ROADTRIP COMING SOON                                   Issue # 16  October 21, 2013

The Village View

A Publication of The Village Writing School
This Thursday, Carnegie Library Director Loretta Crenshaw will speak to us on the resources available to us as writers. There are many things available to help us with our research, our craft, our English, our story. Come learn how the library can make you a better writer. We now have internet at the building, so bring your laptop or e-reader and get connected with the library tools.
We will order FOOD from Mei Lei. Or you can pick up something on the way. Either way, join us in showing our appreciation for Loretta's time in coming to speak to us.
NEEDED: A Rustic Room
Alison has been taking bids on the work needed on the building: gable repair, painting, shutters and window boxes. Her old carpenter, who repaired her house after massive storm damage, will come up to work on the Village building. He is significantly less expensive than Eureka carpenters.

However, he needs a place to stay for the three or four weeks it will take to complete the work. He says it can be "rustic" and he is hoping for a cabin in the woods or near the lake. However, he will take pretty much anything. So if you have a woodsy getaway, an unused basement bed/bath, a guest cottage, or even a camper that you won't be using for a month, please let Alison know. He is very talented in every aspect of carpentry, tile laying, cabinet making.             

He could trade some work for his room. 
See YOUR Story in Print
Amaze your friends and family. Begin or add to your publishing resume. Don't fail to take advantage of the great opportunity to have a story published by the Lovely County Citizen.

Alison is currently lining up stories for the rest of the year. Send her up to 1000 words.
N O V E M B E R   1 4   R O A D   T R I P !

:  A one-night retreat on beautiful Mount Gaylor.

Where:  Sky-Vue Lodge & Cabins, Winslow, Arkansas (South of Fayetteville on old Hwy 71)

When:  Thursday, November 14
(Arrive during the day and check out the next day by 11:00)

Who:  Village Writers, spouses, significant others, moms, dogs, friends.

Why:  Choose one or more:
  • Because we need a break.  
  • Because it will be fun to hang out, have dinner and breakfast together, hike, drink coffee, write, and look at the views.  
  • Because on Friday evening, Crow Johnson and Crescent Dragonwagon will perform in tribute to children's writer Charlotte Zolotow at Ozark Folk Ways Heritage Center, an historic rock school house converted into a museum featuring classes and programs to celebrate the arts and folk culture.

Several $65 cabins with multiple beds and rooms are still available. Get a group together and make a reservation by calling 1-800-782-2003. Mention Village Writing School for a 15% discount. If you need a roommate, let Alison know.
November 2  --  Polish YOUR Children's Story

On November 2, Craig Froman, award-winning children's writer, editor, and publisher will critique our children's stories.  Don't miss this opportunity to polish your children's story with the help of an expert.
The workshop will be from 1-4 pm at our building.  Submit your story to Alison as soon as possible.  Craig will read them and will give us valuable feedback as well as general information on writing a book that children will love and publishers will buy.  
If you don't yet have a children's story but have some interest in writing one, you can still attend and receive this valuable instruction.
Your story can be a picture book or a chapter book but should be written for pre-teens or younger.
Cost for the half-day workshop is $25.
Elizabeth Diane Newell-Mack made us ask ourselves  hard questions all day, as she led us in an exploration of our relationship to writing. We laughed, we cried, we were vulnerable, and we came away with renewed passion for this amazing journey of being a writer.  
Update on Building

The newly painted room awaits bookshelves to become our library.  

And the poets have claimed it. More on that next week.

We may be the only writing school anywhere with a mom's room.  

But it also makes a good spot to work on the newsletter.

Upcoming Events
Writers at Work Night Out
6-9 pm

Everyone Welcome

October 26


     Have YOUR Children's Story
     Critiqued by Award-Winning
     Children's Author & Publisher
     Craig Froman

YOUR Christmas Story - 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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