First Draft to Finished Manuscript in 15 Steps                       Issue #35 March 18, 2014
The Village View
A Publication of The Village Writing School
From First Draft
Finished Manuscript 
15 Steps

This Saturday, March 22
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or phone 479 292-3665
Sunday Roundelay
This Sunday 2-4 pm.
Welcome & a Writing Exercise
from Wendy 
--“one job of a poet is not to fall silent”— William Matthews
Poets (and I-would-love-to-write-a-poem people),

We are often at a loss for a subject for our poems.  When spring chill curls us up with a good book, let that book be poetry and just wait to see what happens.  OR give this little exercise a try.  Bring your draft with you to the next Poetry Rondeau (March 23) or bring one of your other poems, or a poem you love by someone else, or a book you'd like to share.  Come join us for poetry and conversation.  Don't fall silent.
EXERCISE From my friend Lola Haskin's book, Not Feathers Yet

Scan the titles of the books in your bookcase. Make a list of at least 10 titles that appeal to you.  Put them in an order you find pleasing.  See what kind of poem you can make from them.
Bring Your Writing,
Bring this Exercise,
or Just Bring Your Love of Poetry

April is Memoir Month!

Register ASAP because the Series is Limited to Eight participants.
Village Writer Linda Hebert (Summersea) rocks at Sunday's Tales from the South taping.
Here we all are with Paula Morell, Tales Executive Producer (front, 2nd from left)
Jessie inspires us from Hawaii at Writers' Night Out
If the newsletter seems a little bleak this week and not up to our usual artistic standards, it is because our editor was unavailable and our publisher had to do it. She hates this Chimp (Mail Chimp). He hates her. It has not been a pretty afternoon.
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This Week in the Citizen
"Your Fascinating Life"
Shiva Shanti
March 22 or May/June (TBA) - Self-Editing  
March 23 - Sunday Roundelay
April 5 - Memoir Writing with Marilyn Collins
April 4 & 5 - Eureka Springs Writing Circles
April 6 - 
Fayetteville Writing Circle
April 13 - Sunday Roundelay 
April 19 - Subtext, High Events, Closings
April 20 - Fayetteville Writing Circle
April 24 - Spring Memoir Series Begins with Rebecca Mahoney
April 25 & 26 - Eureka Springs Writing Circles
April 27 - Sunday Roundelay

May 3 - Pat Carr, Short Story
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