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


Revision: The Art, the Craft, the Magic


Saturday, February 23, 2019
9am – 10am CT
$25

Come learn the reviser’s alchemy by which narrative lead turns to gold. In this workshop, we’ll cover the purely chemical processes of proofreading and editing, but we’ll also explore the higher magic—and frankly, there are some conjuror’s tricks involved—that imbues a gnarly rough draft with focus, coherence, and internal resonance.

Join live on February 23 at 9 a.m. Central Time. Recording also available.


Space, Time, and Magic: The Writer’s Process


Friday, March 22, 2019
10am – 11am CT
$25

Is your muse hovering on the sidelines, not sure where or when to show up? Can you summon her with a room, a routine, or a ritual? In this exploration of the writing process, writing coach, author, and teacher Cynthia Morris will lead you on a personal journey to discover what you need to create a sustainable, productive writing practice. Cross the threshold into the writing life!

Join live on March 22 at 10 a.m. Central Time. Recording also available.


Coming Soon: Literary Agent Summit and Pitch Slam


April, 2019

Coming in April 2019, is the Village Writing School’s first Literary Agent Summit and Pitch Slam. This is an online summit that you can participate in wherever you are.

Featuring the following speakers:

  • Katharine Sands at Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency
  • Jennifer Grimaldi at Chalberg & Sussman
  • Madelyn Burt at Stonesong
  • Jennifer Unter at The Unter Agency
  • Laurie Chittenden at Tessler Literary Agency
  • Emily Keys at Fuse Literary
  • Eric Myers at Myers Literary Management
  • Andy Ross at The Andy Ross Literary Agency
  • Amaryah Orenstein at GO Literary
  • Kelly Peterson at Corvisiero Literary Agency
  • Nettie Finn from St. Martin’s Press

More info coming soon. Sign up for our newsletter to stay informed.


Image Is Everything: Constructing Extraordinary Images in Prose


Saturday June 15, 2019
10am – 11am CT
$25

Improve your writing by using imagery to enrich the visual detail in your stories. Heather Sellers, poet and teacher of creative writing, argues that the image is a three-dimensional mental picture that inspires thoughts and feeling in your readers. In fact, the best writers employ vivid (concrete), moving (dynamic), and convincing (persuasive) images in order to ground their readers in the fabric of their written world. In this workshop, we will examine a range of successful images and then use exercises to practice their construction so that we can then create them in our own work.

Join live on June 15 at 10 a.m. Central Time. Recording also available.


Keep on Blogging


Saturday August 3, 2019
9am – 10am CT
$25

Learn how to use a blog or newsletter to share your journey–literal and metaphorical–with your readers, even when you aren’t feeling the magic.

Join live on August 3 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

Get lifetime access to ALL sessions for only $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.