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
Based 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. Join Kathy Manus who will be leading this workshop.
Writing From Your Soul
9am – Noon and 1pm – 4pm
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.
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.
Learn 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. Join Rebecca Mahoney who will be leading this workshop.
Do 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. Join Diane Krause who will be leading this workshop.
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
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
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 email@example.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.