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Writers’ Mill Minutes 201707

Writers’ Mill Minutes, 16th July 2017

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  2. Send journal entries to journal2017@portlandwritersmill.org before the end of the month! Read on to learn more details
  3. Send 100th contest suggestions to admin@portlandwritersmill.org before the 1st of August!
  4. Send What If…? Contest entries to contest@portlandwritersmill.org before the end of August 6th. Read on to learn more details.

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Writers’ Mill Minutes 201609

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

That Strange Thing Called Writing, from Brian Doyle’s Talk in September

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

Writers’ Mill Minutes 201608

Writers’ Mill Minutes August 21st

You may remember Jim Stewart, poet, short story writer, novelist, musician and more from our May meeting. He returned for a much-anticipated second visit in August, where he  invited and answered questions on editing poetry and how to make words count. Around 16 members of the Writers’ Mill braved the heat to attend. Notes on the questions and answers will follow these minutes. Continue reading Writers’ Mill Minutes 201608

Minutes 201607

With thanks to Karin and Judy…

WRITERS’ MILL MINUTES

13 writers attended the Writers’ Mill meeting with Wildfire Writer Christi Krug.  As Sheila was vacationing in England, Norm had the honor of chairing the meeting.  The inspirational talk and writing exercises provided by Christi were followed by Robin’s delicious snacks. After the break Judy handed out the writing awards on behalf of Jean for the July contest. Thereafter Lavonna led the critique of the second part of Matthew’s story as well as Robin’s story. Continue reading Minutes 201607

Notes from Ken Baysinger’s Talk in June 2016

Notes from Ken Baysinger’s talk, June 2016

Ken’s road to writing began early when hi English teacher gave him an F for writing too well (his teacher wouldn’t believe the piece was Ken’s own work and Ken, being stubborn, wouldn’t rewrite it). Writing was replaced by a language of 2-syllable words when Ken joined the Navy, but afterward he took an elective in expository writing at Washington State, just to see if he still had any literary skills. Luckily for his readers, he did. A degree in English led to work in creative advertising, but the white shoes and golf stories didn’t fit, so he moved into other areas. But… Continue reading Notes from Ken Baysinger’s Talk in June 2016

Genres, genres and more

Here are some old links about writing genres:

Written any articles recently?

http://www.karencioffiwritingandmarketing.com/2014/09/content-marketing-just-how-fast-can-you.html

How long is a book?

http://blog.bookbaby.com/2015/02/long-book-standard-word-counts-genre/

Writing short pieces:

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/03/24/keep-it-short/

http://alittlebirdtweets.com/flash-fiction-4/

Contests?

timberlinereview.com/submissions

http://www.inkitt.com/

For poets:

Creating Poetry: How to Self-Prompt Poems
Re-Creating Poetry: How to Revise Poems
Asian Poetic Forms
Contemporary Poetic Forms
French Poetic Forms
More Contemporary Poetic Forms
Build an Audience for Your Poetry

http://www.voicecatcher.org/archives/3469

http://www.writersdigest.com/whats-new/list-of-50-poetic-forms-for-poets

For novelists:

http://blog.bookbaby.com/2014/11/novel-writing-inspiration-for-the-middle-of-nanowrimo/

http://indigoediting.com/November2014.html

http://www.wattpad.com/4667955-bad-ways-to-start-a-novel

http://storyfix.com/epidemic-systemic-sabotage-via-brainwashing-aspiring-novelists

http://www.writersdigest.com/online-editor/7-steps-to-creating-a-flexible-outline-for-any-story

https://forums.createspace.com/en/community/community/resources/blog/2014/09/24/how-to-write-without-a-plan

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2014/10/22/writing-tips/

For children’s book authors:

http://www.ripplegrovepress.com/contact/

http://www.highlightsfoundation.org/212/harold-underdown/

https://kdp.amazon.com/kids

Research for non-fiction writers:

http://www.kindlepost.com/2014/10/guest-post-by-charles-finch-author-of-the-charles-lenox-mysteries-.html

What other writers do

http://blog.bookbaby.com/2015/02/opposite-writing-habits-famous-authors/