MG and YA Fiction: Writing for Real by Julie Mata

While writing my first book, Kate Walden Directs: Night of the Zombie Chickens, I had a conversation with a student about a middle grade book she had just read. She commented that she liked the book, but didn’t feel the author had much idea what it was like to be a middle school student these […]

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The 2017 Mill Prize for Poetry Submission Guidelines

The 2017 Mill Prize for Poetry Submission Guidelines: –Entrants must be 18 or older, reside, work, or attend school in the Fox Cities (within a 25 mile radius of Appleton) or participants in Mill Classes, past or present.  –Submissions will be accepted no earlier than August 15 and no later than September 23, 2017. —ONLY […]

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The 2017 Mill Prize for Short Fiction Submission Guidelines

The 2017 Mill Prize for Short Fiction Submission Guidelines: –Entrants must be 18 years or older, reside, work or attend school in the Fox Cities (within a 25 mile radius of Appleton) or have participated in Mill classes past or present. –Submissions will be accepted no earlier than August 15 and no later than September […]

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Prompts and Plunges – Two August Workshops

Don’t miss these two August Workshops To register for either workshop click here     Prompt-o-rama Maybe you’ve got a story to tell, whether it’s a memoir, a short story or a novel — or maybe you want to write, but you’re short on ideas. This two-hour workshop will kickstart your writing through a number […]

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Check out our Summer Classes

2017 Summer Courses Mondays, June 19 – July 31 (no class July 3), 6:45-8:45 p.m. Neenah Public Library, 240 E. Wisconsin Ave. $135 for members; $150 for non-members Register by June 14 at www.millwriters.org (click on Classes) The Luminous Poem with Tom Montag Meets in Aylward Room, 2nd floor The luminous poem is not about […]

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James Joyce and Ernest Hemingway, a literary odd couple by Steve Polansky

Something interesting about James Joyce that will not be in my May 20 introduction to Ulysses: Joyce and Ernest Hemingway, together in Paris in the 1920s, were a literary odd couple if ever there was one. Joyce was physically weak and – despite his carnal appetites – intellectually monkish. Hemingway fancied himself an accomplished pugilist […]

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Creating memorable characters By Nikki Kallio

Think bout your favorite books or movies, and there’s likely a character that sticks with you or even makes the story one you want to come back to again and again. Why do some literary characters become iconic, vivid parts of our imagination? There are lots of reasons some characters resonate with us and others seem to […]

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Writing on the Edges of Life by Emily Bowles

We were the people who were not in the papers. We lived in the blank white spaces at the edges of print. It gave us more freedom. We lived in the gaps between the stories. Margaret Atwood I am perpetually making notes in the margin of my mind. Virginia Woolf As a single mother juggling […]

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Finding inspiration in winter by Nikki Kallio

“You have treasures hidden within you … and bringing those treasures to light takes work and faith and focus and courage and hours of devotion, and the clock is ticking, and the world is spinning, and we simply do not have time anymore to think small.” – Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic One of the first […]

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WRITING CREATIVE NONFICTION by Tom Montag

How many kinds of order are there? I mean, how many ways might writers order their materials? Dictionaries are generally in alphabetical order, for instance. How many “story shapes” are there? In other words, how many narrative shapes can a writer choose from when telling a story, either a fictional one, or one that is […]

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