Tales on the Rails - June 22                                                 View this email in browser.
A Story is a Story
You may not have any desire to read your story on the radio or stand up in front of a microphone anywhere, ever. Nevertheless, Paula Morell's storytelling workshop will give you some great instruction on writing a story.

Paula is Executive Producer for Tales from the South, a syndicated radio broadcast heard on NPR and around the world. But she also has an MFA and has been teaching people to write stories for over 20 years. As she says, "Storytelling is incredibly vital for individuals and society as a whole; it's how we connect with our past, present, and future; it's how we connect with each other; and it's how we connect with ourselves." 

Let Paula show YOU how to write your story on June 22 from 1-4 pm in the big ol' train car at 1st & Popular in historic Rogers.
THIS THURSDAY - Music with Supper

Fred Mayer--owner of Musical Elegance, Fiddlehead Farm, Tama Do Treatment Center--will make a special appearance at our Thursday night gathering. Fred is an amazing musician and musical historian and has recently acquired an historical instrument called a Viola d'Amore. He is going to show it to us, tell us a bit about its history, and then play some music that was written about the time this historical instrument was used (16th-17th century).

Kate Lucariello--editor of the Holiday Island News, reporter for the Lovely County Citizen, and long-time writing teacher and writer of published works--has made a study of Baroque music and will join Fred in a Viola d'Amore and Violin duet.

Don't think this is going to be a stuffy, put-you-to-sleep classical music night. Both Fred and Kate know how to have fun with music and music history and will make it fun for us, too.

Alison will be using some of Fred's information for her novel, and you just might find that it works in 
somewhere in your writing, also.

See you Thursday at 5 p.m. at the Village Writing School.
Pat Carr Joins Village Writing School as
Program Coordinator

There's a delicate balance in designing a program in creative writing that is both accessible to the most timid beginner and robust enough to offer new information and techniques for "established" writers.

Our visiting teachers are of the highest caliber. Literary writers who have won major awards. Feature writers who publish regularly in magazines and newspapers like the Boston Globe. Writers of well-known television series and movies. New York agents and publishers of all kinds.

But these visiting teachers, while they share knowledge and techniques on the craft of writing, as well as inside stories about publishing, do not create a "program" that covers all major aspects of writing. For that, we need someone who can plan out the program and return regularly to teach it. Someone with a passion for helping people tell their stories in the most beautiful and the most publishable way. And who will work for what we can afford to pay. Someone credentialed but not in an academic ivory tower. Someone published in top anthologies and journals and who regularly wins prestigious awards.

The Village Writing School is excited to welcome Pat Carr as our new Program Coordinator. Pat has a Ph.D. from Tulane, and she’s taught literature and writing in colleges all across the South. She’s published sixteen books, including the Iowa Fiction Prize winner, The Women in the Mirror, and the PEN Book Award finalist, If We Must Die, and she’s had over a hundred short stories appear in such places as The Southern Review, Yale Review, and Best American Short Stories. Her latest short story collection, The Death of a Confederate Colonel, a nominee for the Faulkner Award, won the PEN Southwest Fiction Award, the John Estes Cooke Fiction Award, and was voted one of the top ten books from university presses.

Pat has a writing text, Writing Fiction with Pat Carr, and her autobiography, One Page at a Time: On a Writing Life was published by Texas Tech University Press. She writes literary fiction, historical fiction, young adult fiction, memoir, and she even has a new graphic novel. She leads the Hemingway Writers' Retreat and is a board member of the Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow. And, she's taught for us before, and we love her.

Maybe you've already published a book, or maybe you've never written before, or maybe you're somewhere in the middle. No matter what level of writing expertise you have achieved, Pat Carr can take you further.

Pat's new workshops will be three hours long, once a month, and each will cost $25. Her 2014 schedule is:
  • July: Infinite Choices: Character Driven Stories
  • Aug: Framing Love Scenes--and Other Major Scenes
  • September: Vision, Voice, and POV
  • December: Claiming the Land: Our Personal Setting[s]
In addition, Pat will be leading small critiquing groups on the day of the workshop.

An afternoon workshop once a month will get you writing, keep you writing, and make you better. Our new program with Pat Carr is affordable, flexible, and of the highest quality.

Don't wait. Make your story the best it can be.
The writer that works in a vacuum
will stay in a vacuum.

Building Updates
Sam Felten was busy this week painting our new window boxes and shutters that will go up soon.

Talking Shop

Scene from our Hemingway-esque Thursday night at Caribe Cantina last week.

Crystal Bridges

Music and Art inspire journaling as some of us learned this week in the Bentonville museum.

Art from Crystal Bridges Museum:
Top: Aristide Maillot - "Seated Nude" 1902
Right: Pablo Picasso - "The Architect's Table" 1912

on the

ONLY two weeks away.
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for this writing adventure.
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Every Thursday Evening   5 - 7
First Thursday at CARIBE
All Other Thursdays at the Village Writing School

June 12 - Writers' Night Out

June 15 - Fayetteville Writing Circle

June 19 - Writers' Night Out

June 22 - Tales of the South Oral Storytelling Workshop with Paula Morell

June 26 - Writers' Night Out

June 26 - Memoir Workshop #3 with Rebecca Mahoney


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