January 2022 NorthWords

January NorthWords includes:

December 2021

As 2021 draws to a close, we’d like to say thank you for being a supporter of Lake Superior Writers. Your membership makes it possible for us to fulfill our mission: supporting the artistic development of writers and fostering a vibrant literary arts community in northeastern Minnesota and northern Wisconsin.

2021 was a busy and productive year for us! We hope this year’s programs and events gave you the opportunity to connect with other writers, improve your craft, and achieve your writing goals.

Some of our 2021 highlights include:

  • Felicia Schneiderhan’s “Rules of Engagement” workshop taught us a new approach to writing short fiction.
  • Superior Shares, our monthly virtual open mic event, gave local writers the opportunity to share their work with a larger audience.
  • Our virtual Getting Published workshop took us through the finer points of the publishing process, from the first to the final draft.
  • Book Club for Writers gave us the opportunity to learn about a published author’s writing process and the inspiration behind one of their books.

We’re looking ahead to 2022! Regular offerings like Superior Shares and the Lake Superior Writers blog will continue, and we have another Book Club for Writers program scheduled for February. Make sure to attend our upcoming virtual Copyright for Writers workshop, exclusively for active LSW members, on Thursday, January 27 at 6:30 pm. During this free workshop, attorney Mike Kroll will discuss some of the copyright issues commonly encountered by authors. A Q & A session will follow the workshop.

Our annual writing contest will launch soon! Watch for the announcement of this year’s theme. Categories include: poetry, short fiction, short-short fiction, and creative nonfiction. Stay tuned for details about our annual spring membership event where writing contest winners will share their work.

Are there other programs and services which would be beneficial to you? We’d love to hear your suggestions! Send them to us via email at writers@lakesuperiorwriters.org.

We look forward to continuing to provide panels, workshops and classes in the coming year, and your membership is vital! Please visit our membership page here: https://lakesuperiorwriters.org/membership/ to renew. The membership year expired December 31, 2021, so now is the time!


LSW Board of Directors: Mary Bode, Molly Hoeg, Chris Marcotte, Leslie Mehle, Kelsey Roseth, Vickie Youngquist-Smith. Administrator: Jeni Torgerson

Virtual Writers’ Café

Do you miss our Saturday morning informal writers’ gatherings?

Then we have the solution for you! We’re kicking off a virtual version of our monthly Writers’ Café for LSW members and friends in early December!

Pour a cup of coffee or tea and join us at 9:30 am for a meetup with fellow writers the first Saturday of each month (except for the January meeting which will occur on the second Saturday, Jan. 8). Hosted by long-time LSW member Gail Trowbridge, we’ll chat about our current writing projects, learn about upcoming events and opportunities for writers, and share the ups and downs of our writing lives. Whether you’re a seasoned writer or a newbie, we’d love to have you join us.

January’s meeting theme is “New Years’ Resolutions for Writers.” This could include setting all kinds of goals for writing, including establishing and tracking a regular writing practice, regularly submitting work, finishing (or starting) a big project, trying out a new location for writing (even in your house!), taking classes, setting up a reading list to help you grow as a writer, starting a critique group, and more. 

Held on the first Saturday of each month from 9:30-11:00am.

Upcoming Dates:

  • January 8 (note this is a week later due to New Years)
  • February 5

This event is free and membership is not required.

  • Register for each event by emailing writers@lakesuperiorwriters.org  
  • You will receive an email with a Zoom link close to the event.

Registration Deadline for the next gathering: Thursday, January 6, 2022

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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Superior Shares – Open Mic Night

Held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 6-7 pm.  Upcoming dates:

  • January 12
  • February 9

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 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. 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.

Copyright Tips for Writers

Exclusively for current Lake Superior Writers members!

The world of copyright issues can be complex and confusing. This virtual presentation will help you navigate these waters and get your questions answered!

Attorney Mike Kroll will talk about copyright issues that are specific to writers and authors. What type of rights do publishers ask for and what do they mean? What does fair use mean when you want to quote another writer’s work in your writing? What steps you should take if you feel your work has been infringed? He will also cover the use of song lyrics in writing and using quotes at the beginning of chapters or stories.

Thursday, January 27, 2022, 6:30-7:45 p.m.

There will be a 40 minute presentation followed by 20 minutes for questions

This free event is exclusively for members of Lake Superior Writers. But you can join today and take advantage of this unique opportunity! Click here to see all the benefits of membership and join online.

  • Register for this event by emailing writers@lakesuperiorwriters.org  
  • You will receive an email with a Zoom link close to the event

Registration Deadline is Wednesday, January 26

Book Club for Writers

Ever wish you could include a book’s author in your book club discussions?  Now you can!

In this new Book Club for Writers series, we bring the author to the table to talk about craft, what it took to write the book, or life as a writer for 30 minutes.  Then we allow 60 minutes for a Q&A and book discussion.

You do not need to be a member to attend.

  • Register for each event by emailing writers@lakesuperiorwriters.org  
  • You will receive an email with a Zoom link close to the event.

We will be recording each event and making it available to those who register for one month afterwards. So even if you cannot attend, you can watch the session later!


We encourage you to support your local independent bookstores, who may have these books in stock or would be happy to order them for you.

T. Marie Bertineau – The Mason House

February 3 – 6:30-8:00 pm by Zoom

Born amidst the copper mining ruins of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, T. Marie Bertineau is of Anishinaabe-Ojibwe and French Canadian/Cornish descent. She is a member of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community on the L’Anse Reservation, migizi odoodeman. Her work has appeared online with Minnesota’s Carver County Arts Consortium; in Mino Miikana, a publication of the Native Justice Coalition and Waub Ajijaak Press; in the annual journal U.P. Reader; and is anthologized with the Chanhassen Writers Group of Minnesota. Married and the mother of two, she makes her home in the Great Lakes Region.

After her father’s untimely death, Theresa faced a rocky and unstable childhood. But there was one place she felt safe: her grandmother’s house in Mason, a depressed former copper mining town in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Gram’s passing leaves Theresa once again at the mercy of the lasting, sometimes destructive grief of her Ojibwe mother and white stepfather. As the family travels back and forth across the country in search of a better life, one thing becomes clear: if they want to find peace, they will need to return to their roots.

The Mason House is at once an elegy for lost loved ones and a tale of growing up amid hardship and hope, exploring how time and the support of a community can at last begin to heal even the deepest wounds.

Past Book Club selections:

Danielle Sosin – The Long-Shining Waters

Linda LeGarde Grover – In the Night of Memory

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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Literary events

January 15 (Sat) 7 pm CST – Rebecca Foust will be reading on Zoom with other contributors to the new anthology Mirrors and Windows edited by Canadian poet Anna Yin. To join, https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83054803384?pwd=eWJZblBUNGV1OU85ekRHUDZZa1kxdz09

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Ink Slingers Looking for new members to join our weekly writing group. Please reply by email at tigershadow96@gmail.com. Next meeting Jan 6 (Thurs) 10 am – 12 pm via Zoom/teleconference.

Call for Submissions: Book Prize, Conversations Anthology and Editors’ Prize

We invite writers to submit to the Unleash Press 2022 Book Prize which is accepting submissions until January 5, 2022.
Submissions are also being accepted for Unleash Press Anthology, Conversations. Essays, fiction, drama, art, and poetry interpretations of the theme will be accepted. Entries will be accepted July 15 – January 15, 2022. Submissions should have a total word count of no more than 5,000 words. All authors chosen for the anthology will receive an e-copy and a paperback copy of the book. Submissions are $10. The Editors’ Prize is $75 and includes a custom illustration inspired by the writing. Submission guidelines can be found here.

Through the Norm Strung Youth Writing Awards, The Outdoor Writers Association of America rewards budding writers and photographers who capture the outdoors. Cash prizes are awarded to first-, second-, and third-place winners in both categories, split over two age groups (high school seniors and juniors and college students). Entries must have been created during 2021. Entries are judged by outdoor media professionals and winners are announced in May. Deadline to enter is January 31, 2022.

3rd Annual Short Short Story Contest
Contest Sponsor: Ethos Literacy – a nonprofit literacy program.
Proceeds from the contest support literacy programs for teens and adults.
100 word limit on one of four topics: chewing gum, horror movies, skyscrapers, tubas.
Cash prizes:
Best in Contest: $250;
Best Youth Prize (14 years or younger): $100;
4 Best of Category: $100;
People’s Choice $100.
Publication in a digital magazine + webcast of winners reading their stories.
Submission fee: $10. 
Submission deadline: Jan. 31, 2022

The Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets 13th annual chapbook contest is now open! We welcome submissions of chapbooks by Wisconsin residents, published in 2021. Submission deadline is February 1, 2022. Entry fee is $15 (or $7 for WFOP members). Prizes are $200, $100 and $50. Winners will be announced in April. The contest judge is Margaret Hasse from St. Paul, MN.
Please contact contest coordinator naomicochran@outlook.com with any questions. Visit www.wfop.org/annual-contests for complete details and entry form.

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KUDOS – News about our members

Eric Chandler’s second book of poetry, titled Kekekabic, will be available for prepublication sales starting on January 18, 2022 through March 25, 2022 from Finishing Line Press. The book will be released on May 20, 2022. The book can be preordered for $19.99 at Finishing Line Press starting January 18, 2022: https://www.finishinglinepress.com/product-category/new-releases/ In 2018, Chandler wrote a poem after every cross-country ski, run, hike, and paddle. Chandler logged his observations both at home in Duluth, Minnesota and while on the road as an airline pilot. He took one of the most adventurous, solo backpacking trips of his life that year. He and his dog Leo hiked for five days through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness of Minnesota. They followed the Kekekabic Trail, inspiring the book’s title.

Rebecca Foust’s poem “And for a Time” was nominated for a Pushcart by New Letters Journal. • “Because” is out in the current (Winter 2021-2022) issue of Ploughshares. • Five new poems are in the current issue (Issue VII, 2021) of Nostos Journal, “I love to see a man crawling,” “Progress,” “Heart,” “Her Hands Were Birds,” and “Remember.” • “At Motel 6” and “Almost” are coming out in the Spring 2022 issue of Cincinnati Review. • Her next book, Only, will be released by Four Way Books in Fall 2022.

Two of Liz Minette’s poems found a home in Earth’s Daughters, Issue #95.

Tim Moder’s poem “The Flower Girl Tale” was published in Door Is A Jar Issue 21 on December 1st. His poem “Flower Psalm” was published at Penumbra Online on December 4th.

Kathleen (K.M.) Waldvogel was interviewed by Reading With Your Kids Podcast about research for her middle-grade book, Spies, Soldiers, Couriers, and Saboteurs: Women of the American Revolution. They discussed the heroic efforts of ordinary women who felt they needed to take an active role in the fight for independence. The podcast is scheduled to air on January 13, 2022. https://readingwithyourkids.com/

As part of the Building Blocks Activity at the Environmental Education Center at Veterans Oasis Park in Chandler, Arizona, she will have the opportunity to read her picture book, Whoo, Whoo, Who’s Out There? to 3-5 year olds. The children will be participating in crafts and other activities associated with birds and owls.

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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: https://lakesuperiorwriters.org/blog/blog-submission-guidelines/

Our blog currently features Ignorance of Copyright Law Isn’t a Legal Defense by Victoria Lynn Smith https://lakesuperiorwriters.org/blog/