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February 16, 2015





Workshops in NW Arkansas

  • Screenwriting - Feb. 21, Rogers/Bentonville @ 1-4
  • Blogging - Feb. 28, Eureka Springs @ 9-4
  • Subtext, High Events, Closing - March 7, Rogers/Bentonville @ 9-4
  • Be Your Own Coach - Essential Strategies for Writers & Other Creatives - March 14, Eureka Springs @ 1-4
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Write a Script ~ Write a Blog

February 21 & 28
Have an idea for a movie or a TV show? This workshop covers the nuts and bolts of the craft, story structure, outlining, and how to get your SCREENPLAY started on the right foot. We also cover how the business works, how to get an agent, what's selling in Hollywood -- and what's not. Spiced up with insider tips galore. Taught by a 20-year Hollywood veteran.
Rogers/Bentonville, Feb 21

New to BLOGGING? Think you want a blog, but aren't sure why you would have one? Have a blog and want to know how to get the most out of it? This session is for you! Learn the basics of blogging, SEO, branding, voice, and all the pieces of the blogging puzzle. Taught by a national branding consultant.

Eureka Springs, Feb 28
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Writers' Night Out

Writers' Night Out 

This Thursday Jessie will prepare a 
Homemade Soup & Bread
This month's Cocktails for a Cause benefits the Little Free Libraries Project, a collaboration of the ESDN Main Street Re-Imagine Main Street project, the Village Writing School and Eureka Springs Public Library.

Please meet us at the VWS building at 4:45 to car pool downtown to the cocktails event at New Delhi. Cost to attend is a $10 donation. A percentage of all drink sales will go to the Little Free Libraries. After  happy hour at New Delhi, we will return to our building for our usual dinner and writing discussion.

Please join us for a special evening in support of the Village Writing School, ESDN, and the Little Free Libraries.
From the Director . . .

If this post had a title, it would be How to Rescue Your Writing Day when it Runs off the Track.

When it's five in the afternoon, and I haven't written anything because Traveler had to have three baths (don't ask) and my mom had needs, real and imagined, and I let my Google of 16th-century water buckets lead to who had a fashion disaster on the red carpet, that's the time for a SPRINT. Otherwise, despair will drive me to Ben & Jerry. Then, I'll be more depressed.

A sprint is a short burst of concentrated effort. A writing sprint is a short burst of writing effort. (This technique also works for housework, but we aren't here to talk about THAT.)

Setting my alarm for an hour, I close out my mail program to avoid that exciting alert that Subaru has emailed a customer survey, and I write for an hour, promising myself that at the end, I can stream another episode of HBO's mortifyingly inaccurate Tudor series.

This works for me. I usually cover a satisfying amount of ground. Remember, there is a principle that work expands to fill the time available (which also applies to housework but we aren't here to talk about THAT).

For those with full-time jobs, a writing sprint at the end of your day may be all you have. Take heart. It's an efficient way to move forward.

If you planned your day to be a writing marathon, but life had other ideas, don't toss out the little time that's left. You may be a sprinter. There are Olympic medals for that race, too.
Quick Tips
 Pub Ops On Writing

Red Truck Review
American Southern Literature
Submission period begins March 15
  B o o k s On Writing 


Shoot Your Novel 
by C.S. Lakin

Construct your scenes like a filmmaker for maximum impact.
-- Nancy Harris, Librarian, VWS
  Q u o t e s On Writing  

“In order to write the book you want to write, in the end you have to become the person you need to become to write that book.”                                                                ― Junot Díaz
 W e b  On Writing 

Daily Writing Tips

Fiction University
Meet a Village Writer
Alan Lampe
Alan has enjoyed writing since taking second place in a second-grade writing contest: What book would you want on a deserted island? He wanted a magic book, so he could get off the island. For ten years, Alan wrote synopses about acts of school violence for his website Currently, he is writing a lively tale of a bordello in Bayou Cove, Louisiana, from 1939 to 1969. Alan attends VWS workshops in both Rogers and Eureka Springs.

Around Our Villages

Eureka Springs
Little Rock

Twenty-three writers celebrate Alison’s birthday (61st) with 
original poems, stories, and a little roast in her honor.

The Village Writing School is proud to encourage the next generation of writers through a program with Clear Spring School in Eureka Springs. 

Kenzie will be teaching three creative writing courses for Clear Spring, and we will be helping them produce an anthology of the students' work.

Please send prayers, energy, intentions for Village writer Ken Lockhart

as he undergoes surgery this week for a detached retina.

He will have surgery on both eyes at the same time.

      Pam Foster's Workshop in Eureka Springs

Participants, whose stories ranged from Renaissance Italy to the American West to the 1930s Louisiana bayou, learned how the historical setting impacts every aspect of a memoir or novel.


Your sophisticated, dignified 


Associate Director.
Feb 19 - Writers' Night Out/Cocktails                  for a Cause 4:45

Feb 22 - Poetry Roundelay 2-4

Feb 28 - Blogging  9-4

March 14 - Be Your Own Coach  1-4

March 28 - Playwriting 1-4
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Feb 21 - Screenwriting 1-4
Mar 7 - Subtext, High Events, Closings
April 4 - Self-Editing
May 1 - Writing Heirloom History 
May 2 - First Page/Character
June 6 - Dialogue & Setting 

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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