How do I log in?

There’s no need to “log in.” Just type the current password in the box when you’re asked for it.

How do I read “protected” pages?

If you see a message “This content is password protected. To view it please enter your password below:” please type the current password in the box labeled password then click on the box labeled submit.

What if I can’t see the password box?

Try refreshing the page. Sometimes some page items can be slow to appear. If that doesn’t help, please let me know. Email

What if I don’t know the password?

Are you a member of the Writers’ Mill? Have you sent us your name and email address? If so, you should find the password in one of your recent emails from the site. Otherwise, email

How do I find things on the site?

First check each of the headers along the top bar. Many have a drop down list that will guide you to specific pages, such as the current contest and schedule.

There should be a search box (click on the spyglass – top right) — If you’re searching for a particular speaker or topic, try typing it in there and hitting return.

There’s also a separate search box and category box at the top of the list on the left side of the site, just underneath where it says “Writers helping Writers.” Click on the arrow next to “select category” and you’ll find lots of topics to choose from. Pick one, and all the related posts will appear.

What if I can only see part of the post?

Click on “continue reading” to read the rest.

How do I find the current contest?

Hold your mouse over “Contests” in the green topic bar near the top of the page. Current contest should be one of the options underneath. Click on it.

What if Contests doesn’t appear in my green topic bar?

It’s probably fallen off the right hand side of your screen. Either shrink the text on your screen (usually Ctrl key and minus sign), or move the scroll bar at the bottom of your screen to see what’s further to the right.

How do I enter the current contest?

Just email your entry to

How do I read the entries in the current contest?

Two ways. First, on the main contest page, just above the Voting Booth, you will find a list of the entries. Click on the one you wish to read and the link will take you directly there. 

You will also be able to access them  by hovering your mouse over “current contest” and clicking on them one by one.

How do I comment on the entries in the current contest?

Please fill in your name and email address (the email is kept secret) when leaving a comment. There is no need to include a website unless you want to.

If this is the first time you have left a comment, or if the system doesn’t recognize you (new computer, new email address, new name?) your comment will not appear until one of the coordinators approves it. Please don’t worry. We will get to it.

The delay is a way of protecting us (and you) from spam comments with links to viruses, etc.

How do I vote in the current contest?

Voting happens on the Current Contest page. Hold your mouse over “Contests” in the green topic bar near the top of the page. Current contest should be one of the options underneath. Click on it.

Scroll down this page, past the Contest Calendar, and you will find the Voting Booth.  Provide your name (first name, last initial is sufficient) to aid the tabulation and allow adding bonus “participation” points if you’ve entered this contest. Type the number and/or name of your top three choices in the appropriate boxes.

CLICK on the green VOTE box and you’re all done.

How do I submit something to the journal?

Submission window is closed for 2015. Stay tuned, we will soon be accepting entries for our 2016 journal.

How do I submit something for critique?

The schedule is passed around on the clipboard at each meeting. Add your name under critique in the month when you want to be critiqued. Send the critique piece to SheilaD at least a week before the meeting.

You can also email SheilaD to be added to the schedule.

Don’t forget, we also want volunteers to lead critiques.

How do I email members of the Writers’ Mill?

Just use their writers’ mill email address: where name is the first name and x is the first letter of the surname.

What if I have more questions?

Email SheilaD, or leave your question in a comment below.


9 thoughts on “Help”

  1. I retired from the Army National Guard 7 years ago. 2 years ago I quit my civilian job at Ft Irwin, CA to take care of my wife’s medical needs. We moved to Portland so family could help me take care of my wife.

    This is my first posting to this site. I’ve been marketing my novel, “Comes The Southern Revolution” for two years now. Last month I self-published the sequel, “Comes The Retribution.”

    Please go to my website,, for a synopsis of my books.

    Currently I’m on a short book tour/vacation to the Sons Of Confederate Veterans Reunion in Charleston, South Carolina.

    This is the third year I’ve attended this event.

    In addition to my website my books are available on Amazon and Kindle (Comes The Retribution was just placed on it and may not have cycled through yet.

    Thanks for your interest and I look forward to checking out other author’s work.

    Jim Elstad

    1. You’re not really logging in. You’re just using the password to access pages. Closing the browser should lose the password. And we change the password at regular intervals for added security.

  2. Hi,

    I am looking for a way to join a regularly meeting writing group, and or find a mentor who could give me somewhat regular critique. I write fiction pretty seriously — applied to graduate school this year and if I don’t get in, I will apply again next year. Would this be something I could find in the Writers Mill?

    Thanks for your time,

    1. Yes. The larger group meets monthly and several of the more serious writers have formed groups that meet weekly. Next meeting is the 19th at the Cedar Mill library, 2nd floor, 1PM

  3. Hello!
    I am relatively new to the Hillsboro area and am a published author. Is there a mailing list for the Writer’s Mill, and if so, could I please be added?

    Is it best to simply show up at the 3rd Sunday meetings? I may be also interested in a critique group for serious or already published authors – is there such a group as part of the Writer’s Mill?

    thank you!

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