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
You are the Thor of your story and your bolt of lightning is language. Originally entitled, The Word and the Sentence, this workshop will teach you how language is the one powerful tool at your disposal to create, within your readers, the reactions that you desire. Language is a toolbox full of many instruments. Among others, this workshop will teach you how to use:
- Sound Devices
- Figurative Language
- Types of Phrases
Don’t rely on guesswork when you write. Understand what you are doing with the language that you put on the page.
Learn to harness your lightning bolts.
There’s a whole world going on between the lines. That world is called subtext. If you use it improperly, your readers are confused. If you use it wisely, your story is twice as powerful.
In this workshop we will examine the many types of subtext and how you can employ them to create characters and situations of great fascination for the reader. We will show you how to go below the surface of story, plot, and context.
Learn to recognize—and control—the implicit narrative.
You have written for pages toward your dramatic event and/or your ending. Now here it is. Does it meet the reader’s expectation or does it fall flat?
In this workshop we will examine the do’s and don’ts of high events and look at several different ways to write them. We will also learn the different types of endings and consider which may be right for your story.
- Weaving the Dramatic & the Subtle
- Two Mistakes with High Events
- Endings can Culminate or Imply Continuation
- Ending Literal or From Afar?
Make sure you keep the promises you have made to the reader. Don’t let your dramatic event or ending disappoint them.
You’re done! Wait, no you’re not. Editing is not sitting down with your manuscript and a cup of tea and reading through it. Editing should be a step-by-step process that gives you the opportunity to see your manuscript from different angles and in new lights.
In this workshop we will teach you how to put your manuscript under twelve different microscopes and what you can learn from each.
This workshop is an excellent summation of the complete series or, for those just coming into the series, a good introduction to editing your work. Either way, it’s an overview that will have you seeing your manuscript like never before.
The guidelines in this workshop will help you know that your finished book is as good as it can be.
This group meets face-to-face online every other Tuesday.
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.
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
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 email@example.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.