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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Why Poetry Matters by Karla Huston

On Saturday, Nov. 5, at 3 p.m., poet and instructor for The Mill: A Place for Writers Karla Huston will present a lecture on poetry. The lecture is free and open to the public through the generosity of the Neenah Public Library. Why Poetry Matters So what’s all the fuss about poultry? Those chickens work […]

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Free Literary Series

Aspiring Poets, Novelists, Memoirists Invited to Free Series The Mill: A Place for Writers and the Neenah Public Library Partner to Inspire Regional Writers NEENAH – The region’s writing community will gather on three November Saturdays for conversations on poetry, fiction and memoir. The conversations, led by writing instructors from The Mill: A Place for […]

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A reading of Croy Shore

Please join us on September 17 for a special event at The Draw from 3-5 pm. Free and open to the public. On September 17, The Mill, A Place for Writers, in cooperation with The Draw community arts center, will present a reading of Gillian Shirreffs’ play, Croy Shore. Croy Shore is set in Scotland. […]

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