WRITE YOUR STORY     BUILD A PLATFORM    LIVE THE LIFE 

The twofold mission of the Village Writing School is to help beginning and established writers develop their craft and to foster a vibrant literary community in the Northwest Arkansas region.


WORKSHOPS AND EVENTS


Writing for Resiliency: Using Expressive Writing to Heal

September 30, 2017
1 pm – 4pm
Price: $25

Learn how to restore and heal the self from the ‘slings and arrows of outrageous fortune’ with the curative powers of expressive writing. The healing principles informing radical acceptance, self-compassion and mindfulness converge in the use of emotion focused writing when applied correctly.

Seating is limited so make sure you register here.

An Evening With Editor Denise Roy

October 5, 2017
6:30 pm – 7:30pm
Price: $15

Denice RoyJoin editor Denise Roy for a discussion on editing and crafting books that engage readers. Denise has decades of experiences as an acquisitions editor for Simon and Schuster, Random House, and Penguin. We will meet in our library and bring Denise in on our big screen. She will be able to see and interact with the entire room, directly answering your questions.

Seating is limited so make sure you register here.

How To Turn What You Know Into A How-To Book That Sells

October 14, 2017
1 pm – 4pm
Price: $25

Lin WellfordDo you have a hobby or a talent that others have admired? Whether it’s a skill you’ve developed on your own or something your learned and then took to a new level, writers can use their communication tools to create interesting and inspiring nonfiction.

Seating is limited so make sure you register here.

Improving Your Author Website and Media Kit

October 28, 2017
1 pm – 4pm
Price: $25

Jamie SmithIn this workshop, we will cover the basics of what components make an effective author website then work in pairs to perform a hands-on website review. Reviewers will be provided a punch list that will guide them through the review process. Each participant will use the review to develop a website improvement plan. Bringing a laptop or mobile device is necessary.

Seating is limited so make sure you register here.

An Evening With Editor Denise Roy

November 2, 2017
6:30 pm – 7:30pm
Price: $15

Denice RoyJoin editor Denise Roy for a discussion on editing and crafting books that engage readers. Denise has decades of experiences as an acquisitions editor for Simon and Schuster, Random House, and Penguin. We will meet in our library and bring Denise in on our big screen. She will be able to see and interact with the entire room, directly answering your questions.

Seating is limited so make sure you register here.

Writing the Short Story: Five Essential Steps

Saturday, November 4, 2017
1 pm – 4pm
Price: $25

Nancy HartneyWriting a short story is different from writing a novel. Length is a factor, but what other elements distinguish short fiction? Workshop participants will examine five criteria required of a short piece. Concrete tips for improvement, short writing categories, and techniques for successful submission will conclude the workshop. Participants will complete in-class original exercises as well as deconstructing well-known examples of short work.

Seating is limited so make sure you register here.

Character as Setting

Saturday, November 11, 2017
1 pm – 4pm
Price: $25

Sanderia Faye In this workshop, Sanderia Faye will delve into the world of “seeing” as a sensory experience and place as character. Participants will look at passages from writers like Toni Morrison, Harper Lee and Maya Angelou to explore how these writers draw readers into their world, how that world is an organic being shaping and being shaped, and how the story could only have taken place there.

Seating is limited so make sure you register here.

An Evening With Editor Denise Roy

December 7, 2017
6:30 pm – 7:30pm
Price: $15

Denice RoyJoin editor Denise Roy for a discussion on editing and crafting books that engage readers. Denise has decades of experiences as an acquisitions editor for Simon and Schuster, Random House, and Penguin. We will meet in our library and bring Denise in on our big screen. She will be able to see and interact with the entire room, directly answering your questions.

Seating is limited so make sure you register here.

Create a Conversation with an Audience

Saturday, December 9, 2017
1 pm – 4pm
Price: $25

Alice FrenchMaking a speech is simply talking about your book with a group of people. Learn how to create a conversation that will engage audiences and sell books. If you are writing a story, you have something to say. If you have something to say, talking with audiences can be easier than you think. In this two-part workshop, you’ll learn ways to create a book talk that will capture the three essentials of public speaking: be emotional, be novel, and be memorable. The first workshop will give you the tools to create your speech; the second workshop will give you an audience to let you practice your speech.

Seating is limited. Register here.

This I Believe: Writing the Personal Essay

Saturday, January 6, 2018
9am – 4pm
Price: $45

Kathy ManusBased on NPR’s This I Believe series, this workshop will teach you to identify, focus, and express your core beliefs in a short, powerful form appropriate for essays, blog posts, letters to the editor, or as a basis for a longer piece.
A variety of writing exercises will show you how to write a Personal Belief Essay.
Learn to articulate what matters to you.

Seating is limited so make sure you register here.

Writing From Your Soul

Saturday, January 20, 2018
Two sessions:
9am – Noon and 1pm – 4pm
Price: $25 each session

Linda Apple
Morning Session:
For any worldview. Learn what inspirational writing is, what it isn’t, how to find your story, and how to write it in a way that connects with your readers. Learn to find and share the unique inspiration from your own life. This session will be aimed at sharing life truths that fit everyone, no matter how their beliefs lean.

Afternoon Session
Writing for the Christian devotional market. In this session we will learn how to write our faith experiences in a way that will inspire and encourage as well as identifying the common flaws that weaken your message.


Magazine Writing

Saturday, February 3, 2018
1 pm – 4pm
Price: $25

Rebecca MahoneyLearn to turn your experiences and ideas into published essays and articles for magazines. From identifying story ideas to successfully pitching to editors, this course will help you get started in magazine writing.

We’ll cover all the basics: identifying magazine-worthy pieces (travel, personal essay, journalism), finding an angle, choosing target magazines, writing for a magazine audience, online vs. print opportunities, reporting vs. personal experience, finding a balance, and pitching your story to a magazine.

Seating is limited so make sure you register here.

Forging Your Own Path: A Self-Publishing Primer

Saturday, February 17, 2018
1 pm – 4pm
Price: $25

Diane KrauseDo you love the idea of self-publishing but don’t have a clue where to begin? In this workshop you’ll get a guided tour of the self-publishing process, from start to finish. You’ll learn how to prepare your manuscript for publishing, where to look for cover designers, how to get an ISBN (if you even need one), and what resources to use for publishing your print and e- books. By the end of the workshop you’ll understand how CreateSpace is different from Kindle Direct Publishing, and that you may need both. You’ll walk away with a roadmap for your self-publishing journey and a list of resources to help bring your story to life.

Seating is limited so make sure you register here.

Eureka Springs Writers’ Night Out

2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month
5:00pm – 7:00pm
Pizza Hut, 2048 E. Van Buren, Eureka Springs, AR 72632

We have dinner at the Pizza Hut followed by varied activities or guest speakers to keep your creative mind turning and encouraged with a fun evening of fellowship.

Writers’ Night Out is open to anyone who has an interest in writing. We’d love to meet you and discuss your writing goals and dreams.


Rogers/Bentonville Writers’ Night Out

1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Jones Center for Nonprofits at St. Mary’s, 1200 W Walnut St., Rogers

Bring a sack supper. Writers’ Night Out is open to anyone who has an interest in writing. We’d love to meet you and discuss your writing goals and dreams.


Fayetteville Writing Circle

1st and 3rd Sunday of each month
1:00pm – 3:00pm
Fayetteville, Arkansas Public Library

Writers’ Night Out is open to anyone who has an interest in writing. We’d love to meet you and discuss your writing goals and dreams. For more information, contact Laurie Reichart at lreichart@hotmail.com


Why Stories Matter

~Stories Connect Us

In a world in which connection is both increasingly global and increasingly superficial, a story, told well, shares the author’s view of the world, helping us understand a person whose culture or background is far different from our own.

~Stories Heal Us

One of our students is writing a memoir of a difficult childhood in which he always believed his father abandoned him. Researching the memoir helped him reconnect with his father and learn the other side of the story. Writing the memoir helped release years of pain. Many studies have shown the healing aspect of writing.

~Stories are our Legacy

“Every time an old person dies,” Alex Haley said, “it’s like a library burns.” Every day we lose valuable history when people fail to tell their stories. History is more than just wars and kings. History is the life of a real person in a particular time.

~What’s Your Story?

Almost 90% of Americans say they have a story to tell. Writing is more popular than ever. Yet the readability and salability of these stories could be greatly improved by some understanding of the elements of creative writing. Whether you simply want to leave a legacy for your grandchildren or become the next Harper Lee, the Village Writing School wants to help you save your story.