BUSY SUNDAY COMING UP                                    Issue #20  November 19, 2013

The Village View

A Publication of The Village Writing School
   Note from Alison   
Celebration and Thanksgiving
A Reception and a Roundelay 

This Sunday is our first truly public event. Sure we invite all writers to Writers' Night Out, but this Sunday we are opening our door to the public. This has motivated us to finish the interior of our building. Richard is pulling double shifts to finish the kitchen, Nancy and Gordon have really stepped up to build our library shelves, and I'm doing all I can to make our "club house" as attractive and functional as possible. Sunday afternoon we will celebrate the completion of all this hard work at a wine and cheese reception for Ray Worsnop and Mary Smith.

I'm so thankful for all of you, my precious Village Writers and our Friends. I'm so thankful to have survived the first growing pains, to have found this building, and most especially for the amazing love and energy with which you have embraced me and this program. Every time I was ready to throw in the towel, here would come one of you in person or via an email. Just when I needed you the most.

2014 is going to be an AWESOME year for us. Those of you who have caught fire will only get better through your practice and through the roster of speakers and teachers lining up on our calendar. Many of you who are just beginning will cross that line to regular writing and seeing your work improve weekly.

2014 is the going to be the
Year of the Short Story for us, and I'm excited to launch that a little early with our Sunday Roundelays led by Wendy Taylor Carlisle. What is a roundelay? See the link below.

It's a huge mistake to separate poetry and prose, because the skills of vivid,succinct language, which we need for prose, must be on steroids in poetry. Wendy is an excellent critiquer, and we will be bringing not only poetry but also short prose pieces (under 250 words) to the roundelays,  which will be held once or twice a month on Sunday afternoons from 2-4 pm. This is a GREAT opportunity to polish a piece for publication, because microfiction is really hot right now. We are combining our first Roundelay with our reception this Sunday afternoon. The roundelayers will attend the cheese and wine reception and then slide into our newly finished library for their gathering.

This is our last meeting in November; we won't meet again until Writers' Night Out on December 5. Hopefully, we'll spend that in-between time with our families and our writing. That's my plan.

So take a little time on Sunday to stop in and see the building at its best, to greet our Welsh visitor and appreciate his photography. You don't have to buy a book or a print, though you might get some Christmas shopping done early. Stay for the roundelay if you can, or bring friends and family by to just say Happy Thanksgiving.

I'll be raising a glass to you, Village Writers and Friends.
See the link below:

Thursday Writers' Night Out 
O P E N   M I C

Holiday Stories & Children's Stories
We posted on FaceBook that this coming Thursday we would discuss what you ABSOLUTELY should be able to do with your computer. But there were so many people who wanted to attend that but who couldn't be here this week, that we postponed that discussion until after Thanksgiving.
THIS Thursday, we will be working on our holiday stories and our children's stories.  We'll have an OPTIONAL open mic for anyone who wants to share his story and practice his delivery skills. If you want to just talk about your story, we can do that, too. 
When we first arrive at 5 pm, we can order pizza delivery. We'll start the readings right away and then break and socialize when the food arrives.  As always, you can bring your own grub.

Children's Writing News
Alison has arranged with the Head of School at Clear Spring for the Children's Writing Group to "test drive" their stories with reading groups at the school. She will arrange times for this when you feel your story is ready.
Last Call for Holiday Writers
If your name is not on this list and you want to help someone preserve a holiday memory, let Alison know ASAP. (Even if you've told her before, if your name is not on this list, email her again. She keeps feeling as if she's forgotten someone, and she certainly doesn't want to do that.)
PEACHTREE:  Jude, Linda H., Linda M., Nancy, Alice, Pammie, Cris, Valerie
GREEN ACRES:  Darlene, Carmen, Luanne, Tom
This is not a huge project. Just 500-1000 words about one incident.

It's a great chance for us to get out of ourselves and to polish a short story.
F r i e n d   o f  t h e  V i l l a g e

We are fortunate to welcome KIMBERLY CLARK  to our community as a Friend of the Village. Kimberly is a visionary, teacher, and friend. She has donated time and money to the Village Writing School because she believes in our mission.

Kimberly describes the Village Writing School as a Eureka Treasure—a friendly place that provides creative educational opportunities and honors diversity and community. She says, “Alison is great at community building, providing an array of opportunities for the literary arts.”

Kimberly was born in Ft. Worth, grew up in Little Rock & Hot Springs, graduated from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, and lived in Eureka Springs for many years.

Kimberly says her biggest accomplishment is her daughter, Ariel, who lives in the world with grace and beauty inside and out. Ariel’s father, Kimberly’s husband, was the priest at St. James Episcopal Church, the original one-room school house in Eureka Springs.

Kimberly has used her B.A. degree in Interior Design to build and enhance many communities. Currently, she is involved in building small inter-generational communities-within-communities that meet the needs of individuals and systems who are ready to move from the pyramid to the emerging-circle model--a place to live, earn, and grow. Expect to learn more about this in the coming months.

W I N S L O W    R E T R E A T
It was as fun as it looks.
                 Destination               and                  Famous View

Wonderful Pizza Supper
       Our Beautiful Jane                 Our Beautiful Nancy with Frank                                                       Who Was  His Exuberant Self
Waiting for Crescent & Crow                        Crescent & Crow 
Breakfast Tacos

Writers' Circle in Chris' Cabin with the  Great Stone Wall
A   H a p p y   B u n c h !
Update on Building

The big building news this week is the fabulous bookcase for our library built and stained by Village Writer Nancy Harris and Village Husband Gordon Harris.  

Now we can have a REAL library for writing craft books, poetry, literary journals, and memoir.  

If you have any of those to donate or loan, bring them in.  Nancy, our librarian, will keep track of who owns what book and who has borrowed it.

Upcoming Events

Writers at Work Night Out

   NEW TIME: 5 - 7   
Everyone Welcome
December 7

  • Wine & Cheese Reception and Book Signing
              2 -4 p.m. at Village Writing School
              Public is Invited
  • Poetry Roundelay
              2 - 4 p.m. at Village Writing School
              Poetry and Short Prose (Flash Fiction)

 Christmas Stories - A free gift from the Village Writing School

JANUARY 18, 2014
Getting Started
     The first 2 pages, research, to outline or not, story arc, writing rules to live by.
For more information or to register for any workshop, contact Alison at or 479 292-3665.
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Publisher: Alison Taylor-Brown
Editor: Alice French
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