September 2019 NorthWords

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Saturday, Oct 5, 2019

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Superior Public Library

What do writers often get wrong? So often we think we know what an average day would look like for our characters in their different professions. But, due to books, TV or other antiquated assumptions, what details are we overlooking? How do we miss the mark?

We’ll bring in a panel of professionals from across the area to discuss how they and their professions are misrepresented in literature today. Learn the inside scoop of the day to day to make that budding character of yours that much more realistic.

Panel guests include:
Jason Wussow, local Entrepreneur and Musician
Leslie Mehle, Librarian

Brooks Johnson, Newspaper Reporter

More panelists in the works! Check back for updates as professionals confirm. Bring a notepad and your questions to Get it Write!

2019 Manuscript Swap!

Looking for feedback on your latest manuscript from a peer? Willing to provide feedback to another local writer in return?

open-books-2We hope you’ll attend our annual Manuscript Swap on Saturday, October 5! Some guidelines, including word count, have been adjusted since last year. For complete details visit: Manuscript Swap

Clean Up Your Manuscript! – Workshop

November 16, 2019

9 am – noon

This workshop, taught by Alice Marks, is designed to jump-start the revision of novels writers have in their ‘virtual drawers’ to polish them for submission. Using a Maria Kondo concept of de-cluttering, participants will learn what words to eliminate and how to ‘fix’ the most common errors made by writers. Participants will be asked to bring laptops, tablets, etc. containing their novel or the first 15 hard-copy pages. Time will be dedicated to presentation and to guided work on each one’s individual novel. Handouts will be given as aids for participants to finish revising their novels. Sign up by emailing Bring cash or a check written to ‘Lake Superior Writers’ to the workshop. $20 for members. Not a member? Membership is $35 and you can sign up here! Peace United Church, Fireside Room, 1111 N East 11th St, Duluth, MN.

Writers’ Café

September 14 (Saturday), 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Perk Place, 1336 W Arrowhead Rd, Duluth

Join us at Perk Place for a chance to meet up with other writers and talk about writing. The Writers’ Cafe meets the second Saturday of each month. It’s a great way to meet fellow LSW members, network, and find members for your writing group. Casual, friendly, and fun – join us!

Literary events in our region

Sept 9 (Mon) 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Phil Fitzpatrick Book Release Party for Phil IMG_0174 - Phil FitzpatrickFitzpatrick’s new book of poems about Hawk Ridge. The book is titled Hawks on High: Everyday Miracles in a Hawk Ridge Season. Penny Perry’s drawings for the book will be featured in an exhibit in the Zeitgeist Gallery. A reception begins at 5 pm followed by a poetry reading. Woodblind will perform their music from 7 pm – 9 pm. Information about other readings (notably at Zenith Bookstore in Duluth and Northwind Book & Fiber in Spooner, WI) can be accessed at the Hawks on High Facebook page. Zeitgeist Atrium, 222 E Superior St, Duluth, MN.

Sept 13 (Fri) 11:00 am – 1:00 pm – Cary Griffith will be discusGB book cover image - Cary Griffithsing his latest work Gunflint Burning, and other matters; writing, Lost in the Wild, other books, and more. Free event. The UMD Library rotunda (UMD campus), 416 Library Dr, Duluth, MN.

Sept 13 (Fri) 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Paper to Wall – The public is invited to attend the opening reception for Paper to Wall poetry and art exhibit at Out of the Woods Winery and Gallery in Hayward, WI. The exhibit features the work of 16 regional poets interpreted by 22 artists, and runs through November 21. The gallery is located at 10588 Main, Hayward. Contact for more info. Out of the Woods Winery and Gallery, 10588 Main Street Hayward, WI.

Sept 14 (Sat) 2:30 pm – Grand Marais Public Library Moving Words – Part of the Minnesota Book Awards Moving Words. The panel of writers includes: Cary Griffith, Ed Bok Lee, Wendy Webb & Mary Wingerd. Grand Marais Public Library, 104 2nd Ave W, Grand Marais, MN.

Sept 24 (Tues) 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Madame Mercier, Schoolteacher will be an informal discussion, sponsored by Duluth Community Mme Mercier - Milan KovacovicEducation, of a chapter from retired UMD French professor and LSW member Milan Kovacovic’s memoir, Ma’s Dictionary: Straddling the Social Class Divide. This chapter chronicles his primary education in a one-room schoolhouse of 25 pupils in rural Normandy, under the tutelage of the same teacher for five years. Interested parties should contact the author directly at for further details and to receive an electronic copy of the chapter (included in the $5 Community Education registration fee). Ordean Middle School, 2900 E 4th St, Duluth 55812.

Superior Poet Laureate – The newly formed Superior Poet Laureate committee is seeking local poets interesting in serving as Superior’s poet laureate. For application materials and more information, contact

Zenith Bookstore events All events held at Zenith Bookstore, 318 N Central Ave, Duluth, MN.

Sept 15 (Sun) 2:00 pm – Phil Fitzpatrick – After just two visits to Hawk Ridge in the fall of 2017, Phil Fitzpatrick began writing Hawks on High: Everyday Miracles in a Hawk Ridge Season, a book of poems about the annual fall migration of raptors above Duluth’s renowned hawk watching site. Please join us to hear Phil Fitzpatrick read from his new collection. For more information, see

Sept 20 (Fri) 7:00 pm – An Evening with William Kent Krueger and Faith Sullivan. m - Bob DobrowMinnesota authors Faith Sullivan and William Kent Krueger will be at Zenith Bookstore to discuss, read from, and sign copies of their new books. Tickets are available at Zenith Bookstore for $16, which includes a $10 coupon for books and merchandise at the event, or online at
Combination packages with admission ticket and book purchases are also available. Sacred Heart Music Center, 201 West 4th Street, Duluth.

Oct 10 (Thurs) 7:00 pm – An Evening of Poetry with Joyce Sutphen, Connie Wanek and Louis Jenkins. – Zenith Bookstore is thrilled to welcome Joyce Sutphen, Connie SutphenWanekJenkins - Bob DobrowWanek and Louis Jenkins for a triple-header evening of poetry. These esteemed poets, all with strong connections to Duluth and the Northland, will be discussing their work, reading from new collections, and signing copies of their books.


Seven Autumn Writing Workshops Series – The Seven Autumn Writing Workshops series welcomes writers of all levels and all genres to experience seven positive, balanced, craft-driven discussions and writing workshops held in Ashland, WI, on alternating Saturday mornings starting September 14th. The classes and workshops run from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm and also offer writing prompts, camaraderie, and an exploration of submission and collaboration opportunities. Please join us. Cost – $100 Chequamegon Food Co-op, 700 Main St W, Ashland, WI.

Northland Fall Writers Conference – Sept 28 (Sat) 8:30 am – The conference is designed for you, writers and readers. During this exciting and eclectic day, you will explore and learn about several genres of writing, plus examine the benefits of professional editing for your manuscripts. This full-day conference includes opportunities for you to purchase books by regional authors in a vendor area. Hosted by St. Croix Writers and Wisconsin Writers Association. Keynote Brian Freeman, international best-selling psychological thriller author, will present “Thrill Seeker: A Writer’s Life in the Northland.”

Brian Freeman

Brian Freeman

Presenter Freeman is well known for his strong, complex characters including Jonathan Stride, Frost Easton, and Cab Bolton, with the Stride detective series set in Duluth, MN. Brian will take you through the evolution of his career, from writing award-winning Northland thrillers to recently being awarded over Robert Ludlum’s Jason Bourne franchise, with the next book in the series, The Bourne Conspiracy, planned for 2020 release. Brian will also speak about how he develops characters and stories for different settings, platforms, and audiences. He will answer your questions about thriving in today’s publishing industry. Please find additional info at Brian’s website: Additional guest presenters during the day will include Karla Huston, WI Poet Laureate 2017-2018;  Abby Frucht, novelist;  and Barry Wightman, author, editor and president of WWA. Regional authors featured will include, Gary Banker, Thomas Wayne King, Naomi Musch, and Marty Russo. Book tables and sales by authors and vendors will be available all day until 4 pm. Additional guest presenters, book tables and sales, catered lunch and morning and afternoon refreshments will be provided. Registration begins at 8:30 am, Solon Springs Community Center, 11523 S Business Hwy 53, Solon Springs, WI. Conference fee of $49.00 (WWA members $39.00). More information and registration available at Fall Writers Conference.

KUDOS – News about our members

Eric Chandler’s haibun titled “20180611” was selected for an anthology called The Result is What You See Today: Poems About Running to be published in October. (

Bob King finished a new book, his third, on the topic of urban myths and fake science in Urban Legends cover - Bob Kingastronomy. It also includes explanations for common misunderstandings we make about objects in the night sky. The book is titled Urban Legends from Space. It will help hone your powers of reason and observation. The book publishes in mid-October by Page Street Publishing.

Thomas Wayne King – Magic Snow Socks…Tales of Practical Transcendence is volume 4 image1in King’s “Tales From the Red Pump” series of Northland stories and history. Trash Picker is book one in Tom’s novella series of danger on a tropical beach. Both books, plus all of Tom’s other titles, are available at and

Angie Mason has poetry featured on the wall at the Duluth Folk School through September. Her work along with drawings by Kelly Beaster and photography by Christopher Paris are part of an art installation drawing attention to Miller, Tischer, and Amity Creeks.

Sharon Chmielarz’s new book The J Horoscope is now available. It’s a saucy re-imagining of the stories in Genesis. She’ll be reading in Grand Marais (Drury Lane Books) on Oct 5 (Sat) and Duluth (Zenith Bookstore) on Oct 6 (Sun).

Open LSW Writing Groups

Sept 11 (Wed) 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Monthly critique group hosted by North Shore Poets and Writers and Two Harbors Public Library. Writers of all genres (and ages 14 and up) are welcome to this monthly gathering, meeting every second Wednesday of the month. Share your writing for gentle critique, in-depth critique, or merely an audience, or just come and listen to stories and poems by local writers. See or contact our Facebook page for more information. This is a free event held monthly at Two Harbors Public Library, 320 Waterfront Dr, Two Harbors, MN.

Sept 15 (third Sun) 2:00 pm – Lake Superior Writers’ Memoir Group meets at the home of facilitator Ray Allard, 210 W Kent St, Duluth, MN.

Sept 18 (third Wed) 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – The Third Wednesday Writer’s Group, an open genre group for all writing venues (poetry, memoir, long prose, short prose, fiction/nonfiction, etc.), will meet at Perkins restaurant at the Miller Hill Mall, 1302 Miller Trunk Hwy, Duluth, MN. For more information, contact facilitator Rodney Savary, 218-464-7701,