About Us

The Mill: A Place for Writers, now in its fifth year, was founded to create a center that would encourage the growth of the literary community and provide learning opportunities for writers at all levels, by offering a broad range of classes and workshops for interested adults. The Mill offers classes in the writing of Fiction, Poetry, and Creative Nonfiction taught by experienced teachers, themselves accomplished and widely-published writers. The Mill sponsors the Mill Prizes, a writing contest for both short stories and poetry.
 
 
Our Mission Support the artistic development of writers, foster a writing community, and build an audience for literature.
 
 
We are an independent 501 (c) (3) tax exempt organization.
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Classes

Monday classes meet at Lou’s Brew Café and Lounge in Appleton from 7-9 pm. Classes are on the third floor. No elevator is available.
Wednesday classes will meet at Neenah Library from 6:45 – 8:45.
Become a Mill member and take advantage of the 10% discount on all classes. Annual membership is $35.00.
If you prefer paper, please make checks payable to: The Mill A Place for Writers PO Box 861 Appleton WI 54912.
TAKING A CLASS AT THE MILL

Winter Creativity Boost with Nikki Kallio

Ever wonder where writers get their ideas from or where they find inspiration when they need it? More

Length: Six week course

Day: Monday

Dates: Feb. 27, 2017 through April 3

Where: Lou’s Brew

Time: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Cost: $150


Member: $135

 

 

 

Reading for Writers: Kafka and Borges with Steve Polansky

And though it’s been said many times, many ways: one must read to write. This class is founded on the general, if not inarguable premise… More

Length: Eight week course

Day: Monday

Dates: Feb. 27, 2017 through April 17

Where: Lou’s Brew

Time: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Cost: $200


Member: $180

Advanced Fiction Writing Workshop with Steve Polansky

In these sessions, we will spend most of our time discussing and sections on longer prose works (including memoirs) submitted by participants.  More

Length: Eight week course

Day: Wednesday

Dates: March 1, 2017 through April 19

Where: Neenah Public Library

Time: 6:45 – 8:45 p.m.

Cost: $200


Member: $180

 

Nonfiction Prose for Poets & Other Word Artists with Tom Montag

Writing Creative Nonfiction” is an eight session course on nonfiction prose for poets and other word artists… More

Length: Eight week course

Day: Wednesday

Dates: March 1, 2017 through April 19

Where: Neenah Public Library

Time: 6:45 – 8:45 p.m.

Cost: $200


Member: $180

 

Wearing the Mask with Karla Huston

Writing poems from the point of view of others. In this class, we’ll explore the genre of persona poems… More

Length: Eight week course

Day: Wednesday

Dates: March 1, 2017 through April 19

Where: Neenah Public Library

Time: 6:45 – 8:45 p.m.

Cost: $200


Member: $180

 

Become a Mill Member

The Mill: A Place for Writers is a nonprofit organization that relies on member support to continue to offer a variety of literary classes, workshops, and presentations to the Fox Valley region. By becoming a member you not only provide financial support, but broaden the reach of the organization and foster a greater awareness of the power the written word provides.
Annual Mill membership is $35.00. Mill members receive a 10% discount on classes and workshop.
Purchase your Mill membership now by credit card or PayPal. 
Thank you for supporting the Mill.
If you prefer paper, please make your $35.00 check payable to: The Mill A Place for Writers, PO Box 861 Appleton, WI 54912. Memberships will extend for one year after the date payment is received.

Events

Masterworks of 20th Century Fiction
Presented by The Mill: A Place for Writers and co-sponsored by the Neenah Public Library
The Mill and the Neenah Public Library present: “Masterworks of 20th Century Fiction.” The “Masterworks” will explore three very different works in May and June: James Joyce’s Ulysses, Muriel Spark’s The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, and Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita. The talks will engage, entertain, enlighten, and encourage readers. (You need not have read any of these works beforehand, nor do you have to attend all three talks to participate in the conversation.)

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The Mill Teachers

Accomplished and widely published authors.



Steve Polansky
Fiction
Steven Polansky was born in Queens, educated at Wesleyan, Hollins, and Princeton, and taught at Princeton, St. Olaf College, Macalester, and the University of Minnesota. His short fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, Glimmer Train, Best American Stories, New England Review, and Minnesota Monthly. His collection of stories, Dating Miss Universe, won the Sandstone Prize for Fiction, and the 2000 Minnesota Book Award. His novel, The Bradbury Report, was published in 2010 by Weinstein Books. In a recent New Yorker Fiction Podcast, his story, “Leg” was read and discussed by novelist David Gilbert, and New Yorker Fiction Editor, Deborah Treisman. His story “Obsequies,” is forthcoming in Glimmer Train.
Karla Huston
Poetry
Wisconsin Poet Laureate (2017-2018), she earned an MA in English/Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Huston is the author of a full collection of poems A Theory of Lipstick (Main Street Rag Publications: 2013) which won an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Wisconsin Library Association. She has published eight chapbooks of poetry, most recently, Grief Bone, Five Oaks Press, 2017. Huston serves on the board of directors for the Council for Wisconsin Writers and The Mill: A Place for Writers where she teaches poetry workshops as well as the authors committee for the Fox Cities Book Festival. Her poems, reviews and interviews have appeared in many regional and national journals. Her poem, "A Theory of Lipstick" won a Pushcart, Best of the Small Presses Award in 2011.
Nikki Kallio
Fiction
Nikki Kallio is a fiction writer and has also worked as a journalist in Wisconsin, Maine and California. Her articles have recently appeared in publications such as Insight magazine and The Rotarian, for which she has reported stories in Cape Town, South Africa and Modena, Italy. She earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from Goddard College. Her creative work has appeared in Pitkin Review, Minerva Rising, Midwestern Gothic and elsewhere. She is the winner of the 2014 Mill Prize for Fiction and the 2015 Wisconsin People & Ideas Fiction Contest for her short story "Geography Lesson." She also works with Wide Open Writing, an annual writers' retreat in Tuscany.
Jill Swenson
Memoir
Jill Swenson, Ph.D., is a developmental editor and literary representative who recently moved from New York to Appleton. Swenson Book Development LLC is a boutique agency which represents a select clientele who write memoir, narrative nonfiction, children’s picture books, middle-grade fiction, art/photography, poetry, and YA. With a Ph.D. from The University of Chicago and 30 years of teaching, editing, and coaching writers, Jill is an author’s advocate. She recently won the first Muskeg and Spruce Writing Contest for her piece, "If We Were Good," and has previously taught at the Loft Literary Center, Ithaca College, and the University of Georgia-Athens.
Tom Montag
Creative Nonfiction
Tom Montag is a Wisconsin poet, essayist, and author of the memoir Curlew: Home and two books containing his creative nonfiction, Kissing Poetry's Sister and The Idea of the Local. He has previously taught Creative Nonfiction for Lakeland College, Sheboygan, and "Writing the Lean Poem" and "Creative Nonfiction" for The Mill: A Writer's Place. He was a Founding Contributing Editor for The Pushcart Prize in 1976. During the mid- to late-1970s he wrote about half a million words in feature stories, many of them profiles, for The Fox River Patriot. His poem "Lecturing My Daughter" has been incorporated into the design of the Convention Center in Milwaukee (2nd floor, east hallway). In 2005, he was the Tom McGrath Visiting Writer at University of Minnesota-Moorhead. He is most recently the author of In This Place: Selected Poems 1982-2013; This Wrecked World; and The Miles No One Wants.
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