Mill Park Publishing of Eagle, Idaho was created in 2003 by author Elaine Ambrose.
The company facilitates fee-based book publication and marketing for local authors
and organizes writer's retreats.

Wednesday, 09 September 2015 22:03

Creative Kindling Writing Retreats Begin in October

Written by Elaine Ambrose
Preview for the latest news about corporate, tailored, and women's writing retreats.
Writing retreats are available to private groups with up to 5 participants based on single occupancy, or up to 10 participants with shared rooms. A three-day writing retreat can be tailored to include the content most applicable to your group, including classes on craft, traditional and independent publishing, marketing, social media, humor, memoir, time management, creativity, and more. Airport transportation and meals are included, with Vegan, Vegetarian, and Gluten-Free menus available.
Contact Creative Kindling Retreat at:
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Creative Kindling Women’s Retreat October 16-18, 2015
Spend three days in scenic Garden Valley in deluxe cabins, enjoying fantastic food and wine. This weekend will be fun, but also productive. Each attendee will develop a complete book outline, writing schedule, and choose between blog development or assistance with social media profiles. This retreat accommodates a maximum of 6 attendees. Private rooms are available for $445. The Girlfriend Getaway Suite (two twin beds) is available for $350 per person. Pricing includes meals and airport transportation. To apply, please send a brief paragraph about yourself and your proposed project to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
Wassmuth Center for Human Rights and Mill Park Publishing to Sponsor Film
Eagle, ID - Can one child change the world? Yes. Malala Yousafzai was a 15-year-old school girl in Pakistan when terrorists attempted to kill her for advocating education. She survived a gunshot to the head and now leads a global campaign for girls’ education as co-founder of the Malala Fund. For her brave advocacy, she received the Nobel Peace Prize at age 17. Her compelling story is now a documentary that can be viewed across the country. 
The film “He Named Me Malala” was produced by acclaimed documentary filmmaker Davis Guggenheim. The film premiers in Boise on October 9 at The Flicks, 646 Fulton Street. For ticket information, see the website at  The Flicks Malala.  Malala. Click here to see the trailer:  Malala trailer
A benefit performance is scheduled at The Flicks for Sunday, October 11 beginning at 7:00 pm. A discussion will follow and includes students, educators, and local leaders concerned about human rights. The event is sponsored by the  Wassmuth Center for Human Rights  and Mill Park Publishing.  Local author, syndicated blogger, and publisher Elaine Ambrose owns Mill Park Publishing. She was invited to view the film “He Named Me Malala” at a private showing last July at the BlogHer Conference in New York City. Mill Park Publishing donated $2,000 to fund 200 tickets for school-age children to view the documentary. 
“This film captures the strength and resilience of one girl who is destined to improve the world,” says Ambrose. “In other parts of the world, girls are being murdered, tortured, and poisoned just for going to school. It’s time we placed a priority on education for girls.”
For information about discounted tickets to the October 11 event, see this website: Wassmuth Center for Human Rights.
The mission of the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights is to “promote respect for human dignity and diversity through education and to foster individual responsibility to work for justice and peace.” The Center achieves this mission by providing educational programs for teachers and students, engaging in community leadership, partnering with business and industry, and advocating for human rights.
Mill Park Publishing of Eagle has enabled more than 50 women to become published authors. The books have won 14 awards in the past two years. Two more books are scheduled for release in 2016.
Sunday, 09 August 2015 03:58

Authors Announced for Midlife Anthology

Written by Elaine Ambrose
For Immediate Release  --  September 20, 2015
Contact: Elaine Ambrose, Publisher
Cell: (208) 890-8122  Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Eagle, ID – Mill Park Publishing of Eagle, Idaho today announced the winning entries for the new anthology, Feisty after 45. The book will feature 36 midlife authors from across the country, and topics include humor, grandchildren, travel, inspiration, eldercare, travel, and personal growth. The paperback book and e-book will be available in the spring of 2016.
Mill Park Publishing features award-winning books written by women and organizes writing retreats and creativity workshops. The company’s books have won 14 awards in the past 3 years, and a portion of the sales proceeds is donated to local charities. The anthology Little White Dress won the Bronze Medal for Women’s Issues from the Independent Publisher Book Awards program in 2012. A humorous book for women titled Midlife Cabernet won two national humor awards in 2014, and Publishers Weekly wrote that the book is “laugh-out-loud funny.” 
Mill Park Publishing​ has enabled 62 women to become published authors. Proceeds from book sales have been donated to several local charities, including Dress for Success Boise Valley, Women's and Children's Alliance​, THE CABIN​ Writers in the Schools Program, Boys and Girls Club of Ada County, and Treasure Valley Down Syndrome Association​. The company is owned by author and syndicated blogger Elaine Ambrose.
More than 200 entries were submitted to the anthology. The 40 winning writers are as follows:
Meryl Baer, Ventnor, NJ
Anne Bardsley, South Pasadena, FL
Sharon Olivia Blumberg, Chicago, IL
Susan Swicegood Boswell, Greensboro, NC
Sherry Briscoe, Boise, ID
Carol Cassara, San Jose, CA
Cathy Chester, Kinnelon, NJ
Lynn Cobb, Royal Oak, MI
Kimberly Joyce Dalferes, Fairfax, VA
Bonnie Dodge, Twin Falls, ID
Marcia Kester Doyle, Pompano Beach, FL
Janie Emaus, Los Angeles, CA
Susan Emerson, Corvallis, OR
Elyse Ericssen, Boise, ID
Karin Britt Gall, Harrisburg, OH
Lee Gaitan, Atlanta, GA
Stacey Gustafson, Pleasanton, CA
Kimberly Jayne, Austin, TX
Roxanne Jones, Brunswick, ME
Rita Kampen, Langley, BC Canada
Lisa Kanarek, Dallas, TX
Teresa Bell Kindred, Edmonton, KY
Ruth Knox, Meridian, ID
Kimberly Montgomery, Incline Village, NV
Mary-Leah Moore, Bothell, WA
Gretchen Higgins Mullins, Boise, ID
Heidi Naylor, Boise, ID
Cheryl Nicholl, New Orleans, LA
Laurie Oien, White Bear Lake, MN
Michelle Baynes Owens, York, PA
Yvonne Ransel, Bristol, IN
Betty Rodgers, Boise, ID
Candy Schulman, New York, New York
Amy Hartl Sherman, Glen Ellyn, IL
Terri Lehr Spilman, Carmel, IN
Kathryn Streeter, Austin, TX
Camille DeFer Thompson, San Ramon, CA
Linda Wolff, Los Angeles, CA
Roz Warren, Bala Cynwyd, PA
Thursday, 23 April 2015 20:54

Writing and Wellness Retreat Inspires Women

Written by Elaine Ambrose
Mill Park Publishing of Eagle has sponsored “Write by the River” writing retreats since 2008, and the quarterly events are scheduled in two deluxe cabins near the mountain town of Garden Valley, Idaho. Previous faculty for the retreats includes Pulitzer Prize Winner Anthony Doerr, Whiting Award Winner Alan Heathcock, and New York Times bestselling authors AK Turner and Jennifer Basye Sander.
In 2015, a women-only option was added to include a focus on wellness in addition to writing. The weekend is organized and hosted by Elaine Ambrose, Mill Park Publishing owner and author, and Emily Nielsen, a wellness coach and owner of Balance Family Fitness. Activities include healthy meals, gentle yoga, writing workshops set to music, fireside chats, and free time to write or explore. Attendees have arrived from four states, and the retreats usually are sold out.
The next Women’s Wellness and Writing Retreat is May1-3, and details are on the website at The costs begin at $250 for two night’s lodging, all meals, healthy snacks, speakers, writing materials, and individual coaching. The Saturday-only option is available for $100.
Mill Park Publishing produces books written by women. The books have won 14 prestigious awards, including a Silver Medal and a Bronze Medal from the Independent Publisher Book Awards program. The company has produced 26 published authors, and two more books are in production. Mill Park Publishing donates a portion of books sales to various local charities, including Treasure Valley Dress for Success, the Cabin Writers in the School Program, and the Women’s and Children’s Alliance.
Monday, 20 April 2015 20:18

Congratulations, Tony Doerr

Written by Elaine Ambrose


Congratulations to author Anthony Doerr for winning the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his novel All the Light We Cannot See. Finalists for the acclaimed prize included Joyce Carol Oates. Doerr’s best-selling book tells the captivating story of a blind French girl and a young German soldier during World War ll.

At the book’s premiere party last year in Boise, Doerr explained how he took several years to research and write the novel. He researched, traveled, wrote, and reworked sentences for more than a week just to complete one particular paragraph. His attention to detail, character, setting, and story sets him apart as one of the world’s great writers.

Doerr was a speaker at the 2010 “Write by the River” writer’s retreat sponsored by Mill Park Publishing. At the retreat, he spoke about the writing process, and he visited with each attendee. We are honored to have him in our area.

The next writer's retreat is May 1-3 in Garden Valley.




Monday, 02 March 2015 23:37

Call for Submissions: Midlife Anthology

Written by Elaine Ambrose
Mill Park Publishing is announcing a "Call for Submissions" for a new anthology to be published in paperback and e-book format in early 2016.
The working title is Feisty after 45 - The Best Blogs from Midlife Women
Women bloggers over the age of 44 are encouraged to enter a favorite blog to be considered for the anthology. 
•Paperback and e-book due in early 2016
•1200 words maximum
•Deadline June 1, 2015
•Selected entries receive $25 and one book
Mill Park Publishing of Eagle, Idaho offers award-winning books written by women. A portion of the sales proceeds goes to charity. Mill Park Publishing also organizes and offers writing retreats for women. The company is owned by author Elaine Ambrose.
Mill Park Publishing features award-wining books written by women. The anthology Little White Dress featured 26 women writers and won the Bronze Medal for Womens Issues from the Independent Publisher Book Awards Program in 2012. This new anthology Feisty after 45 will include blogs written by women over the age of 44. Categories will be humor, inspiration, grandchildren, eldercare, travel, and personal growth.
We're seeking positive stories that will appeal to middle-aged women. Please don't send any articles about religion, politics, home-based businesses, or rants. Recipes are accepted, but should be correct. 
Mill Park Publishing follows the First North American Publication Rights (FNAPR). By submitting your piece to Mill Park Publishing, you are verifying that Mill Park Publishing has the right to be the first in North America to publish the material once. Then, unless you've granted other rights or licenses as well, all copyright to that material reverts back to you. If your submission is not accepted, all copyright to that material remains with the author. By submitting you piece, you are verifying that Mill Park Publishing has the right to publish this submission in media platforms known and yet to be discovered. Selected entries will receive $25 and one book after publication. Additional books and e-books will be available for purchase.
Complete and paste this form into an email. Attach proposed entry. Email to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Name (first and last as it will appear in print): ___________________________________________________________________________
Address (street, city, town, zip): _____________________________________________________________________________________
Email: ___________________________________________________________________________________________
Name of Blog or website: __________________________________________________________________________________________
Circle appropriate category: humor - inspiration - grandchildren - eldercare - travel - personal growth
(One submission per person, please.)
100-word Biography:
Complete entry form and email with attached word document to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  by June 1, 2015.

Click on the link above for details, cost, and tickets. Space is limited.


Garden Valley
Women’s Wellness
and Writing Retreat

May 1-3, 2015
Garden Valley, Idaho

"This retreat changed my life! I was meant to be here."

Please join us for our quarterly wellness and writing retreat. The cost begins at $250 and includes healthy meals, accommodations for two nights at two deluxe cabins in the Idaho mountains, materials, speakers, writing workshops, gentle yoga, fireside chats, individual readings, and wellness workshops. The retreat is located in Garden Valley, Idaho, approximately one hour's drive north of Boise. Limited spaces are available, and tickets are non-refundable after April 15. This retreat is sponsored by Mill Park Publishing of Eagle and Balance Family Fitness of Meridian, Idaho.

Friday, May 1

4:30 – 6:00 pm - Check in – Cabin 1
Unpacking/settling in (Cabin 2)
Nature actives and intention setting, explore the grounds
6:00 pm - Dinner – Cabin 1 - Baked wild-caught salmon with kale and pineapple
Mango-chickpea – cucumber salad, Quinoa pasta with tomato sauce
Balsamic-glazed strawberries with coconut gelato
8:00 pm - Fireside Chat - Cabin 1

Saturday, May 2

7:00 – 8:00 am Sunrise Yoga & Meditation – Cabin 2
8:30 am - Breakfast - Vegan green smoothies (vegan protein powder option)
Fresh fruit and nuts, coffee and tea
9:30 am - Writing Workshop: What Inspires You? – Cabin 1
12:00 pm - Lunch - Sweet & Crunchy Salad Bar
1:00 pm - Hike & hot springs OR relax & write
3:30 pm - Snack
4:00 pm – Self-Worth Workshop – Cabin 1
5:00 pm - Free time – read, write, relax
6:00 pm Dinner - Vegan chili, Quinoa, Garbanzo bean blondies
8:00 pm - Fireside Chat, poetry slam, conversation starters, sharing – Cabin 2

Sunday, May 3

7:00 – 8:00 am - Sunrise Yoga & Meditation – Cabin 2
8:30 am - Breakfast - Vegan green smoothies (vegan protein powder option)
Fresh fruit and nuts, coffee and tea
9:30 am - Workshop: Why Your Story Matters – Cabin 1
11:00 am - Sharing, open mic
12:00 pm - Safe travels!!

Retreat is facilitated by:

Elaine Ambrose, Author, Syndicated Blogger, Motivational Speaker

Emily Nielsen, Personal Trainer, AFAA. Group Fitness Instructor, ACE


Sponsored by Mill Park Publishing, Eagle, Idaho and Balance Family Fitness of Meridian, Idaho.

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