July 2015 NorthWords

David Grant

David Grant

New one-day workshop!

DIALOGUE: Elevating Your Writing from Good to Great

Facilitated by DAVID GRANT

Aug 29 (Saturday), 9 am – 4 pm
Marshall Professional Building
Conference Room
1301 Rice Lake Road
LSW Members $75; Nonmembers $100
Lunch and snacks provided

To register, contact Cheryl Reitan cherylreitan@hotmail.com

This one-day workshop focuses on dialogue. Lyrical, expertly crafted, memorable dialogue can elevate a script from good to great. Fortunately for writers, a keen ear for dialogue is not just an innate thing that one is either born with or not: it’s a skill set that can be learned and continually sharpened over a lifetime. Through screening and discussing carefully-chosen film clips and working our way through a set of large and small group writing exercises, this workshop will help you identify the elements of that skill set, as well as giving you the tools needed to jump-start the sharpening process and keep it going. Screenwriters, playwrights, and fiction writers will find this workshop enlightening.

David Grant is a Twin Cities-based screenwriter and playwright. As a playwright, he has been commissioned to write new work for the Minnesota Science Museum, the Minnesota Historical Society, Mixed Blood Theater, VocalEssence, The Playwrights’ Center, and Great American History Theatre. As a screenwriter, he has written drama for Twin Cities Public Television, Russell Simmons’ Def Pictures, HBO New York, Davis Entertainment, and the Showtime Network. Grant has been a recipient of screenwriting fellowships from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the McKnight Foundation.


Poetry on Facebook

Several poets are participating in an online poetry challenge. Here’s how it works: a poet is invited by another poet to post on Facebook a previously published poem (one a day for five days), tagging one other poet each day as an invitation. For example, Paulette Warren was tagged (invited by Lynette Reini-Grandell) and in turn tagged Sheila Packa. It’s a great way to read some fine poems by other writers and to also give a shout out to the ‘zines, anthologies and publishers that have honored us with their attention to our work. Watch your Facebook page. You can never tell when you’ll be tagged!


KUDOS – News about our members

James A. Brakken’s short story collection, The Moose & Wilbur P. Dilby plus 36 Fairly True Tales from Up North, will be released in August. Moose contains 37 stories straight from the heart and the heart of the north. Meet the author and share some old-time-up-north tales at one of our events. Upcoming book signings, shows, & speaking engagements include: Winter Lakes Alliance, Winter Town Hall, Sat 8/1, 10 AM; Sawmill Saloon, Wed, 8/5, 7 PM; Redbery Books, Cable, Sat. 8/8, 3 PM; Boulder Lodge Music Fest, Hwy 77, Sat. 8/15, 2 PM; Barnes Historical Museum, 8/20, 9 AM; Ashland and Twin Ports (places & date not yet set); and Cable & Hayward Fall Fests; Stone Lake Cranberry Festival.

Marjorie Buettner won first place through the Haiku Society of America’s Kanterman Book Award for her latest book of haibun, Some Measure of Existence, published by Red Dragonfly Press. This book was also nominated for a NEMBA award this spring.

Holy Cow! Press announces the publication of Near Solstice, Prose Poems by Madelon Sprengnether. “Madelon Sprengnether’s short prose poems surprise us with their quick turns and telegraphic insights, their physical bearing—what she calls “bodyworlds”—and spiritual poise. Near Solstice is a book of urgencies.”—Edward Hirsch. This new collection is grounded in the body and sensual awareness as the means by which we experience the world. In a series of interlinked prose poems, Sprengnether meditates on the death of parents, family members, and friends, with the passing of seasons, sexuality, the consolations of landscape, and (always) the significance of light. Madelon Sprengnether is Regents Professor of English at the University of Minnesota, where she teaches in the MFA Program. She is the author of two memoirs, Rivers, Stories, Houses, Dreams, and Crying at the Movies; two collections of poetry, The Normal Heart, and The Angel of Duluth; a co-edited collection of women’s travel writing, The House on Via Gombito; and numerous other works of feminist literary and psychoanalytic scholarship. Her memoir Great River Road: Memoir and Memory is available from New Rivers Press. For more information see her website: http://www.madelonsprengnether.com. 88 pages, pefectbound, $16.00. Available at local bookstores and at http://www.holycowpress.org

Author Janet Kay has completed a book promotion tour for her historical fantasy novel, Amelia 1868. She covered 3,974

Janet Kay

Janet Kay

miles across Minnesota, North Dakota and Montana where her novel is set. She did 7 books readings and signings, visited 23 book stores along the way – 13 of whom are now carrying her novel. For more information, check out her website at http://www.novelsbyjanetkay.com./

Masters of Time, a time travel anthology, will make its e-book debut on Jul 13. Featured in this book are six authors, including LSW member, Alice Marks, with her story “End of the Road.”

The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council recently announced recipients of Career Development Grants and Artist Fellowship Grants for 2015: Sheila Packa received a $3,000 Career Development Grant to complete a new manuscript and attend a month long residency in Finland; Felicia Schneiderhan was awarded a $3,000 Career Development grant to support book launch events in Duluth, Chicago, and the Quad Cities area, six smaller events in 2016, and the creation of promotional materials for her new memoir; and Tina Higgins Wussow was recently awarded a $5,000 Artist Fellowship Grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council tp complete a collection of short stories in conjunction with one-on-one mentoring with Patricia Weaver Francisco through the Loft Literary Center.

Issue #38 of Báiki: the International Sami Journal was co-edited and designed by Marlene Wisuri, who also wrote an article for the issue, which is a memorial tribute to founding editor Faith Fjeld.

Upcoming Events

July 8 (Wed) 6-8 pm (Every second Wednesday) North Shore Poets meet to read and critique poetry at the Two Harbors Public Library. This is an open group, we welcome newcomers, and it’s free. For more information contact Shelley at (612) 910-8496.

July 10 (Fri) 7 pm – Jefferson People’s House, 12 South 15th Ave. E., Duluth – Free – David Tromblay will read from his new novel, Ramblings of A Revenant: An Oral History of the Vampires; and he’ll regale us with stories leading to the development of this genre-bending, interdisciplinary work. He’ll also have signed copies on hand for sale direct to you. “What David Tromblay has done with The Ramblings of a Revenant is combine the historical aspects of a documentary film with the passionate and heartbreaking story of a possible vampire existence. This novel is read as fact, absorbed as if hypnotized, and left etched in stone in your own complicit memory. A powerful story of loss, transformation, and vengeance.”

July 16 (Thur) 7-9 pm – Spoken Word Open Mic at Beaner’s Central, 324 N Central Ave, Duluth. Hosted by Tina Higgins Wussow. Featured Guest: Kathleen Roberts. Half-priced wine, book exchange, trivia, and prizes.

July 19 (Sun) 11 am – 3:30 pm – Marie Zhuikov will be selling Plover Landing and Eye of the Wolf during Lake Superior Day in the park on Barker’s Island.

July 25 (Sat) 7 pm – Marie Zhuikov will be reading from Plover Landing at Eat My Words Bookstore in Minneapolis, 1228 2nd St. NE.

July 25 (Sat) 10 am – 4 pm – Writing Workshop with Dale Kushner at the Paul J. Bertschinger Community Center in Egg Harbor, Door County. “As writers, we can usually feel when we’re trying to make something happen rather than attuning to the organic and natural flow of the material. In this class, the key words will be wholeness and trust.” That’s how Dale Kushner, author of The Conditions of Love, describes her upcoming workshop, “Writing from Within the Work,” offered through Write On, Door County. “We’ll look at our ambidextrous minds, how our left and right brain hemispheres compliment each other to enhance meaning and our skills at language, and see how we can explore beyond the rational and linear modes of narrative by following our imagic and associative minds,” Kushner said. In-class writing exercises will give participants the chance to try out these new techniques. Writers of all genres are welcome and encouraged to bring works in progress. Following the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to read from their work at a public reception. The $120 tuition fee includes a light vegetarian lunch and the reception. To register, or for more information, contact Write On, Door County at info@writeondoorcounty.org for more info, or call 920-868-1457.

July 27-31 – Joyce Sutphen, Minnesota Poet Laureate, will be teaching a class at the Grand Marais Art Colony July 27 – July 31: Talking Lines: Art & Poetry. July 27 – July 31. Tuition: $475.00, supply fee: $65.00, Class Size: 10. Class description:  What happens when visual and verbal meet? How does the visual translate into something more than description? What is beneath the surface of a Grecian urn or raku pot? Joyce will draw from the tradition of ekphrastic poetry (that is, the verbal description of pictorial or sculptural works of art), including works by poets such as Keats and Auden, and students will consider other ways that poets and visual artists investigate and interpret the world. Readings and discussion will naturally lead to the act of writing. We welcome you to consider joining us and you can find more information about the class here: www.grandmaraisartcolony.org. Contact the Grand Marais Art Colony at programs@grandmaraisartcolony.org or by calling 218-387-2737.  Must register by July 20.

LSW Writing Groups

July 9 (Thur) 10 am – 12 noon – The Inkslingers will have their once-a-month summer meeting at the home of Alice Marks. The prompt for this session is “Pack your bags, you’re going on a guilt trip!” – members  are encouraged to work on their submissions for Chicken Soup for the Soul’s book about “American Spirit.” Twice a month meetings will resume in September. For more information email Alice at amarks001@charter.net

LSW's Third Wednesday Writing Group, packed into the upper gallery at the Canal Park Caribou in June. Check with Jill or Rodney about a new, more spacious  location on July 15.

LSW’s Third Wednesday Writing Group, packed into the upper gallery at the Canal Park Caribou in June. Check with Jill or Rodney about a new (and more spacious) location for the July 15 gathering.

July 15 (Wed) – The 3rd Wednesday Writers Group is still seeking a new home. Emailing Jill Hinners at jillmh218@gmail.com or Rodney at r.a.savary@gmail.com a day or two before the 7/15 meeting would be the best way to find out where we’ll be! They had a large turnout in June and were quite squished at Caribou (see photo).

July 16 (Thur) 11:30 am – The Writer’s Square Table meets at the Sami Center: 4915 E. Superior Street, Ste. #205.  The topic: “How ‘truthful’ is memory?” All are welcome.

July 19 (Sun) 1:30 pm – The Memoir Group meets at Mara’s home, 205 W. Kent Road, Duluth.  Please call for directions: 218-728-1253; 218:409-4108. All are welcome.

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