning Grant (2010).  Currently, she is writing poems and short fiction.

Emily M. Stone is a naturalist by birth, training, profession, and passion. She has a degree in outdoor education from Northland College and a Field Naturalist Masters from the University of Vermont. As the Naturalist/Education Director at the Cable Natural History Museum in Cable, Wisconsin, Emily writes a weekly “Natural Connections” column published in more than a dozen local and regional newspapers. She has earned multiple Excellence in Craft awards from the Outdoor Writers Association of America. Emily’s columns were compiled into a book: Natural Connections: Exploring Northwoods Nature through Science and Your Senses. A second book of more recent columns should be out by the end of the year.

Naomi Musch was born and raised in central Wisconsin and now makes her home in Wisconsin’s pristine north woods. Her ninth novel, The Deepest Sigh (Echoes of the Heart series, Book One) was released from Desert Breeze Publishing in August 2017, and Book Two, The Softest Breath, became available in May 2018. This October, her historical romance Mist O’er the Voyageur is making its debut from Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. She has also worked as an editor for a small press, a staff writer for an EPA award-winning newspaper, a ghost writer, and has published dozens of magazine and internet articles for the encouragement of homeschooling families and young writers.

Bob King, perhaps best known as “Astro Bob,” writes a weekly column about astronomy for the Duluth News Tribune, where he has also been a photographer and photo editor. He’s been keen on the sky since age 11. He holds a membership in the American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO), where he’s also a regular contributor, International Meteorite Collectors Association, and Arrowhead Astronomical Society. He teaches community education astronomy classes at the local planetarium and recently had his second book published, Wonders of the Universe You Must See Before You Die about the best, must-see sky sights in the night sky.