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 Can Publish Now!

Saturday, April 22
1-4p.m.
Price: $25

It’s a Brave New World for the publishing industry as it attempts to keep pace with the digital age. The technology boom has markedly broadened the world for today’s writers. Learn the new methods of publishing novels, poetry, memoirs, and short stories. Choose the best method for your writing and let’s get you published now.

Seating is limited so make sure you register here.


Simplifying the Art of Business Blogging

Tuesday, May 9
1-4p.m.
Price: $25

Have you been told you need a blog to attract attention to your website and business? Marketers who prioritize blogging are 13x more likely to achieve a positive ROI on their efforts.

This seminar will simplify how to make that happen so you can get on your way to better business success. The information will help small business owners either be prepared to start a business blog or will help them understand what to look for in a blog written by a freelance writer. This is the third workshop in this three part series.

Seating is limited so make sure you register here.

Moments of Truth: The Arc and the Epiphany of Your Memoir

Saturday, May 20
1-4p.m.
Price: $25

Every life is packed with stories. This memoir workshop will help you decide which story is vital to you right now and which you’re ready to write. You’ll find the opening, the narrative arc, the ending realization–the moment of truth you’re aiming for–and you’ll have the plot points and symbols you need to get there.

Seating is limited so make sure you register here.

The Zen of Writing a Sequel

Saturday, June 24
1-4p.m.
Price: $25

Are you stuck in a sequel rut? Confused about how much backstory to include? Battling with time constraints? Lack of motivation? Through discussion and exercises, Jan Morrill’s workshop will provide the focus you need to start and complete your sequel.

Seating is limited so make sure you register here.

Be the Gateway: Find Your Readers

6-week series starting Thursday, May 25
6:30pm – 8:00pm
Price: $50

Many writers are overwhelmed by the process of connecting with an audience. In this workshop series, Alison Taylor-Brown will lead you through the process established in Dan Blank’s book Be the Gateway. You will learn how to best develop the platform for your writing, understand your ideal audience, and begin to engage with them. How and why you create is a story — and that narrative is the best asset you can use to truly engage people. This workshop shows you how to use that gift with joy and confidence. Your copy of the book Be the Gateway is provided when you register. Dan Blank will conduct a special live Q&A discussion (via video feed) in the final session of this series.

Seating is limited so make sure you register here.

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

July 15, 2017
1pm – 4pm
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.

Eureka Springs Writers’ Night Out

2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month
5pm – 7pm
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
6:30 PM -8:30 PM
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 PM – 3 PM
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.

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