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


Thirteen Ways to Make Your Characters Come Alive

May 26, 2018, 12pm – 3pm CT


Nothing is as important as your characters, even in a plot-driven thriller. Your characters much be real people with their own conflicts, angsts, and insecurities. The best of them must be flawed and the worst of them must have some sympathetic trait.

In this workshop we will look at thirteen ways to make your characters come alive and to make your readers care about them. We will look at narrative tension more specifically as it relates to character, and we will look at narrative distance as the lens through which your characters are viewed.

Learn the character creation techniques used by professional writers. Register here for this single event.


Becoming a Writer in the 21st Century: Craft, Publishing, Platform and More

June 2, 2018, 1pm – 4pm CT

In this online workshop, Stephanie Vanderslice will bring to life chapters from her Bloomsbury book, The Geek’s Guide to the Writing Life, to help set writers on the path to achieving their writing goals. She’ll explore the different kinds of education that can benefit different kinds of writers, describe the keys to publishing your work that go beyond opening Writer’s Market or Duotrope, offer an introductory guide to Literary Citizenship and Platform Building, and describe key steps to finding an agent and publishing your book.

Register here.


Writers Who Write Support Group

Next session: Tuesday May 22nd
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.