Writers’ Mill Minutes Jan 21st 2018
Our first meeting of 2018 was fairly sparsely attended with only 12 people present. We blamed the weather, and invite anyone who wasn’t there to weigh in on the questions below:
- What do you want to achieve this year? (Feel free to add your goals to the box at February’s meeting.)
- What do you want from the Writers’ Mill this year? (Feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org with your requests.)
- How important are speaker engagements to you?
- How important is it to have regular critiques?
- How important is it to have regular writing exercises at our meetings?
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Where Inspiration Comes Sliding Through – notes on a talk given by Carolyn Martin
How do you start a poem (or a story)?
- Put pen to paper?
- Put finger to keyboard?
- Write and/or change the first line of something you remember, then see where it goes.
Continue reading Where Inspiration Comes Sliding Through – notes on a talk given by Carolyn Martin
Writers’ Mill Minutes 11/19/2017
Wow! What a meeting. Twenty-four of us were there to listen to, work with, and be inspired by Portland poet, Carolyn Martin, whose return visit was so popular we’re already asking when she can join us again, again. Continue reading Writers’ Mill Minutes 201711 Where Inspiration Comes Sliding Through with Carolyn Martin
Notes from Nancy Linnon’s Writing Your Life Story Workshop
Opening question: If you were to write a memoir or personal essay, what would it be about? Continue reading Mining Your Life Story, Notes from Nancy Linnon’s Talk, March 2017
Writers’ Mill Minutes March 19 2017
Twenty people enjoyed a fantastic workshop from Nancy Linnon (http://www.themovingpen.net/) on March 19th at the library. A gifted speaker, teacher, editor, writer, writing coach and more, Nancy came armed with excellent handouts including a great list of resources, and she invited us, right from her very first question, to look more deeply for stories in our own lives and those of our characters. Lots of members left energized and excited to realize they just might have a story worth telling in their past. Continue reading Writers Mill Minutes 201703
Writing and Appreciating Poetry with Carolyn Martin
Carolyn began her talk with some groundrules:
- Don’t believe everything you hear unless it resonates in you.
- Ask lots of questions
- Daydream – she once went to a poetry reading and became distracted by a poem she needed to write … called Purgatory!
Continue reading Writing and Appreciating Poetry with Carolyn Martin – from her talk in February 2017
Writers’ Mill Minutes, Feb 19th 2017
We may have started the year late but we started it in style with a wonderful February meeting where everyone participated, everyone had something to say, and everyone learned something. Carolyn Martin’s talk was such a success we’ve asked her to return in November, so if you missed this one, make sure you don’t miss the next one! Continue reading Writers Mill Minutes 201702
Minutes from Portland writers mill, Sunday September 18th
Nearly 20 members, plus a few guests, were at the Cedar Mill library on Sunday September 18th to listen to Brian Doyle’s presentation on writing. We had an amazing, wonderful time, and I shall do my best to make sense of my notes at the end of these minutes. Continue reading Writers’ Mill Minutes 201609
Notes From Brian Doyle’s Talk On Writing
Brian Doyle has pages and pages of books listed on Amazon, including Martin Marten, Mink River, Chicago, The Plover and more, and he needs no introduction from me. He introduces himself, educates, entertains, has us in stitches, has us almost in tears, reveals his feelings, his history and his stories, and then says he’s not a teacher and he doesn’t do seminars and workshops. If you missed this one, you missed a very special treat. Continue reading That Strange Thing Called Writing, from Brian Doyle’s Talk in September
Notes from Jim Stewart’s talk
Jim returned for a much anticipated second visit where he talked about writing and editing poetry.
Continue reading Writing and Editing Poetry, from Jim Stewart’s talk