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writingschool colorVillage Writing School workshops combine high-quality instruction for the experienced writer with an informal and fun atmosphere that will put even the most timid beginner at ease.

The Village Writing School Schedule


        * Defining your vision
        * Making or breaking a story--the crucial role of point of view
        * Choosing the most effective/authentic point of view
        * Finding your voice
The workshop will feature step-by-step techniques and will give participants time to write. Each seminar should result in writers having rough drafts to work with and polish by the end of the session.
Time: 1pm - 4pm      Cost: $25


Oct. 4: Bring On The Bad Guys ~ Marian Szczepanski

Enough Sympathy Already…Bring on the Antagonists 


We’ll discuss the nature and purpose of antagonists in fiction and consider specific examples, both classic and contemporary, paying particular attention to how they function and what makes them memorable and unique (rather than stereotypes). Each participant is encouraged to bring a story or novel excerpt that includes a favorite (or despised) antagonist to share with the class. We’ll conclude by considering the challenges of writing about particularly heinous characters and their potential effect on readers. 


Time: 9am - 12pm      Cost: $25


Oct. 4: My Book's Journey Before & After Publication ~ Marian Szczepanski

The Long and Winding (and Rocky and Pot-holed) Road to Publication

The transformation from writer to published author can be exhilarating, as well as exhausting.  This workshop will move from the first hurdle—getting attention from the right publishing powers-that-be—to the finished product (and what to do with it). We’ll discuss the steps to publication, options available to today’s authors, and the realities of marketing your book in a social-media-saturated world.

Each participant is encouraged to bring a three-sentence “elevator pitch” designed to grab an agent’s or editor’s attention. The class will conclude with role-playing and collective editing to help participants polish their pitches.

Time: 1pm - 4pm       Cost: $25 


Nov. 1: The Way of the Story ~ Catherine Ann Jones

“We’ve become lopsided living only in our heads. Writing, in order to serve the soul, must integrate outer craft with the inner world of intuition and feeling.”  - Catherine Ann Jones, NY TIMES

The Way of Story offers an integrative approach to writing narrative, combining solid craft with experiential inner discovery. Craft alone is not enough. No other writing workshop offers the solid craft to guarantee a good story along with the intangible inner dimensions of writing.

For writers of all levels & all narrative forms including plays, screenplays, stories, novels, non-fiction including memoir



For more information, contact alisontaylorbrown@me.com or 479 292-3665.

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