Upcoming or Current Events

Edina Public School District Writers’ Group, Maureen Millea-Smith
April 11, May 9, @ Edina Community Center
7-9 pm, Edina Community Center

April 20-22, 2018

The Loft small logo The loft is sponsoring their annual Pitch Conference, an opportunity for writers to meet and “sell” their work to visiting agents. I will be attending and am currently honing my pitch presentation. Wish me luck!!


April 6, 2018

Woman's club logoWoman’s Club Business Book Club

March 31, 2018 Pitch Practice Session 1

The Loft small logoWith Joey McGarvey. This is a chance to present our sales pitch for practice before the real thing–the pitch conference!


March 24, 2018

The Loft small logoQuery & Pitch workshop. Fine tuning our sales letter (Query) and face-to-face sales pitch. With Dawn Frederick & Jake Klisivitch

January 8-29, 2018

The Loft small logo This winter I will be taking two classes, one is to better understand the business of writing. Pitch Like a Boss is a Loft Literary Center online class on the business of writing. Topics in this four week class:

  • Polishing your presence
  • Pitching personal and critical nonfiction
  • Querying literary agents
  • Being your own boss

I have submitted my memoir to one publishing house, and have already been rejected!! I see this as a victory, and sign of progress. Just so it doesn’t become habit forming.

Instructor: Laura Goode


January 17-Feb 21, 2018

The Loft small logo The second class is Revising Your Novel, taught by Justina Ireland. This is also an online class on the craft of writing revisions. The topics for this six week class include:

  • Worldbuilding
  • Plot
  • Characers
  • Pacing
  • Dialogue & sentence level word choice
  • Putting it all together

I am in the throes of rewriting the first draft of my memoir, so this class is particularly of interest and need.

January and February my partner and I are travelling around the West, testing our limits and ability to work and play. So far, play is winning. These online classes will also test how well I can discipline myself to write, learn, and play, all at the same time.

Written in St. George, Utah.

The Woman’s Club of Minneapolis presents

The Breakfast Business Book Club

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6 • 7:00 – 8:30 am

Join other members in reading and discussing books related to business, leadership and personal growth at our quarterly Breakfast Business Book Club. You do not need to have read or finished the book to participate.

On Friday, October 6, please join us to discuss Double Bind: Women on Ambition,edited by Robin Romm (www.amazon.com/Double-Bind-Ambition-Robin-Romm/dp/1631491210).

Edina Public School District Writers’ Group, Maureen Millea-Smith
Sept 13, Oct 11, Nov 8, Dec 6 @ Edina Community Center
7-9 pm, Edina Community Center

 August 23, Strictly Social @ The Woman’s Club of Minneapolis
Your Story is your Medicine: A Prescription for Healing
5-8 pm, Speaker, Informal Networking

 June 27, Woman’s Club Tuesday Program
 The Woman’s Club of Minneapolis added an event.
The Black Women of NASA

Guest Speaker Duchess Harris
A Program and Luncheon at The Woman’s Club of Minneapolis

11:00 Program
12:00 Luncheon

Dozens of African American women worked for NASA as expert mathematicians from the 1940s to the 1960s and almost no one knows about it. Segregated within NASA facilities in Hampton, Va., well-educated Black women used slide rules and pencils to do the calculations for flights by astronauts John Glenn and Alan Shepherd. That this history is little known makes it ripe for research by American Studies Professor Duchess Harris, whose grandmother, Miriam Daniel Mann, was one of these extraordinary women. Duchess is the Chair of the American Studies Department at Macalester College, and co-authored Hidden Human Computers: The Black Women of NASA.

This very special Woman’s Club Tuesday Program is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Nonmembers are welcomed. Space is limited; please see below for reservation information.

Nonmembers: $34.00 (price includes Program, Luncheon, tax and service charge)
Reservations required by nonmembers
Nonmembers please register through Eventbrite:
Reservations are not necessary for Woman’s Club members.


June 2, 2017 

Our members-only Business Book Club meets this Friday for breakfast. Our book this month is Jab, Jab, Jab, Righ Hook by Gary Vaynerchuk (https://www.garyvaynerchuk.com/the-one-thing-i-didnt-clarif…)

7:00 – 7:30 – Arrive/Social/Coffee
7:30 – Breakfast Orders in/Discussion starts
7:50 – Breakfast Served – Discussion continues
Discussion continues till 8:15/8:30 – leave when you need!


Sat, May 27, 2017Sat, October 28, 2017  “Gambatte! Legacy of an Enduring Spirit” Japanese American WWII Incarceration, Then & Now

View historic photographs of Japanese-Americans during WWII taken by War Relocation Authority photographers—including Dorothea Lange and Tom Parker —juxtaposed with contemporary portraits of the same individuals or their descendants from Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Paul Kitagaki Jr. This exhibit provides a visual exploration of the Japanese concept of gambatte, or to triumph over adversity, and chronicles the legacy of Japanese Americans who persevered over their incarceration during World War II through a display of past and present images from an often-overlooked chapter of U.S. history.
Available during regular open hours
FREE, site admission not included
The exhibit is supported by the National Parks Service, Tanforan Assembly Center Memorial Committee, Contra Costa Japanese American Citizens League, Asian Pacific Endowment of The Saint Paul Foundation, Twin Cities Japanese American Citizens League and the Joseph and Marie Winter Family Fund for Historic Fort Snelling.

April 27, Finish that Book! Class @ The Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis. Weaving. Kathleen Eagle, instructor.

April 20, Finish that Book! Class @ The Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis. Dialogue. Kathleen Eagle, instructor.

April 13, Finish that Book! Class @ The Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis. Conflict. Kathleen Eagle, instructor.

April 6, Finish that Book! Class @ The Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis. People. Kathleen Eagle, instructor.

March 30, Finish that Book! Class @ The Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis. Plot. Kathleen Eagle, instructor.

March 23, Finish that Book! Class @ The Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis. Plan. Kathleen Eagle, instructor.

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