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

Coffee with the Editor: Query Letter Critiques

Thursday July 6, 2017
6:30pm – 7:30pm
Price: $15

Denice RoyA great query letter is an essential way to get agents and publishers interested in your book. Even if you are planning on self-publishing, mastering the art of the query letter will help you maximize the interest of others in your book.

In this session, Denise Roy, who has decades of experiences as an acquisitions editor for Simon and Schuster, Random House, and Penguin, will be critiquing query letters from the group, and providing an insider’s account of what works. Bring your own query letter or simply sit and listen as she analyzes those from others. No pressure!

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.

Seating is limited so make sure you register here.

Dr. Book Promo: or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Internet

Saturday July 15, 2017
1:00pm – 4:00pm
Price: $25

Students in this workshop will learn the basic stages of book promotion and develop a first draft of a marketing plan for their book. They will look at possible objectives a writer might have for various promotional activities. They will be exposed to, and interact with, many of the resources available to writers. Promotion plans can be developed for all budgets. Many resources are free; many are reasonable; some are costly. The workshop will consider all three types.

Seating is limited so make sure you register here.

Image Is Everything: Constructing Extraordinary Images in Prose

Saturday August 5, 2017
1:00pm – 4:00pm
Price: $25

Learn to construct a range of images (sliding and layering image, for example), identify those moments best anchored in image, and employ dynamic images that invite our readers to fully experience the “moving picture” of our narrative.

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.