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.

Writers Retreats

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Mill Park Publishing organizes and hosts the "Write by the River" Writer's Retreat that attracts successful authors and talented writers every year toGarden Valley, Idaho. A select group of participants mingle in a custom cabin located near the south fork of the Payette River.  They learn from professionals and share their work in an informal setting. 

Guest speakers have included notable authors Tony Doerr, Alan Heathcock, Pam Barnes, and Jennifer Basye Sanders.  The next retreat will be September 29, 2012.

Women Words and Wine Winter Writing Retreat - 2 Spaces Available for Jan. 11

Join Us January 10th-12thDon't miss this weekend writing event for women only! Study writing craft, marketing, publishing options, and how to incorporate the writing life into real life. Receive a manuscript critique, share your work with other attendees, and sit down with a marketing strategist for a one-on-one session to build your author platform. Not to mention you'll have fabulous food, wine, and lots of fun!

Register Here!

Option 1: Full weekend, two nights, private room and shared bathroom. $215
Option 2: Full weekend, two nights, shared room (with a friend or an assigned roommate) and shared bathroom. $165
Option 3: Saturday only, 8 am- 6 pm $80

Space is very limited, especially for Option #1.
Meals, beer, and wine are included with registration.
Schedule of Events:

Friday:
5-7 Reception/Dinner
7-8 Session 1: Intensify Your Writing

Saturday:
8-10 Breakfast
10-11 Session 2: Taking Words to the World with Modern Media
11-12 Session 3: Planning Your Route and Means of Publication
12 Lunch
1-3 Write
3-5 Individual Appointments
5-6 Readings by day-only attendees
6 p.m. event ends for day-only attendess
6-7:30 Dinner
8 Dessert and Readings

Sunday:
8-10 Breakfast
10-11 Session 4: Bring More of the Writing Life Into Your Life
11 Retreat Ends
*All attendees will submit a 10 page, double-spaced manuscript for critique (deadline December 31st), as well as a list of your social media sites, websites, and blog(s). Attendees are also welcome to bring a 5 minute piece to read aloud at the retreat.

Speakers

A.K. Turner
A.K. Turner is a coauthor (along with Elaine Ambrose) ofDrinking with Dead Women Writers and Drinking with Dead Drunks. Her "Tales of Imperfection" series includes This Little Piggy Went to the Liquor Store and Mommy had a Little Flask. She currently at work on a third book in the series, Hair of the Corn Dog. Publisher's Weekly describes Turner as "sincere, laugh-out-loud," and "refreshingly honest." She served as a writer-in-residence for the city of Boise, created "The Writers' Block" on Radio Boise, has published both fiction and nonfiction in a variety of publications and anthologies, and taught the Tenacious Writer Studio Series.

Elaine Ambrose
Elaine Ambrose is a writer, publisher, and blogger who organizes writing retreats and donates proceeds from book sales to various charities. She is an author of nine books including the national bestseller Menopause Sucks. Elaine's blog "Midlife Cabernet" is published on several websites including BlogHer and Project Eve. Her company, Mill Park Publishing, publishes books written by women and the company recently won the Independent Publisher Book Award (IPPY) and a humor award from Foreword Magazine. Elaine's author website is www.ElaineAmbrose.com and her publisher website is www.MillParkPublishing.com.

Christy Hovey
Christy writes for The Urban Liaison magazine and is the Idaho coordinator for National Novel Writing Month. Her first book, Finding Joy in the Midst of Autism is set to release January 2014. She owns several businesses and has been nominated for the Idaho Business Review's Women of the Year 2014 Award. One of her companies, My Social Media Ghost, teaches businesses and individuals strategies to build their platform via social media. She has four children, including one with special needs. She is passionate about teaching women how to find their voice and how to overcome limiting beliefs.

Sponsored by:
Mill Park Publishing
Proceeds will benefit the Mirabel Davidson Foundation

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                      Write by the River”

Writer’s Retreat

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Garden Valley, Idaho

Only $60

Writers are encouraged to register now for limited spaces available at Mill Park Publishing’s fifth annual retreat in Garden Valley.

“How to Write and Market a Blog”

Featuring National Bloggers Stephanie Worrell, Ken Rodgers, Liza Long, and Elaine Ambrose

The guest speakers will explain the joys, challenges, and potential success associated with writing a blog. Key topics will include: How to write a blog. Identify your audience. Focus on your platform. Attract readers and sponsors. Increase speaking engagements. Promote through social media. Develop your web site. Convert your blog into a book. What happens when a blog goes “viral” and you’re a guest on national media with a book contract.

9:30 am – Registration and Welcome

9:45 – “Your Blog as Witty Diary”     Speaker: Stephanie Worrell

Stephanie Worrell has enjoyed a successful 25-year career as both a freelance writer and public relations professional. A highlight of Stephanie’s career is starting Red Sky Public Relations in 2008 and building it into one of the top public firms in the country. She managed blog content creation that resonated with target audiences, along with guiding clients with the “ins and outs” of blog development with the goal of amassing followers in alignment with their brands. In conjunction with releasing a new novel this winter, she will be launching a new blog entitled Skunk River Living.

11:30 Lunch and Networking

1:00 pm – “Your Blog as Worldwide Forum”     Speaker: Ken Rodgers

Ken Rodgers is a writer, teacher and filmmaker from Boise. He has published three books of poetry and recently published an e-book of short stories available on Kindle. Ken Rodgers writes and manages two blogs, one at www.kennethrodgers.com and one at www.bravotheproject.com. With his wife Betty, Ken is in the final stages of producing and distributing a documentary film about his company of United States Marines at the Siege of Khe Sanh, Vietnam, in 1968. To find out more about the film, titled Bravo! Common Men, Uncommon Valor, visit www.bravotheproject.com.

2:30 “When a Blog Goes Viral”

Liza Long is the Student Services Coordinator at Carrington College in Boise and also a writer, editor, designer, and single mother of four children. Last December, she wrote “I am Adam Lanza’s Mother” for her blog The Anarchist Soccer Mom in response to the horrific shootings at an elementary school in Connecticut. Her blog was picked up by a national online source and viewed more than one million times. Then she appeared on several national television news shows and received a national book contract to write about her experiences with mental health issues.

3:30 – “Your Blog as Your Identity”     Speaker: Elaine Ambrose

Elaine owns Mill Park Publishing and is an author of nine books including Menopause Sucks and Drinking with Dead Women Writers. She writes a blog titled The Midlife Sage for Annie Jennings PR and a blog titled Midlife Cabernet for her web site at www.elaineambrose.com.

4:30 – Networking and Book Signing.   Retreat ends at 5:30 pm

Retreat activities will be at the cabin of Elaine Ambrose in Southfork Landing next to the river in Garden Valley. It’s approximately one hour’s drive from Boise. Directions: Drive north of Boise on Highway 55. Turn right at Banks onto State Highway 21. Go about 12 miles, turn right at Alder Creek Road and go over the bridge. Turn right on Freedom Ranch Road into Southfork Landing, right on Southfork Lane. For overnight accommodations, contact Cabin Keepers of Idaho. Telephone (877) 322-2467. Email – This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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“Write by the River”

How to Write and Market a Blog

Registration Form Due Sept. 5

Space is Limited

 

Name_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Address___________________________________________________________________________________________________________

City, State and Zip _______________________________________________________________________________________________

Email________________________________________

Vegetarian meals preferred? Circle Yes or No

Complete, copy and send with $60 check payable to Mill Park Publishing to:

Mill Park Publishing

PO Box 1931

Eagle, ID 83616

Cost of $60 covers speakers, materials, lunch, and snacks. No refunds after Sept. 10.

Questions? Need to use a credit card? Call Elaine at (208) 890-8122 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Past speakers have included acclaimed writers Tony Doerr, Gretchen Anderson, Alan Heathcock, Jennifer Basye Sander, Lance Olsen, Stacy Dymalski, and Amanda Turner.

The 4th annual "Write by the River" Writer's Retreat sponsored by Mill Park Publishing will be Saturday, September 29, 2012 in Garden Valley.  The focus will be on publishing: getting published, self-publishing, and how to produce a book that people (in addition to your mother) will want to read.

Stay tuned for details...

Write by the River

Writer’s Retreat

Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012

Garden Valley, Idaho

Only $50

Writers are encouraged to register now for limited spaces available at the fifth annual Write by the River Writer’s Retreat in Garden Valley, only one hour north of Boise. This year’s theme:

 

Get Published:

  • New York Publishing House
  • Regional Press
  • Self-Publish

Saturday, Sept. 29

9:30 am – Registration and Introductions, Coffee, Juice

9:45 - Speaker: Jennifer Basye Sander - Get Published: Facts about the  New York Publishing Houses

wr-2012-sanderJennifer Basye Sander has been an author and book packager for nearly 20 years. She is the co-author of the best-selling book The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Getting Published. Her career has spanned all aspects of the business, from retail sales and book acquisition to editorial and publicity. She co-founded the Big City Books Group, which develops book projects and she is the author, co-author, or ghost author of more than 50 successful books in print. Jennifer lives in Sacramento, California. Find details about her writing retreats at www.writebythelake.com

11:30 – Lunch on the Deck

         Writing Assignment

1:00 - Speaker: Doug Copsey - Get Published:  Facts about Local and Regional Presses

wr-2012-copseyFor more than 30 years, Doug Copsey has shared his unique brand of innovation and insight to film, television, and radio productions for satisfied clients worldwide. He is the author of four books, seven screenplays, and hundreds of magazine articles. He is a founder and leader of the Idaho Writers Guild, and he helped create and organize the Idaho Shakespeare Festival. He is the author of With our Good Will – 30 Years of Shakespeare in Idaho published by Caxton Press in Caldwell. Doug lives in Boise, Idaho. Find more details at www.dougcopseyproductions.com

2:00 – Break

Book Signing with Authors

Snacks and Conversations

3:00 - Speaker: Stacy Dymalski - Get Published: Facts about Successful Self-Publishing

wr-2012-dymalskiStacy Dynalski is an award-winning standup comic, filmmaker, and writer. She writes with humor and presents funny talks about the delicate balance between career and how to be a parent who doesn’t screw up one’s own kids. Her self-published book Confessions of a Band Geek Mom is a delightful collection of stories about one exhausted parent's take on carpools, room mothers, high school band, and hernias. Stacy lives in Park City, Utah. Find her blog at web.me.com/stacy_dymalski/Writer

4:00 – Postscript: Elaine Ambrose

Elaine Ambrose is the author of six books, and the co-author of two books, including Menopause Sucks and Drinking with Dead Women Writers. She owns Mill Park Publishing, winner of the 2012 IPPY Award. Her author and blog web site is www.ElaineAmbrose.com, and her business web site is www.MillParkPublishing.com

5:00 – Retreat Ends - Write On!

To keep costs down, this year’s retreat will be one day instead of three. Cost of $50 covers speakers, materials, lunch, and snacks. Authors will have books available for purchase. No refunds after Sept. 10.

Questions? Call Elaine at (208) 890-8122 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Retreat activities will be at the cabin of Elaine Ambrose in Southfork Landing next to the river in Garden Valley. Directions: Drive north of Boise on Highway 55. Turn right at Banks onto State Highway 21. Go about 12 miles, turn right at Alder Creek Road and go over the bridge. Turn right on Freedom Ranch Road, turn right on Southfork Lane, and it’s the first home on the right.

Former retreat speakers include Alan Heathcock, Tony Doerr, Gretchen Anderson, and Amanda Turner. Seven past participants have successfully written and published books in the past three years.

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  September 17 – 19, 2010  -  Garden Valley, Idaho 
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Writers are encouraged to register now for limited spaces available at the third annual “Write by the River” Writer’s Retreat in Garden Valley, only one hour north of Boise.

Speakers include:

  • Anthony Doerr, internationally-acclaimed, award-winning author and former Writer-in-Residence for the State of Idaho
  • Alan Heathcock, author, BSU fiction instructor and recipient of the 2010 Literature Fellowship
  • Gretchen Anderson, award-winning humor columnist, media reporter, and co-author
  • Amanda Turner, radio producer and host, writer, and social network expert
  • Elaine Ambrose, award-winning author and owner of Mill Park Publishing

Cost:  $125.00
$100 for members of the Idaho Writer’s Guild

Sponsored by
Mill Park Publishing
Eagle, ID
Or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for a brochure

Retreat activities will be at the cabin of Elaine Ambrose in Southfork Landing next to the river in Garden Valley. Directions:  Drive north of Boise on Highway 55.  Turn right at Banks onto State Highway 21.  Go about 12 miles, turn right at Alder Creek Road and go over the bridge.  Turn right on Freedom Ranch Road into Southfork Landing.  Turn right on Southfork Lane.

Friday, Sept. 17 – 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Informal wine and cheese reception. Mingle with some of the speakers and other writers.  Participants can volunteer to read their work.

Saturday, Sept. 18

9:00 a.m. – Registration

Coffee, light breakfast

9:30 – Welcome – Elaine Ambrose

9:45 – “How and Why I Write”

anthony-doerrAnthony Doerris the author of four books: Memory Wall, The Shell Collector, About Grace, and Four Seasons in Rome.  Doerr’s fiction has won three O. Henry Prizes and has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories, The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories, and The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Fiction.  His work has been translated into eleven languages and has won awards including the Rome Prize, the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award, the Barnes & Noble Discover Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Ohioana Book Award twice. He was the State’s Writer-in-Residence.

10:30 – Q & A with Anthony Doerr

11:15 – Break

11:30 – Lunch – Book Signing

12:30 – “How to Build on Writer’s Blocks”

turnerAmanda Turner, a writer from Boise, is the producer and host of The Writer’s Block on Boise Community Radio.  She is active with the Idaho Writer’s Guild and manages several Internet sites, including www.RadioWritersBlock.com.

1:30 – “Story and the Art of Relevance”

 

Alan Heathcock’s new book VOLT will be published in March.  His stories have been published in Zoetrope; All-Story, VQR, and Best American Mystery Stories among others, and he won the National Magazine Award in Fiction.  He’s currently a Fiction Fellow as appointed by the Idaho Commission on the Arts. 

2:30 – Break

3:00 – “Seriously Writing with Humor”

andersonGretchen  Anderson writes award-winning humorous columns in several newspapers and is the co-author of Daily Erotica. A former television news reporter, she is owns a PR firm called Communication Outsource.  Her blog is www.therealgretchenanderson.blogspot.com

4:00 – “Keep Writing or Your Head will Explode”  

ambroseElaine Ambrose is the author of 100 magazine articles, four books and the co-author of two books, including Menopause Sucks.  She has several national writing awards, including a national humor award from Foreword Magazine for her golf book titled The Red Tease. She owns Mill Park Publishing.  Her public speaking topics are listed on www.elaineambrose.com

 

 

5:00 – Break – Book Signing

6:00 – Dinner

7:30 – 9:30 - Break for individual writing or informal group discussions

Sunday, Sept. 19

Take time for individual writing around the area or enjoy informal discussions at Elaine’s cabin.  Light breakfast provided.  Retreat ends at noon.

Commute or stay?  It’s a one-hour scenic drive from Boise.  The Garden Valley Inn, (208) 462-2911, has limited overnight accommodations, or preview www.inidaho.com. Camping also is available.

“Write by the River”
Registration Form Due Sept. 5
Space is Limited

 

Name________________________________________   Address_____________________________________

City ________________________________________    State, Zip ___________________________________

Email________________________________________   Vegetarian meals preferred?  Circle Yes  or  No

Complete, copy and send with check payable to Mill Park Publishing to:

Mill Park Publishing
981 W Cherry Bello Dr.
Eagle, ID 83616

Cost of $125 covers speakers, materials, reception, light breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.  $100 for members of Idaho Writer’s Guild.  No refunds after Sept. 10.

Questions?  Call Elaine at (208) 890-8122 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Remember to bring samples of your writing.  Reading is voluntary.

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