September 2015 NorthWords

David Grant

David Grant

New date for this one-day workshop!

DIALOGUE: Elevating Your Writing from Good to Great

Facilitated by DAVID GRANT

Oct 3 (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

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.


Sept 9 (Tue) Yoga with Paper & Pen with Angela
7-8:15 pm (9/8, 10/6, 11/3, 12/1)
Yoga North, 4628 Pitt St. Duluth

Use creative writing prompts and discussion to explore how principles like self-discipline, non-violence, non-stealing, and surrender apply to a writing practice, a yoga practice, and the art of gaining any healthy habit you are striving for. If you want to write or learn how to bring yoga ethics and principles off the mat into your life, this class is for you. No experience of any sort required. Optional reading/purchase: Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg. Held once a month on Tuesdays. $14, $10 s/s/m or punch pass.


Sept 20 (Sun) Writing With Voices
An active workshop and reading
PrØve Gallery, 21 N Lake Avenue
Workshop 1-3:30 pm

One afternoon, a lot of writing – exercises and activities will lead you to remember, discover, combine, collage, and invent. Writers in all forms and at all levels of experience are welcome. Cost: $10. Class will be limited to ten people. Please contact Jessica at (218) 727-8286 or to inquire.

Reading: 4:30 p.m.
Free, public, multi-voiced reading and showing by the workshop participants and instructor

Instructor and LSW member Jessica Roeder, MFA, has been teaching writing for over twenty years. Her writing has appeared in The Threepenny Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Narrative, The American Poetry Review, and elsewhere. Awards include a Pushcart Prize and a 2011 McKnight Artist Fellowship. She lives in Duluth, where she also teaches dance.


Wisconsin Writers Association Conference, Oct 2-4
Mead Hotel & Conference Center, Wisconsin Rapids

Humorist, best-selling author, musician, and radio personality, Wisconsin native Michael Perry will bring his off-beat yet folksy charm to the 66th annual Wisconsin Writers Conference October 2-4 at the Mead Hotel & Conference Center in Wisconsin Rapids, sponsored by the Wisconsin Writers Association (WWA).

Perry will share his experiences “Writing from the Middle of Nowhere” in his keynote address during the WWA’s Jade Ring Writing Contest Awards Banquet Saturday night, Oct. 3. The Jade Ring contests awards prizes in four categories, humor, poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. More than 170 entries were received for this year’s contests. Earlier in the day, Perry will join a panel discussion on humor writing, “You Write Funny,” with Wisconsin humorists, Mel Miskimen, Joel Habush, Leah Carson, and Elaine Maly. They will trade quips and tips on the serious business of comedy writing. In addition, “What Poetry Can Teach Writers of Any Genre” and “Poets’ Anthology—a Collective Effort” will be featured workshops at the 2015 WWA Conference.

Also on the schedule are panel discussions on “Writing for Kids” with an all-star list of published authors Miranda Paul, Pat Schmatz, Jessica Freeburg, and Silvia Acevedo; “The Reality of Fantasy Writing,” “Self-Publishing Success Stories,” and seminars on editing, character development, and historical research.

Prose and poetry critique sessions are planned. The conference will feature its popular Roundtable Readings Friday night and the WWA’s Author Showcase & Trade Show all day Saturday and Sunday morning. For more information on the 2015 Wisconsin Writers Conference and to register, go to the WWA’s website, or call Dave Rank, 262-717-5154.


KUDOS – News about our members

Dale Botten’s screenplay, “Hate Storm” which is based on Michael Fedo’s book The Lynchings in Duluth was selected as one of 15 finalists at the Catalina Film Festival to be held 24-27 September on Santa Catalina. The script also won Grand Prize at the 2010 Screenwriter’s Expo in Los Angeles, sponsored by Creative Screenwriting Magazine. As part of his prize, the script was given coverage (analysis) by Jim Cirile of The screenplay chronicles the lynching of three black circus workers in Duluth, who were suspected of raping a white girl, on 15 June 1920. As a finalist at Catalina, it is eligible for one of several awards given out at the awards ceremony on Sept 26.

Marathon poster72James Brakken has published Discovering America One Marathon at a Time by Cable athlete Jim Anderson, who wrote a 50-chapter book after competing in every state. More than another book on how and where to run marathons, it is a behind-the-scenes tour of the USA by a senior athlete who, at the age of 51, began this amazing quest. Anderson and Brakken, author of the Chief Namakagon trilogy and other Wisconsin historical fiction, will show their books at the upcoming Chequamegon Fat Tire Race (9/19) and Cable’s Fall Fest (9/26) at Redbery Books in Cable. Brakken will also show at the Oct 3rd Stone Lake Cranberry Fest. Brakken publishes POD books through his website,

Marjorie Buettner gave a power point presentation on the life and poetry of Jun Fujita recently. Jun Fujita was born December 13, 1888 near Hiroshima. He was a photographer at the Chicago Evening Post — the only Japanese newspaper photographer in the U.S. at that time. Some of his photographs can be found in the collection at the Art Institute of Chicago. His first and only collection of tanka poetry was published in 1923: Tanka: Poems in Exile. He also painted watercolors and sketched. His Rainy Lake cabin which he built, is registered as an historical site. Marjorie also gave a tanka poetry workshop. Present were LSW members Rene Montgomery, Susan Perala-Dewey and Meridel Kahl. Later, the group visited Jun Fujita’s cabin.

Eric Chandler’s story “Buckle Up” won Honorable Mention for creative nonfiction in the upcoming edition of The Talking Stick coming out on September 19th.

Liz Minette has new poetry published in the Fall 2015 ‘zine Nerve Cowboy.

Mark Munger will be the featured guest at Petrall Hall in Brimson, Minnesota on Sunday Sept 6 11-1 pm for the Hall’s Labor Day celebration. Mark will read from and discuss his latest historical novel, Sukulaiset: The Kindred, a sweeping story set in Finland, Estonia, and Karelia during WW II. Free and open to the public. Copies of all Mark’s books will be available for purchase at the event. Sept 30 through Oct 4, Mark will be at the Norsk Hostfest in Minot, ND. Mark will be selling copies of his two Finnish American novels, Suomalaiset: People of the Marsh, and Sukulaiset: The Kindred, and reading from Sukulaiaset in the festival’s bookstore. Billed as the largest Scandinavian festival in the world, Hostfest attracts tens of thousands of visitors annually and features internationally known recording artists performing live. Details may be found at:

Margi Preus will be signing her new novel for young readers, The Bamboo Sword, at Zeitgeist Arts, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. At 7 pm there will be a showing of Resonance, The Odyssey of the Bells, a short film by Paul Creager about Japanese temple bells taken as war trophies during WWII. Admission to the film is $10; the book signing is free., @margipreus

Lou Prudhomme has a story coming out in Angels on Earth (a Guideposts publication) and her editor has invited her to be a ghostwriter for the magazine, since she has been published in the magazine many times over the years.

Full Wolf MoonCheryl W. Wilke’s new children’s picture book, Full Wolf Moon: A Lunar Calendar of the Anishinabe, (a Northeastern Minnesota Book Award Nominee) uniquely pairs narrative prose with haiku poetry and Ojibway language to tell the Native American tradition of naming each full moon to track the seasons: an educational resource for individual interest or classroom study of the Lake Superior region. It is available at The Bookstore at Fitgers, from the publisher, McDonald & Woodward Publishing Company, or at

Upcoming Events

Sept 9 (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.

Sept 17 (Thur) 7-9 pm – Spoken Word Open Mic (every third Thurs) at Beaner’s Central. All genres welcome! Trivia, prizes, half priced wine, and book exchange.

Sept 29 ( Tue) 6-9 pm – Margi Preus will be signing her new novel for young readers, The Bamboo Sword, at Zeitgeist Arts. At 7 pm there will be a showing of “Resonance, The Odyssey of the Bells,” a short film by Paul Creager about Japanese temple bells taken as war trophies during WWII. Admission to the film is $10; the book signing is free., @margipreus

Sept 24, 7-9 pm – New six-week class in creative writing begins at Lincoln Park Middle School. “Six Weeks to Better Writing” will be taught by LSW member Alice Marks. Look for a registration form in the Budgeteer.


Call for Submissions
Essays about Alzheimer’s Disease
Deadline: Oct 15

Gelles-Cole Literary Enterprises, publisher of the award-winning anthology CHILD OF MY CHILD: POEMS AND STORIES FOR GRANDPARENTS, is now accepting submissions of personal essays recounting a wide spectrum of experiences of people who are caring for, or have cared for, people with Alzheimer’s Disease. We are looking for caregivers’ stories, told with compassion but unafraid to confront the full range of emotional, financial, practical, or spiritual challenges caregivers face–compelling stories, expertly told in 600 to 900 words.

Reading fee: $5.00. Submission deadline is October 15, 2015.


Annual Northwest Wisconsin Writers Conference
July 23, 2016

The St. Croix Writers of Solon Springs, Wisconsin are pleased to announce the 44th Annual Northwest Wisconsin Writers Conference on July 23, 2016. We wanted to give you plenty of notice since this is going to be a special event! Our theme is: THE POWER OF THE PROCESS – CREATIVITY, PERSISTENCE & PROMOTION. Keynote speaker will be New York Times best-selling author William Kent Krueger! A Minnesota author, he writes the Cork O’Connor mystery series set in Northern Minnesota. His work has won numerous awards including an Edgar for his “Ordinary Grace.” (You can check out his website –

Sessions will include: Poetry; Marketing for Independent Authors; Pulling Your Readers Emotional Strings; Memoir Writing Roundtable; Killing Your Babies – The Editing Process; and Resources for Writers. There will also be a book fair. And there’s more! Following the conference at the Solon Springs Community Center, there will be a Writers in the Park event held at nearby Lucius Woods Park. This event will be open to the public and will feature readings by some of our regional authors. STAY TUNED!


And here’s a contest our friends in Greenwich, England wanted to share with LSW members…

Deadline 6th September (Sunday)
First Prize: £1000
Publication of 25 shortlisted entries

Entries are open for the Live Canon 2015 International Poetry Competition, with a first prize of £1000. Single poems are accepted, of any length, and from anywhere in the world, provided they are written in the English language. Previous winners include Inua Ellams (2014), Tessa Foley (2013) and Andrew McMillan (2012).

25 shortlisted poems are published in an annual anthology. The unique aspect of the Live Canon competition is that all the shortlisted poems are peformed by the Live Canon ensemble (from memory) in a special event at Greenwich Theatre to launch the anthology and announce the overall winner. As part of the judging process all poems are read aloud by the judging panel, so we are particularly interested in poems which leap off the page.

Entry fees: £5 per poem, £12 for 3 poems. Friends of Live Canon are entitled to 3 free entries**.

**You can become a Friend of Live Canon using the competition entry form, and claim your three free entries immediately. Visit for more info.


LSW Writing Groups

Sept 16 (Wed) 6-8 pm – The 3rd Wednesday Writers Group will meet at the Marshall Professional building, 1301 Rice Lake Road, main conference room.

Sept 17 (Thur) 11:30 am – The Writer’s Square Table meets at the Sami Center: 4915 E. Superior Street, Ste. #205. The topic: Sharing and discussing our favorite writing books. All are welcome.

Sept 20 (Sun) 1:30 pm – The Memoir Group meets at Mara Hart’s home, 205 W. Kent Road, Duluth. Please call for directions: 218-728-1253 or 218-409-4108. All are welcome.

Sept 24 (Thur) 9 am-noon – The Ink Slingers will meet, with a complimentary luncheon to follow.  Newcomers are especially welcome at this meeting.  In October, the group will resume meeting twice-monthly. For more information about joining this group, contact Alice Marks, co-leader  at  or call Alice at 651-283-5010.

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