Making Up for Lost Time!                                                Issue #31  February 12, 2014
The Village View
A Publication of The Village Writing School
FINALLY!!  Features!

After a weather delay, we at last get to kick off our Feature Writing project with Rebecca Mahoney's workshop TOMORROW (February 13) from 3-5 pm. With years of experience writing many types of features for major newspapers and magazines around the country, Rebecca can show us how to write creative, PUBLISHABLE pieces. She will teach us how to find the real Story behind the Store.

Featuring Soup!
After the workshop, our regular Writers' Night Out will begin with our organic, vegetarian, gluten-free soup at 5 pm. We will use this social time to discuss and brainstorm YOUR ideas for the feature article that you will write. Before the night is out, everyone will have a working plan for his story. 
This is our first community project of the year. Not only will we learn to write these features, but we will provide guidance for you to submit them to five publications.
Don't miss this chance to learn a useful skill that will boost your publication resume and writing platform. Register online or email Alison if you want to participate. The cost is $20 for the workshop.
Thur Feb 15   3-5 pm   Only $20
Writers Night Out
5 - 7 pm

Stay for soup and socialization following the workshop. We'll talk about our individual feature stories and how to prepare them for publication. Pretty exciting.
Let's do it! It'll be great to see everyone again.

Want to learn to write in a hurry? We're about to burn through THREE workshops in three weeks.
  • February 15  Dialogue and Setting
  • February 22 The Word and the Sentence
  • March 1  Subtext, High Events, & Closing
Full descriptions online at where you can also register.
$45 per all-day workshop. Or, we're still extending the package price of $200 for five. Email Alison with any questions.
Turn up the heat under YOUR writing!
This Week's Items in Our Virtual Thrift Shop
Endless entertainment for your furry friend--until they figure it out and are bored with it. Baxter has reached that point with this toy and wants to share it with another kitty. Only $2 for this item that originally retailed for about $20.

Admittedly, these shoes won't help you lose weight. But, they will make you at least a couple of inches taller, and they're truly comfortable. Skechers, size 8. Excellent condition. Retailed for around $80, but for you, $5.

Cute, comfy J.Jill sweater. Year-round weight. 73% cotton. Size 10. 3/4 sleeves. Looks a little like boiled wool but it isn't nearly as hot to wear! Washable. $5

Get ready for summer by snapping up this NEW top from a local trendy shop. Made in the USA of pre-shrunk 100% cotton. Machine wash cold. Size Medium. Save $80 by buying it for $20.

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Feb 13 - Features Writing Workshop 3-5 p.m. 
Feb 15 - Dialogue and Setting  9-4
Feb 16 - Fayetteville Writing Circle -
Feb 22 or March 15 - The Word and the Sentence
March 1 or April 19 - Subtext, High Events, Closings
March 2 - 
Fayetteville Writing Circle
March 7 - Writing Circles
March 8 - Writing Circles
March 9 
- Sunday Roundelay
March 15 - The Word and the Sentence
March 16 - 
Fayetteville Writing Circle
March 22 or May/June (TBA) - Self-Editing  
March 23 
- Sunday Roundelay
April 4 - Writing Circles
April 5 - Writing Circles
April 6 - 
Fayetteville Writing Circle
April 13 - Sunday Roundelay 
April 19 - Subtext, High Events, Closings
April 20 - 
Fayetteville Writing Circle
April 25 - Writing Circles
April 26 - Writing Circles
April 27 
- Sunday Roundelay

May or June - Self-Editing
May 3 - Pat Carr, Short Story
For more information or to register for any workshop, contact Alison at or 479 292-3665.
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