Issue #19  November 11, 2013

The Village View

A Publication of The Village Writing School
   Note from Alison    
Beautiful Ozark R & R

I'm tired. Is anyone else tired? We've been pushing hard, working on the building, keeping up our most active workshop schedule ever, and now working on holiday stories. Honestly, I'm just tired to the marrow of my bones.
I want to throw my toothbrush and jammies in a little bag, have Traveler throw her toothbrush and jammies in a littler bag, and take a not-very-long drive. To a place where nothing cries, "Clean me. Move me. Fix me."
I want to sit with my coffee and talk and plan and dream with my tribe. I want to stare across the mountains that are beginning to settle into their long winter's nap. I want to take a stroll--not a killer hike--down a leafy path.  
I am so-o-o ready for the Winslow over-night retreat.
Just the Facts
  • We have the whole lodge and there are still cabins and rooms available.
  • We can probably check in anytime on Thursday afternoon. 
  • If you want to go but need a roommate, let me know.
  • It's about a 1.5-hour drive.
  • For Thursday's supper, the lodge is providing a pizza buffet that includes salad, drink, and dessert for $9.25.  Or you can bring you own supper.
  • The full country breakfast the next morning is included in the price of the room.
  • A $65 cabin, double-occupancy, with the 15% discount, should be under $30 per person, including tax.
  • There is an optional program offered across the road featuring Crescent Dragonwagon and local muscian/writer Crow Johnson.
  • Husbands, mothers, and dogs can come along, as long as they don't say: Clean me, move me, fix me.

Note from Alice
Give a Story This Year 

Alison’s idea for writing holiday stories told to us by seniors living at Peachtree has caught fire! Nine Village Writers went to Peachtree Village last Monday and nineteen residents showed up to tell us their stories. Some of the stories were funny, some informative, and all of them heartwarming.
Now, we have interest from Green Acres to write stories for residents there. We need more Writers in order to fulfill all these requests.
This is truly a gift from us to them. If you want to write stories to give at Christmastime, please let Alison know as soon as possible. She will connect you with one or more individuals. You’ll listen to them tell their experience, then put it on paper in the form of a lovely holiday story. It’s a great writing exercise, and you’ll learn a lot about craft—and probably make a new friend.

Mark Your Calendar for Nov. 24 !

Our First Public Event
DON'T MISS the wine and cheese reception for Welsh photographer Ray Worsnop and local writer Mary Smith, who will be signing their book at our building November 24 from 2-4 pm.  
Come welcome Ray to Eureka Springs!
Update on Building

Alice's upper cabinets,
Lizzie's faucet, Alice's sink, and base cabinets courtesy of Jude's friend Jan.

Jane & Frank's countertop and Richard's hard work.

Yes Lizzie,
we do recycle.

Library floor underway, courtesy of Debbie and Larry.

Upcoming Events
Writers at Work Night Out
5 - 7 NEW TIME   
Everyone Welcome

December 7

Village Writers drive to Winslow for a nice retreat.
Wine & Cheese Reception and Book Signing -- 2 -4 p.m. at Village Writing School
Public is Invited

 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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Contact Information:

Publisher: Alison Taylor-Brown
Editor: Alice French
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