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Online Writing Classes offered by North Beach Writers’ Retreat

Advanced Memoir Writing 
Have you started a memoir, but you just don’t know where to go? Do you want to take your memoir writing skills to the next level? This class will go into more than just the basics of memoir writing. Topics will include: using an objective correlative, building characterizations, using sensory imagery, creating a narrative arc, revising, and more. If you have already started writing and are looking for some direction, then this is the class for you! You do not have to be working on a book-length memoir. All you need are some interesting stories to tell that you are ready to shape into a literary format that others can appreciate. The best memoirs are not necessarily great because of the interesting experience that you are relating, but because they are written so that others can see and participate in the experience along with you. 

Advanced Memoir Writing (6 weeks)–$210 September 14 – October 26, 2020:   Registration Deadline: September 4. Ten spots available, first-come, first served.It is not required to take Memoir Basics I to take this class, but some writing experience is recommended.

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Tanya Stafsholt Miller has an MFA in memoir and poetry from Minnesota State University, Moorheadand MA in English from Bemidji State University.  Her poems and memoir essays have appeared in The Talking Stick, Bombshells: War Stories and Poems by Women on the Homefront, Red Weather, The Minnesota English Journal and others. She won a scholarship to the Northwoods Writers’ Conference in Bemidji, MN. Most recently, she was one of twelve writers chosen to attend the Pelee Island Book House writers’ retreat with Margaret Atwood and Wayne Grady. She currently teaches writing classes in Park Rapids, MN, and is an adjunct instructor at the University of Minnesota, Crookston.
Creative Boost 1:  Grow your Creativity
So many adults want to start or continue a creative practice, but are stuck. The writing and sketching prompts in this class help you identify what inspires you, and how to grow your creative confidence and purpose. We all have something to say; those seeds are within us. Look no further than your own curiosities and convictions. You already have the seeds; push through fears to create again!

Creativity Boost 1 (5weeks)–$175 October 4-November 8, 2020—$175:  Registration Deadline: September 20, 2020
Ten spots available, first-come, first served.

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Tiffany Besonen is a practicing artist of sculpture, painting, and mixed-media. She has taught Art in Minnesotapublic schools for 26 years, and has exhibited throughout the U.S. for 20 years. Tiffany is also a co-owner of Studio 176 Gallery in Park Rapids, MN She loves to write and talk about the creative process and encourages others to do something, anything, creative!
The Art of Voice in Poetry
In this brand-new class, we will be working our way, week by week, through Tony Hoagland’s excellent new book, The Art of Voice: Poetic Principles and Practice. Each week, we will read a chapter (or occasionally two) of the book, discuss, and then write a poem draft from a prompt based on the ideas of that week’s chapter(s). It will be necessary for participants to have a copy of the book, either print or electronic. Participants will come out of the class with at least 10 new poem drafts with feedback from both class members and LouAnn Muhm, as well as a raft of new ideas both from the book and from lively class discussions of the ideas presented in it.
 The Art of Voice in Poetry (10 weeks)–$350 September 21-December 1, 2020 (with a break for Thanksgiving): Registration Deadline: September 10Ten spots available, first-come, first served.
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LouAnn Shepard Muhm is a poet and teacher from northern Minnesota.  Her poems have appeared in Antiphon, AlbaRed River ReviewEclecticaPirene’s Fountain, and CALYX, among other journals and anthologies, and she was a finalist for the Creekwalker Poetry Prize and the Late Blooms Postcard Series. Muhm is a recipient of Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grants in Poetry in 2006 and 2012, and was chosen as one of two Artist Fellows by Region 2 Arts Council of Minnesota in 2016.   Her full-length poetry collection Breaking the Glass (Loonfeather Press, 2008) was a finalist for the Midwest Book Award in Poetry. Muhm was awarded an MFA in poetry from Sierra Nevada College in 2016.  She also serves as an associate instructor of English for Lake TahoeCommunity College in South Lake Tahoe, California, and taught poetry writing online for The Loft Literary Center 2011-2018.

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North Beach Writers Retreat

North Beach Writers Retreat offers a chance to write and unwind in a beautiful northwoods Minnesota setting in Park Rapids, Minnesota, while working with world-class writers and writing teachers in an intimate, small group.

Visit northbeachwritersretreat.com to see the full slate of retreats, workshops, and online classes in poetry, memoir, and multiple genres. Visiting writers for 2020 include Patricia Smith in Poetry, and Patricia Hampl in Memoir.

Poetry Retreat June 2-6
Application Deadline: April 1
Patricia Smith, Visiting Writer

Memoir Retreat June 23-27
Application Deadline: May 1
Visiting Writer: Patricia Hampl

Mixed Genre Retreat for K-12 Teachers: August 9-13 (at Breezy Point, Nisswa, MN)
Application Deadline: June 1
Discount for MN Writing Project members

NorthBeachWritersRetreat.com for details.

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.

One Day Memoir Writing Workshop in Shevlin

Clearwater County Historical Society offers a one-day writing workshop with Angela Foster March 21

 

Do you have a memory that shimmers in your mind? One that begs to be written? Do you find it difficult to get started? Through the use of prompts and free writes during this workshop you will get those memories on paper. We’ll talk about the basics of memoir and the details that bring them to life. You’ll leave this class with at least three works in-progress and ideas for many more.

Instructor: Angela Foster teaches memoir at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, MN and holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Creative Nonfiction from Pine Manor College in Boston, MA.

Date: March 21st Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Location: The History Center in Shevlin

Fee $25.00

Deadline to sign up is March 17th

Payable to Clearwater County Historical Society

PO Box 241 Bagley MN 56621