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


Memoir Success Proposal


Thursday, Dec 6, 2018
11am – 12pm CT
$25

Rachael Herron will lead you through the steps to create a killer proposal. She will be following the process outlined by literary agent Renee Fountain of Gandolfo Helin & Fountain Literary Management.

Make sure your proposal shines!!

This workshop will be led by Rachael Herron, beloved speaker of our Memoir Success Summit. Rachael will give you deeper direction into proposal requirements and take your questions about your own proposal.

Don’t miss this great opportunity to get your all-important proposal right!

Recording also available.


Stepping Stones to Memoir


Saturday, January 26, 2019
9am – 11am CT
$45

Whether you long to be the next Cheryl Strayed or just write your memories for your children in a way that’s readable and entertaining, Rebecca Mahoney will address memoir’s common challenges:

  • How to structure your memoir
  • How to create a story arc
  • How to develop and write about the people in your story
  • How to incorporate dialogue

She’ll discuss the issue of recreating material, i.e., where do you draw the line between fact and fiction? When is it okay to fill in the blanks and when is it not?

This workshop will get you started on the right foot or help you self-correct midway. A perfect follow-up to our popular Online Memoir Success Summit.

Join live on January 26 at 9 a.m. Central Time.

Recording also available.


Memoir Success Online Summit

We are proud to present our second online summit, this time focused on helping you share your story! The event features bestselling authors, agents, editors, and marketers who will provide practical (and inspiring) advice on why the world needs your story, and how you can best write and share it.

Speakers include:

  • New York Times Bestselling author Ruth Wariner
  • Author Tracy Strauss
  • Author Rachael Herron
  • Author and writing instructor Marion Roach Smith
  • Writer & editor Allison Williams
  • Literary agent Renee C. Fountain
  • Author and marketing expert Dan Blank

Lifetime access to each speaker’s session is $45. Click here for more information.


Writers Who Write Support Group


This group meets face-to-face online every other Tuesday.
6pm – 7pm CT

Join us for this regular online support group for writers! Each session will be filled with:

  • Serious writers (Serious does not mean experienced. We can help you get started. Serious means willing to put your fingers on the keyboard or your pen on the paper.)
  • Online connection! You don’t have to leave your home, join us from wherever you are.
  • A focus on accountability. Don’t struggle with your writing alone, let us help you stay accountable to your goals.
  • A structured environment. This group is all about improving your craft.

 

To join Writers Who Write, simply become a member of Village Writing School! The memberships begin at $10 per month. You can cancel at any time.

Eureka Springs Writers’ Lunch

2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month
Noon CT
Pizza Hut, 2048 E. Van Buren, Eureka Springs, AR 72632

We have lunch 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’ Lunch 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.