February 2020 NorthWords




A celebration of uncertainty

Lake Superior Writers 2020 Writing Contest

Call for Submissions

Contest JPEGLake Superior Writers is accepting entries in multiple genres for our annual writing contest. Categories include: Poetry (up to 3 poems), Short-Short Fiction (1 or 2 submissions of up to 500 words), Short Fiction (a single submission of 1,500-5,000 words), and Creative Nonfiction (a single submission of 1,500-5,000 words). One winner in each category will receive a prize of $250 and publication on the Lake Superior Writers website.

The theme is “Undecided.”

We are looking for submissions that explore this theme, and writers can interpret it as broadly as they wish. You might write about the tension found in everyday choices or the profound struggles that shape the world or anything in between.

DEADLINE: April 3, 2020. Winners will be notified by May 4, 2020. The contest is FREE to members of Lake Superior Writers.

GUIDELINES: Visit https://lakesuperiorwriters.org/2020-writing-contest/ for contest rules and how to submit.





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Saturday, February 1, 2020

2 pm – 4 pm

Duluth Public Library, Main Branch, Green Room

With our “Critical” event, Lake Superior Writers hosts esteemed writers to discuss the feedback process, one-on-one and in groups, and how to sift through the feedback to strengthen your own writing. This is a great opportunity to network with others looking for a group!

1) Duluth-based editor/publisher Jim Perlman will speak about professional editing
2) Local writer Felicia Schneiderhan will present about structuring writing groups
3) Representatives from local writing groups will share how their own writing groups are structured, and will be open for questions about setting up a group
4) Lastly, we’ll connect people! We’ll leave time at the end for people to connect with one another and, if they’d like, start to form their own writing groups

NOTE: this takes place in the main library’s green room



tina higgins wussow picThe Art of Point of View

Wednesday February 19th and 26th, 2020

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

St. Paul’s Carriage House, 1710 E Superior St, Duluth, MN

Lake Superior Writers is thrilled to present a two-part workshop on the study of point of view in fiction taught by Tina Higgins Wussow.

The workshop begins with a review and discussion of all of the POV options available for a fiction writer including more nuanced considerations such as psychological and temporal distance. Each student will bring a short piece of completed writing and rework that piece from a new point of view. Participants will then discuss what was lost and/or gained by choosing one particular POV over another. By the end of this workshop, participants will have a deeper understanding of how POV works and why choosing carefully is crucial to a strong piece of writing.

The instructor, Tina Higgins Wussow, is a well-known and much-loved poet, fiction writer, and teacher in the Twin Ports area. She hosts the annual Homegrown Poetry Showcase as well as a monthly spoken word open mic at Wussow’s, produces the artist collaboration series In Tandem, and has had her fiction twice featured with the talented actors through Superior Shorts. She holds an MFA from Hamline University. Her work has been published in The Freshwater Review, The Furnace Review, Swamp Literary Journal, and Sheila Packa’s poetry anthology Migrations. She has been awarded the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council’s Fellowship Grant and was runner-up for the Loft Mentor Series award. In 2018 she was awarded 1st place for the Lit Up fiction contest and her work was published in their anthology, Crossroads. More recently Tina was awarded 2nd place in fiction for Door County’s 2019 Hal Prize.

Wednesday, February 19th and 26th

6:30-8:30 pm

St. Paul’s Carriage House, 1710 E. Superior St, Duluth

Fee: $50 for LSW members, $75 for non-members (fee for non-members includes a membership through June 30, 2020, including a free entry to the annual contest, and an invitation to the annual spring event)

Workshop is limited to 15 participants. To register, email jennamkowaleski@gmail.com

Scholarship funds are available to help reduce the financial burden for participants. For more information about scholarships, visit the Scholarships page on our website.

Writers’ Café

February 8 (Saturday), 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Perk Place, 1336 W Arrowhead Rd, Duluth, MN

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

Feb 1 (Sat) and Feb 2 (Sun) 9:00 am – 4:00 pm – Mark Munger will be signing and selling copies of his Finnish American trilogy, including his latest novel, Kotimaa: Homeland at Laskiainen (Finnish sliding celebration) at the Loon Lake Community Center in Palo, MN.

Feb 8 (Sat) 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm – Open Mic and Readings – Read, listen, and enjoy local poets reading their various works at Red Mug Coffee House! Anyone is welcome to read their own or other works. The Lake Superior region has been a great inspiration for many to depict the grandeur and uniqueness to the region. Every reader can sign up and have 5 or so minutes to read and discuss their poetry! Hosted by Lucas Alan Dietsche. Red Mug Coffeehouse, 916 Hammond Ave, Superior, WI.

Mar 14 (Sat) 7:00 pm – Climate Emergency Poetry – Eighteen poets, including 3 Duluth poet laureates, will offer views of life in the time of climate change. Hear poems of anger, compassion, despair, commitment, community, and love of nature. For at least one evening we can feel the company of others in the shadow of the climate crisis. Music by Woodblind. Free event. For info contact John Herold (jhmetalake@gmail.com). Wussow’s Concert Café, 324 N Central Ave, Duluth, MN.




Writing Your Life Story Workshop – Give your friends and family a lasting treasure by recording your memories–your life story. Your experienced instructor will show you how to tackle this daunting task by breaking it down into simple, fun, creative writing exercises. You will have the opportunity, and the option, to share your memories with classmates in a safe, friendly environment. Be ready to laugh and even shed tears together as you take this incredible journey. Computer skills are helpful but not required. Writing experience/expertise is not required. All ages are welcome! Class held on Thursdays from February 6 – March 19, 2020 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Cost $81.50 (seniors $50.70). Visit WITC to register.

The Catalyst Stories Institute (aka, Storieroad) is a series of industry seminars, workshops, and events leading to the annual festival. Storieroad gives creators a path to further develop their projects and become eligible for executive industry meetings with potential buyers, distributors, and production finance partners. The Catalyst Content Festival is part of Storieroad that publicly showcases pitches, scripts, and content selected to screen and win awards. Registration closes on Feb 7! For more information and to sign up: https://www.catalystcontent.org/storieroad

Every Word Matters: A Writer’s Retreat – To be held February 8, 2020 from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. Cost: $75. Offers interesting ways to refresh and invigorate the words we choose for our stories, poems, or other forms of writing. Very interactive, using a variety of activities in a collegial atmosphere. The conversations we have around writing deepen our understanding of writing as an art and as a discipline of the heart. Ann Glumac lives and writes in Duluth. She is an accomplished trainer working with groups and organizations to build on their strengths as they learn new skills. Her first collection of poems is titled, A Skim of Ice on Still Water. Vic Klimoski is a writer and consultant specializing in adult education. He also coaches writers and teaches a variety of courses on creative writing. He has published six chapbooks of his own poems and has been a contributing editor for two others. He lives in St. Paul. St. Scholastica Spirituality Center, Monastery, 1001 Kenwood Avenue, Duluth, MN.



Báiki: Opening of the new exhibit – Saturday, February 8, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Sami Cultural Center of North America, 4915 E Superior St #205, Duluth, MN.



The Freshwater Review – Submission deadline February 15, 2020. For details visit css.edu/freshwaterreview.

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2020 is Hindsight Writing Workshops begin February 15, 2020, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm. Writing workshops to start or advance your writing projects. The workshops offer focused, craft-driven discussions, prompts, constructive, positive, detailed feedback, and opportunities for collaboration, submission and comradery. Chequamegon Bay area. Vaughn Library, Ashland, WI. Contact 715.292.6532 or sayandwriteiwell@gmail.com.



Lake Superior Summit on the Teaching of Writing and English as a Second Language – February 28, 2020 from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm. The LS Summit gives regional educators a unique opportunity to come together in the same room to exchange ideas, share assignments, discuss common challenges, and create innovations in the teaching of writing (in academic, creative, and professional contexts). The annual LS Summit especially values experimentation in our small-group sessions as acts of discovery in teaching and learning. And we value thoughtful, intelligent sharing in question-and-answer sessions with very active audience participation. This year’s theme will be “Absence to Presence: Nurturing Awareness & Visibility in Our Teaching Spaces.” Mags David, UMD Librarian and Curator of The Listening Project will give a keynote address. Free, but registration required. Kathryn A. Martin Library, UMD 416 Library Drive, Duluth, MN.

2020 Minnesota Writing Workshop – This is a special one-day “How to Get Published” writing workshop on Saturday, March 7, 2020, at the Intercontinental St. Paul Riverfront. In other words, it’s one day full of classes and advice designed to give you the best instruction concerning how to get your writing & books published. We’ll discuss your publishing opportunities today, how to write queries & pitches, how to market yourself and your books, what makes an agent/editor stop reading your manuscript, and more. No matter what you’re writing — fiction or nonfiction — the day’s classes will help point you in the right direction. Writers of all genres are welcome. This event is designed to squeeze as much into one day of learning as possible. You can ask any questions you like during the classes, and get your specific concerns addressed. We will have literary agents onsite to give feedback and take pitches from writers, as well. For more information, visit Minnesota Writing Workshop.

Lakefly2020 Lakefly Writing Contests – Categories include Flash Fiction, Short Story, Poetry, and Teen Short Story. These contests are supported in part by a grant from the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation and the Wisconsin Arts Board as well as the Oshkosh Public Library. Wisconsin residents and Lakefly Writers Conference registrants are invited to submit entries starting January 6.

cabin.fever.renderzvous.2020.op.1Cabin Fever Spring Rendezvous – To be held March 28, 2020 from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm. 1. Presentations: Tom King – Your GPS for Writing Success (general); Naomi Musch – No Flat Stanleys: Creating Characters that Grab Readers (fiction); Sandy Nelson – Writing Our Life Stories (memoir). 2. 5-minute open mic readings. Sign up for open mic readings will be on a first-come, first-serve basis and take place during free registration (8:30 am), so get there early if you’d like to read. All genres welcome, including but not limited to fiction, creative non-fiction, essay, memoir, poetry, and screenplay. The five-minute limit allotted to readers will be strictly adhered to! 3. Coffee, tea and refreshments available. Solon Springs Village Hall (community center) 11523 South Business Highway 53, Solon Springs, WI.


Pete Lovesey/Soho First Crime Novel Contest – The Competition is open to any writer, regardless of nationality, aged 18 or older, who has never been the author of any Published Novel (in any genre), as defined by the guidelines below (except that authors of self-published works may enter, as long as the manuscript submitted is not the self-published work), and is not under contract with a publisher for publication of a novel. Employees, and members of their immediate families living in the same household, of Soho Press (or a parent, subsidiary, or affiliate) are not eligible to enter. Deadline April 1, 2020. Visit https://www.loveseymysterycontest.com/contest-rules-how-to-submit.

McKnight Theater Artist Fellowship – for mid-career Minnesota-based artists other than playwrights. Deadline April 16.


KUDOS – News about our members

Victoria Lynn (Youngquist) Smith was selected to read her short story “Tossed” at WritersRead 2020 at Northland College on January 24. The program will air at a later date on Wisconsin Public Radio.

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Kathleen (K.M.) Waldvogel – Kathleen’s book Spies, Soldiers, Couriers, and Saboteurs: Women of the American Revolution has been reviewed by the Wisconsin Writers Association. Check out the review on their website: https://wiwrite.org/book-reviews. The book highlights little-known women that risked their lives to help this country gain its independence, yet few people have heard about them. Each chapter of the book focuses on a different woman and her courageous act(s). Several schools are using the book in their classrooms.



Marie Zhuikov‘s poem, “Solastalgia” was chosen for the 2020 Writers Read Contest by Northland College. Selected writers will read their works at an event on January 24 in Ashland, Wisconsin. The reading will be aired on Wisconsin Public Radio on a later date.


Open LSW Writing Groups

Feb 12 (Wed) 6:00 pm – 8:00 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  https://www.facebook.com/northshorepoets/ for more information. This is a free event held monthly at Two Harbors Public Library, 320 Waterfront Dr, Two Harbors, MN.

Feb 15 (third Sun) 1:30 pm – Lake Superior Writers’ Memoir Group meets at the home of facilitator Ray Allard, 210 W Kent St, Duluth, MN. Bring something to read – we are helpful and friendly! Call 218-464-1782 for more information.

Feb 19 (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, r.a.savary@gmail.com.