I N   T H I S   I S S U E

March 9, 2015




N o r t h w e s t   A r k a n s a s
  • Be Your Own CoachEssential Strategies for Writers & Other Creatives - March 14, Eureka Springs @ 1-4
  • Playwriting - March 28, Eureka Springs @ 10-4
  • Self-Editing - April 4, Rogers/Bentonville @ 9-4
  • Blogging - April 11, Eureka Springs @ 9-4
  • Publishing Excerpts from Your Memoir - April 25, Eureka Springs @ 1-4
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  • When you experience a life change and it steers you away from your goal, how do you get back on track? 
  • If you were ten years younger, what would your goal be today? 
  • When making a decision, how do you know if you should step up or step back? 
  • Do you know about the important digital folders that every creative should have? 
  • Are you pursuing ideas or dreams that may not help you in the big picture? 
  • Are you living the life of an authentic creative? 


This Saturday, Village Writing School, 1-4 pm 

Writers' Night Out
Tired of all the snow and cold?
Jessie will prepare an appetizing menu
from Australia where they enjoy summer during our winter. 
Writers' Night Out 
The program - a special wild surprise!
See you at 5 pm. 
From the Director . . .


The New (Writer) You

As baby boomers redefine what it means to be a "senior," there is a lot of discussion about "redefining" your life, the "next phase," etc. This is not only a question for newly retired people. The fact is, anyone can "redefine" his life at any point.

There is, however, a metamorphosis that occurs as we transition from old ways of thinking about our purpose, goals, etc., to new ways. This transition period is as individual as the people going through it. It may be long or short, easy or more difficult.

My own transition period began when I reached my mid-fifties and realized that if I were ever going to become a writer, my lifelong dream, I'd better get started. I discovered that there were all sorts of "life" tweaks that had to be performed at every level, from my relationships with family and friends, to my relationship with material things, to my understanding of myself.

For decades I had accepted the responsibility for everyone's happiness. I felt that whether or not they had a good holiday was proportional to how well I cleaned, decorated, shopped and cooked. Whatever I did was never enough, and I never felt satisfied. At last, I realized two things: 1) my own lack of self-worth was driving me—not my family's true needs, and 2) the reason that lack existed was that I was not pursuing my own dreams.

Identifying those dreams and making a plan to achieve them is what this Saturday's workshop is all about. To help you begin or complete your metamorphosis to an authentic creative life that satisfies your deepest artistic calling. 

Quk Tips

 Pub Ops On Writing
Arts & Letters
Three prizes of $1000 each and publication in Arts & Letters are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Deadline is March 31.
  B o o k s On Writing 



Writers on Writing Vol 2   

How authors feel about writing. Covers diverse topics such as schedules, loneliness, motivation, inspiration, methods and process in these personal reflections on the writing life. 

                  Nancy Harris - VWS Librarian 

  Q u o t e s On Writing  
“It is immoral not to tell.” 

                           ― Albert Camus
 W e b  On Writing

Writing, Technology, Psychology

Meet a Village Writer
David Auernheimer
David grew up to be a senior firefighter for the US Forest Service. But, in elementary school, he carried a notebook to interview his classmates. An avid journaler since college, David plans to restructure his journals as a firefighter and a spiritual seeker into a memoir. David attends our workshops and is a regular at   Writers' Night Out , describing himself  as "a monstrous fan of this extraordinary VWS community."

Around Our Villages

Eureka Springs


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A packed house in Rogers as Kenzie explains the subtleties of subtext.  

We're happy to list any events of interest to writers.

Open Mic Night at Brews
Wednesday 18 @ 6 pm 


CONFERENCE: Oklahoma Writers' Federation
A p r i l  3 0   -   M a y   2
Workshops on Writing, Publishing, & Marketing

March 12 - Memoir - 2:30
March 12 - Writers' Night Out - 5-7
March 14 - Be Your Own Coach Workshop - 1-4
March 15 - Fayetteville Writing Circle - 1-3
March 22 - Poetry Roundelay - 2-4
March 28 - Playwriting Workshop - 10-4
April 11 -   Blogging - 9-4
April 25 -   Publishing Excerpts from Your Memoir1-4
Complete Schedule, Info, & Registration for Any Workshop
April 4 - Self-Editing
May 1 - Writing Heirloom History 
May 2 - First Page/Character
June 6 - Dialogue & Setting 
July 11 - The Word and the Sentence

Workshops are from 9-4 with an hour for lunch.
Fee $45 each with a 10% discount if the whole program is paid in advance. 

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is to foster a vibrant literary community in Northwest Arkansas and to provide resources for ALL writers who seek to improve their craft.
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