January 2021 NorthWords

Edwin Gott coming in to Two Harbors, MN port

January NorthWords includes:

The Rules of Engagement: Writing a short story from beginning to end

Thursdays – January 14, 21, 28, and February 4

6:30 pm – 8 pm via Zoom

Winter is the perfect time to try something new.

If you’ve always wanted to write short stories, or if you’ve been writing and are stuck, our winter workshop “Rules of Engagement” might be just the thing you need to jump start your short story.

In this four-week workshop, participants create their own “rules” for their short story, then write and complete a full revised draft. Along the way they’ll study other writers and short story “rules” (including when to break them!). In this supportive virtual workshop, participants are encouraged to try something new and take some risks. 

At the end of the workshop, you’ll have a fully written short story, a lot more tools in your toolbox, and a community of writers around you.


Felicia Schneiderhan

Felicia Schneiderhan is an award-winning writer, the author of many short stories, personal essays, nationally-published magazine articles, and the memoir Newlyweds Afloat. She is the recipient of multiple grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council. She has taught writing in workshops settings ranging from Chicago public grade schools to college classrooms. www.feliciaschneiderhan.com.


  • $100 for Lake Superior Writers members
  • $135 for non-members, which includes a year’s membership
  • $35 optional add-on for a private 30 minute 10-page critique, via Zoom or phone

Visit our website to register: https://lakesuperiorwriters.org/events/shortstoryworkshop/

Superior Shares – Open Mic Night

Wednesday, January 13

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm via Zoom

Are you eager to share your latest piece of writing? 

          Yearning to read it to an audience of readers and writers?

Lake Superior Writers presents Superior Shares, our inaugural virtual open mic for local writers to share their work in progress, and for anyone else who appreciates the creative writing process.

This event is free to participants and audience, and membership is not required.

Readers are asked to please limit adult content and language. Graphic content that is violent or sexual in nature is prohibited.

Attendees will be encouraged to use the Chat function to share feedback.

There will be 10 five-minute slots available on a first come first served basis, with priority given to Lake Superior Writer members. Time limits will be strictly enforced.  Participants will be notified ahead of time if they have been selected to read.

To register, email writers@lakesuperiorwriters.org. Please indicate if you would like to read.

A Zoom link will be sent out the day of the event.

Literary events in our region

Jan 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 (Sun) 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm – Weekly Duluth Poetry Chapter Meetings

The Duluth Poetry Chapter meets every Sunday over Zoom (online link sent the day of meeting). They share poems, write using prompts, and critique each other’s work. Check out their Facebook page to learn more: https://www.facebook.com/duluthpoetrychapter/

Jan 16 (Sat) 5:30 pm via Zoom TBD – Monolith Monologues

2020 has been a depressing year for many people. COVID has continued to run unchecked through out this Earth. But entities have made 2020 interesting with celestial hope. So far, three interesting monoliths have appeared and in some cases disappeared around the Earth. Join the United Friends of Oumuamua, hosted by Living Earth’s Center Poet Laureate, Mankato visionary, poet-builder, and playwright-Esther Marcella, and read, play, make music regarding the new year 2021 as a Year of Celestial Hope! Contact lucasdietsche81@gmail.com for more deets!


Residents of NW Wisconsin – Red Cedar literary publication is accepting submissions through Friday, January 8, 2021. Please email up to six previously unpublished poems or six short stories or creative non-fiction no longer than around 2000 words to BRN05@uwec.edu. You may also combine poems and story for a total submission of six pieces (for example, three poems and three stories). You can also submit artwork (up to 4 pieces) for consideration. Open to residents of Northwestern Wisconsin only.

Todos Santos Writers Workshop

The eighth annual Todos Santos Writers Workshop will be held online for a one-week intensive, offering daily workshops in Poetry, Fiction, Stage & Screen Writing, and Memoir for writers at all levels. 
January 31 – February 6, 2021
Online via Zoom

Virtual Guided Novel Writing Retreat

Diane O’Connell/Write to Sell Your Book
February 25-28, 2021

Thin Air Magazine – Thin Air invites all writers, emerging and established alike, to submit to our Spring 2021 issue. We accept fiction and creative nonfiction up to 3,000 words, up to five poems, and up to five pieces of visual art. Our editors are also interested in pieces that defy categorization. Regardless of form, we want material that feels fresh. The pieces we accept tend to surprise us and remind us why we fell in love with reading in the first place.  We continually strive to publish authentic work from a multiplicity of perspectives.  

We publish and circulate our journal annually. Alongside our print journal, we also offer the opportunity for publication through our online Web Features with no submission fee, as well as a submission fee-less day on the 15th of every month for submissions from Black and Indigenous writers of color. 

River Talks Poetry Event – Organizers of the St. Louis River Summit and the River Talks speaker series are seeking submissions of poems about rivers. Featured poems will be chosen by a panel of local writers and river scientists. Poets will have the chance to read their poems during an online River Talk event held in conjunction with the Summit on March 3, 2021, at 7 p.m. Poems about the St. Louis River preferred, but those about any river are welcome. The St. Louis River Summit is an annual event attended by more than 250 natural resource managers, researchers, educators and the public with the goal of sharing river activities and research. River Talks is a public-friendly evening science event held monthly during the academic year. Submit up to three poems for free through the Lake Superior Reserve’s Submittable page. Deadline: January 22, 2021. To submit, click on the “Submit” link: https://lakesuperiorreserve.submittable.com/submit

Duluth Dylan Fest – 80th Birthday Poetry Contest – CALL FOR POETRY. Deadline: April 1, 2021! The Duluth Dylan Fest Committee announces a poetry contest celebrating Bob Dylan’s 80th birthday. Poems must use one of two titles: “Miles from Home” or “Changing Course.” A grand prize winner and the three best poems for each title will be selected. Poems must honor the artist’s life, music, career, or artistry – in short, some aspect of Bob Dylan’s 80 years – using either of the above phrases as the poem’s title. Poems must appear in standard 12-pt Times New Roman and be double-spaced on a standard 8.5 x 11 doc or docx document. http://www.bobdylanway.com/dylan-fest.php for more information. $20 reading fee – make checks payable to: Duluth Dylan Fest. Mail to: 1609 E. 6th St., Duluth, MN 55812.

KUDOS – News about our members

Linda LeGarde Grover’s novel In the Night of Memory was the fiction winner in the 32nd annual Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards. NEMBA awards are presented by the UMD Kathryn A. Martin Library and the Friends of the Duluth Public Library.

Alice Marks “I was delighted when my six-word entry on gratitude, one of 10,000 entries in a New York Times call-out, was chosen to be published on Thanksgiving. Mine read “Alone, couple thankful for tiny turkey.”

Felicia Schneiderhan has accepted a position as Assistant Editor of BusinessNorth. Based in Duluth, the monthly paper covers business news across 17 counties in Northern Minnesota and Northern Wisconsin, a $10 billion economy that supports 450,000 people. BusinessNorth is known for its balanced coverage of both large and small businesses and its knack for spotting trends.

Victoria Lynn Smith‘s essay, “Unlabeled,” is slated to appear on Brevity’s Nonfiction Blog on January 13, 2021.

Holy Cow! Press is pleased to announce its newest publication: Hands and Heart Together: Daily Meditations for Caregivers by Minneapolis author Patricia Hoolihan. Providing day-at-a-time sustenance for those who are caring for loved ones, the need for daily encouragement among this population is staggering; there are over 43 million family caregivers in the U.S., according to AARP. Here is a book that is easily accessible; each short meditation illuminates an aspect of caregiving and closes with an uplifting message. Heartfelt inspiration and hands-on understanding fill these pages as well as a deep and gentle encouragement to honor both the burdens and beautiful gifts of this journey; its path provides untold opportunities for meaningful moments. Any caregiver who reads these will feel understood and invited to more fully embrace the significance of their journey-a day at a time. Patricia Hoolihan was born in northern Minnesota, the fifth of eight children. Although still a lover of the northwoods, she eventually migrated to Minneapolis, MN where she teaches writing at Metropolitan State University and The Loft, a Literary Center. Her books include Launching Your Teen into Adulthood – Parenting through the Transition (Search Institute Press), A Moment’s Peace for Parents of Teens – 365 Rejuvenating Reflections (Search Institute Press), Teen Girls Only! Daily Thoughts for Teenage Girls (Holy Cow! Press), and Small Miracles – Daily Meditations for Mothers in Recovery (Bantam). She has published essays and articles in numerous magazines, among them articles on flying placed in Flight Training Magazine and Canadian Aviator Magazine. Her life and writing interests span flight, family, parenting, spirituality, nature, fitness and more. For fun she makes jewelry and windchimes out of fishing lures. 392 pages, paperback, $15.95, available through www.holycowpress.org, local bookstores, and Amazon.

Writing Groups

Ely Area Writers Meeting – January 7, 2021 6:00 pm via Zoom

Writers who live in Ely/Babbitt/Tower, join Writers Read. Our genres are varied, our responses kind, encouraging, and astute. We share work via email ahead of the meeting. On Zoom until we can gather at The Boathouse or outside. Email beccamanlove@gmail.com for the link or more info.

Lake Superior Writers Blog

Lake Superior Writers invites members to submit guest posts for possible inclusion on our blog. Please visit our blog information page for more details: