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Platform Workshop with Jackie Wolven

September 12 - 9:30 am

It isn’t just social media anymore -- you are developing a platform to share your message and attract the right customer, publisher, investor or reader. 

Tying together social media, blogging, and brand development, this workshop will walk through ALL the elements you need to get yourself noticed. 

  • We will cover the basics of what a platform is and how to craft yours -- helping you through exercises that cast away what isn’t serving your brand. 
  • We will cover brands that are rocking their platforms and those that are sorely lacking, to help you see the difference.

Tools, tips and tricks will be part of this session -- be prepared to take notes and walk away knowing what you want to do to develop your platform

For More Information or to Register for Platform Workshop
Village Writing School Presents
Poetry of the Desert
International Sufi poet Tamam Kahn
Poetry Reading
Caribe Cantina  - Eureka Springs
Sunday, September 13, 6:30
Tamam is the author of Untold: A History of the Wives of Prophet Muhammad, Monkfish Press, 2010, winner of an International Book Award, 2011. 
Tamam was invited by the Royal Ministry of Morocco to read her poetry at their symposium in Marrakesh in 2009. She read at Poet’s House in New York City in July. 

Tamam has studied Classical Arabic, has an MA in Eastern Art History from San Francisco State University, has attended Stanford University, and has a BA from Sarah Lawrence College. She is  a poet and spoken word performer as well as an author. She is married to Shabda Kahn, the spiritual director (Pir) of the Sufi Ruhaniat International, and the Dances of Universal Peace, with outreach in 50 countries. 

Tamam is collaborating with Islamic scholar Dr. Arthur Buehler on a biography of Fatima, daughter of Prophet Muhammad, and she has just completed a poetry manuscript of Fatima’s life stories —in poems.
Caribe Cantina - 309 West Van Buren in Eureka Springs.

There is no admission for the program and the public is warmly invited.

For more information call the Village Writing School at 479 292-3665.
Eureka Springs
Thursday, September 10
5:00 p.m.

Village Writing School (
177 Huntsville Road)
Fancy Italian restaurants have nothing on the
Village Writing School.
This Thursday is
Soup, Salad and Breadsticks.

Memoir Circle #1 will share their celebration of the community they’ve built and their determination and progress to create four unique memoirs. (Val, Greg, Shiva, Alice)

Tuesday, September 15  
6:30 p.m.
Panera Bread
1320 SE Walton Blvd, Bentonville

As part of our developing Creativity Series,

Alison will discuss the topic of  

From the Director . . . 

Too much, too little, just right!
Confidence in a writer is a two-edged sword. Both sides can behead you.
A lack of confidence can paralyze you until you're afraid to share your work or even take a workshop. You keep your writing in the nest like an overprotective mother bird, so that it never develops legs, much less wings.
A few thoughts for you who lack confidence:
  • We all had to begin somewhere.
  • The basics of creative writing can be taught, and you can learn them.
  • Writing is subjective and NO ONE (not even a NYTBS author) can write a piece that pleases everyone.
Overconfidence is equally dangerous. When you are too confident, you think you know more than anyone, and your default reaction to comments about your writing is to defend what you wrote. When you are too confident, you are unteachable. 

Overconfidence is like a hard shell around you that, at best, keeps you from growing as a writer and, at worst, makes you bitter and resentful because no publisher recognizes your talent.
A few thoughts for the overconfident:
  • Even NYTBS authors are in writing circles because they know that there is no such thing as perfection. We can always improve.
  • You don't get to accompany your book and defend it in the real world. It must stand on its own feet. It must compel readers. It must sell itself to agents and publishers. 
As Goldilocks discovered, the middle ground is best.
A Wise Writer
gives himself permission to be where he is in his writing journey, without demanding perfection of himself before he ever lets one word be seen or heard. He gives himself permission to grow by attending workshops, writing circles, and presentations by writers.
A Wise Writer
knows he can improve and is always working to be the best he can be. 
Village Writers ~~ Stronger & Better Together
Gail Pierce Larimer

Knowing the Rules of the Road
When driving your car, you depend upon signage and signal lights to tell you when to stop and when to slow down. Literary traffic is no different, except that the signage is replaced by symbols. We call these symbols
punctuation marks.

Commas are the workhorses of literary traffic. Commas perform so many tasks that The Chicago Manual of Style devotes 37 separate entries to this one subject.
Keep in mind that the comma creates an interruption in the reader’s train of thought. Thus, there are several places where you would not use a comma.
For example, you would almost never create a pause that interrupts the word flow between a subject and its predicate—even a compound predicate.
Examples:  Sally drove the toy car down the driveway.
                   Sally drove the toy car down the driveway and stopped at the street.

Note: No comma needed before the word "and". The two verbs (drove and stopped) have the same subject (Sally).
On the other hand, in a
compound sentence you may need the comma. A compound sentence is two or more subjects, each followed by its own predicate, so that each side (independent clause) could stand alone. The two parts can be separated by a comma, always followed by a conjunction such as and, or, but or so.            

Example: Sally drove the toy car, and Billy rode the toy motorcycle.
The longer and more involved the compound sentence, the more necessary the comma is for clarity.

See CMS: Commas, Paragraphs 6.16-53, especially 6.28 and 6.29.
   B o o k s On Writing        In Our Library

Seven Steps on the Writer’s Path   
Nancy Pickard and Lynn Lott

All writers travel this path on their writing journey. What are the seven steps? How can recognizing the importance of each guide you toward your goal? The insight of these published authors can point you in the right direction.
-- Nancy Harris, VWS Librarian
   W e b  On Writing    
   Q u o t e s On Writing     
The world was more than a place. Life was more than an event.

It was all one thing, and that thing was: STORY.
—Luis Alberto Urrea
Meet a Village Writer - David Longhorn
David Longron graduated from the University of North Texas with a BA in English, with heavy emphasis in literature. He has published non-fiction, but his true love is literary fiction. Having already written a number of short stories, David Is currently working on several projects, most significantly a sprawling novel set in 1976, which he says is requiring a great deal of research. David takes workshops and is a regular at Writers' Night Out in Rogers.

Eureka Springs
Maumelle/Little Rock
Village Week in Review
  • Twelve Writers heard local authors David and Ruth Bates discuss their books' journeys at Rogers/Bentonville WNO.
  • The Rog/Ben Advisory Board met to discuss press and promotion opportunities.
  • The Development Team met in Eureka to discuss funding proposals and promotion.
  • Four memoir writers met with their mentor, Dr. Gary Guinn.
  • Twenty-two Writers had a blast at their open mic at the school.

  • The Inspirational Writers Circle met for a lunch in Rogers. 
  • The Teachers' Circle met and discussed chapters from Alison and Gary's novels.

  • Self-Editing Workshop in Rogers with twelve attendees.
Village Writers--Stronger & Better Together
Self-Editing in Rogers
Twelve writers representing six towns in Arkansas and Oklahoma.
Open Mic at Writers' Night Out
             Songs                       Historical Stories                Redneck Aliens 
Many people have asked if we teach O N L I N E 

We will soon be offering our workshops as

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September 10, Thu - Writers' Night Out - 5 PM (Eureka Springs)

September 12, Sat - Platform Workshop - 9:30 AM Panera Bread (Rogers/Bentonville)

September 15, Tue - WNO Bentonville -  6:30 PM Panera Bread (Rogers/Bentonville)

September 19, Sat - Marian Szczepanski, Make the Most of a Moment - 9 - 12 (optional one-on-one session in the afternoon)  (Eureka Springs)

September 20, Sun - Fayetteville Writing Circle -  1:00 PM (Fayetteville)

September 26, SatMarian Szczepanski, Embracing Shameless Self-Promotion10 AM (Rogers/Bentonville)
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