The journal is ready for editing. The following members have volunteered to be your editors this year and have received their assignments. Be sure to reply to any emails from them, and to thank them for working so hard on your behalf. Continue reading JOURNAL UPDATE – PLEASE READ→
Entries have been received from 16 members. Please check below to make sure your entry has been received.
Email sheilad at portlandwritersmill dot org, or journal2017 at portlandwritersmill dot org, or both(!) if something is missing or wrong.
We will start choosing entries and formatting the journal over the next few days. If you volunteered to provide more images, we will do our best to make our requests in a timely manner. Thank you everyone!
Around 20 members attended Sarah Hall’s Fathers’ Day presentation of the DIY book launch and learned not only how to create a good book “product,” but also how to reach an audience, prepare that audience to receive and read the book, and how to use technology! Notes from Sarah’s talk will be included below.
Deadline for formatting: last day in September. Then eproofs will be posted to website.
Deadline for orders: October’s meeting—October 15th. All orders must be paid by then.
Delivery at our November meeting, Nov 19th, or make alternative arrangements.
If you’ve entered or will enter a Writers’ Mill contest between last August and this July, you already have a piece of writing ready for submission to the journal. If you’ve not, please consider this your chance and inspiration to WRITE. Don’t forget, we love to include pictures as well so start looking through your phone/camera/computer (same submission instructions – let us know the name of the image and artist, and which section you hope to find it in. Createspace recommends 300DPI for images, but it’s not something we’ve worried about in the past).
These are guidelines. We will try to produce a balanced journal, representing the writers of as many members as possible. Limits are guidelines, not hard and fast rules.
Guidlines for written entries (currently no limits on art):
No more than 10 entries per person
No more than (approximately) 20 pages per person (it was pointed out that my old computer was the only one producing 1,000 words per page)
No more than (approximately) 10,000 words per person
Entries should be sent to journal2017 at portlandwritersmill dot org. Each entry MUST INCLUDE
Author or artist name
Preferred section for your entry
All documents MUST BE READABLE in Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx, .rtf, .txt, NOT .pdf for example)
Editors will perform simple copy-editing for format and style. Our aim is to produce a journal of the highest possible quality, in a timely manner, including entries from as many members as possible. Editors reserve the right to
reject entries if we have too many
beg for more entries if we have too few, and
reject entries that would require too much work on their part.
Please consider whether you would be willing to volunteer as an editor. Thank you.
Let’s make this journal another book to be proud of!
Numbers were down at this month’s meeting, with only 14 people present, but the sudden onset of summer was a likely cause. Please mark your calendars for next month—Father’s Day—when Sara Hall will give her much-anticipated multimedia presentation on the DIY book launch. Continue reading Writers’ Mill Minutes 201705→
After an amazingly fast response from Createspace, the Writers’ Mill Journals are here, ready for distribution at our meeting on November 20th. For those with an interest in kindle versions of the journal, it has now been released. Find it at
22 writers, including several new members, left their homes on Father’s Day afternoon to attend a Writers’ Mill meeting with local author Ken Baysinger. A fun, inspirational and informative talk was followed by delicious gluten-free snacks from Jean, writerly awards from Karin for the monthly contest, and a fun all-hands-on-deck critique of Matthew’s story. By the end it was clear lots of us could have stayed longer than the usual 2 hours. But the room would be needed for other events, so we finished at 3 and planned to return next month, July 17th, for more inspiration from Wildfire Writer Christie Krug. Continue reading Minutes 201606→
21 members attended May’s meeting and listened to an excellent discussion on all things writing, led by poet, short story writer and novelist Jim Stewart. Jim has generously agreed to a return engagement to lead a poetry workshop for us soon. We really appreciated meeting with him, and notes from his talk will be included in a separate post. Continue reading Minutes 201605→
The Writers’ Mill Journal, Volume 5, will be released in time for our November meeting.
Writers’ Mill Members will have emailed their (edited) submissions BEFORE THE END OF JULY to
Please send any questions to this address!
Stories, poems, essays, pictures, photos, snippets, etc… to be included in one of the following journal sections – please interpret the section heading as loosely as you wish!
Murder, Mystery and Mayhem (based on November)
White (based on December: anything related to white – clothing, weather, peace, Christmas…)
January’s contest was “A Year” – we’re pretty sure you can find another section in this list for your timely tale.
Misunderstood (based on the February, It’s not what you think contest)
Windows (based on March)
Irresistible temptation (April)
Switching places (May’scontest was just people, now includes places)
Home and away (June’scontest was home, now includes travel, time, and any other homes and aways that inspire you)
Just for kids – Enter your kid-safe pieces to this section
Just for inspiration – Enter your inspirational pieces here if you’d prefer this to another section. But remember, entries for Joe’s Inspirational Journal should also be sent to Joe.
Please include the following information in your email:
Titleof your piece (story, photo, poem, essay, snippet, whatever…)
Sectionto which it is being submitted
Author name (this is not always clear from your email address!)
Illustrations should include the same information. If you have illustrations to go with your piece, please send them as separate files with the piece (not as part of the word document). Make life easy for us, then we’ll do a better job for you!
Word count limits?Ugh! We’d rather not impose any, but if you keep your total word-count to below 10,000 words, we might avoid ruinous print costs when we put it all together. If we end up with something that takes too many pages, we’ll look forward to your helpful cooperation in fixing it!