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.


How to Begin Your Story

May 12, 2018, 12pm – 3pm CT

The first page is the most important page in your book. Agents, editors, and potential readers all judge a book by its first page. But there are many decisions that must be made before that first line is written, and those decisions have the power to make or break your story.

In this workshop we will look at critical questions, such as point of view. We will make sure you understand the concept of narrative tension that must be present on that first page. And we will lay down some basic rules that a writer must never forget, such as:

  • How to Begin
  • Asking the Right Questions
  • What is Voice?
  • Narrative Arc
  • Narrative Tension
  • Writing Rules to Live By

Get your story off on the right foot and avoid massive rewrites by understanding the power of the first page. Register here for this single event.

Everything You Need to Write a Beautiful Story Workshop Series

May 12 – September 1, 2018

In this online workshop series, Alison Taylor-Brown, Director of the Village Writing School, teaches everything (and more) that she learned getting an MFA in Fiction. This series is appropriate for those new to writing and for experienced writers who want to review the many complex aspects of their chosen craft.

This online series is presented in eight session across four months.

More than just a bunch of random workshops, this series will show you everything you need to write a beautiful story, whatever your chosen genre (yes, zombie stories, too). A beautiful story is a well-crafted story, a readable story, a publishable story.

Make your story a beautiful story.

To register for the entire workshop series or individual sessions, click here.

Writers Who Write Support Group

Next session: Tuesday April 10th
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’ 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.

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.