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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The Mill Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting Sat., Feb. 25, 2017 3 – 5 p.m. Lou’s Brew Café and Lounge 233 E. College Ave., Appleton Celebrate The Mill’s achievements over the past year, discover upcoming events, and enjoy a short reading by Wisconsin poet laureate and The Mill’s own teacher, Karla Huston at the launch of her new book, Grief […]

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A Vote of Thanks by Gillian Shirreffs

January 25th is the birthday of Robert Burns, Scotland’s national poet. He was born to tenant farmers in a small village on Scotland’s rugged west coast on the twenty-fifth day of January 1759 and by the age of twenty-seven he would be celebrated across Scotland as The Ploughman Poet. Indeed, he is still lauded as […]

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The Mill Winter Classes

Winter Classes start February 27, 2017         Register Online – Classes Monday Night Classes All Monday night classes are held at Lou’s Brew Café & Lounge – 233 E College Ave, Appleton. Classes are on the third floor. No elevator is available. WINTER CREATIVITY BOOST – NIKKI KALLIO  6 weeks begins Monday, February 27       7-9 pm READING […]

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What Makes a Poem “Good?” by Karla Huston

Karla Huston is the new Wisconsin poet laureate for 2017 – 2018. She is vice president of The Mill board and a Mill teacher with a class, Wearing The Mask, starting March 1.     If you have to ask, suggests Rainer Maria Rilke in his “Letters to a Young Poet,” if you have to ask, […]

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Karla Huston Named Wisconsin Poet Laureate

One of The Mill’s own, Karla Huston, Mill teacher and vice-president of the board has been named Wisconsin Poet Laureate for 2017 -2018. Read more about this much-deserved honor in the links below.   Madison.com             Post-Crescent           620 WTMJ Radio      

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Is Life So Predictable? by Steve Polansky

Is Life So Predictable? I found myself thinking this past week about memoir, in large measure because I’d attended Jill Swenson’s learned and eloquent December 12th talk on the subject. I also spent this past week reading Charlie Conley’s novel, Notes From Underwater (a nod to Dostoyevsky), which, quite coincidentally, contains a brief meditation on […]

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Love Words by Steve Polansky

I don’t read blogs, though, given that I have no real idea of what a blog is, I may well have read one or two without knowing. Better then, I think, that I post from time to time on The Mill website a few lines – no more than a paragraph, say  – about writing, written […]

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Memoir is more than memories by Jill Swenson

On Saturday, November 19, at 3 p.m., agent, editor, and writing instructor Jill Swenson will present a lecture on memoir. The lecture is free and open to the public through the generosity of the Neenah Public Library. Memoir is more than memories It can be intimidating to think of writing your life story. Don’t confuse […]

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