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 what the poet might feel, but about the thing revealed; not a diary passage, but a journal entry perhaps. It is spare, clear, and loyal to reality; it allows the “ten thousand things” of this world to resonate with each other; it always seeks to let the thing itself shine from within. Poems from Czeslaw Milosz’s international anthology, A Book of Luminous Things, will provide the starting point for this workshop; students do not need to purchase the anthology. Hand-outs will be provided to allow discussion of the various categories Milosz believes luminous poems rise out of: epiphany, nature, the secret of a thing, travel, place, the moment, people among people, situations, the other’s skin, non-attachment, and history. Discussion of a variety of poems will help us to understand Milosz’s categories and to define what makes the luminous poem glow. Finally, participants will write their own luminous poems in each of the categories and will share these with one another in a supportive environment. Poets should arrive for class with their pens and poetry notebooks in hand and be ready to enlarge their sense of what their poems can be.
Tom Montag is recently the author of In This Place: Selected Poems 1982-2013; This Wrecked World; and The Miles No One Wants. He has been a featured poet at Atticus Review, Contemporary American Voices, Houseboat, and Basil O’Flaherty Review, and in the past two years received Pushcart Prize nominations from Provo Canyon Review, Blue Heron Review, and The Lake.
Advanced Fiction Writing Workshop with Steve Polansky
Meets in Storytime Room, 1st floor
In these sessions, we will spend most of our time discussing stories and sections of longer prose works (including memoirs) submitted by participants. You may submit “finished” work, or work in progress. Time permitting, we will also read and discuss exemplary published work, to be determined by your experience, taste, and interest. Note: Participants must have taken at least one fiction writing workshop with The Mill, or have gotten permission from the instructor. (Class limited to 8 participants.)
Steven Polansky was born in Queens, educated at Wesleyan (B.A.), Hollins (MFA), and Princeton (Ph.D), and taught at Princeton, St. Olaf College, Macalester, and the University of Minnesota. A two-time recipient of a McKnight Artists Fellowship for Writers, his short fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, Glimmer Train, Best American Stories, New England Review, and Minnesota Monthly.
The Mill: A Place for Writers supports the artistic development of writers, fosters a writing community, and builds an audience for literature. The Mill offers learning opportunities for writers at all levels. Its broad range of classes and workshops explore fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Classes are taught by accomplished, widely published writers, with literature as the standard to which students are guided and held. Learn how to become a member of this community of writers at www.millwriters.org.