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Howdy Folks!

Good to meet you! I’m Charli Mills. From riding horses to writing stories, I’m a born buckaroo wrangling words. I once won a trophy for goat-tying and later, one for story-telling.

With over two decades in freelancing, publications, sales, marketing, editing and speaking, my writing is published in magazines, anthologies and online. I use my worldly experience to consult with organizations, schools, entrepreneurs, writers, and independent authors in the art and business of story-telling.

My byline has appeared in Montana Outdoors, Colours Literary Magazine, Edible Twin Cities and online at USA Today. I used to write wellness columns, and foodie features about turmeric and cheese-makers. I published over 200 print articles and managed the award-winning Living Naturally for 16 years.

For a comprehensive list of my writing, achievements, and presentations, see my Curricula Vitae. Yep, a buckaroo with a CV!

Nowadays, I make up stories. My literary art includes historical fiction and sensory-rich nature essays. I write about rocks, furry and feathered critters, the west, copper miners, and women on frontiers. I research buried history, write character-driven novels, and embrace the 99-word flash fiction form as scientifically-based magic.

As lead buckaroo of this outfit, I build literary communCharli Mills 2017 (2) WEBity through weekly flash fiction challenges. I host the Congress of Rough Writers and curate their creative writing into shareable formats (online compilations, Patreon podcasts, local literary events, and published anthologies).

Our literary community’s debut is The Congress of Rough Writers Flash Fiction Anthology, Vol. 1.

Thirty writers began with 99 words and forged literary feats. Vol. 1 explores the literary art of flash fiction through the earliest compilations at Carrot Ranch and a new flash fiction prompt. Some writers extended original 99-word stories into longer ones and the group’s memoirists reflected on how their practice of flash fiction impacted their nonfiction writing. Based on the experiences at Carrot Ranch, Vol. 1 offers tips to other groups interested in using flash fiction to build a literary community.

Carrot Ranch Literary Community now has book publishing imprint and is working toward funding its next anthology, Vol. 2.  Miracle of Ducks, my novel in progress, has been accepted as my thesis while I pursue an MFA  in Creative Writing 2019-2021. And I’ve gained enough stability in one community (long story that has to do with having a combat veteran spouse) to relaunch writing retreats and workshops.

You can follow my flash fiction prompts, compilations and event announcements at the Carrot Ranch Facebook Page or on Twitter: @Charli_Mills. #ILOVECARROTRANCH and hope you do, too!

WRITING WORKSHOPS & RETREATS

Any workshops or retreats I set up will be listed under Events. Most will be held in the Keweenaw of  Upper Michigan, although I will also attend regional and national conferences and literary events. Starting in 2019, I’ll be leading annual writing refuges where a small group of writers meeting the natural beauty of an outdoor space to discover the influence of the natural world on writing. Vermont Nature Writing Refuge is the first.

If you have an interest in hosting a  Carrot Ranch literary workshop or event in your community, reach me using the contact form.

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LIMITED CONSULTING AVAILABLE

I can offer training to small businesses, nonprofits and creatives on the topics of branding, storytelling, and building innovative business models. I’m the person you want to hire to develop a project. I’m a maximizer, taking what is good and making it great.

Rough Writer & Friends receive a community discount.

Contact me to check on my availability.

Hourly Rate for Hire

COACHING FOR WRITERS TO: Improve craft or a manuscript; Develop a writing process; Develop professionally as an author; Develop a strategic plan for publication based on vision and goals. MARKETING CONSULTING TO: Develop a writer’s platform; Master the cycle of marketing; Create focused strategies; Develop editorial or social media calendars; Develop brand standards and style guides.

$75.00

Hourly Rate for Hire (for Carrot Ranch Literary Community)

COACHING FOR WRITERS TO: Improve craft or a manuscript; Develop a writing process; Develop professionally as an author; Develop a strategic plan for publication based on vision and goals. MARKETING CONSULTING TO: Develop a writer’s platform; Master the cycle of marketing; Create focused strategies; Develop editorial or social media calendars; Develop brand standards and style guides.

$50.00

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