October 2020 NorthWords

Gymnastics for Memoir Writers

Thursdays – October 8, 15, 22

6:30 pm – 8 pm via Zoom

Memoir writers need agility, strength, and flexibility. This active writing workshop builds your skills with form and structure to best tell your stories. Think of the glee of kids in gymnastics at the Y. Think of those seven-year-olds who can’t wait to climb the rope and flip over the uneven parallel bars, and jump on the giant trampoline. That’s what we’ll be doing with form, time, and point of view. Instructor Felicia Schneiderhan is a Duluth-based award-winning writer and instructor. Her work appears in many literary journals and national magazines, and she hosts “Drawn to Write,” a new show on WDSE about writers and artists. Cost is $75 for LSW members, with an option for a private 30 minute 10-page critique for $35. Register here: https://lakesuperiorwriters.org/events/upcoming-virtual-workshop-gymnastics-for-memoir-writers-october-8-15-and-22/?fbclid=IwAR2W3yVWzsz7xmCF0TwKtQwRAi9AkL3bnZmvoldrHumOSEx0zdYXgXXOVYs

Literary events in our region 

Oct 6 (Tues) 7:00 pm – Virtual Book Launch of The Silver Box by Margi Preus.

Join Duluth award-winning children’s author Margi Preus for the virtual launch of The Silver Box, the final book of the Enchantment Lake mystery. This Crowdcast event is free, but you must RSVP at www.crowdcast.io/e/silver to receive the login link.

ABOUT THE BOOK:
When she wakes in her aunts’ cold cabin on the shore of Enchantment Lake, Francie remembers: everything about her life has changed. Or is about to. Or just might. Everything depends on the small, engraved silver box that she now possesses—if only she can follow its cryptic clues to the whereabouts of her missing mother and understand, finally, just maybe, the truth about who she really is.

Francie, it turns out, has a lot to learn, and this time the lessons could be deadly. Her search for answers takes her and her best friends Raven and Jay as far afield as an abandoned ranch in Arizona and as close to home as a sketchy plant collector’s conservatory and a musty old museum where shadows lurk around every display case. At the heart of it all is a crime that touches her own adopted North Woods: thieves dig up fragile lady’s slippers, peel bark from birches, strip moss off trees, cut down entire forests of saplings to sell for home décor. But Francie is up against no ordinary plant theft. One ominous clue after another reveal that she possesses something so rare and so valuable that some people are willing to do anything to get it. When Francie’s investigation leads her into the treacherously cold and snowy North Woods, she finds out that she too is being pursued.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Margi Preus 
is a New York Times bestselling author of books for young readers, including the Newbery Honor–winning Heart of a Samurai. Among her other novels are Village of ScoundrelsShadow on the MountainWest of the Moon, and The Bamboo Sword, as well as the previous two books in the Enchantment Lake series, Enchantment Lake and The Clue in the Trees, which were published by the University of Minnesota Press and received the Midwest Book Award and the Midwest Booksellers Choice Award. She lives in Duluth.

Oct 11 (Sun) 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Second Sunday Reading Series

The Duluth Poet Laureate Project announces the “Second Sunday Reading Series,” an online open poetry reading organized by Gary Boelhower, 2018-2020 Duluth Poet Laureate. The monthly readings will take place from 3-4 pm on Sunday afternoon, October 11th and November 8th. Each month’s reading will feature two local poets whose presentations will be followed by an open reading. The reading on October 11th will feature Deborah Cooper and John Herold; and the reading on November 8th will feature Sheila Packa and Blair Powless. All of the poetry readings will be offered through the ZOOM online video communications technology. The public is invited to view the readings through a ZOOM online portal; please register for one or two of the programs with Gary Boelhower through email, gboelhower@msn.com. Poets who wish to participate in the open reading segment should contact Gary Boelhower with the date they wish to be placed on the program. The Duluth Poet Laureate Project began in 2005 and is funded by donations from The Friends of the Duluth Public Library, Lake Superior College, Lake Superior Writers and the English departments at the College of Saint Scholastica, UMD, and by generous individuals. The Zeitgeist Community Arts Center is the fiscal sponsor. More information can be found at www.duluthpoetlaureate.org. Free and open to the public.

Oct 17 (Sat) 6:30 pm – Ouamuamua Anniversary: Night and Space Word Share

On October 17th, 2018, NASA discovered the first intergalactic visitor called Ouamuamua, which in Hawaiian means “First Messenger from afar.” There are different theories of what Oumamuamua is: iceberg, piece of a planet, or space craft of intergalactic visitors. To celebrate the anniversary we will be hosting a poetry word share, and gathering to read poetry on Ouamuamua, space, and over all, our sense of wonderment and imagination. We are dedicated to learning, growing, and accepting of a better world and galaxy far beyond our eyeballs. We have study groups, meetings, poetry readings, and ceremonies commemorating Ouamuamua. Ouamuamua word share link is https://www.facebook.com/events/1337036679962992/

Oct 23 (Fri) 7:00 pm – William Souder presents Mad at the World: A Life of John Steinbeck

Zenith Bookstore welcomes William Souder who will present his new biography of John Steinbeck, one of America’s most celebrated novelists of the Great Depression. Souder will be interviewed by award-winning author Peter Geye, whose works include Safe From The Sea, Wintering, and most recently Northernmost. Zenith Bookstore – Free online event on Crowdcast.

Opportunities

Oct 2 (Fri) 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Pumpkin Patch Illustration Class Grades 10-12

Amber Markoto will be teaching how to create an illustration of cats in a pumpkin patch using common household art supplies. • All Supplies Included! • Class max: 6 students per session. • Class fee $20 • Grades 10-12. Class location is 510 Chestnut St, Downtown, Virginia, MN 55792. https://lyric-center-for-the-arts-2.square.site/?fbclid=IwAR0xYXSaLgysb3UXXnQuXe_J66wmVX7U5jH5m7Wkanpcp_grkbWbAXRtg_A

Oct 7 (Wed) 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Lyric Center Youth Program Open Session (Grades 7-12)

We will require an email or FB message by noon, day of, to reserve your space as there is a 2 student minimum and 10 person maximum per session. Come in and use our space to create freely. Some supplies will be available. Bring anything of use to help your project come to life. Share ideas for projects and future program sessions. A suggested donation of $5 is needed to sustain the program. Please email lyriccenteryouthprogram@gmail.com to reserve a spot or to have any questions/concerns answered. Session is subject to cancellation if the minimum reservations are not met. https://www.facebook.com/LyricCenter4Arts

Oct 9 (Fri) 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Pumpkin Patch Illustration Class Grades 7-9

Amber Markoto will be teaching how to create an illustration of cats in a pumpkin patch using common household art supplies. • All Supplies Included! • Class Max: 6 students per session Class fee $20 • Grades 7-9 – Pre-Registration is required as there is a minimum of 2 students. Class is subject to cancellation if the minimum is not met. To register, email lyriccenteryouthprogram@gmail.com or head to https://lyric-center-for-the-arts-2.square.site/?fbclid=IwAR0xYXSaLgysb3UXXnQuXe_J66wmVX7U5jH5m7Wkanpcp_grkbWbAXRtg_A Location

Writing Our Lives & Our Futures – An Online Writing Workshop

Oct 13 (Tues) 10:00 am – Writing Our Lives and Our Futures (WITC course #65074): We live in a time of unprecedented change. How can we use our writing voice to build bridges from our pasts to the future? In this craft-driven workshop/class, we will discuss of writing and will consider how to give shape to voices and meaning to our time. In a positive, collaborative setting we will write, edit, interconnect, understand, and contextualize our lives and context. Offered online using WITC’s free, user-friendly BlueJeans software. Cost: $39/$25 (62+). Online – https://courses.witc.edu/Search/Class?id=&courseid=028673&topicid=23

Oct 14 (Wed) 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Visual Communication with Paul McLaughlin

PRE-REGISTRATION required by October 7 – Visual communications with Paul McLaughlin from Mesabi Range College. Students will be introduced to Final Cut Editing software. This will be a hands on demonstration of using the blue and green screen in video editing. It is helpful if the student is willing to get their picture taken to key out. Visual Communications career questions are encouraged. • Class Max: 5 students per session • Free session • Grades 10-12 – CLASS SUBJECT TO CANCELLATION IF MINIMUM OF 4 STUDENTS IS NOT MET. $5 suggested facility donation. Location 510 Chestnut St, Downtown, Virginia, MN 55792. Pre-Register by October 7th at 5 PM by emailing lyriccenteryouthprogram@gmail.com.

Oct 16 (Fri) 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Oct 21 (Wed) 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Lyric Center Youth Program Open Session

We will require an email or FB massage by noon, day of, to reserve your space as there is a 2 student minimum and 10 person maximum per session. Come in and use our space to create freely. Some supplies will be available. Bring anything of use to help your project come to life. Share ideas for projects and future program sessions. A suggested donation of $5 is needed to sustain the program. Please email lyriccenteryouthprogram@gmail.com to reserve a spot or to have any questions/concerns answered. Session is subject to cancellation if the minimum reservations are not met.

Oct 23 (Fri) 3:00 – 5:00 pm – Pumpkin Patch Illustration Class Grades 3-6

Amber Markoto will be teaching how to create an illustration of cats in a pumpkin patch using common household art supplies. • All Supplies Included! • Class Max: 6 students per session Class fee $20 • Grades 3-6 Pre-Registration is required as there is a minimum of 2 students. Class is subject to cancellation if the minimum is not met. To register, email lyriccenteryouthprogram@gmail.com or head to https://lyric-center-for-the-arts-2.square.site/?fbclid=IwAR0xYXSaLgysb3UXXnQuXe_J66wmVX7U5jH5m7Wkanpcp_grkbWbAXRtg_A Location 510 Chestnut St, Downtown, Virginia, MN 55792.

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KUDOS – News about our members

Victoria Lynn Smith had her creative nonfiction essay “The Secret Lives of Children Sponsored by the Myth of Parental Control” and her short story “Cora Comes to an Understanding” published in The Talking Stick Volume 29: Insights. “Cora Comes to an Understanding” earned an honorable mention.