January 2016 NorthWords

ANNOUNCING…2016 LSW Fiction Anthology Contest, “GOING COASTAL!”
Deadline: April 1, 2016

Lake Superior Writers is trying something different for our contest this year. Instead of accepting entries in multiple genres, we are limiting the contest category to FICTION (maximum length 6,500 words). The winning entries will be compiled into an anthology, tentatively titled “Going Coastal!”

The theme is Lake Superior. We are looking for fictional stories set in and around the lake that describe its people, its history, folklore, environment, wildlife, businesses, communities, culture, or whatever moves you about this place that you would like to share with others. Lake Superior should be the main location for the stories, but other locations can be included.

Winners will receive publication in the anthology and several free copies of the book once it is published (tentatively in early winter of 2016). We plan to offer the anthology for sale in local bookstores and gift shops as a fundraiser for Lake Superior Writers.

For complete contest guidelines, please follow this link: Going Coastal Contest Page.


Felicia S new6-Session LSW MEMOIR WORKSHOP
Instructor: Felicia Schneiderhan
Thursdays: Jan. 14, 21, 28 & Feb. 4, 11, 18, 2016
6-8 pm
Marshall Prof. Building, Duluth
Tuition $90 (LSW members); $115 (all others)

Memoir is one of the most popular forms of writing today. In this six-week workshop, participants will study a variety of memoirs and learn traditional and experimental forms for writing their own. In-class activities will teach techniques for developing scenes, incorporating research, heightening overall structure and movement, and exploring the variety of writing forms available to the memoirist. If you are an experienced memoirist or just getting started, this active workshop will give you tools to best tell your story.

Felicia Schneiderhan is an award-winning author based in Duluth. In 2015, she published the memoir Newlyweds Afloat, detailing more than two years that she and her husband Mark lived aboard a trawler in Chicago.

To register:  Please contact Marty Sozansky at 218-341-4363 or email msozansk@d.umn.edu. Tuition fees will be collected on Jan. 14, the first night of class.


Online Writing Workshop begins January 18
“Betwixt, Stretched, of-the-Moment—Hybrid and Unexpected Forms”

Join a generative online class taught by Duluth writer and LSW member Jessica Roeder. Limited to ten participants, this class will explore forms that mix things up—poetry and prose, old and new, fact and fiction, constraint and freedom, image and text. This is a fun, active class, where you will build up your file of drafts rather than critiquing and receiving critiques. The class, “Betwixt, Stretched, of-the-Moment–Hybrid and Unexpected Forms” is offered by Denver-based literary center Lighthouse Writers (lighthousewriters.org). Cost is $310.00 for Lighthouse members and $340.00 for non-members. Begins January 18, 2016. For more information, see the class listing at https://lighthousewriters.org/workshop/detail/id/888


LSW Editing & Mentoring Program 

Would you like a writing coach to help you with your writing or does your manuscript need some editing? We’re pleased to announce that the LSW Editing and Mentoring Program has been relaunched, and you can check it out here: https://lakesuperiorwriters.org/editors/ If you are interested in becoming an Editor or Mentor, please email us at writer@lakesuperiorwriters.org.



Our new address is 301 W. 1st Street, Suite 308 in downtown Duluth. Our mailing address will be a post office box; we’re in the process of setting one up and will share that with you in February. We no longer have a phone, but you can contact us at writers@lakesuperiorwriters.org anytime! We’re excited to get settled and plan to host writing workshops from our new location.


Sacred Poetry Study Group
Starts Feb. 4 at Peace Church, Duluth.
Facilitators: Deborah Cooper & Pamela Mittlefehldt.
Five Thursday evenings, 6:30 to 8:00, starting February 4
Peace Church, 1111 North 11th Ave. E., Duluth

Poetry is a way of giving voice to what is deepest in us. In this series, we will be reading and reflecting on poems from a variety of faith traditions. We will explore the nuances and gestures of our own spirituality through the language of poetry; through the poetry of others, through the practice of inner listening, and through the creation and sharing of our own poems. No experience in writing poetry is necessary. The workshop is free. To register email deborahdebcoop@gmail.com. Sponsored by the Oreck-Alpern Inter-Religious Forum.


Duluth Poet Laureate Event
Facilitated by Jim Johnson, Linda LeGarde Grover, Marlene Wisuri
March 5, 1-4 pm
Gold Room, downtown Duluth Public Library

“Writing From Our Roots” will explore how we might better write from of our own cultural and ethnic traditions. There will be a panel discussion, time to write, and an opportunity to share your work. The workshop will be held at the Gold Room at the downtown Duluth Public Library. The workshop is free and the registration deadline is February 20th, 2016. Please contact Jim Johnson, jajohns23@gmail.com  to register and for further information. The workshop is limited to 18 participants.The Duluth Poet Laureate Project is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Duluth Public Library, Lake Superior Writers, the Arrowhead Reading Council, Minnesota Public Radio, Lake Superior College, and the English Departments at UMD and CSS.


KUDOS – News about our members

James Brakken’s 6th and latest book is now available. James has signed and numbered only 100 “Limited Preview Edition” collector copies, available via his BadgerValley.com website and at Redbery Books in Cable. Saving our Lakes & Streams: 101 Practical Things You can do Today is a “user manual” for waterfront owners and others who cherish our surface waters. 200 pages, 101 tips, 75 key articles, 80 photos, and a foreword by Dan Small, host of WI Public TV’s weekly “Outdoor Wisconsin” TV show. $14.99, but $5 off to lake associations. Guaranteed to become the lake protection “Gideon’s Bible” for cabins, resorts, and waterfront homes in MN and WI. Contact James at TreasureofNamakagon@gmail.com

Upcoming Events

Jan 19 (Tues) 5:30 pm – Photojournalism/Photography Skill Session at DAI’s Lincoln Park Education Center, 2229 West 2nd Street, Duluth. Writers – do you want to add photos to your web sites or blogs? The first One River, Many Stories skill session features Clint Austin, Hansi Johnson and Ivy Vainio presenting their work and answering your questions. Informal, fun, and free. Future sessions will feature local writers and journalists. Contact Judy Budreau at judybudreau@gmail.com for more info, or visit One River, Many Stories on Facebook.

Jan 21 (Thur) 5:30-8:30 pm – The Duluth Art Institute’s Annual Membership Exhibition opens with a reception January 21 from 5:30 to 8:30 PM in the Depot Great Hall, and the event will highlight a year of local artist books. Sarah Brokke (Portrait of an Artist), Elizabeth Lapensee & Jonathon Thunder (Deer Woman: A Vignette), Catherine Meier (site: Sage Creek), and Tim White (In and Out of Context) will show off their publications with readings and signings. For more information about the authors and artists, visit www.duluthartinstitute.org

Jan 21 (Thur) 7-9 pm – Spoken Word Open Mic at Beaner’s Central, Duluth. Hosted by Tina Higgins Wussow. Featured Guest: Paul Lundgren. Trivia, prizes, and half-priced wine. All genres welcome!

Jan. 29 (Fri) 6-8 pm – Book signings by local authors Tom Isbell – Capture; Chris & Natalie Swanson – Choosing Joy; Eddy Gilmore – The Emancipation of a Buried Man; and Northland Films – Pond Hockey. Barnes & Noble Miller Hill Mall, 1600 Miller Trunk Highway, Duluth.


Writers! St. Louis River watershed’s “One River, Many Stories” has opportunities

“One River, Many Stories” is a media storytelling project and resource hub for journalists, educators and citizens to tell stories about their community, funded in part by the Knight Foundation Fund of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation. Local and regional news outlets, magazines, web sites, and art and community institutions and venues will participate in this project to produce original content about the St. Louis River watershed — historical, cultural, commercial, geological, recreational, environmental — any subject is fair game! We hope area writers, poets and artists will publish work in local venues, and help us identify publication outlets for citizen storytellers. Contact Judy Budreau at judybudreau@gmail.com  for more info, or visit One River, Many Stories on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/OneRiverManyStories/?fref=ts


Hal Prize Writing and Photography Contest
Deadline May 1

Each year the Peninsula Pulse newspaper in Door County, Wisconsin holds the Hal Prize writing and photography contest. Categories include fiction, nonfiction and poetry, as well as photography. Benefits include publication with a readership of more than 17,000, cash awards for first place winners, a week stay at Write On, Door County, and other prizes. An online version of the 2015 Hal Prize publication can be found here: http://issuu.com/doorcountyliving/docs/2015-pulse-lit-issue. The Hal Prize is held in the spirit of the late Hal Grutzmacher, a professor and Door County bookstore owner. Go to http://thehalprize.com/ for complete guidelines. For questions email contest@ppulse.com.


First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare
LSW seeking people to help plan event(s) for First Folio Exhibit at UMD, Oct 3-26, 2016

We’re looking for a few people to help LSW plan some activities for writers around the exhibit of the Shakespeare First Folio, 1623, at the Tweed Museum, UMD Oct. 3 through 26, 2016.

The First Folio is the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays. Published in 1623, seven years after Shakespeare’s death, it is one of the most valuable printed books in the world. The Folger Shakespeare Library, in partnership with the Cincinnati Museum Center and the American Library Association, is touring the First Folio to 50 states in 2016 in honor of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. UMD was selected as Minnesota’s host site in February 2015.

Marty Sozansky, LSW board member, attended an early planning meeting this past summer, and learned that LSW and other arts organizations are invited to participate as programming partners. What might LSW do? So far, we plan to offer a poetry workshop focused on writing sonnets, taught by LSW member Cal Benson. We’re also hoping to arrange a field trip for LSW members to view the folio and get together for some socializing after. But we’re looking for more ideas (and help)! Please contact us at writers@lakesuperiorwriters.org if you would like to be part of a planning group to create some great events for writers while the exhibit is here.


LSW seeks facilitators for First Sunday Amazing Grace Prose Open Mic

Last winter and spring, LSW members facilitated an open mic at Amazing Grace in Duluth’s Canal Park on the first Sunday of each month. People were invited to gather at 6 pm, order dinner/snack and sign up for the reading, which began at 6:30. The program ended last summer, but we’d love to see it revived. This volunteer opportunity asks you to commit to being at the open mic each month, sign up writers to read, and make a short introduction before the reading starts. One of our members has volunteered to facilitate starting in May, but we’re looking for a volunteer or a couple of volunteers to facilitate this winter. Does this sound like you? Please send an email to writers@lakesuperiorwriters.org if you’re interested.


Call for Nominations: 28th Annual Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards

UMD’s Library and Friends of the Duluth Public Library are seeking nominations for the 28th NEMBA. Books may be nominated in one of six categories. A nonrefundable $25 entry fee is required for each nominated title. Categories are Nonfiction, Fiction, Art/Photography, Children’s Literature, Poetry and Memoir.  The awards recognize books that are substantially representative of northeastern Minnesota in the areas of history, culture, heritage or lifestyle. For the purposes of the awards, northeastern Minnesota includes the following counties: Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Kanabec, Koochiching, Lake, Pine and St. Louis. Nominated books must have been originally released in 2015. The award prizes will include $200, 100 book seals, and a plaque for the winner in each category. Books receiving honorable mention in each category will be recognized with a plaque and 100 book seals. To nominate a book, visit the NEMBA website at www.d.umn.edu/lib/nemba. For information, call 218-726-6843 or email libnemba@d.umn.edu. Nominations must be postmarked by  Feb. 1, 2016.


LSW Writing Groups

Jan 20 (Wed) 6-8 pm – The 3rd Wednesday Writers Group will meet at the Marshall Professional building, 1301 Rice Lake Road, main conference room.

Jan 21 (Thur) 11 am (note time change) – The Writer’s Square Table will meet at the Sami Center: 4915 E. Superior Street, Ste. #205. Marlene Wisuri will facilitate.

The Memoir Group will not meet in January.

The Ink Slingers are scheduled to meet the second and fourth Thursdays of January (Jan 13 and 27) from 10:00 until noon at the home of Alice Marks. New members always welcome. For more information, please contact amarks001@chartet.net