January 2023 NorthWords

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January NorthWords includes:

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Notes from the Board Room

It’s time to retrain our brains to write 2023, with a whole new year stretching out ahead of us.  For many, it’s a time to make resolutions but I prefer to think in terms of goals, especially for my writing.  Rather than vowing to improve my writing life, to spend X amount of time writing each day, or to increase the number of submissions I do, I’m going to look for attainable accomplishments.  I seek to get my writing back on track, so perhaps getting published in a new magazine or journal will be good motivation for me. 

If you need help with your goal setting, or just a supportive group of writers to share ideas, our January Virtual Writers’ Café will focus on just that!  Perhaps a writing class or workshop will help get you going, or hearing from newly published novelist, Carol Dunbar, in our Book Club for Writers.  We have all the inspiration you may need to jump start your writing in 2023.

Your Board members are busy setting goals as well.  We are looking to diversify both our presenters and audiences to reach more ages, ethnic populations and writing interests.  We are also re-evaluating the kinds of programs we offer, such as doing more in-depth exploration of writing topics, panel discussions, and perhaps day-long programs in place of some of our frequent short classes.  Is there a direction you would like to see us go?  We’d love to hear from you – just email us at writers@lakesuperiorwriters.org.  Our goal is to match our offerings to your interests.

Happy New Writing Year!

Molly Hoeg

Board Chair

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Lake Superior Writers Events

Virtual Writers’ Café

January 14, 2023 9:30 am to 11 am on Zoom

Registration required. Open to all. Free of cost.

Topic: Goal-setting for 2023

It’s the new year, so let’s discuss our plans for 2023. Perhaps you have some essays or short stories to complete – or a series of poems that belong in a chapbook – or a novel or memoir you’d like to finish. How about getting your work out there by entering a contest or submitting your work? Whether it’s improving your craft in a workshop, developing a more consistent writing routine, or finding a writing group, setting tangible goals will help us achieve our writing dreams. Writers Café is a supportive discussion group for all writers, from beginners to seasoned professionals.

Mark your calendar for February, and March Virtual Writers’ Cafés!

Creative Writing Basics: Revision Lab with Brian Malloy

January 19 and 26, 2023 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm on Zoom

Registration required by Tuesday, January 17 at 6 pm. $10 for Lake Superior Writers members and $20 for non-members.

Take out your manuscript and red (or pink) and green highlighters for this hands-on revision lab. You’ll practice revision strategies focused on scene/summary, arrangement of events, characters, abstract/concrete language, sensory imagery, and significant details. Fiction and nonfiction writers of all levels are most welcome!

Bring a printed copy of your manuscript, a laptop or notebook and something to write with for this hands-on, user-friendly, no experience necessary workshop. Participants will also receive a PDF of all workshop material via email for future reference.

This workshop will be presented Virtually in two one-hour sessions on Thursday evenings in January, 2023.

Afraid you might miss it? The sessions will be recorded and made available to registrants for 30 days following the event.

Brian Malloy is the author of The Year of Ice (St. Martin’s Press), Brendan Wolf (St. Martin’s Press), and Twelve Long Months (Scholastic). His new novel, After Francesco (Kensington) is an Oprah Magazine “most anticipated” book of 2021, and a featured Publishers Marketplace Buzz Book for 2021. His books have been a New York Times “new and notable title,” a Booklist Editors’ Choice for best of the year, and a Book Sense pick. He has taught creative writing at Emerson College, Minnesota Correctional Facility – Lino Lakes, Quatrefoil Library, Rainbow Health, and the University of Minnesota.  You can learn more about Brian and his writing career on his website, malloywriter.com.

Learn more and register today on the event’s page. Not a Lake Superior Writers member? Become a member for as little as $35 and save on this and future events!

Book Club for Writers: Carol Dunbar — The Net Beneath Us

Saturday, January 21, 1:30-3:00pm in person at The Depot, also available by Zoom

Registration required by Friday, January 20 at 6 pm.

Carol Dunbar is a former actor, playwright, and coloratura soprano who left her life in the city to move off the grid. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The South Carolina Review, Midwest Review, and on Wisconsin Public Radio. She writes from a solar-powered office on the second floor of a water tower in northern Wisconsin, where she lives in a house in the woods with her husband, two kids, and a giant Alaskan malamute. Her debut novel, The Net Beneath Us, was released in September 2022.

In the aftermath of her husband’s logging accident, Elsa has more questions than answers about how to carry on while caring for their two small children in the unfinished house he was building for them in the woods of rural Wisconsin. Told over the course of a year, The Net Beneath Us is a lyrical exploration of loss, marriage, parenthood, and self-reliance; a tale of how the natural world—without and within us—offers us healing, if we can learn where to look.

Register for each event by emailing writers@lakesuperiorwriters.org  

You will receive an email with directions to the Depot and a Zoom link close to the event.

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25th Annual International Writing Contest​ 

Submission Deadline: February 28, 2023

The Northwestern Ontario Writers Workshop (NOWW) 25th Annual International Writing Contest will begin taking submissions on January 1. In recognition of their landmark anniversary, they have increased prize amounts and added a sixth category.

For more information on the contest including submission guidelines, visit https://www.nowwwriters.ca/25th-writing-contest-2023.html

4th Annual Short Short Story Contest to Support Literacy

Fee: $12

Deadline: January 15, 2023

Flash Fiction Contest.  Write a story using 100 words on one of four topics. Grand prize: $200. 6 Other Prizes: $100 including a Youth Prize for writers 14 years and younger.  Publication in an e-magazine. All ages. No geographical restrictions but story must be written in English. The Contest supports Ethos Literacy, a nonprofit providing free reading, writing and ESL tutoring to adults.

Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets Annual Poetry Chapbook Contest

Postmark deadline: February 1, 2023

The Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets announces its annual Poetry Chapbook Contest. The contest is open to any Wisconsin writer who has published a poetry chapbook during 2022. Prizes are $200, $100 and $50. The postmark deadline is February 1, 2023. The judge is Joe Cottonwood of La Honda, CA. Go to https://www.wfop.org and click on “contests” for full rules and entry form. For questions, contact coordinator Shoshauna Shy at shoshaunashy@gmail.com

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KUDOS – News about our members

Alicia Durrant published an essay in the Studio B anthology “Transforming Moments: Finding Our Voice,” As stated on Amazon, “writers share–in poetry and prose–moments in their lives that changed them.” The anthology itself represents an array of authors across gender, ethnic, and social classifications. Her essay is titled “Shades of Black”. It captures her experiences with color struckness– distinctions determined by one’s complexion-among African Americans.

Linda LeGarde Grover’s poem “Little Spirit Moon at Solstice” set to music by Daniel Nass and sung by Lyz Jaakola, was the Lyric Opera of the North’s contribution to the Decameron Opera Coalition’s “DOC the Halls”.

Debra Raye King celebrated launches of her WWA Press debut memoir, Gravedigger’s Daughter – growing up rural, at UW-Eau Claire, UW-Superior, and via Zoom on “Live! From North Woods & Waters” in November. Sales and reviews are going well. Debbi’s next books are Gravedigger’s Daughter — digging deeper,  and with husband Tom,  Love in the Time of Sheep,  telling of their many years of joys and challenges raising registered Icelandic Sheep at their Sunny Cove Farm overlooking Lake Superior.   Contact Debbi at drkingwrites@gmail.com

Thomas Wayne King’s latest book, Writing with Lighting – wonder and magic of telegraph codes, and his prior related textbooks and articles on assistive technology and human factors, plus Morse and other coding systems, sparked a surprise call to him from Smithsonian magazine seeking his help in fact-checking an article they received about code. Tom is also working on his 11th studio album, a 24-track compilation of his new and prior original instrumentals of the wild. HALLBJORN – Instrumentals Wild is planned for release in spring 2023. Contact Tom at twkingwrites@gmail.com

Brian Matuszak received a Minnesota State Arts Board Creative Support for Individuals grant to work on a book with his wife about the artists and art work that were part of the WPA Federal Art Project in Northern Minnesota.

LSW member and fiction author Naomi Musch is currently being featured in an interview in Voyage Minnesota magazine. She shares the story of her writing and publishing journey, the challenges as well as the successes. Read it in full at https://voyageminnesota.com/interview/life-work-with-naomi-musch-of-south-range-wisconsin-just-20-minutes-over-the-bridge-from-duluth/

Lin Salisbury is a recipient of a FY 2023 Creative Support for Individuals Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. The grant will allow her to work with an editor to prepare a final draft of her memoir, Crazy for You, for submission, as well as host three Superior Reads Writer Salons for North Shore writers. Additionally, she will hire a designer to design a website.

Victoria Lynn Smith’s short story “Maginot Line” has been published in the 8142 Review. https://doorcountypulse.com/shop/books/8142-review-vol-2/

Molly Wick’s essay A Frayed Thread won 3rd prize for nonfiction in the Hal Prize.

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Lake Superior Writers Blog

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Our blog currently features Free Association by Doug Lewandowski