Literary Arts

LEDUCESTATENext Meeting: Tuesday, April 3rd, at 6:30 p.m., location TBA
(March meeting is canceled)

Creative Writing:

Calling all writers!  You don't need to be an experienced writer; you just need the desire to write and hone your skills.  Facilitated by Diane Saed, the Hastings Prescott Area Arts Council (HPAAC) writers group meets from 6:30 to 8:15 pm on the first Tuesday of each month at the LeDuc Historic Estate (no meetings in June, July & August). Admission is free for HPAAC members and a free-will donation will be accepted from others.

Writers are encouraged to bring reading suggestions, share their writing and discuss the positives and negatives they have encountered with writing. Each session is loosely structured into three segments: discussing what participants have read and recommend; writing from a prompt, critiquing previous writing, or a brief writing lesson, and sharing of personal writing or writing of others.

Summary of  September 6 Meeting:

Hastings Prescott Area Arts Council (HPAAC) established group of writers is going into their fifth year!  

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For more details, please contact Diane Saed.

Active HPAAC writer, Miriam King is very excited about the publication of her new poem. It was published in a Fantasy/Science Fiction magazine called Leading Edge. She had a great experience working with an editor to get the poem ready, sign a contact, send in a bio, etc. The Issue is now available on Amazon at And there is also more info on their Facebook page

Check it out!

Previous assignment: Find a passage in a book that resonates with you. In writing examine why, and how this might be.

Notes from meeting on 1 September, 2015:

Congratulations to Miriam King for getting published AGAIN!!!! 

Miriam L. King's ‘Wolf Song’ poem has been posted on Wolf Song of Alaska’s website.

Articles and Poems:

Gratitude Flow 26 Appreciating Our Community

Blue Skirt Waltz in Brown

HPAAC  Writer Miriam L. King Poems

“There is so much to see” by Lisa Valentine

This article ran in the Thursday, April 16 Hastings Star Gazette with the title: "There's so much to see"

Gratitude Flow #27: “There's so much to see"

When was the last time you paused to consider what your five senses do for you? If you are anything like me, it’s probably been too long. What an amazing gift each of our five senses are. I am fortunate to have all of mine in good working order.

Read Full Article: Gratitude Flow 27 There's so much to see

“Appreciating Our Community” by Lisa Valentine

This article ran in the March 12 Hastings Star Gazette with the title: "There's plenty to be thankful for in Hastings."  

Gratitude Flow #26: “Appreciating Our Community"

Hastings is a thriving place and one my family and I are grateful to be living in. By focusing on what we already have here, on what our community already does well, we are provided with the energy and the vision to keep moving forward as a community.

Read Full Article: Gratitude Flow 26 Appreciating Our Community

“Blue Skirt Waltz in Brown” by Diane Saed

Aides were lining up wheelchairs along the back wall, marching in the dementia patients, keeping them in line, seating them close to their protectors. The next few rows were filled with assisted living patients who could manage to seat themselves, and independently negotiate their wheelchairs and walkers.

As the musician warmed up for an hour’s respite from the bleakness of January in Minnesota, windows in the nursing home lobby were frosted over with cold, yet acting as barriers keeping the warmth in along with the patients. Visiting family members were welcomed and seated on the couches and chairs. The music began.

Read Full Article: Blue Skirt Waltz in Brown


Poems by Miriam L. King


When you look at me

I feel something

deep inside.

It’s too unclear to understand

almost too brief to recognize.

But with a simple touch

something passes

between us.

HPAAC  Writer Miriam L. King Poems 

Bridges, Ordinary Love and The Silent Woods