New Workshop this Saturday                                           Issue #33  February 25, 2014
The Village View
A Publication of The Village Writing School
Village Writer Selected for Tales of the South Taping
Our own Village Writer, Linda Summersea (aka Hebert) has had her story Destination Juke Joint chosen by Tales of the South, an unrehearsed showcase of writers reading their stories, which is broadcast locally on KUAF on Saturday afternoons and syndicated on World Radio Network.  
We are so proud of Linda and want to support her and Tales of the South.  So let's turn out to this historic (first of many) honor for one of our own.  Tickets are $25 and include a "Southern Sunday Night Supper."  This will be at the Art Center of the Ozarks in Springdale.  We will be taking cars from the Village Writing School building. You guys in NWA can meet us there.  (If you're not part of our regular group but you want to hang with us at this event, email me.)  
DON'T WAIT!!!  Tickets are limited.  Order tickets here:
Let's turn out to:
1. Support Linda
2. Learn how this works in case YOU want to submit a story to Tales.
3. Have a night out together
4. And show the world that the Village Writing School ROCKS!

Because this is a dinner show, seating is VERY LIMITED.  If you delay, you'll not get a ticket. $25 for a good meal and FINE entertainment is a steal.

So, ORDER your tickets NOW.  A free party favor to everyone who comes who tells me they saw it in the newsletter.  
March 1
9 - 4 @ Village Writing School

Subtext, High Events, & Closings
Writers Night Out

Thursday, Feb. 27       5 - 7 pm

Kathryn Lucariello, editor of the Holiday Island News and contributing editor of the Lovely County Citizen, will speak on Thursday evening about feature writing for our local papers. This evening's talk is part of our ongoing Feature Writing project. 

Kate will be joining us for our regular soup supper and will be happy to talk to us about our individual stories. This is an excellent opportunity for you to learn directly from the editor what she requires and is interested in for her paper.

Come at 5 for soup and conversation. The program starts at 6, sometimes a little earlier.
8 Ways to Help Our Community

Last week, Alice and I rambled on about community and what it meant to us. This week, I'd like to make a few suggestions as to how you can help. Some of these may surprise you.
  1. Be a greeter. Whenever new people arrive to any of our events, make it your personal goal to meet them and make them feel welcome. If someone is talking to them, make sure you go back and catch them later. Let's work on getting the reputation for being a BUNCH of friendly people.
  2. Draw everyone into the discussion.  We're all passionate about our stories and when we get together, we're excited to see one another. But if you're hearing one voice more than others, and that voice is your own, try turning the conversation toward someone who hasn't said much. Ask them about their writing.  What are they working on and how is it going?
  3. Invite people you meet who express an interest in writing and then invite them again when you next see them. Again, talk to them about what they want to write and how the Village Writing School has helped you. Be a VWS ambassador wherever you go.
  4. Bring something occasionally to Writers' Night Out. Not every time. And I don't want it to be a potluck that we have to cook for. That's a drag. But maybe pick up some grapes, some cheese, some bread, cookies, wine, or anything that will compliment our soup.  So it's not just the same old thing every time. If a few of us would bring something each time, we could have a varied table. Make it a goal to bring something, maybe, once a month. And when you bring something, don't put money in the owl. And when you don't bring something, feed the owl, if you have a little cash. If not, then feed him next time.
  5. Share your dumpster. If any of us has access to a dumpster to which I can bring one or two sacks of VWS trash a week, that would help so much. I'm not in Eureka on the day the trash truck comes by, so I can't put out the trash. One event can generate a whole bag of trash.
  6. Donate something to the thrift store.  We have taken in about $40 from our thrift store, but only a few people are participating. Find an item you can part with, take its picture, or bring it for photographing. 
  7. Shop the thrift store. As the items are posted here in the newsletter, ask yourself if you need it or if you know someone who would enjoy it. Our thrift store money is being saved to install a culvert on the back of our lot so that we can exit onto the side road. This will make our parking much easier.
  8. Support our special events. I know everyone can't come to everything. It wouldn't be much of a program if you could go to everything. But when we have something unique and important—especially if it involves a Village Writer achieving a little success, like Linda's performance for Tales of the South—turn out for it. When you have your book signing or get to read your story to an open mic, don't you want your fellow Village Writers to be there? Sure. So extend that same support and encouragement.
The Village Writing School plans to get better and better, with more and better teachers, more individualized attention to your writing, and more publication support. Nothing can stop us but our own apathy. Invest a little time and energy into our community and it will come back to you down the road.

Village Writers~~Stronger and Better Together


Just in time for

Eureka Gras !!!

Laissez les Bontemps Roulez !
This Week's Item in Our Virtual Thrift Shop

AUTHENTIC MARDI GRAS BEADS. Take the whole lot for your Eureka Gras party. $30. Or . . .
  • 20" Strands - 3 for $3
  • XL 48"-50" - As highly coveted along Spring Street as they were on Magazine Street - $1 each strand
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Support your writing school and save money, too!
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Wendy Taylor Carlisle
The Village Writing School's own esteemed poetry leader is launching her new book with a reading at AWP next week. Those of us not able to go to Seattle can go to Amazon.

Persephone on the Metro Paperback – February 8, 2014

Wendy Taylor Carlisle lives in the spaces between Texas and Arkansas, Arkansas and Missouri, Texas and Louisiana. She is the author of two books, Discount Fireworks (Jacaranda Books 2008) and Reading Berryman to the Dog (Jacaranda Books, 2000) and two chapbooks, After Happily Ever After, (2River Chapbook Series, #15) and The Storage of Angels (Slow Water Press, 2008).
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Calendar is updated weekly.

This Week in the Citizen

Alison's Column
"Village Writing School Welcomes Tales from the South"

Village Writer
Linda Hebert
"The Stitcher Awards 2014"
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
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