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Tending the Creative Soul May 12 — Time Management

Our topic this month for Tending the Creative Soul is Time Management! We’re stretched in soooooo many directions with our busy lives and with all those important (?) things to do. So the question is how do we make time for our creative process? Do we need to schedule time? Isn’t the creative process spontaneous? Do scheduling and spontaneity work together?

Bring your snack and beverage of choice and your questions and ideas for our Zoom gathering Wednesday, May 12 from 5:00 to 6:00 pm.

Join Zoom Meeting…Meeting ID: 846 0998 4953
Passcode: VJq4Yw

Questions? Email Trey at

Red Shoes Writing Retreat on Lake of the Woods Sept 26-Oct 2

A Red Shoes Writing Retreat on Lake of the Woods will take place in Warroad, MN from September 26 – October 2, 2021.

This is a generative writing retreat where each of the ten workshops will provide you with new lessons on writing craft and challenge you to write something new and original. These workshops will not focus on criticism and you will not be required to share your work or read aloud. Instead, the format is intended to support and encourage you and provide a safe place to take new risks with your writing.

Each workshop offers instruction, examples from published literature, and an exercise to complete during the session. These workshops are designed to generate new and creative writing and will engage the writer in a form of play that provides a portal to the profound.  

This is a Generative Writing Retreat with excursions in the area and events with local, unique Lake of the Woods artists and artisans. The cost is $1,500 (price is all-inclusive except transportation to Warroad). Registration limited to 10 writers. Register at or

Red Shoes Writing Retreat on Lake of the Woods will inspire your creative writing in a place where the natural landscape and local culture offer both stimulation and serenity. Participants will gather from September 26-October 2 to write, relax, and explore the art, history, and culture of the Lake of the Woods area in northern Minnesota. Ride a tandem bike, take a boat ride, taste walleye, see toboggans and snowshoes made, harvest honey, tour a CCC camp, hike in the state forest, learn about willow basket-making, painting, and sweat lodges from Ojibwe artisans, enjoy locally roasted coffee and craft beer, participate in a community storytelling event, and stay in a historic inn or newly constructed hotel. All kinds of writers are welcome. Whether you write fiction, nonfiction, memoir, short stories, essays, humor, or poetry, the craft sessions contain something new for everyone, beginners and experienced alike.

During the retreat, you will have the opportunity to schedule a one-on-one private consultation with both a published author (Kim Hruba) and a literary agent (Jill Swenson) to receive feedback on your writing, ask questions, and receive publishing advice.

Registration is limited to 10 writers and the price of the retreat is $1,500 which is an all-inclusive price, covering your participation, lodging, and meals. Thanks to a Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Arts Legacy Grant, the registration fee has been reduced to keep access to the arts affordable. The retreat experience is valued at $3,000. Transportation to and from Warroad is not included and the responsibility of participants. English proficiency is required and there will not be an on-site ASL interpreter.

Please come with your memories, ideas, hopes, and visions. Be prepared to open your mind and heart to find out what you didn’t even know you knew.

“This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.”
If you have any questions, please contact Kim Hruba at or visit

Online Summer retreats for writers

The North Beach Writers’ Retreat is offering three online retreats this summer, with some excellent professional writers. Patrica Hampl, a world-renowned memoirist, will lead a virtual memoir writing retreat June 12-13. Patrica Smith, a poet extraordinaire, will lead a virtual poetry writing retreat June 17-18. Also, Minnesota author Shannon Gibney will lead a young adult fiction writing retreat June 25-26.

More information can be found on their website:

“All in a Dark Sky” online Coloring Art Adventure

Mom, Need a little Space?
Let’s just Close off the Lights and Look Up!

Join Kolling Cards for the next

Kolling Cards Minne-MuralTM
online Coloring Art and Activity Adventure:

All in a Dark Sky

Friday, May 7 at 6:30 p.m. Central Time

Your participation as one of the world’s leading Minne-MuralTM Coloring Artists is an important contribution. Let’s have some FUN!

As always, you can register for the Free online zoom event at No purchase is required to join the event but you can order home delivered Care Packs of 2 ($28), 4 ($44), or 6 ($52) (includes shipping) Minne- MuralTM Coloring Art Posters or ask for Minne-MuralsTM at your favorite specialty store!page1image1820416page1image5787136

It just keeps getting better for those of you who are near East Grand Forks — The Campbell Library (at 422 4th St NW ) 218-773-9121 will have a limited number of complimentary Dark Sky Minne-MuralTM Coloring Art Posters (with colored pencils and event info) to be given away. First come, first served as part of their April online program schedule which will include the All in a Dark Sky Minne-MuralTM online Coloring Art and Content Activity Adventure! You can register for the event through the library.

Start your Happy Mother’s Day Weekend!

The library will offer curbside service for pickup of your Minne-MuralTM when requested.

This activity is for all ages. This is a really great parent-child joint activity.

The “child” can be young or old… and if you can’t be right there with Mom, you can join her online and color along!

(it’s a free event- see details above)

The online Kolling Cards Coloring Art and Content All in a Dark Sky Minne-MuralTMActivity Adventure! will offer relaxed, fun social interaction; creative activity with “space” for reflection!

Learn while having fun…

You’ll discuss tips on how to use color and light and shadow and lots more. Plan to learn coloring tip and techniques and about the night sky. Create Awesome Wall Art when you color your Minne- MuralTM Coloring Art Poster.


  • coloring art tips and techniques
  • interesting info about the night sky and related topics
  • special program features and door prizes
  • “show and tell” of your Minne-MuralTM Coloring Art experiences.

If you can send a pic of your Minne-MuralTM Coloring Art — (completed or underway) we will include it in the program; otherwise plan to share it that eve!

You will need access to intenet/wifi and a computer/tablet or phone preferably with a camera and mic. If you are not “techy,” a patient and experienced “Zoom Master” will help you get connected. See you then & there!

See you online Friday, May 7 at 6:30 p.m. Central Time!

Color on!page2image1827584

Virtual Artist Spotlight + Bird Expert

Please join us on Monday, April 12 at 7:30 pm for a live virtual event featuring Artist and Wildlife Biologist Ross Hier and Bird Expert and University of Minnesota Crookston Professor John Loegering. John and Ross will be talking about birds, birds in our area, and art!

We are holding this event in conjunction with our current exhibit — Birds: An Exhibit Featuring the Work of Ross Hier and Other Regional Artists.

This event will be live on FaceBook and YouTube. It will be recorded so you can watch it afterwards as well. Contact Trey Everett with questions at

To view the virtual artist spotlight click here.