January 2018 NORTHWORDS

LSW Writer’s Cafe
Sat Jan 13, 9-11
Perk Place, 1336 West Arrowhead, Duluth

Join us on Saturday, January 13 from 9-11 am at Perk Place, 1336 West Arrowhead, Duluth for a chance to meet up with other writers and talk about writing. The Writer’s Cafe meets the second Saturday of each month. It’s proving to be a popular way to meet fellow LSW members, network, find critique partners for that unwieldy manuscript, and find members for your writing group. It’s casual and friendly (and Perk Place has really good coffee).

One-Day Poetry Workshop
Feb 17 (Sat) 10am-2pm
Instructor: Jan Chronister
301 W 1st St, #308, downtown Duluth

Join poet and teacher Jan Chronister for this one-day “Cabin Fever Poetry Reliever.” This workshop is a great chance for poets to set aside a few hours to examine poems and then use them as inspiration for their own new work. Participants will look at examples of various formats, styles, and topics, discuss craft and revision techniques, and create new work. Submission opportunities will be shared as well as successful strategies for getting published in journals and anthologies.

Jan Chronister has taught several poetry workshops through WITC-Superior and Ashland. Jan has poems appearing in Plath Poetry Project, Pure SlushAriel Anthology, We Have Always Lived in the Castle (Zoetic Press) and Of Burgers and Barrooms (Main Street Rag)Her chapbook of Holocaust and war poetry titled Casualties is available on amazon.com or from Jan at whispertreepress@gmail.com. Jan enjoys working with adults who are genuinely interested in developing their craft and getting published.

The workshop will take place at Lake Superior Writers’ Office, located in the Sister Cities Office, 301 W 1st St, #308, Duluth. (Located in the Board of Trade building downtown, across from the YMCA.) Bring your lunch and be prepared for a working lunch. Coffee and water will be provided. Parking is available on the street or in area parking garages.

Cost to Members: $20. Cost to non-members: $30. Scholarships are available; please visit LSW’s scholarship guidelines for more information. To register, contact Gail Henderson at susangailwood@gmail.com.

Duluth Poet Laureate Project seeks poems
Deadline: Wed Jan 10

The Duluth Poet Laureate Project seeks poems from regional writers for a poetry/dance collaborative event to take place in May 2018. Send a poem on any theme and the dancers will choose a poem and create a dance in response. The poets who inspired the dance will be invited to read at the event and will receive a $50 honorarium. Send ONE poem and contact information to: elliesch@cpinternet.com or to Ellie Schoenfeld, 530 E. Skyline Parkway, Duluth, MN 55805 by January 10th, 2018.

LSW hosts new writing services directory on our website

On the Lake Superior Writers website, we have started a free writing services directory which you can find here. The purpose of the directory is to provide writers who are seeking a writing mentor, editing, proofreading services or other services with links to providers in our region. If you wish to offer your services on this page, please email your information to writers@lakesuperiorwriters.org. A listing is free.

Make a Digital Story Workshop Series
Instructor: Lisa Larson
Location: Duluth TBD

Make a Digital Story Level 1: Get Started – $30
Feb. 24 (Sat), 10 am – 5 pm


March 10 (Sat), 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Make a Digital Story Level 2: Add Augmented Reality – $30
(Participants must have attended one of the Level 1 sessions)
March 24 (Sat)  10 am – 5 pm

Make a Digital Story: Finish Your Story
April 7 (Sat), 10 am – 5 pm
(Free to all who have attended one of the Level 1 sessions)

Stretch your imagination and broaden your audience by writing a story that readers experience on a mobile device. In this workshop, you’ll learn to use a free authoring tool to create your own story that unfolds as readers interact with it. Your story can be text alone, or can include still photos or videos. Once published, your story will be available to all. To advance through your story, readers can walk or drive to locations. Additional content is made available via GPS location. Or, for indoor stories, you can have readers scan QR codes for additional content. No technical experience is needed.

Join one of the Level 1 sessions to complete a basic story in a day. Join the Level 2 course if you have some experience with video editing software and wish to add more advanced augmented reality features to your story. Participation any Level 1 session gets you access to a drop-in session on April 7 to answer any questions and help you finish your story. We’ll have a showcase event in April so you can share your stories with friends and family. Sessions will be held in a Duluth computer lab, location TBD.

Lisa Larson used Aris Editor to develop new learning game modules with augmented reality for the Minnesota Historical Society for a project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. See https://duluthworkshops.wordpress.com/  for details and contact info.

This workshop series was made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, thanks to legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund.

KUDOS – News about our members

Dale R. Botten’s first novel A Nice, Relaxing Sea Cruise (Page Publishing of New York, NY) has recently hit the market and is available through Amazon, Foyles Bookstore (London), eBay Australia and Google Books . The novel tells the story of  James Bartholomew Hudson the Third, a mild-mannered substitute teacher from the Midwest who inherits a house on the West Coast from his pirate ancestor, containing a diary with coded directions to a fabulous treasure…oh yes, and a dead body.  James the Third ends up getting kidnapped and forced to trek through the dense jungles of Peru in search of the treasure and a way to free his great, great, great grandfather’s soul from eternal Purgatory. Illustrations by Jeff Friske.


Bridging the Gap Writing Workshop coming to Duluth June 2-3, 2018. Bridging the Gap is a writing workshop for both civilian and veteran writers designed to improve their skills in telling stories about military life. Writers will be offered classes in the craft of writing, motivation, networking, and lessons in how to get published. This workshop is open to writers of any background that want to improve their skills at storytelling about military life. Anyone is welcome: civilians, family members, and/or veterans. On Saturday night, 2 June, from 7-9 PM in the Northern Lights Theater there will be a free Public Reading + Panel Discussion with Dave Chrisinger, Randy Brown, Mary Doyle, Andria Williams, and LSW member Eric Chandler (Director, Bridging the Gap). This activity is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, thanks to legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. For details visit the Bridging the Gap website

WritersRead at Northland College – This annual community event in mid-winter event (Jan. 26 at Northland College) is a hoot.

Open LSW writing groups

Jan 17 (3rd Wed) 6 pm – Third Wednesday Writing Group meets at the Miller Hill Mall Perkin’s Restaurant, 1302 Miller Trunk Hwy, Duluth. Contact Rodney at r.a.savary@gmail.com.

Jan 17 (Wed) 11 am – Writers Square Table will meet at 4915 E. Superior St., Ste. 205. Topic: Using poetic techniques in prose. (Enter from Pitt St.) All are welcome.