February 2015 Northwords



Learn how to effectively comment about a fellow writer’s work
…and learn how to use critiques about your own work to improve your writing

Saturday, March 7, 1 – 4 pm
Marshall Professional Building Conference Room
Felicia Schneiderhan, Instructor
FREE to Lake Superior Writers members; $35 non-members

There’s usually an awkward moment in your writing group or a writing workshop: How should I tell her there’s something missing in her story? How can I make suggestions that will really help him? Sometimes it’s even harder to know how to respond to a critique of your own work: Should I do everything he suggests? Does she really mean it when she says, “It’s fine”?

In this workshop, Felicia will lead you in exercises that will help you respond to your peer’s writing and give you tips on how to listen to and benefit from the comments of others. Bring to the workshop at least one typed sample of your writing in any genre. It should be at least 250 words. Open to writers at all levels.

This workshop is free to Lake Superior Writers members; $35 for nonmembers includes a year’s membership in LSW.

To register, email writers@lakesuperiorwriters.com, or contact Marty Sozansky at msozansk@d.umn.edu, or by calling 218-341-4363. Number of participants limited.

FeliciaABOUT OUR TEACHING ARTIST – Felicia Schneiderhan holds a B.S. from Northwestern University and an MFA from Columbia College Chicago. Her fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and journalism have appeared in dozens of publications. She has taught fiction and nonfiction writing classes at colleges and universities in Chicago and Duluth, and Lake Superior Writers.

Poetry, Fiction and Creative Nonfiction
Theme:  “Super + Natural”
Deadline: April 1, 2015

We’re pleased to announce our 2015 Writing Contest with a theme of “Super + Natural.”

“Super + Natural” was chosen after we looked back at a year that saw the City of Duluth winning the title of “best outdoors town” from Outside magazine and thousands of people drawn to view the natural phenomenon of Lake Superior’s ice caves in northern Wisconsin. We truly live and write in an area full of nature that is “super.” Yet perhaps you’ve experienced or imagined things that go beyond scientific understanding or the laws of nature. In fact, the word “supernatural” is derived from the Latin words “Supra,” meaning “above” and “Naturalis,” meaning “nature.”

For our 2015 contest, we are looking for entries that deal with nature or the supernatural, or better yet, a combination of the two. We hope “Super + Natural” will inspire you to go in many mystical and natural directions. Give yourself free rein to explore this theme in your poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction.

CATEGORIES INCLUDE:  Poetry (up to 3 poems); Short-Short Fiction (up to 500 words); Short Story (1,500-5,000 words) and Creative Non-Fiction (1,500-5,000 words).   ONE WINNER in each category will receive a prize of $250 and publication on the Lake Superior Writers website. For complete guidelines, go to https://lakesuperiorwriters.org/2015-writing-contest/



LSW member Alice Marks is organizing a new writing group, and an organizational meeting will be held from 10 to noon on Thursday, Feb. 12 on the west side of Duluth. Please email her at amarks001@centurylink.net if you’re interested in attending, and for location of meeting.


images[1]Feb. 6 (Fri) 7:30 pm – The College of St. Scholastica hosts acclaimed poet Mark Halliday for a reading in Somers Lounge on campus. Free and open to the public. Halliday’s poetry collections include “Thresherphobe,” “Keep This Forever,” “Jab,” and “Selfwolf.” He is the recipient of many literary awards, including the Juniper Prize, the Rome Fellowship in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Lila Wallace/Readers Digest Foundation Award, among others. He is a Distinguished Professor of English at Ohio University. The evening will also include music from local keyboardist Dan Anderson, member of The Silk Sheiks. The performance is part of the 11th annual Warner Reading Series, funded through a grant from the Manitou Fund.

Feb 11 (Wed) – Mark Munger will be the featured author during Ely’s Winter Festival. He will be appearing at the new Ely Public Library at noon, reading from and talking about his latest book, Sukulaiset: The Kindred. He will then be participating in an event at the Library, Literary Dating, where authors and other notable locals “pitch” their favorite books (not written by the person doing the pitching!) to adults and kids. That evening, Mark will appear at a local eatery (location not yet set) for Dinner and Wine with the author at 6:30 pm, again in Ely. All events sponsored by Piragis Northwoods Bookstore and the Ely Public Library. Free and open to the public. Signed books will be available for purchase at all events.

Feb. 14 (Sat) Marie Zhuikov, author of eco-mystic romance novels Plover Landing and Eye of the Wolf will be signing books at The Bookstore at Fitgers, 11 am to 1 pm. http://www.marieZwrites.com

Feb 14 (Sat) 7:30 pm – Join James Brakken at the 2nd Annual Valentine’s Day Variety Show at Hayward’s Park Theater. Regionally inspired string band music by Brave Cowboy, two short plays by the Hayward H.S. Drama Club. Humor and readings from Brakken’s latest book, The Moose & Wilber P. Dilby and 32 more odd-but-true tales from the north woods. All ages. Info at BadgerValley.com or 715-798-3169. Tickets for the Park Center Valentine’s Day Variety Show are $10 in advance at Art Beat in Hayward (715-634-2780), $5 with student ID, or $15 at the door on night of show. Discounted group tickets (blocks of 10 or more) are available by calling 715-798- 3163. Proceeds will benefit the HHS Drama Club, the Park Center, and provide large print books to senior care centers and nursing homes across northern Wisconsin.

Feb. 19 (Thu) 7-9 pm – Spoken Word Open Mic, hosted by Tina Higgins Wussow at Beaner’s Central. Featured Guest TBA. Book exchange, half-priced wine, trivia, prizes! Come out to read or settle in and relax while supporting our community of writers.

Feb 27 (Fri) 7:00 pm – Mark Munger will appear at the Nordic Center in Duluth (21 N. Lake Ave.) for an Evening with the Author, talking about his two Finnish/American novels, Suomalaiset and Sukulaiset. Free and open to the public. Signed books will be available at the event for purchase.

March 8 (Sun) 6 pm – Prose Open Mic at Amazing Grace, Dewitt-Seitz Marketplace, 394 South Lake Avenue, Duluth. Come early and have dinner with fellow writers!

KUDOS – News about our members

“Meridian,” a poem by Mark Maire, has been published in the current issue of Talking River (www.lcsc.edu/talking-river/)

Ann Floreen Niedringhaus’s poem “Clothesline Reveries” was chosen as one of three featured poems for the April 2015 issue of Plainsongs. Also, Ann will be the featured poet in the next issue of Crone Magazine, with four of her poems included. In that same issue Ann’s writing group, which consists of Deb Cooper, Candace Ginsberg, Ellie Schoenfeld and Anne Simpson, will be featured in the COMMUNITY section of the magazine. Finally, Ann had four poems chosen for the 2015 WRITERS READ event at Northland College in Ashland, WI, on January 31. The poems will be published in WRITERS READ Volume II, along with a poem and short prose piece which were chosen for the 2014 WRITERS READ event.

Bart Sutter and his brother Ross will present a program of poetry and music at Memorial Auditorium in Dawson, MN on Feb. 19, at 7 pm. This is the last in a year-long series of performances by The Sutter Brothers which have been supported by an Arts Tour Minnesota grant.

Garrison Keillor recently read two of Bart Sutter’s poems on The Writer’s Almanac: “Static” on Jan. 8 and “Hoarfrost and Fog” on Jan. 12. These readings can be heard on the program’s 2015 archive.



Sacred Poetry Study Group

Duluth poets Deborah Cooper and Ann Neidringhaus will offer a “Sacred Poetry” study group which will meet four Thursdays, starting February 26th, 2015, 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Peace Church Music Room, 1111 North 11th Avenue East, Duluth. Study group participants will read and reflect upon poems from a variety of faith traditions. There will be an opportunity to create and share poems. No experience in writing poems is necessary. Presented by The Oreck-Alpern Interreligious Forum at the College of Saint Scholastica. Study group is free and open to the public. Please contact the facilitators for more information: Deborah Cooper (deborahdebcoop@gmail.com) Ann Neidringhaus (728-2097).

Tell your music lover’s story
in the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra’s magazine Northern Sounds

The winner’s story will print in the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra’s lifestyle magazine, Northern Sounds, the spring issue, in the column titled “Euphony.”. The magazine is distributed at DSSO concerts and through other community outlets. Deadline Feb. 10.

noun: euphony – the quality of being pleasing to the ear, especially through a harmonious combination of words

Guidelines for Spring 2015 edition:

The nonfiction story should meet the following criteria:

  • It relates to music, directly or indirectly
  • The length is 600-650 words
  • It is submitted no later than Feb. 10, 2015
  • It is a digital submission. Send to: tsdunham@centurylink.net
  • It is a Word document attachment; include name and contact information in body of e-mail. Type “Euphony” in the e-mail’s subject line. DO NOT type submitter’s name on the Word document attachment
  • Not adhering to guidelines will eliminate entry

The full color magazine will print in early March, 2015. E-mail verification will be sent in response to all submissions. The winner will be notified in late February. Thank you for applying your creativity to this endeavor. Please send entries, per above specifications to:  tsdunham@centurylink.net



The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City, NE offers 2- to 8-week residencies year-round for writers, visual artists, and music composers. Their next deadline for applications is March 1, 2015. Housing, studio space, $100/week stipend are provided. Approximately 60 residencies are awarded per year. Two deadlines each year, March 1 for the following July through December; or September 1 for the following January through June. $35 application fee. See website for complete information, guidelines and the online application portal: www.KHNCenterfortheArts.org. The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, 801 3rd Corso, Nebraska City, Nebraska 68410. 402-874-9600; info@KHNCenterfortheArts.org


Minnesota Northwoods Writing Conference
June 20-26, 2015
Bemidji State University

Register for the conference at northwoodswriters.org/apply or contact writersconference@bemidjistate.edu

Mark Doty, Distinguished Visiting Writer

Workshops and instructors include:

  • Tayai Jones, Fiction “Beginnings, Middles and Endings”
  • Matt de la Peña, Young Adult Fiction: “Writing ‘Up’ to Young Adults”
  • Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Poetry: “Jump-Starting Your Poems With Wonder”
  • Joni Tevis, Creative Nonfiction: “Nonfiction and the Nature of Memory”
  • David Gessner, Creative Nonfiction: “Writing From Place”

For more details, including prices, scholarships and housing, visit http://www.northwoodswriters.org/


2015 Writing Classes

Spend a week on Madeline Island and write! Visit http://www.madelineartschool.com/ for registration, prices, and housing information

Crafting the True Story: An Exploration of Creative Nonfiction
Instructor: Jacqui Banaszynski – June 1-5

Free-Writing Intensive
Instructor: Douglas Goetsch – June 8-12

Alone Together: Write that Book!
Instructor: Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew – June 15-19

Women’s Memoir
Instructor: Kate Hopper – July 6-10

Inner Journeys: Mindful Travel Writing and Memoir
Instructor: Catherine Watson – July 13-17

How to Plan, Write & Develop a Book: Taking Your Book to Publication
Instructor: Mary Carroll Moore – July 20-24, July 27-31, Sept 21-25


LSW WRITING AND DISCUSSION GROUPS – these groups are open to all writers!

The Writers’ Square Table meets 11:30 am Thursday Feb. 19 (third Thursday) at Chester Creek Café, 1902 E. 8th St., Duluth.  Donna Schilling will facilitate a discussion on “Writing Habits.” All are welcome.

Memoir Group meets on Sunday Feb. 15 (third Sunday) at Chester Creek Café, 1902 E. 8th St., Duluth, 1:30 pm.  All are welcome.

Fiction/Poetry Writing Group will meet 6-8 pm Wed Feb. 18 (third Wednesday) at Chester Creek Café, 1902 E. 8th St., Duluth. All are welcome.

Have news to share with Lake Superior Writers members? Send your news to calendar@lakesuperiorwriters.org anytime.

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