August 2019 NorthWords


Lake Superior Writers Blog Opportunity!Leslie Mehle

Greetings from the Lake Superior Writers board! I’m Leslie Mehle, and I’m a librarian, bookworm, animal lover, and writer — and I’m also your new LSW Membership chair. I joined the LSW Board in April and am delighted to help plan events and offer opportunities for writers in our region. I look forward to meeting you at an upcoming program or Writers’ Café!

We have BIG news about a new opportunity for LSW members. You may have noticed that the blog section of the LSW website has promised “Great Content: coming soon . . . ” since January 2018. Well, the wait is finally over! We are officially launching our Lake Superior Writers blog — and we’re looking for guest bloggers. 

We invite current LSW members to submit posts for our new blog. The purpose of the blog is twofold: 1.) to provide a platform for local writers, and 2.) to share well-crafted, thought-provoking content with our members. We hope to feature a variety of “writerly” topics including (but not limited to) creativity, inspiration, and craft. What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever received? The worst advice? What writing books should be required reading for writers? How do you make time for writing? We want to know more about your writing process!

The writing life can be a lonely one, but we hope that the LSW blog can alleviate the isolation by offering an opportunity for members to connect with and learn from one another. With the LSW blog, we’re staking out a corner of the internet where our members can share their experiences for the benefit of other writers. 

Take a look at the blog submission guidelines, make sure your membership is up to date (you can renew online here), and send us your posts! This is a great opportunity for members to gain experience and visibility while offering advice and inspiration to fellow writers.         

Questions? Don’t hesitate to reach out! Contact us by emailing


Get it Write! Workshop

Saturday, Oct 5, 2019

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Superior Public Library

What do writers often get wrong? So often we think we know what an average day would look like for our characters in their different professions. But, due to books, TV or other antiquated assumptions, what details are we overlooking? How do we miss the mark?

We’ll bring in a panel of professionals from across the area to discuss how they and their professions are misrepresented in literature today. Learn the inside scoop of the day to day to make that budding character of yours that much more realistic.

The panel guests are still in the works! Check back for updates as professionals confirm. Bring a notepad and your questions to Get it Write!

2019 Manuscript Swap!

Looking for feedback on your latest manuscript from a peer? Willing to provide feedback to another local writer in return?

open-books-2We hope you’ll attend our annual Manuscript Swap on Saturday, October 5! Some guidelines, including word count, have been adjusted since last year. For complete details visit: Manuscript Swap


Writers’ Café

Aug 10 (Saturday), 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Perk Place, 1336 W Arrowhead Rd, Duluth

Join us at Perk Place for a chance to meet up with other writers and talk about writing. The Writers’ Cafe meets the second Saturday of each month. It’s a great way to meet fellow LSW members, network, and find members for your writing group. Casual, friendly, and fun – join us!


Literary events in our region

Aug 25 (Sun) 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Poets on the Water, a poetry reading organized by Duluth Poet Laureate Gary Boelhower. The event will feature readings by Ryan Vine, Ann Glumac, and Shelley Getten. Music will be provided by Dave Winchester. Other readers are invited to sign up at the event for the open mic portion of the program. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be available. The Duluth Poet Laureate Project is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Duluth Public Library, Lake Superior Writers, Lake Superior College, and the English departments at UMD and the College of Saint Scholastica. First Lutheran ELCA, upper commons area, 1100 E Superior St, Duluth, MN. For further information, please contact Gary Boelhower,

Aug 30 (Fri) 3:00 pm – Jim Johnson will be reading from his recent collection Text For Our Nomadic Future. His work features the importance of local history and culture celebrating the plants and animals of our region. Tom Driscoll, Lost Lake Folk Opera, says of Johnson, “Unflinching observation, attention to minute detail notwithstanding, Johnson’s greatest skill is the lyric identification-testifying to the existence of all things.” Two Harbors Public Library, 320 Waterfront Dr, Two Harbors, MN.   

Drury Lane Books events All events held at Drury Lane Books, 12 E Wisconsin St, Grand Marais, MN.

  • Aug 3 (Sat) 7:00 pm – Sara Paretsky will read from her new mystery book Shell Game, take questions from the audience, and sell books.
  • Aug 17 (Sat) 7:00 pm – Join regional author Anthony Bukoski as he reads from his new short story collection Head of the Lakes. Bukoski will discuss the writing process, take questions, and sign books.
  • Aug 24 (Sat) 7:00 pm – Join us for a reading and signing with Duluth author Leif Enger. Enger will read from his recent novel Virgil Wander, take questions from the audience, and sign books.

Zenith Bookstore events All events held at Zenith Bookstore, 318 N Central Ave, Duluth, MN.

  • Aug 18 (Sun) 2:00 pm – Join editors Annette Gagliardi and Laura Lanik and poet contributors for a reading from Upon Waking: 58 Voices Speaking Out from the Shadow of Abuse. This collection gives victims a place to share how the abuse felt, Upon Wakinghow abuse lingers, and what they have done to heal and move forward. These poems show that abusive experiences affect us all, and if we speak up, we can change our culture for the better. Facebook Event:


Opportunities, a general interest website with a “Writing and Literature” section that is centered on featuring and interviewing authors of both fiction and nonfiction, is seeking authors for interviews. Over 200 authors have been featured on the site so far. There is no charge, but submissions must not contain anything illegal, explicitly adult, offensive, political, religious or excessively controversial. Authors can pick and choose from a variety of questions and/or use their own. Authors can send their answers (including the questions) and any links and/or images they would like to include (if possible as viewable/downloadable links rather than attachments) to

Loon Song Retreat, a unique retreat for authors who write for children and young adults, will take place Sept 5 – 9 (Thurs-Mon). Visit their website for more information: Loon Song Retreat.

Seven Saturday Morning Writing Workshops – First workshop Sept 14 (Sat) 10:00 am.

Parker Sterling

On seven alternating Saturday mornings, we’ll journey into a multi-genre writing exploration that marries lively discourse on the art of writing with positive, craft-driven writing workshops for works-in-progress. To round out the fun, we’ll respond to writing prompts & look closely at submission/collaboration opportunities. The workshop convenes in Washburn or Ashland every other week beginning September 14th and running through December 7th. The workshops run for 2 to 3 hours. The cost is $25/drop in; $100/series (before 8/31; $125 after 8/15). For more information, please contact Parker at 715.292.6532 or at The Seven Saturday Morning Workshop series follows on the success of the Five Summer Workshop series and the Write Right Now course offered this spring through WITC. The workshops and course have drawn together a group of fine Northwoods writers working in a variety of genres and on a myriad of works.

Northland Fall Writers Conference – Sept 28 (Sat) 8:30 am – Hosted by St. Croix Writers and Wisconsin Writers Association. Brian Freeman, international best-selling psychological thriller author, will present “Thrill Seeker: A Writer’s Life in the

Brian Freeman

Brian Freeman

Northland.” Keynote presenter Freeman is well known for his strong, complex characters including Jonathan Stride, Frost Easton, and Cab Bolton, with the Stride detective series set in Duluth, MN. Additional guest presenters, book tables and sales, catered lunch and morning and afternoon refreshments will be provided. Registration begins at 8:30 am, Solon Springs Community Center, 11523 S. Business Hwy 53, Solon Springs, WI. Conference fee of $49.00 (WWA members $39.00). More information and registration available at Fall Writers Conference.


KUDOS – News about our members

Gary Boelhower’s poem “Early Path to the Edge” has been accepted for publication in the anthology Awake in the World by Riverfeet Press.

Jan Chronister has poems appearing or forthcoming in Soul-Lit, Talking Stick, Zingara Poetry Review, Small Town Anthology, and Loon Magic (Outrider Press). Her poem “Night Sounds” was awarded Second Place in the TallGrass Writers Guild Anthology contest. Jan’s full-length poetry book Caught between Coasts was recognized by the Wisconsin Library Association a collection of Outstanding Poetry.

Ann Glumac’s poem “Hope Emerges from the Dark” was included in Naming Hope: A Reflection Guide – an anthology published by The Benedictine Center of St. Paul’s Monastery, St. Paul, MN, in May. Her poem “Matins” was selected as Editor’s Choice for the 10th annual Spirit First Poetry Contest 2019 and will be included in an anthology of winners of the last 10 contests to be published at the end of the year. Her poem “Save the Date” was accepted for publication in the April 2020 Blue Mountain Review.

Cary J. Griffith, along with a panel of authors, will discuss his work at Wine and Words 2019, Brainerd, MN.

Molly Hoeg had her story “Dîner is Served” published in the August 2019 issue of Adventure Cycling Magazine and on their blog.

Tom and Debbi King  represented Wisconsin Writers Association at the Chippewa Valley Writers Guild Priory Writers’ Retreat in Eau Claire, WI. The Kings also hosted ‘Sunny Cove Performing Arts Shed’ featuring regional MN and WI writers, musicians, poets, speakers and readers at their farm in northwestern Douglas County.

Naomi Musch‘s new novel The Brightest Hope, Echoes of the Heart, Book 3, releases August 1st: Holly Allen is a well-adjusted war widow with a knack for running her The-Brightest-Hope-websize - Naomi Muschfamily’s press. She’s well over the days of thinking a knight will ride in and sweep her away from her cares. Besides, if Hugh Phelps is a modern knight, he’s certainly a black one. Excerpt:



Kelsey Roseth, a freelance journalist and outdoor writer based in Duluth, MN, has published a feature on the North Shore of Lake Superior and Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Country magazine’s August/September 2019 issue.


Open LSW Writing Groups

Aug 14 (second Wed) 6:00 pm – Monthly critique group hosted by North Shore Poets and Writers and Two Harbors Public Library. Writers of all genres (and ages 14 and up) are welcome to this monthly gathering, meeting every second Wednesday of the month. Share your writing for gentle critique, in-depth critique, or merely an audience, or just come and listen to stories and poems by local writers. See or contact our Facebook page for more information. This is a free event held monthly at Two Harbors Public Library, 320 Waterfront Dr, Two Harbors, MN.

Aug 21 (third Wed) 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – The Third Wednesday Writer’s Group, an open genre group for all writing venues (poetry, memoir, long prose, short prose, fiction/nonfiction, etc.), will meet at Perkins restaurant at the Miller Hill Mall, 1302 Miller Trunk Hwy, Duluth, MN. For more information, contact facilitator Rodney Savary, 218-464-7701,

Lake Superior Writers’ Memoir Group will reconvene in September. Details in next month’s NorthWords.