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North Beach Writer’s retreat

Join other writers in beautiful Park Rapids, MN from June 26-30 for a poetry writing retreat and workshop.  You will have a chance to write, reflect, improve your craft, and work with visiting writer Heid Erdrich.

The deadline has been extended, and will be open until all spots are filled.  Two spots are left for those who need lodging and two spots are left for local writers who don’t need lodging.  All the details are at https://northbeachwritersretreat.com

North Beach Writers’ retreats

Poetry, with visiting writer Heid Erdrich: June 26-30, 2019

Memoir, with visiting Writer Ko Kalia Yang: August 20-24, 2019

Application deadline: April 15, 2019 (Poetry), June 15 (Memoir)

Where: Nestled in the heart of the Park Rapids lakes area, the North Beach Writers’ Retreat is located on the property of the North Beach Resort. During free time, attendees have access to the entire resort, which includes a sandy swimming beach on beautiful Potato Lake, an indoor swimming pool, sauna, volleyball nets, canoes, and kayaks. The resort is located only a short drive from Minnesota’s oldest state park, Itasca, where you can walk across the headwaters of the Mississippi River and spend time in one of the few areas of original timber in the state. Hiking trails, bike and kayak rentals, scenic drives, and two beautiful interpretive centers await visitors to Itasca State Park.

The week will include morning sessions consisting of craft talks and a daily writing prompt, the results of which may be shared on a voluntary basis the following morning. After lunch, participants will have the afternoon to write, reflect, take advantage of the lake and resort amenities, get a massage or take a yoga class, have a personal consultation with retreat leaders LouAnn Muhm (poetry) or Tanya Miller (memoir), and/or attend an optional afternoon session in which writers will present a poem or excerpt to the group for  workshopping.

While the cabins will be quiet spaces for writing, there are plenty of outside areas and a community room for impromptu conversations with other writers, including the workshop leaders, LouAnn Muhm and Tanya Miller, who will be onsite and available throughout the week.

The visiting writers, accomplished Minnesota writers Heid E. Erdrich and Kao Kalia Yang, will conduct one afternoon and one morning session, and give an evening reading, followed by an open mic reading of participants and a book signing.

The goal has been to find a good balance between structured time in workshops and unstructured time to write, relax, and reflect.  The afternoons can be somewhat shaped by the wishes of the group, once we’ve met and discussed.

 To Apply:

Submit the following items by email to northbeachwriters@gmail.com:

·                            $25 non-refundable fee via PayPal  (will be applied towards the cost of the retreat if you are accepted)

·                            Cover letter that explains who you are and what you are hoping to accomplish in this retreat

·                            Ten-page writing sample 

Application Deadline:

Poetry: April 15, 2019, Memoir: June 15, 2019

For more information visit their website at https://northbeachwritersretreat.com.

Calling all poets

April 1 Deadline to Submit Original Poetry for Minnesota Voices 

April 1st is the deadline for area poets to submit an original poem which may be selected for reading at “Minnesota Voices” on Thursday, April 18, 2019 at noon at the Wadena County Museum as part of National Poetry Month.  Between 10 to 15 poems will be selected by the panel.  The guidelines for submission are as follows:  Only poems written by the poet will be considered.  The poem should be no more than 30 lines.  The poem may be in any form:  rhymed, free verse, prose, rap, etc.  The poem may have been previously published. The poets selected will be invited to read their poem at the event on April 18, 2019.  You are not required to be present in order to be selected.  Instead, the poet may elect to have the poem read by a member of the panel.  Submissions should include your name, address, email, the title of the poem, and the complete text of the poem.  Please indicate whether you will be present to read the poem on April 18, 2019.  Submissions must be postmarked or received by April 1, 2019 to be eligible.  Poets selected will be notified by April 5, 2019. Submit via email to:  603wchs@arvig.net or mail to:  Wadena County Historical Society, 603 Jefferson Street North, Wadena, MN 56482

Minnesota Voices is a free program featuring Minnesota writers and their work. It is held the third Thursday of each month from noon to 1:00 p.m.

Job Opening: Part-time Features Editor for the Poetry Foundation with the option to work remotely

The goal of the Poetry Foundation is to reach and engage a broad audience for poetry and to support the Foundation’s initiatives and programs. The Features Editor helps achieve these goals by providing the editorial expertise necessary to publish smart, lively, and relevant journalism about poetry, and the publishing expertise necessary to ensure a smooth web publishing process.

The Features Editor must be a talented editor with an extensive background in journalism and literature, including English language poetry and poetry in translation. Successful candidates will also be knowledgeable about popular culture.

NOTE: This is a part-time position with the option to work remotely. 

Qualifications:

Extensive experience acquiring, shaping, and editing articles for an online publication or magazine.

Highly creative writer and editor who can develop and sustain the tone and literary quality of the site.

Knowledge of classic and contemporary poetry and poetry in translation.

Detailed understanding of web publishing process, with experience working in a CMS and some knowledge of HTML.

Ability to work under a deadline and to complete administrative tasks meticulously.

Ability to do fast, accurate research.

A general talent for communication and teamwork.

Responsibilities:

Implement online editorial strategy.

Develop and maintain a six-month features calendar that is coordinated with key literary and cultural holidays and Poetry Foundation programs.

Pitch ideas for online features.

Acquire, assign, and edit features, including long-form essays and interviews.

Shepherd features through fact-check, copyedit, and production.

Write headlines and other display copy.

Review site analytics to define annual audience goals and web traffic and ensure published content helps meet those goals.

Coordinate editorial content with other Poetry Foundation programs.

Establish and maintain relationships with all other Poetry Foundation programs in order to acquire and publish content related to Foundation programming.

Maintain tone and literary style of the site.

Define tone for the site through the acquisition of content and creation of copy that reaches and engages a general audience without disinteresting a literary audience.

Provide editorial oversight for all headlines, subheds, and ledes for the site, subject to final approval by Director of Digital Programs.

Research and recruit new writers for online features.

Participate in weekly editorial production process.

Work with Web Producer, define and oversee weekly publishing process.

Maintain and manage features calendar, including the publication of weekly online features and acquisition of images and other media related to feature stories.

Applications accepted until Saturday, September 30, 11:45 pm. More information here.

Equality and Respect for All Videos — Express Yourself!

Do the words

Equality and Respect for All 

stir a desire in you to speak up?

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is looking for short video segments to use in our upcoming exhibit this summer.  It’s super easy to participate!  Original songs, poetry, acting, dance, spoken word, whatever expresses “what you feel and think” related to human rights and your own artistic expression.  Get outdoors, shoot some video, make a statement.  Be part of our exhibit!

Easy, easy, easy steps…

  1. Create your video on your smart phone or other device.  Optimal length is 5-10 seconds.  Max 2 minutes.
  2. Save it to Dropbox  here  or
  3. Google Drive  here 
  4. Or email as an attachment to nwartscouncil@gmail.com if very short.

Here’s a tutorial to help you with the uploading process — click on the link: Tutorial. Please let us know if you need assistance — we are happy to help.

5. Let us know that your video exists by emailing Lance at    nwartscouncil@gmail.com. Include your name, your community, and the video title.

We will select thirty videos by June 1 to initially be part of our showcase in East Grand Forks at our gallery in the Riverwalk  movie theater mall.  Videos that are submitted by June 30 will be added over time to the exhibit. The show will be up from June 22, 2017 until a reception on Saturday, August 19 during the Art and Wine Walk.  All participants will be invited to attend, greet the public, and take a group picture.  We already have sixty people creating 12 x 12 canvases to be on the walls related to this theme!

Please let us know if you have questions! We can’t wait to see what you’ll create!