Established in 1937, the Minneapolis Writers Workshop is an eclectic mix of writers, ranging from beginners to long time professionals, and reflect all ages, genders and backgrounds. We have members who publish literary fiction, creative non-fiction, children’s literature, romance, hard-boiled crime, memoir, travel, poetry, humor and assorted forms of the unclassifiable.
The first Wednesday of every month is Open Read: Non-members are welcome to bring a piece of their writing for the workshop to critique (10-minute limit). Next Open Read is Wednesday, March 7. But remember: Visitors are welcome to attend (though not read or critique) any Wednesday.
The Israeli literary journal, ILLANOT REVIEW, has published JOHN-IVAN PALMER’S biography of his maternal grandfather, Juraj Aršulić, the Croatian draft dodger and millionaire who disappeared in 1930 with a German ballerina and a suitcase full of money. The article, titled “The Forgotten One,” reveals how and where he was found.
A theater group will be using the Festaal Banquet Room on the following three Wednesdays: Wed Aug 23, Wed Aug 30, and Wed Sep 6 of 2017. Meetings for those three nights will be moved to the separate dining area on the far side of the bar. An off site location (Whittier Park Recreation Center) a few blocks west on 26th Street, will be discussed at the next meeting Wednesday, August 16.
Convoluted Tales, a collection of wry short stories by Workshop member Jim Johnson, is now available in print. A book release wingding will be held at the Columbia Heights Library. Drunkards are welcome, says Jim, but must “encase the beverage inside their bodies.” He did not specify whether inside or outside their containers, so apparently it doesn’t matter.
Date: Saturday, July 29th, 2017
Time: 11 am
Place: Columbia Heights Library, 3939 Central Ave. NE, Columbia Heights 55421
“Magnetic Reality: Setting the Stage for Mass Murder in School,” a personal essay by Workshop member John-Ivan Palmer, is now available in Vector Magazine (http://vctrmagazine.com/). Included is the author’s account of meeting Jeff Weise under a “Hickeys Will Not Be Tolerated” sign in Red Lake Indian Reservation High School. Eighteen months later Weise murdered nine people at the same school.
“Whether he was in a ‘trance state’ during his murder spree is a matter of speculation. Whether he was in what’s called ‘baseline consciousness’ is equally speculative.”
Workshop member TED KING will be one of the featured poets at Carol Connoly’s Readings by Writers at the University Club in St. Paul. The theme is Charles Bukowski, the prolific writer and drunken loafer who began his career in 1940s LA. He is best known for writing the autobiographical screenplay for Barfly (1987).
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017
Time: 7:30 pm
Place: University Club
420 Summit Ave
St Paul MN 55102
Other poets will include Tom Cassidy, Danny Klecko, Mark Berriman, Erica Christ, and Willie Murphy.
This is always a well-attended event so get there early for a seat.
The Irish journal, Long Story, Short Journal, will publish a 12,000 word memoir by international author and Workshop member KEVIN O’ROURKE titled “Romance and Revolution” about an Irish child soldier clashing with race and class in the 1960s.
Our congratulations once again to a writer with an increasing list of publication successes.